Help us with maintenance of a Chateau in the Auvergne, France



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    N.B. Update message: Thank you Workawayers, for many of your reactions to my announcement. I am still working at my planning for July and August (also depending on guests arriving). So please allow me some more time to take care of this.
    Kind regards, Charles

    For several years I, Charles, have been the owner of this lovely Chateau . My goal is to preserve this historical site (which is ca. 350 years old) for next generations and to further renovate the castle. In order to ‘keep the castle going’, I am financing this goal by exploiting the Chateau as B&B and letting it to groups.

    The previous owner has already done a lot of repair work on the buildings (the chateau, the maison, the theatre room and the gym). The last few years I have been involved in the next steps towards full restoration of the castle, the maintenance of the estate and of course the reception of the guests. My three daughters help me with this alternately.

    My main goal is to create a place where people can come together to meet each other as friends, colleagues or in family. In peace, in nature and silence, but also with all kinds of activities in the area for young and old.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The area is absolutely stunning country land. with a number of farms, which used to belong to the castle, located around. Cows graze, and the neighbor makes cheese (Bleu d'Auvergne, Fourme d'Ambert). Behind the castle is the Gorge d'Avèze through which the Dordogne River flows. Since few people speak English in this area, it is perfect to pick up some French of practice. I myself am fluent in French (although not a native speaker) and also willing to speak French with you. Speaking with our – mostly – French guests is another language challenge.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    Mostly I require help with cleaning this (big!) castle to keep it a great place for receiving and entertaining guests.

    Other tasks could include:

    • Cleaning guest rooms
    • Gardening
    • Home DIY and renovation
    • Maintenance swimming pool
    • Preparing food
    • Creating a hiking path

    I don't expect you to have great experience with gardening, painting and other DIY projects. It is a pre but not required. As long as you are willing to help.

    Since the chateau is dependent of how many and how long guests are staying, it is hard to say exactly how many hours a working day will be. Generally, I believe it will between 4 and 5 hours a day.
    When the whole castle is rented, cleaning is done on Saturdays (full day) but more free time is available during the week.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Inside the castle a whole apartment is available which will provide your privacy.

    It is the intention to have several meals, bbq’s etc. per week together (based on alternating ,or together, preparation of meals. In the garden and swimming pool (not heated) it is possible to relax while respecting the holiday of our guests of course.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    After helping maintaining the castle, there also will be enough time for you to explore the beautiful surroundings. Chateau de Chazelles is located in a nice park-garden in the beautiful landscape of the Auvergne with (extinct) vulcano’s and the 1886 m high Puy de Sancy.

    You can also visit castles like Murol, Chateau de Val, historical places like Besse and the nice little towns like Bourboule and Le Mont Dore.

    The area around Puy de Sancy and around Puy de Dôme offer excellent hiking paths with a magnificent scenery of mountains, volcano’s and lakes.

    The area is also perfect for biking/ mountainbiking. I have two bikes available for you to use. However, biking everywhere will be a challenge so you are free to use my car from time to time as well.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 40 hours a week

Host ref number: 696557419155