Help with the renovation on my historic Dutch barge in Burgundy, France



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    Happy to host vaccinated travellers.

    I am self-employed in France as a professional wine and gastronomy tour guide. I live in a small community of boat owners in my very cozy Dutch ex sailing barge built in 1930. I'm scaling my work back now as I need to spend time on repairs and renovation of this beautiful historic barge. Due to COVID I am not able to work in tourism at the moment.

    There are tasks to be done on both the inside and the outside of my barge so I'm looking for someone with the relevant skills to help me. Please do not apply if you do not have the significant relevant experience.

    I don't need help with my business, cooking, animal care or language skills, but boat maintenance or useful skills such as carpentry or painting, helping to move heavy stuff etc - thank you very much :-) I speak English and French, so you would need to speak either of those. You must genuinely like cats, I have just one but she's a bit nervous.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    In return for help, I can teach you about wine, take you on wine tasting events and sightseeing in the region (this is one of the most beautiful regions in France). I can help with your English or your French.

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    I live on a 21m dutch barge in Burgundy and I also run wine and gastronomy tours in the region. I never have enough time to do all the maintenance required on my boat, and now I need help with work both inside and out. I am moored on a pretty part of the inland waterway but shops and restaurants (and a station) are close by. I need a generally handy person able to undertake carpentry, chop wood, some gardening, move heavy things - and there's always sanding and painting to be done in the right weather, but someone just very practical and able to fix things who can perhaps turn their hand to anything!

    There's only space to sleep one person. I have an nine year old cat so you must be an animal lover and particularly love cats. I am happy to provide meals during working hours i.e breakfast, lunches etc and the occasional dinner when I am there.

    I am not a language teacher but you don't need French to stay here, you will need English however.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    A private cabin in the boat (for one person) or an alternative solution. Ideal if you are travelling in a campervan also.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In your time off you are within easy reach of the station which will take you into Beaune, Dijon, or Chalon sur Saone which are the closest cities. This is a tourist region so you have restaurants, wine bars, museums, shops, cinema, theatre and the occasional nightclub, and if you are an outdoors person there is plenty of cycling through the vineyards, walking routes, and many other sports. I have a car and give you lifts to places when necessary or you can borrow one of my bicycles.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    A normal sized campervan would be fine.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    If they are staying in their camper van, otherwise no as my cat is very territorial!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 629146624831