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If you are practical, positive and energetic and like the idea of being outdoors, we will find you jobs, in exchange for great hospitality, independent accommodation, great food and some visiting
We are a French English couple, Alexandra and Ed. For a few years, we have been restoring our Normandie Farmhouse, while enjoying its produces, sometimes with the help of great workawayers. We live within 20 minutes drive from the main Normandy landing beaches, with 3 horses and 2 dogs and a few chicken. We are well integrated in the local village community and involved in local events. With one of us being French by birth, we can give you good insight into French culture and traditions, and help with progressing your French language if you wish to. Our main home language is English.
If you are looking for outdoor work, are physically fit and happy to live the village life, we can offer you a warm welcome. We offer top class accommodation, and good meals, as well as a personal experience. Do not just take our word for it, read our feedback.
We are looking for help mainly with general maintenance, rotovating, strimming, piling wood, powerwashing.
Alex is French, active in local politics and local social activities. You will have a good insight into traditions and approaches of French people both in Normandy and from my native Alsace. Ed has a wonderful understanding of the landing history, and knows every local site, big or small, related to this historical event. He will tell you a wealth of things you might not know about your country's involvement in those events.
We both love outdoors and have a good understanding of the seasonal demands of living off the land, which we are always happy to share. We are both educated to postgraduate level and speak several languages.
If we feel you are sufficiently responsible, we will have no hesitation involving you in any job you might wish to. Depending on the job we are tackling, this might involve driving our small tractor or doing chainsaw work.
We will always help you plan your exploration of the area, and will make an effort to show you local sites within our time availability.
We are well advanced with the refurbishment of the house and while workawayer are visiting, we concentrate on seasonal help. We like couples or strong individuals to help with general maintenance. It involves working in the garden, lots of weeding, clearing any storm damage, strimming, spring cleaning the stables, and possibly a bit of painting if the weather allows. We will try to give you tasks that fit your skills, we have good tools and are happy to teach you how to use them if you wish to. If you are skilled with strimmers, chainsaw or paint brushes, or if you enjoy general repairs and would get excited about restoring an old lock to functioning, we would welcome your company.
Most of the help we need is physical, outdoor nature. You do not need to be extra strong, but fit and you need to enjoy working outside, whatever the weather. You also need to be motivated to keep going, even if the task does not turn out to be what you expected.
Work with animals is available if you have experience, but will always be combined with other work, and will only be a small part of the day. If you do not have experience with animals but wish to learn, we are happy to share with you what we know about horsemanship, chicken keeping and dog training. We also have the regular visit of our daughter who is one of the local farm vets. So animal stories abound. One of us is bee keeping, and you are welcome to learn from us in this area too, if the season allows you can have some hands on.
We privilege workawayers who can work independently, are responsible, and keep motivated at this.
We will agree volunteering hours to suit you, but expect 25 committed hours a week.
English and french everyday, one of us speaks fluent German if required
Newly decorated very comfortable guest bedroom, with all other facilities shared or most often, your fully equipped 70 square meters studio, with kitchen, bathroom and view on the fields. It is really very nice accommodation, far above what is usually offered. We do not let the studio commercially, so it is most likely to be available when you visit, and is plenty large enough for families.
Meals are included, or if you prefer, you can work less for an accommodation only arrangement. This might be attractive to families or couples who wish to spend a lot of time visiting. We only consider families with their own transport.
You are expected to look after your accommodation, bedroom and bathroom and to leave it spotless, ready for your the next guests or workawayers. Please schedule time before your departure to do so.
Our location is very peaceful, with a lot of wildlife, including house-martins and swallows, hawks, several types of owls and bats. It is however remote from any socializing. To enjoy your stay with us, you need to be looking for simple pleasures, such as the peace of the morning dew on the cow fields. We thrive on the peace of the area and live mainly outdoors, with radio or TV only rarely on. Wifi is plenty and of excellent quality / reliability with your own computer.
Although we would not call ourselves permaculture experts, we use a lot of the local knowledge and methods to grow our produces. We try to look after Mother Earth and use minimal chemicals, both outdoors and in the house. A lot of our food is home grown, although we sometimes indulge in the delights of the local goods such as patisseries.
We have varied, always seasonal, and nice food which I (Alexandra ) enjoy preparing in the French country tradition. We hope you will enjoy sharing it. We are not vegetarian but do not eat meat every day and if you are, we will enjoy adapting our meals for the duration of your stay! Normandy however is the home of dairy, and we would therefore find it more difficult to accommodate anybody who does not eat dairy products.
Once work is finished, there might be the possibility for you to ride the horses if you are a rider, and borrow our bikes for an exploration of the area. Previous (very!) fit workawayer made it to the landing beaches by bike. We will help you plan your visits of the area, and we have always in the past taken workawayers to worthwhile sites of interest to them, but this is obviously depending on our availability. You are also welcome to join in our activities in the village, in which we take an active part.
We only take one workaway ( or one couple) at any one time and pride ourself in looking after you well and giving you a personal experience. We welcome workawayers for their personality and the stories they have to share as well as for the work, and appreciate people with a positive outlook on life.
We are happy to welcome long or short stays (one week or more), with an initial trial period of one week which will be extended if we all get along. Please let us know in your application when and for how long you are hoping to stay. For stays over 3 or 4 weeks we only consider workawayers with their own transport. We have recently had an excellent experience with a couple who joined us for 3 weeks and ended up staying close to 7 months. The independent accomodation we provide allows for this, and in this case we usually agree a pattern of morning work/ lunch together and the remainder of the day for you to organise. Unfortunately we have no feedback to/ from this couple as their membership expired while they were with us.
Non smokers only - this is non negotiable ( hay is far too inflamable)
If we decide to go ahead, we have a detailed briefing note to help you plan your trip.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Your choice of hours, 5 per day, 5 days per week. Less if you choose an accomodation only contract.