My name is Helen. I am renovating a small farm on 4 acres of natural pastureland in midwest France (Vienne - an hour from Poitiers) and ultimately I want to create a place for writers and artists to study in the peace and quiet of the French countryside. My aim is to use ecological methods and to be respectful of the local flora and fauna. I also hope to keep a few sheep, maybe even a couple of pigs... and chickens of course. I want to restore an original pond, plant trees to encourage new species of birds, and restore hedgerows. I welcome creative input from helpers.
Update - I now have two donkeys! Would therefore welcome people who can get on with friendly donkeys....
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help with Computers/ Internet
I can teach French or English if required. The area is not hugely touristic but is very beautiful and interesting (prehistoric caves, ancient painted churches, miles of well signposted walks, excellent restaurants and bars...). I can offer creative writing or language tuition. Will give feedback on manuscripts in English, max 2000 words. Canoeing and bungee jumping are available locally in summer. Bikes on site. Free concerts in Queaux in July and August are extremely popular and well attended.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
This year I will be renovating a barn, recreating a natural pond, doing general repairs to fences and creating garden and parking areas. I may think of other things but those are the priorities.
Either in the house (one bedroom available) or in a delightful vintage caravan. A covered outdoor space is also available for your use. Full board if required, self catering available (in the caravan, cooker and fridge) special diets can be accommodated. I will take workers to a restaurant once per week.
I am a very friendly person and love to meet new people. I also have a very friendly bilingual dog. Well behaved dogs are welcome. Ideally you will have your own transport as public transport is limited. In the area there are lots of activities in the summer - free concerts once a week, canoeing, river swimming, bungee jumping all within a five minute drive from the property. I can provide bikes if you like to cycle.
**** UPDATE! I really need self-starters, people who can see what needs doing and get stuck in. I don't have time to micro-manage helpers.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
4/5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.