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Learn how to straw bale build in Normandy, France

  • France
  • Favourited 6 times
  • Last activity: 23 Oct 2021



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Hi,my name is Brian and my wife is sue I am Scottish and she is English, we are in our 60s and are both active and enjoy our life in Normandy, i am a registered artisan carpenter and joiner and my wife was a medical secretary in the uk and now runs our b&b,we are looking for help to build and lime render a straw bale tower we are building, the drainage foundation and base is already finished and I hope to be ready for the straw bale and rendering to start round about may /June 2020. we live in a quiet rural area near St. Hilaire du Harcouet and 45km from the Mont St Michel we speak and understand a little French so anyone wishing to improve their English would be ideal .

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help with Eco Projects
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Sue and I are pretty well traveled, our fathers both being in the services, and enjoying living and working in various countries

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    I am willing to teach you how to straw bale build and lime rendering, but if you already have these skills you would be more than welcome to join us.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    En suite room possibly sharing with same sex ,house is non smoking and not near the straw bale tower but within reason in the rest of the grounds ,sorry but we can't cater for vegans or anyone with food allergies, no problem with vegetarians.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Own transport would be required as we are 10 km from nearest big town,(we have 2 bikes that can be borrowed).we have a plungepool and outside terrace area and a bbq area that is available for our guests to chill at,we are very sociable with friends dropping by French and British for apero and we would encourage our guests 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

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 596133563464