Help with house & garden projects & talk/visit farm in Limousin, France




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    DIY in a lovely location!
    Hello . Justca welcoming normal home, its good to have people around chatting,. I'm normally farming but taking a sabbatical , (though continuing farming consultancy).
    Im doing up a kitchen and attic rooms , (stripped back to the stone work). Its a house with great views in a small french town near to a huge sports lake and wooded walks, cycling.
    So id love people to stop by and spend a few days, or a week or more helping me out.
    I mix with local people and enjoy all sorts of outlooks and interests, art, mechanics, science, sport, gardening, I'm an ex commercial farmer, though will return to it now helping to set up pilot projects with the govt agencies to get commercial farming more viable and restore the water, carbon etc into the soil cycle.
    My background and interests....I worked 20 yrs with cattle and fruit, ... Limousins, in UK and France, although sold farm to live and work in New Zealand for a year. i originally came from fruit farming where i grew up helping to run the farm shop, and also many yrs ago worked as a chartered landscape architect working with civil engineering projects. So i have varied experience and knowledge.

    I'm adapting a house on the edge (literally) of a town in Limousin, to make the most of its views and features. Id love some help, even if its the odd day, week or 2 or longer. Its only small, so not too overwhelming, and alsi means that is fine to stop and relax too.

    The garden is 2 small terraces over looking a river valley with views to the river, town and church. I've put in an ornamental style food forest! A new appriach to gardening for me, and quite interesting, with outdoor seating area.
    Other small projects...such as mini water recycling, mini solar....outdoor oven..are welcome if anyway feels like experimenting!
    I get asked to chop wood for people and take away the i cant refuse and have lots of wood. Also apple press and have a commercial quantity of cider vinegar being made... ie need to get back to a farm!

    So in the short term I'm happy for workawayer(s) who would like to help with bits and pieces in the house, so a bit of masonary, a bit of carpentry, and maybe a bit of plumbing, etc. bits of gardening etc The house is in good shape, so its already comfortable to live in. Own private rooms.

    Also but not obligatory if you are someone interested in farming who might want to learn from my work or accompany me when i go and visit farms who are transitioning in the aim towards carbon capture grazing, i am helping with the planning and survey for one large commercial farm in particular.

    Other than that I've been asked to run a basic cheese making course! ...and do the odd drawing lesson, sketching, life drawing (a relic skill from landscape architecture)....but theres enough to do...unless someone wants to come and help set it all up!!

    Theres a huge leisure lake 15mins drive or 1hrs cycle away with swimming, sailing, waterskiing, tree climbing, also evening shows.

    Lots of market towns nearby and its not far from Limoges.... Outside of covid restrictions there are vide greniers, theme events etc, music festivals...

    Please feel welcome to in drop in , I'd love your help, and then also profit from the lovely surroundings and some hopefully good hospitality!
    Meet the local French.

    Oh and i know of other workaway hosts nearby and local.people who like help with their gardens. So there is a chance to do other things while here.

    Thanks for reading.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn English, learn regenerative farming through study and pilot projects (though on early days...learn to give help towards it!) garden design principals, learn to plan projects in a joint way.
    Learn, or develop house projects...
    Have plenty of practical life expetince to share...gardening, soils, building, design, farming, fruit growing, stock farming......
    I come from fruit farming, so can share my knowledge of pruning, grafting, growing and preserving fruit.

  • Help


    I'm open to ideas and anyones own creativity,

    I've some building and landscape design qualifications and experience. I like to reuse material, so making things from second hand materials.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    3 meals a day and accommodation in the house with own room. For 25hrs a week help.
    Help with food preparation for main meals, or take in turns.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Large leisure and sports lake, swimming, water ski, sailing. Cycling.
    Producer Markets, wooded walks, Other
    Outside covid ...festivals, vide greniers....

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Wifi generally works well. There is space to study. I am studying planned grazing and management, and soils for regeneration and carbon sequestration through farming. I'd be pleased to team up , especially for site visits and and soil testing, logging. planning to return to farming once the house is done!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 512625416565