Help with our exotic birds and lovely garden in rural Rancon, France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a retired couple with two houses on opposite sides of the large garden
    The 'gite' has 2 double bedrooms (see photos) , upstairs and downstairs toilet, and shower, ENGLISH SATELLITE TV, DVD and lovely walled, quiet, private courtyard.
    A separate apartment has 2 double bedrooms one ensuite.

    We keep lots of varieties of birds, ducks , chickens and pheasants and caring for them would be a priority....mainly letting them out in the morning.
    You can see a YouTube video of the birds 'Stephanie and Henry January 2019' by Fernando Lorenza.

    I speak French but a fairly good knowledge of English is necessary as to avoid confusion!

    We are sociable but as we are both getting older, we tire easily....so, although we see you every day to talk we are not able to socialise much! We sometimes have an apero in the evening. We love meeting workawayers to hear about their travels (as we never go anywhere)
    You do your own cooking and give us a shopping list. (If single, I can cook you an evening meal and will provide food for your breakfast and lunch)
    The house is stocked with basic foodstuffs and household products. We buy basic healthy food for all diets.
    You buy your own alcohol if you drink but we give some at the weekends.

    It's very peaceful in our small hamlet. There are French, English, Dutch and even a Brazilian (ex workawayer) 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 views from our property are beautiful (see photos)This is perfect cycling country (The Tour de France passes through every few years).
    The hamlet and buildings were built using Roman/medieval stones and roads (this is an established archaeological area dating back over millenia)

    We have the wonderful Crane migration spectacle here in March and October.


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

    Non-smokers only please.

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

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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!
    Work with Lime mortar is a good skill to learn
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    A small knowledge on many different subjects to impart!

  • Help

    Help

    Looking after the birds and garden are priority...
    Letting out the chickens and ducks morning.
    Putting out food and water for the birds
    Changing their swimming water sometimes and looking after the ponds.

    We need help with the following.
    Birds (priority)
    Watering, weeding
    Strimming and mowing,
    Cleaning.
    Repair project

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    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.

    THE APARTMENT 2 double bedrooms one ensuite. Cooking facilities.

  • 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

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Sitting room in gite
Front bedroom
Back bedroom overlooking patio
Patio from the bedroom
Path from our house to your house
View from our garden
Fabulous sunsets
Migration of the Cranes in Feb/March and Nov/ Dec
Little ducklings!
view from the hot tub

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