Help us create Artisan and craft workshops in Aquitaine, France



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  • Description


    Hello and welcome all workaways in 2019!
    Please read below to get a general idea of the experience, but specifically over the next few months this is what we'll be doing;

    Currently looking at July and August: Child care in particular: being an extra pair of eyes, ears and hands on the kids and house / garden.
    Gardening, pruning, vegetable garden, cleaning donkeys, cuddling donkeys, running around with children , cuddling children , gite and pool maintenance , house work, cooking, small paint jobs, designing and creating pretty spaces for guests with your inspiration... And more...
    Looking forward to seeing you here!

    About us:
    We run guitar and leather making workshops and other artisan courses.
    We welcome you to come and learn the land and nature with us, grow food, rescue over grown land and develop methods towards self sufficiency.

    There are many parts to the project: You could be involved in

    Preparation of the atelier for artisan workshop
    Land maintenance
    Tree cutting
    Wood collecting
    Veggie growing
    Maintaining health and well being of the donkeys
    Child care
    Reclaiming and building furniture
    Painting external
    Window repair
    Treating wood/ oiling etc
    Preparing for guests, interior ideas and design
    Food preparation
    Making fencing

    Anyone with experience please help us with

    More complicated carpentry

    We offer a peaceful setting for workaways to learn and be involved in this evolving project: everyone will have a skill that can be utilised and we tailor projects to the workaways involved.

    We are in an isolated location ( 10 minutes by car to the closest village). We don't go out everyday, so this might not suit everyone. We have 12 hectare of beautiful land ( woodland and field) which allows workaways to find their own space where needed.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Workaways could learn a great deal about the land and nature here... and learn with us.
    Along with artisan trades and creating imaginative space for guests.
    Although we are English speaking we are happy to speak french if you wish to learn this language. Workaways will be able to explore this beautiful part of the dordogne. We have bikes galore and the roads are wonderful for those who wish to explore. Hautefort is 10 minutes by car: with restaurants and shops.

  • Help


    We're looking for workaways who want to experience this wonderful project with us. We are learning from ground zero in terms of the land and farming so we'd love you to learn it all with us.
    There are two parts of the project:
    We will be running guitar making courses: so the bedrooms need updating ( decorating and some imagination) and the workshop needs to be organised to accommodate the guests wishing to make guitars and other artisan workshops.
    We for-see the winter rainy days being used for decorating inside, stripping wall paper etc...

    We have 12 hectares of land, much of which is forest but there is a gorgeous courtyard that needs much pruning and inspiration.
    Sunny days will be in the garden, pruning, creating flower beds, helping an old orchard and collecting wood.
    From the spring onwards: anyone interested can also help with our allotment , growing, gaining knowledge... we are novices.

    We'll serve breakfast and dinner Monday-Friday : ( lunch will be flexible) We will leave your weekends free for you to explore. However we are very flexible, so we can mix these days and time up, some days doing less, or more... etc..
    We recommend no less than 1 week and to see how it goes from there.. Singles or couples.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, italian and Russian

  • Accommodation


    You will have your own bedroom and use to a number of bathrooms.
    We have wi-fi throughout the house.
    The house is heated, central heating, and stoves, and open fires but it is old and drafty so for those who can be a bit hardy please.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you have your own car: then thats great: there is lots to explore. We will also involve you in our movements: visiting friends and interesting places.
    Hautefort chateaux town
    Excideuil : farmers market
    Surrounded by rivers, lakes forests to explore.
    Montignac caves
    Pre-historic caves, discoveries.

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    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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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