Cooking for family and friends while they help restore our château in France



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  • Description


    We are an Australian couple restoring a magnificent 18th century French château. Currently major works are being undertaken to restore the roof and facades of the château which is a listed historic monument and currently in peril. We are a not for profit and when volunteering with us you will be assisting us in the monumental task of restoring the château. You will not be part of any commercial activity and we have no paying guests. You will be part of our family and friends who are assisting in the restoration of the château.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Creating/ Cooking family meals

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The château is a magnificent domain. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself completely into château life with us. Located in Nouvelle- Aquitaine the château is surrounded by an enormous forest and nestled in the French countryside. We are surrounded by small villages that you can explore and are a 40 minute drive from the Loire Valley where you can visit one of France's most celebrated food and wine region plus some of the country's 's best known chateaux. The chateau is a focal point for life in the village and you will have the opportunity to join in village life and celebrations. You will also have the chance to interact with our artisans who are here daily working on the chateau restoration.

  • Help


    In order for us to be able to focus on the château DIY projects we have created an opportunity for a chef to look after our daily meals during a period when our family and friends come to volunteer from April on wards throughout the summer months. We are looking for a team player to become a member of our family and group of friends who volunteer their time and support to assist the restoration. You will not be cooking for paying guests (of which we have none) nor will you be cooking for any commercial activities.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

    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


    The restoration of the inside of the château can not commence until our roof is secured so the inside is very tired. You will however have a comfortable private room on either the ground floor or first floor of the château. You will share bathroom and kitchen facilities with us and will be able to roam the estate freely. We have a 8 month puppy who will want to be your best friend! We will provide you with three meals a day for no cost. You will be welcome to dine with us as you please and will be a welcome member of our family.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The nearest train station is Poitiers which is about 1 1/2 hour train ride to Paris. The château is quite remote so if you are looking to explore the region you will need a car. We have bikes which you can use to explore the forest in front of the château and a swimming pool which you are welcome to use. We also have a grand piano if you enjoy playing the piano!

  • 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

    Our wifi is stable during the day however we sometimes find that it can slow down in the evenings or when uploading or downloading large files. There are limited areas within the château where 4g is available due to the thickness of the château walls.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a lot of space so if you are traveling with your own campervan we can accommodate this regardless of the size.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 642889266413