Join a small community, helping with the renovation on my historic dutch barge in Burgundy, France



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    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.

    There's work to be done on both the inside and the outside so I'm looking for someone with the relevant skills to help me.

    I am an animal lover (my cat is six years old) and loves to be outside! As I need to get away from time to time, I also need someone 100% trustworthy and with references to stay on board to look after the boat and my cat for a few days at a time.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • 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.

  • Help


    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, electrics or plumbing, chop wood, move heavy things - 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 a six year old cat so you must be an animal lover and particularly love cats. I am happy to provide some meals during working hours i.e breakfast, lunches etc and the occasional dinner if 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

    Languages spoken

    Bilingual french/english, rusty Spanish

  • Accommodation


    A private cabin in the boat or an alternative solution

  • 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

  • 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