Help with our exotic birds and our garden in rural Limousin, France




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    We are a retired couple with two houses, one at each side of a lovely large garden
    Couples and families would be using a spacious, comfortable 2 bedroom 'gite', with kitchen sitting room shower room and upstairs and downstairs toilet, sat.TV, DVD and lovely walled quiet, private courtyard.

    Singles or friends have a lovely, private, self contained apartment with a superb view across the valley.

    We keep exotic birds, ducks , chickens and pheasants and caring for them would be a priority.

    You can see a Youtube video of the birds 'Stephanie and Henry January 2019' by Fernando Lorenza.

    A fairly good knowledge of English or French is necessary as you will need to be able to understand instructions.

    We are sociable but as we are both getting older, we tire, although we talk everyday, sit and chat, maybe have a drink and get together, we only eat together occasionally.
    You will be provided with the means of preparing a breakfast and lunch and for apartment WAs, I cook a hearty meal in the evening with a glass of wine if you like it!

    Although we are not vegetarian ourselves we provide vegan or vegetarian meals for apartment workawayers.
    I wash fruit and vegetables well before using.
    We do not buy organic fruit and vegetables but we do not object to you buying your own.

    Couples and families usually prefer to cook for themselves in the 'gite.'
    Accommodations are stocked with basic foodstuffs and household products.

    It's very peaceful in our small hamlet. There are French, English, Dutch and even a Brazilian lady living here though so we are quite cosmopolitan!
    Also. there is the BUDDHIST MONASTERY at Les Bosnages just around the corner (10 minute walk)

    The hamlet and buildings were built using Roman/medieval stones and roads (this is an established archaeological area dating back over two thousands years). Our own house has many such stones incorporated in it.

    The views from our property are beautiful. This is perfect cycling country (The Tour de France passes through every few years).

    We can give lifts to local sites or to public transport for the city.

    Non-smokers only please.

    We love meeting workawayers to hear about their travels (as we never go anywhere)

    We can pick you up if you travel from Paris on the TGV (Gare Montparnasse) to Poitiers then train to Le Dorat. Paris direct from GARE AUSTERLITZ to LA SOUTERRAINE. or Bellac, or if necessary Limoges or Limoges airport.
    Then there is the OUIBUS from Toulouse and other places in France.

    We respectfully request that after first contact, you let us know if you change your mind so we can get someone else as soon as possible!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn English and French. enjoy the rural setting and the french way of life.
    Animal management...chickens and ducks ....just care, we do not kill!
    A small knowledge on many different subjects to impart!

  • Help


    Looking after the birds and garden are priority...
    Letting out the chickens and ducks EVERY morning. Half an hour and then go back to bed at the weekend or for breakfast if a week day) Thus we do not expect you to work more than 4 hours per day 5 days per week.
    A weekend of, apart from the letting out duty is allowed for every full week worked.
    Putting out food and water for the birds
    Changing their swimming water sometimes and looking after the ponds.

    We need help with the following.
    Painting. indoors and out.
    Furniture moving,
    Strimming and mowing,
    Watering, weeding

    We welcome skills (carpenters, builders, etc but also need willing people to do heavy work and people who like cleaning house.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and some French

  • Accommodation


    THE 'GITE'.
    Two bedrooms, upstairs toilet and basin, downstairs bathroom with shower, utility room, lounge with SatelliteTV in english, dvds in English and French, Fully equipped kitchen. Lovely private walled courtyard.

    One en suite bedroom with double bed and superb view. Kitchenette in separate room with one double and one single bed with walk on raised terrace overlooking the valley.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are rural, but towns and cities are close by. This is a famous tourist area so there is much to see either Walking or by car/train.
    Our village of Rancon is 10km from Bellac and 8 from Chateauponsac.
    The late Fred Yates the painter had a home here...a prolific painter. We are known for our exhibitions 'Artists of the Gartempe and have three art galleries in our tiny village alone.
    just around the corner from us is the Buddhist monastery at Les Bosnages

    Nearby Limoges has the following sights to see:
    - The Crypt of Saint Martial, 10th century, including the tomb of the bishop who evangelized the city[8] It was discovered in the 1960s.
    - Remains of the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre, one of the largest in the ancient Gaul.[citation needed]
    - The Gothic Limoges Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Étienne de Limoges), begun in 1273 and finished only in 1888. It is noted for a fine rood loft built in 1534 and for the partly octagonal bell tower. The main artistic works are a Renaissance rood screen and the tomb of the bishop Jean de Langeac, with sculpted scenes of the Apocalypse.
    - The Chapelle Saint-Aurélien (14th–17th centuries). It includes the relics of St. Aurelian, the second bishop of Limoges, and has medieval statues and Baroque works of art.
    - The church of St-Pierre-du-Queyroix, begun in the 12th century
    - Church of St-Michel-des-Lions, begun in 1364. It houses the relics of St. Martial and has stained-glass windows from the 15th–16th century. The most striking feature is the 65 m-high tower, with a spire surmounted by a big bronze ball.
    - The bridges of Saint Martial (dating from the Roman era) and of St-Etienne (13th century).

  • 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?

    More than two

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Luxury ensuite bedroom
luxury ensuite bedroom
window overlooking beautiful view of the valley
Fabulous sunsets
Migration of the Cranes in Feb/March and Nov/ Dec
Little ducklings!
view from the hot tub

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