Hi our names are Pete & Vikki, we have lived in France for over 12yrs now & this is our 2nd renovation project. We live in a huge fortified farm dating back to 15th century, & some areas could date before that. The house is situated on 9 acres of land, some of which is used by a local farmer for cattle grazing & crop growing. The house is a total renovation with 5 rooms completed, we have been gradually replacing & repairing roofs. We share our home with 6 rescue cats & a rescue dog (Tufty) who loves everyone , he is 8yrs old, & we have just taken on Jazz a sporting whippet. We also have several cockerels & their ladies, ducks & Terry our one eyed Turkey & his lady. We have our own business which we have to work around the renovation. We are looking for help especially we are now into 2017 as we are running a B&B & camping a la ferme, we are currently working on a further B&B room. We would like a couple of workaways at the same time that are keen to, learn & assist in creating rooms, putting up ceilings, lime semi exposure to stone walls, painting & decorating, sanding. Also with 9 acres, tree felling, & logging, veg plot & general gardening skills, grass cutting weeding etc. If this is a bit of you please contact us. Especially seeking workaways during end of October & November 2018 to reclaim land that has been used as a dumping ground by previous owners, metals, timber & plastics to separate & recycle, tree felling, & ground clearance in a building ready to renovate.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
We would like assistance with reclaiming unkept land, demolishing & clearing building, grass cutting & hedge/ bramble clearance & veg plot ( weather dependant).
Copse clearance & wood cutting.
Building works, stud walling, painting, rewiring & plumbing.
You would need to be physically strong & enthusiastic, have vision for the task in hand. Love & appreciate the countryside.
English & French
You will be provided with a 4 berth caravan, fully functioning, toilet & shower, access to the house bathroom if preferred.
You can prepare your own breakfast & lunch using the caravan facilities if preferred. Evening meal will be cooked for you, or all meals can be shared together.
Linen, towels & toilet rolls will be provided.
Emptying of caravan toilet & water top up will be your responsibility.
Or a double bedroom en suite within the main house, or kingsize room ( subject to availability) linen & towels provided,
Our property is in the middle of the countryside, local shops, markets & bars are 5 minutes drive in a car, so your own transport is necessary if you wish to sight see.
Can provide bicycles with notice.
Beaches 1 hr
La Rochelle historic port 1 hr
Marais canals 40mins
Loire valley vin yards & chateaux 40mins
La Rochelle airport 1 hr
Puy du Fou 40mins
Largeasse ice age rock formations 10mins
There are various local chateaux & fortified buildings, nearest 5 mins away
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours per day ( to be discussed to work around our working hours)