Come and help us develop our eco project in the mountains of the Ardèche in France! Ecology, permaculture, sustainability, transition, consciousness, love of life and nature are all areas which we explore and would love to share. We are a family with 3 youngsters (two of which study abroad) and a 9 years old boy, sharing our project with friends and family as well as through a small b&b. A yurt and a cosy chalet on our beautifull land nested in the middle of nature are rented out in summer season. There is a lot to do on the land and we are also ooking for some help with building projects (woodworking, fencing etc). In the winter there is snow and wintersports, the magic of beautifull landscapes, the cosyness of the fireplace and slowcooked organic meals. The old farm needs some renovation, so there is always enough to do also on the inside. During summer we offer untouched nature, springs an rivers to swim and fish nearby, horseback riding (we have 4 horses on the land from spring to fall). We like to share moments around bbq's and campfires, sometimes even a sweat lodge, where we connect with nature. Overal we work quite hard, are open to spirituality and enjoy good times with good foods and French wine.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
We offer a place in the middle of nature where you can reconnect with yourself and the seasons. Long walks and horseback riding, fishing, swimming in the river during the summer, collecting mushrooms in fall. Together we learn about permaculture by observing and growing produce and caring for the land. I am a routined 'professional' cook and can teach you classical as well as world kitchens or vegetarian and 'free from' diets. We strive to eat organic and local produce as much as possible.
We are fluent in French, Dutch and English and can help you out with these languages. We understand some Spanish and German.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are looking for all round help 4 hours a day (usually the morning) , 6 days per week. Depending on the season the work is in the garden, general maintenance (household) or with projects in and around the farm. It is very versatile and we will take your likes and dislikes into consideration :). Besides the daily hours we expect you to take care of your room and help out with the regular house chores as dressing the table, dishwashing and feeding the animals.
Skills we are looking for to help us further develop the land: woodbuilding, permaculture gardening, masonry, plumbing, or decent DIYS experience.
You are not expected to cook but if you like cooking, then you are always welcome to prepare a meal or help out.
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We live in an old farm (more then 200 years old) that has been cosily renovated. We have a large meadow (5 hectares) in front of the house with horses, two goats, a veggie garden and a chicken pen. Springswith clear wather run through the valley, our tapwater is all natural and from the highest quality. Around us there are 4 more hectares of land, surrounded by natural reserve and forest.
We rent out two rooms and a bathroom in the house and have guests mainly during the summer season. Apart from that we have four rooms for ourselves, one of which is available with a double bed that can acommodate one person or a couple. We are also open to host a mother with a young child (> 2 years). We have a second bathroom downstairs.
For the rest there is a small kitchen, a large dining table and a cosy living room with two fireplaces. it is a typical farmers house with lots of old woodwork and stone. Upstairs is an open room with a television, Netflix and a Chromecaster. There is wifi in most parts of the house, and usually 3G outside, depending on the weather.
When the weather is mild (from May to October), it is possible to sleep in a tent outside should you want to. There is an outdoor sanitary tiny house on the land.
The meals are usually shared together. Whenever it is possible we eat outside. In the summer season when we provide guests tables it is possible that we eat apart, depending on the moment and the guests we host!
We are food lovers, flexitarians, open to vegetarian and free from diets. Only vegan is a bridge too far.
Our nearest neighbour is 2,5 km further down towards the village of Lanarce, a small rural village with 180 inhabitants. In the village there are renowned butchers, a wonderfull 'fromagerie' - cheese diary, a baker, a pancake house and a pizzeria + three restaurants. The region is quite touristic in summer season.There is a bus only twice a day, going to the nearest cities of Le Puy en Velay (starting point of the famous Compostela Pelgrims route) and Aubenas (both approximately 1 hour away). Local people are used to hitchhikers so that is also a way to go along. Some larger villages are a 15 minutes drive away, where you will find most shops and were we go to the local market once or twice a week. We try to avoid supermarket as much as we can.
There are several lakes close by and half an hour walking from our land there is a river where you can bathe. The region has mostly pristine nature and wonderfull produce to offer. You can also go for canyoning and kayaking on the nearbij rivers Ardèche and Chassezac. Should you want to travel a bit further, the valley of the Rhone with its famous vineyards and the grotte Chauvet (most ancient cave in Europe) and the Provence with its lavender fields and olive trees awaits you. The medditeranean sea is a few hours traveling from our place. In the summer the temperature rises to 35°C, in the valley of the Rhone it would be around 40°C. Since we have a sunny mountain climate, the temperature is nice during the day even when there is snow, but the nights are cool and it can be quite cold during winter (up to -20 °C).
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have wifi and 4G, working average to well. Coverage for most french operators except Bouygues (no téléphone service for this operator in the whole area). Most internet services work correctly. Sometimes difficulties with video streaming, depending on the weather. Bram has a full time virtual job conferencing via vpn and this works fine.
This host can provide space for campervans.
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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