Help needed with clearing out an old building in the south of France.



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    Sorry but we will not be openning the site this year. We have to wait to see if we will be allowed to continue to live in France following the UK referendum!
    If you have experience or a real interest in learning how to build a straw bale house then please email me for dates in 2017. If we stay here we expect to open the site in March and work through to the end of September.
    We may be running the B&B this summer, we will be looking for strong people to help with clearing out a barn and loft. NOT working with guests. You must NOT have any allergies to cats or dust!

    We are a retired British couple who have been living in France for the last 14 years. We have a B&B and an organic garden. In the next 3 years we want to build a straw bale house and set up a permiculture garden and orchard. To do this we have bought land in the Aveyron. We are bird & animal lovers and have 7 stray cats. Francis runs days bird watching in the local area.
    We divide our time between the house and garden here and our new plots of land in the Aveyron.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care

  • Help


    The jobs include helping to manage the woodland, putting up bird nesting boxes, collecting and cutting firewood, clearing areas ready for regrowth. At the building site there will be work on the straw bale build, building the base plate and later building in straw. Later again all the other jobs needed to build a house. Around this there is also the establishment of the organic garden and orchard to be undertaken. All under supervision in a continuing learning process for us all.
    We welcome volunteers to help in either location. At the B&B there are gardening jobs of all types, building maintenance and decoration, a qualified electrician would be very useful. Plus out of season spring cleaning type jobs. But these are secondary to the work on the straw bale build and only happen if it is too wet to work in the Aveyron.
    Please only contact us if you enjoy CAMPING and LIVING OUTSIDE!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, German, Welsh, a bit of Spanish

  • Accommodation


    In the Aveyron it might be a tent in the summer or a bed in an old caravan in colder weather. Shower & toilet facilities here are eco, ie a composting toilet and a solar heated shower, that we all share. Water has to be brought on site at the moment and is therefore limited. There is no electricity on site yet, but it is planned for the summer of 2016.
    All this depending on the number of people around at the time.
    At the B&B there is a loft room with its own shower etc that workawayers can SHARE.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In both locations there is a lot to see and do locally when we are not working and there are bikes that can be borrowed to go visit the surrounding areas. At the B&B we have Roman ruins and beautiful garrigue landscapes. In the Aveyron there is fishing and all water sports within 7 km. Both areas have wonderful walking, biking and wildlife to see. Both are in small French villages, but the two areas are strikingly different. We are not near towns with a lot of night life and there is no public transport near us in the Aveyron. So we are looking for people who love the countryside and all it offers.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    We would expect 5 hours work each morning for 5 days in a week, including weekends and days off during the week to be arranged individually.

The site June 2015.
The site in September 2014.
Our amazing evening sky.
The site June 2015.
We finished this stack :-) Only 25 more tyres to do now! July 2015.
An afternoon relaxing by the lake behind us.
collecting fire wood, but a lot more needs doing here!
The end of the morning, now lunch!
Thistle removal is on going work on the site!
Cooking the evening meal, stinging nettle omelet! 2012.

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