If you’re free in September ...
Welcome at a 17th century house in the southwest of France ! Volunteer help welcomed may through october. 470 kms from Paris (Train TGV, car pooling with e.blablacar). 120 kms from Bordeaux, 80 kms from La Rochelle, 20 kms from Cognac, 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 ! Work 5 hours daily 5 days a week is the plan to help around for general maintenance, fixed schedule, 2 days off per week. Don't worry : we have hammock and easy chairs also in the garden :-)
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 ;-)
Spring - summer 2021 : any skill in masonery will be helpful (we plan to rejoint an old outside wall). Another project is to repaint the garden furniture -;) And help in the garden - house on various tasks / projects.
Help around the house
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 7kms). We are about 1km from a small village with all commodities. And 15 minutes to the closest city.
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 run a gîte and a one bed and breakfast room, 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 ! ( I have been in the service industry for a while - marketing) .
We speak french and english, we can practice either one for your benefit. I will be happy to have yoga - relaxation sessions with you.
There are varied jobs to be done, mostly house maintaining :
* Gates, garden furniture, (ceiling maybe) : painting / sanding.
* Parts of stone walls : repointing. If you know masonery, it would be great.
* Fixing things here and there. Like the kitchen walls which need to be freshened up. Cleaning glass windows, etc.
* Possible gardening : weeding, cutting branches, wood gathering for fireplace, etc.
* Various help and maintenance tasks in the house.
You will have your own bedroom 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 would 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.
Kind of physical work (Sanding shutters - but we have a sanding machine -;)). Please no special requirement for food, or allergies. Vegetarian OK. No smoking in the house. No camper vans and tents, no pets, sorry.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Workspace and WIFI available during your spare time for your own projects. But, being disconnected form time to time is precious ... ;-))))
5 hours a day 5 days a week