1/5 hours north from Bordeaux half an hour from the coast, we have bought a beautiful mini chateau with woods and land. Most of the restoration is done and now we will start creating the organic fruit and arable farm, and plant up the gardens and courtyard. We also will be building a dry stone wall, building a chicken enclosure and painting interiors !
We will be moving in at the end of June so are looking for workawayers from July.
We welcome any help and enjoy conversations and a simple but good life. We speak English, German, Portuguese and French. If you love nature and getting involved, then this is the place for you.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
You could practice or learn French or English. ( We also speak portuguese and German ) You can help cook and learn as you go, and meet people locally who are all very friendly. There is surfing on the local beaches where we can organize for you to go on days off, or go together on day trips. There are lovely gallo-roman churches all over the countryside and in Saintes there is a roman ampitheatre ( 20 minutes away ).
We need help with all sorts of things from digging and planting to start the organic farm, collecting wood from the forest, some dry-stone wall building and general building work ( which will be safe and easy ), joining in with cooking and washing up, building enclosures for chickens, laying hedges, planting up the beginnings of a farm. If you cannot do one job, we have plenty of others ! Any job will be properly explained and we will be working alongside you. You can even do housework if you prefer vacuuming.
french, english, german, portuguese
Big rooms with ensuite bathroom, looking out over the courtyard. We have one room is for one person, and the other is for two people to share. The rooms are separate from our living area so you have a bit of autonomy. We like to eat meals together: Breakfast is fresh baguettes from the local bakery, jams, eggs, cereals, and croissants occasionally. Lunch is usually salad, breads and cheese and hams, and dinners are cooked meals - anything from roast chicken to spaghetti bolognese or hearty soups. If you have allergies/ intolerances, that is no problem. We have very limited internet which can only be done through mobile phone with a sim card. Its fine for emails, whatsapp etc, but not for facebook, browsing the internet etc ! There is good internet access at the rochefort mcdonalds ( ! ) where we can drop you sometimes... We provide all bed linens and towels and laundry is done once a week.
Rochefort is nearby which has lots of interesting museums and cafes, the Marais nearby has walking/ hiking/ canoeing sort of activities, Saintes is a small city with gallo-roman ruins and cafes etc. Bordeaux is 1.5 hours away and we can drop you at the train station. ( Absolutely beautiful city ). The beaches nearby have surfing and boards can be rented. There is a riding stable nearby.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week