This is traditional, rural Poitou Charentes in France. Come and see it!



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    Bonjour! *️*️Opportunities now closed for 2017*️*️

    I am Shelley, originally from England and i'm a Druid (Ovate grade), a writer, massive re-cycler and wine lover. I keep an organic allotment that I plant by the moon and I have a husband (currently in Switzerland), 4 black cats of my own and I feed local feral cats too. I've had many past lives and this lifetime is an amalgamation of many including that of a herb witch!

    *️*️I will be looking for someone to come and help me to keep on top of things outside including weeding and planting to name a few from spring/summer 2018.*️*️

    There's a bit of plan but its not formal, theres a bit of a routine, but its not set and there may be a small event to celebrate the Autumn Equinox. I had great pleasure in getting to know amazing Workaway volunteers in 2016 and 2017 and the experience was fantastic!

    If you are laid back and don't need excuses to have fun then get in touch! I don't do really early mornings as I am quite a night owl so no need to worry that i'll be waking you up at dawn! I do eat organic farm reared meats and love a good bottle of vin rouge (yes its allowed in the allotment!) and also the occasional trip to a traditional French bar!

    I quit the 9-5 world forever and my last full-time role was in London as an Archaeologist but I now follow a solitary Druid path and honour nature and the environment. I recycle pretty much everything and am on the path to self sufficiency (with your help) whilst incorporating a bio-dynamic small farm, chemical free natural living and a little herbal magic!

    I don't own a TV, a conventional oven, a dishwasher or microwave so please don't expect mod cons or the height of luxury (we have a wood burning cuisinere or a mini-oven). My husband and I bought this place at it is traditional, quirky and rustic. It was once a goat farm and home to many generations of farmers and we love continuing their work in one of the last traditional regions of France.

    This place suits flexible and easy-going individuals that don't demand modern lifestyles.

    *️️️️️️*️️️️️️If you are prone to getting illnesses that prevent you from functioning and like a bit of sympathy then this is not your place (i'm sure every Workaway or house-sitting host has had one of those experiences!)*️️️️️️*️️️️️️

    Every day is different here except for the scenery which is always stunning. I can help you with the English language and I can show you a little Archaeology, history and villages in the area, you can hear about (or participate) on my Druid pathway, assist with my organic companion planting system incorporating the cycles of the moon and help me to make household products and recipes from the hedgerows.

    I work hard to make sure that any visitors are well looked after and I look forward to working with passionate individuals and meeting new people with great skills all of the time.

    We have many on-going projects here as well as the everyday feeding of cats. Weeding, planting, watering and harvesting will be the main tasks but there are the bigger projects that you could be involved in such as:

    - Helping out in the herb garden and general area.

    - Setting up an edible garden inspired by a Native American system.

    - Assist with the greenhouse, allotment and orchard including planting, weeding & moving compost areas (this requires digging and wheelbarrowing).

    Expect manual work but nothing is excessively strenuous. Please only apply if you are prepared to do some work in the heat! Some days it will be a few hours spread over the day and evening (depending on cooler temperatures) and we can visit local places too to ensure that you get great all-round experience. I can introduce you to the people I've met in France and there is always a party somewhere at some point that we could go to!

    I do not 'graft' for hours on end, its not a slave camp but each day will require a bit of labour of some kind to help this little place grow and thrive. If this sounds like your type of thing then let me know!

    This is a traditional and quiet region of France and the hamlet is very quiet! There is no night-life here and virtually no activity outside after sunset (unless we head out). I do like a glass of vin rouge (or more) too :D.

    If you want hustle, bustle and bright lights, this is not the place for you. Note well: there is no public transport locally. However, if you prefer, tranquility, nature walks, early sunrises over the orchard, time for reflection etc then this IS the place for you! I strongly believe in being my true self and invite others to be the same.

    I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully meeting you! You may meet Hugh, my husband for a couple of days too when we can show you some sights a little further afield. :D

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can share with you our dream venture which is a spiritual path filled with love and commitment. We will share our knowledge with you and can tailor make your stay if you choose.

    We love history and nature and are not run of the mill ex pats in France. Whatever you wish to share with us, we are open to and we embrace those from different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints.

    We are open-minded and not easily shocked by the routines and behaviour of others (we've had nearly forty lodgers in previous homes in London!).

  • Help


    We are still in the early stages here and so any type of help is good!

    A lot of the volunteer work will be in the orchard, allotment and gardens, planting by the moon (and weeding) in spring/summer and fruit picking and harvesting (our biggest tasks) in autumn. A little bit of animal feeding, assisting at the local dairy farm and anything else that comes up could be on the cards!

    There may be a bit of interior DIY to get ready for spring/summer visitors and also some fencing, clearing and pruning.

    The level of fitness required is medium as there is nothing too strenuous and we are not slave drivers either. Up to five hours per day would be about right, some days less than that. Initially we are taking people on a week by week basis, depending on how much there is to do and how it goes. A rota will be drawn up for an idea of the tasks but anything can happen so expect the unexpected!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Full cottage to yourself (or sharing with one other if two people get in touch at the same time).

    There is a shower and separate toilet, large dining/living room/kitchen, double bedroom and twin bedroom. We can accommodate up to four people but do really only prefer two ideally.

    There's a large fridge, a separate freezer and a washing machine, wifi (works outside too) and mini oven is available next door. (We may eat together anyway, except for breakfast but if you prefer your own space that is fine too and a mini-oven can be arranged for you).

    We will provide you with adequate food for your stay if you let us know about your dietary requirements. Expect pasta, vegetables and certain meat/fish if you are not vegetarian (think of a typical basic YHA type menu, to give you some idea).

    From April to October onwards expect temperatures of up to forty degrees celcius (the house is amazingly cool inside!)

    This is a very quiet hamlet and human activity outside is non-existent after dark! Bring a notebook for your dreams, ideas and inspiration that will flow during your stay!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have mountain bikes that you could borrow and we can also drop you off at the train station 10km away or take you to towns or cities closeby in the car when we ourselves visit or during your days off (two per week) but we cannot be relied on for daily lifts as the distances are simply too far.

    There are many attractions closeby, including the velo-rail and two outdoor swimming pools. There is a river within 10 minutes drive with a small little beach area and the coast or lakes are around 2 hours away that we may have time to visit depending on timing.

    Theatre, shopping, restaurants & bars (in the cities of Angouleme, Limoges and Poitiers are just an hour away). If you like markets & vide greniers they take place weekly in local villages and they always have pop-up bars! Or if you just like walking we are perfectly situated for many routes.

    NB: This is the middle of nowhere! The nearest bar is 5km miles away and it is a very local & quiet one! The nearest town is 12km away and again is relatively quiet. As mentioned previously this is a quiet area so if you are looking for nightlife and activity in the immediate this is not the place for you!

    We will head out to live music events and parties in the area when they occur (there can be quite a few in summer) however and you are welcome to join us!

  • 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

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

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