Help renovate a farm house in beautiful Brittany. Also help us with French.



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    Hi, Mark and I are renovating a farm house here in beautiful Brittany. We left the rat race and moved here 3 years ago. I used to be a uni lecturer (Social Policy) and Mark was self employed.) We have a variety of animals, and grow our own food. We no longer have the opportunity to travel because of our small holding commitments so opening our home to Workaways is the next best thing. The only thing better than living in our lovely location is giving other people the opportunity to share the experience.

    There are many outdoor pursuits available in our area, from horse riding to canoeing. There are lakes, forests, trails and neolithic sites right on our doorstep and a variety of beaches within 40 minutes of the house. Bikes will be made available. We like to nip down to the beach on a fine day, that's the beauty of living in Central Brittany, you can choose the best coast according to the weather forecast.

    Although our house still needs a lot of work, bedrooms, the bathroom and toilet are all renovated and you will have a comfortable bed, modern facilities, good food and a warm welcome any time of the year.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Animal Care
    Language practice

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    Projects involving children

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    We just need an extra pair of hands to help out around the place. There is always gardening from day to day weeding etc. to landscaping. We also need help with general labouring on the renovation, no specific skills needed. However, if you have specific skills and like the look of our place, please get in touch, we may need your experience and expertise. If French is your first language, we could really do with some tuition.

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    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    The house is located in a tranquil rural setting 3.5 k from the town. You will have a comfortable bedroom, and share a bathroom. The rest of the house is in the process of being renovated but functional.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have dogs living in the house and they are part of our family. The goats and pig are too, but they live outside.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    25 hours a week

Of course, in historic towns like Pontivy, there are timber framed houses similar to this one, a fairy tale castle, which are both in the old quarter. the other part of the town was built by Napoleon. Pontivy features in all the travel guide books and is a University town so full of young people.
And this is Lake Guerledan. There are paths for VTT, horse riding, and walking. There are daily tours on the lake during the season, and you can hire canoes for the day and explore from the water. Lovely.
Cycling is very popular. This was taken shortly after the Tour de France, which came through our commune and ended in the famous Mur-de-Bretagne sprint finish.
This is the Nantes Brest Canal, which is a 2 minute walk from our house. You can cycle either to Pontivy or to Lake Guerledan. Either way, lots of wild life.
This is us! We're a bit camera shy so don't have many photo's of our selves. We're not as photogenic as our animals.
Finally, this is the cow shed, which also contains another bread oven.
More slate divides, it's a really cute space.
A pig sty, (although the goats have taken residence in here.) This is also featured in books as a rare example.)
We also have a bread oven.
This gives the building some perspective - it's pretty big! (can't believe how young I look, def. need to grow my hair back.)
The barn interior is divided by giant slabs of slate, a common method of construction for a barn built at this time.
The stone decoration of the barn is considered rare, which is why Kergoric is featured in books on Breton agricultural architecture.
The date above the barn says it was built in 1717.
This is the barn and hangar.
And this is what it looks like now, with the new roof and windows.
This is the farmhouse before we started the renovations.
This! Meet Mrs Tickle, don\'t worry, you will not be expected to get in with her but she will be happy to be stroked and given gingerbread.She is our pet and 'green' cultivator.
And this little lady being tickled turned into .......................
This is me at my 50th. (The guy next to me is a guest, not Mark.)
This is Leela, (sometimes called Loo).
This is Zoidberg, yes he's wearing his wings. He likes dressing up.
Dot wasn't ill when she came to us, just anti-social. Now she's a good girl, (although she does eat the Kiwi when no ones looking.)
This is Ivy, she was suffering from malnutrition when she came to us. She's a bit intellectually challenged but a real sweetie.
Bramble is one of our rescue goats. She came to us with an 8 inch wound. Now she's fit and healthy, a real old soppy.

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