Help finish my four year renovation project into a re imagination of an old stone farmhouse near the sea and within reach of Mont St Michel, France

Country

France

Favourited 97 times


  • rating

    Host rating

  • feedbacks

    Feedback

    20  

  • last activity

    Last activity

    22/07/2022

  • Last email replied

    Reply rate

    100.0 %

  • Last email replied

    Average reply time:

    within 4 days

  • Badges

    Super Host
 
  2022 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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

    Description

    Hi!
    My name is James, I'm 60 years old and I've been living in France for the last 30 years.

    For the next three months, march-may ( I hope to finish restoring a ruin I bought four years ago, turning it into a imaginative home suitable for the 21st century. (I hope!)
    I need help with alot of gardening (creation rather than maintenance)a bit of decorating, building a timber framed lean to shed. The heavy work has been mainly finished, but the lawn needs preparing and seeding, and I'd love to create a proper kitchen garden.
    Spring is upon us, so now is the time! I've just come out of hospital with a new hip...which means I cant do the gardening work myself right now, so I'm really hoping someone out there will be able to help!

    I'm very happy to welcome couples or a single workawayer.

    I have two daughters, who both live and work abroad (UK and Japan)
    After working very hard, for the last 35 years I have now adopted a slower pace of life.

    I am based in Normandy in France a 5 minute drive from the sea, and in easy reach of The Landing beaches, Mont St Michel, the Bayeux tapestry...so plenty for you to see. I'd you're mobile, so much the better, otherwise I have bikes and can occasionally take you off somewhere for a visit. ( I cant drive until mid April)

    While working on the renovation, you would be living with me. It is already very comfortable,
    Your would have a private bedroom and sitting room, and your own en suite bathroom.

    I'm looking for help with general building/decorating work, and landscaping/ garden maintenance. Or alternatively someone to look after the daily chores around the house ... cooking shopping cleaning meal planning etc.
    Experience would be good but isn't essential, though willingness to help and having a positive outlook is important. Being practical and adaptable is essential.

    By choice, I don't eat meat very often, or much in the way of processed foods: Mainly fresh and preferably locally produced...maybe you can help make a kitchen garden?
    Please, if you have to, only smoke outside. Thank you.
    I have fast (optic fibre) WiFi and am planning to make this a 'smart' rénovation, and will be using smart infra red panels controlled by motion sensors, thermostats and mobile apps to heat the house. Anyone interested in smart houses?
    This is a great opportunity to see what this beautiful part of France has to offer, and also to learn and get hands on experience of lots of things you might need to know to renovate a house.
    I also have a cat, Trouble who rules the house.

    Travel here by train to Coutances, approx 3.5 hrs from Paris.

    I look forward to meeting you!!
    (Any language exchange is also possible... I am a native english speaker and have a good level of french and poor (very poor) Italian, which I'd love to improve.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Lots to see and do in this famous tourist area. Beaches and culture. Mont st Michel, the Normandy landing beaches, the Bayeux tapestry, 12th century Cathedrals etc Plus,! as I have all the necessary experience to renovate a house from the ground up, you might be able to pick up some useful skills along the way!

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help

    Help

    Some carpentry work, gardening,
    Language practice(?), Gardening.
    Use of electric tools.
    Help loading and unloading materials etc

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Beginner

    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

    A private suite of rooms with superfast wifi.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Mont St. Michel, the Normandy landings, the Bayeux tapestry, The local beach, local seafood (oysters, mussels crab etc) local markets.. Accompany me to Antiques auctions, vide greniers and fairs on days off...I have 30 yrs experience in french antiques which I'm also happy to share.

    I expect you to muck in with me in the household chores, cooking washing up etc rather than expect me to do it all for you.

    If you were thinking of moving to live in France, this could be an excellent opportunity to get some experience. I am fully integrated in life out here, and know how it works, having been a governor of my daughters school, on the committee at a local club, and done translation for the local town hall.

    I'm more than happy to share how to make a go of the expariate life over here, if that's what you're after. (Though I wouldn't say I'm a typical expat)
    Do get in touch!

  • 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

    I have wife and a fibre optic internet connection

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Lots of space to park your vehicle.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

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)















Host ref number: 592399641638