Nicky and I have been travelling to France with our friends and family for over thirty years. We love the culture, layed back life style and the many more hours of sunshine! It has always been our dream to buy a French property to renovate and perhaps run a Gite/ BnB business. Having thought we'd 'missed the boat' a change in circumstances meant that in 2015 we were able to start living the dream by buying our French farmhouse. We have spent the last five years visiting every school holiday ( we were both teachers) and working on the renovation of the house. We have had many friends and family come to visit and they have all thoroughly enjoyed their stay.
Nicky and I are now retired and have been living in France full time since November 2019. We are easy going , relatively energetic and enjoy working together on the project. Although we have done a huge amount in terms of the renovation there is still plenty to do. We are trying very hard to learn French,it is tough but we are determined to be able to have longer conversations with our wonderful french neighbours who live in the adjacent farmhouse.
We have a cat (Indy) and two small dogs (Milly and Bo). Indy will follow you until you stroke him Bo and particularly Milly will sit stairing at you until you throw the ball for them. If you do that they'll love you forever !!
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Enjoy the beautiful area filled with charming villages market towns, beautiful chateaux, art and tradition.
Brantome - about 25 min drive known as 'Venice of the Dordogne'. An extremely pretty town. You can take long walks along the river, or hire a canoe and paddle around. Its Friday morning market is famed for selling local delicacies.
Aubeterre-sur-Dronne - about 20 minutes by car - has been officially listed as "One of the most beautiful villages in France," since 1993. Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is also well known for its Church of Saint Jean, an underground, Monolithic Church.
There are also numerous river and lake beaches near by where you can swim and enjoy the sunshine.
Help in the garden, decorating in the house, mowing lawns/field (sit on mower) general DIY, decorating, cleaning.
En suite room with king size bed , open views across the fields. Use of garden, deck BBQ, above ground pool ( depending on time of year) table tennis, table football. We have a range of bicycles available including 2 electric. The immediate area has many quiet lanes and cycle ways. We would provide meals but happy for people to use the facilities to cook for themselves. Couples welcome.
Public transport is very limited but there are 3 villages and one small market town (Riberac) within cycling distance, made all the easier if using an electric cycle ! We would be happy to offer occasional lifts for further a field.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week