updated  

Help in an old family estate and discover the beautiful area of La Rochelle, France

  • France
  • Favourited 288 times
  • Last activity: 06/02/2023

Availability

  2023 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D

Details

  • Description

    Description

    Welcome at a 17th century house in the southwest of France ! Volunteer help welcomed may through september. 470 kms from Paris - 5 H (Train TGV, car pooling with blablacar). 120 kms from Bordeaux, 80 kms from La Rochelle, 20 kms from Cognac, 8 kms from Saintes, 40 kms to the long beaches of the Atlantic coast. Picturesque site. Bordered by the Charente river with our own access to the river ! House sometimes full of family members, relatives and friends (depending on their schedule and holidays), we never know who is coming and when, it may be me only there !
    The plan is to help around for general maintenance, 5 hours per day, fixed schedule, 2 days off per week. Don't worry : we have hammock, easy chairs also in the garden, bikes and even canoës :-)

    So if you like old stones « vieilles pierres », history, scenic site, and think you can help with any of the below tasks and would like a great working holiday in a beautiful historical place, please contact us !
    I am Nathalie – I'd love to get some help ;-) !!

    I will be happy to show you a rich part of France (food markets, scenery, architecture), to teach you new skills, french or english and yoga ;-)
    Summer 2023 : No fixed plans yet about tasks but there will indoor or outdoor projects ***Like repainting doors, walls, shutters *** General help in the garden and in the house on various tasks here and there / small projects (maintaining windows and wooden furniture, clearing flower beds or removing ivy on trees, etc).
    Ready ?!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    So much to do around : swimming in the Charente river right there ! We have our onwn access to the river, go to the beach (40 kms away), beautiful islands, walking, fishing, great towns La Rochelle, Cognac, Saintes. Bicycles and kayaks available. We will pick you up at the nearby train station (Saintes 8 kms). We are about 1km from a small village with all commodities.

    During your spare time, you may visit the surroundings which offer large opportunities, gallo- romain vestiges, medieval churches, lots to discover about architecture, and/or spend some time with us, go to the markets, simply relax in the garden (hammock, lawnchairs, birds).

    I also love to be on myself, and work on my own various projects - I work with village women in India on a textile activity - check Les Indigotines website, I take care of an association to preserve the local site, its landscape and hamlet from irresponsible mass tourism, so you will understand I won't be entertaining you all the time, but I do pay attention to my guests !

    We speak french and english, we can practice either one for your benefit. I will be happy to have yoga - relaxation sessions with you.

  • Help

    Help

    There are varied jobs to be done, mostly house maintaining :
    * Doors - shutters : painting / sanding.
    * If you know masonery, it would be great, a stone wall could need some repointing; otherwise we have other projects.
    * Fixing things here and there. Like some wooden furniture that could be freshened up, glass windows, etc.
    * Gardening : flower beds, weeding, cutting branches, wood gathering for fireplace, etc.
    * Various help and maintenance tasks in the house.

  • 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

    Accommodation

    You will have your own bedroom (1
    double bed or 2 single beds), shared bathroom if family members are around or for you only, enjoy nice decoration for an old and preserved house (we like style, deco and comfortable home), 3 meals a day (but if you need strict schedule, don’t count on me especially in summertime -;)), washing machine, wifi – bring your own laptop, in return for 5 hours 5 days a week. Participation to meals preparation, barbecue, and clearing up will be appreciated. On weekends you’re free and manage on your own, breakfast and apéro will be provided only. Otherwise, we usually simplify lunch because it is summer time and get together for « apéro » (happy hour) and dinner. Vegetarians appreciated, but not an issue otherwise.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please no special requirement for food, or allergies. Vegetarian OK. No smoking in the house. No camper vans and tents, no pets, sorry et merci.

  • 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

    Workspace and WIFI available during your spare time for your own projects. But, being disconnected form time to time is precious ... ;-))))

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week

Host ref number: 539617276326

Feedback (4)



Photos

Feedback

These are extra optional ratings when members leave feedback. The average rating left for each option is displayed.

Accuracy of profile: (5.0)

Cultural exchange: (5.0)

Communication: (5.0)








Help a family of artists, writers, and musicians with building and gardening in the Loire Valley, France
Come and help us around our old farmhouse while enjoying French countryside, Fayssac