Varied workaway in friendly household Brittany, France

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  • Description

    Description

    Workaway available. Immediate start Central Brittany.

    Hello!

    We are Philippa (Pip) & Allan. We are a semi-retired British couple in our late fifties who moved from Yorkshire to France 10 years ago. We live in central Brittany, in France, near to the beautiful Medieval town of Josselin.

    We need friendly and sociable workawayers to help us with a variety of general and maintenance tasks, gardening and animal care. Allan's constructing a woodshed at the moment and we need some help with landscaping and creating more parking at the front of our house. Philippa is having a major declutter. There will be other bits and bobs to do in the garden and usual 'mucking in' with household tasks.

    Plenty of opportunities to get out and about and socialise too.

    We have hosted workawayers for the past 8 years. It's been a great experience and we love having fun and interesting people to stay. We've met some fab people from all over the globe and have kept in touch with several and have even met up again with them when we've been on our own travels to Australia and New Zealand, oh...and we've also been workawayers ourselves.

    We are both friendly, sociable, fun-loving people and really enjoy the life here, although we are both avid travellers and 'home exchangers' too. Philippa loves acting and runs a drama group and enjoys doing arty-crafty stuff. Allan played rugby and canoed competitively for many years and loves watching all kinds of sport. We both enjoy playing cards and some board games. Neither of us smoke and inside the house is strictly no smoking. We enjoy interesting conversation over a glass of wine! Currently our 29 year old son is also living with us.

    We are in a village location, which has some basic amenities including a bakery, bar etc. However, there is no public transport in the village itself, so workawayers who have their own transport is a big bonus.

    We will have our friendly dog and cuddly cat at home, so looking for animal lovers and cannot accept people with pet allergies. Sorry, but we cannot cater for strict vegetarians/vegans, as we ourselves are meat/fish eaters. (Though we are trying to reduce our meat intake and our son is vegetarian but eats fish, so can be reasonably flexible)

    The area itself is lovely. Beautiful villages and towns to explore, great woodland walks and countryside. One of our favourite spots is the Lac au Duc, less than 15 minutes away where there's a range of watersports available. There's also a beautiful 9 hole golf course nearby and we have clubs if you wish to play.

    Come and have some fun in beautiful central Brittany :-))

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Brittany is a great location with lots of heritage and lovely countryside. Lots to do. We can take you out and about or there are cheap buses for day trips to Vannes etc. We often have social events at home or meet with friends locally, enjoy going to music nights, theatre or quiz nights and on a Sunday we enjoy browsing the local 'brocante' events where you never know what treasures you are going to find!

  • Help

    Help

    We like practically minded workawayers who don't mind getting 'stuck in', can use their own initiative and have a 'Can Do' attitude in helping unsupervised. Enthusiasm more important than experience, as long as you are eager to learn! We always appreciate help with general chores too as we like to see you as members of our family/household so 'mucking in' with the usual things that go along with that. :-) Prefer aged 23+

    Tasks will be varied, but may include help in the house, de-cluttering, cleaning, animal care, gardening, weeding, painting furniture, general maintenance and repairs etc. There's always lots to sort and various tasks to do, so looking for a practically minded people to help us.

    We speak English at home and whilst we are happy to host workawayers whose native language is not English and who wish to have the opportunity to practice their English language skills, you MUST have a good level of English to begin with.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Comfortable double room in our spacious farmhouse with pretty much sole use of the bathroom.
    We have all the usual stuff like UK TV and Wifi and Amazon Prime. We have a large garden and live in a village location. All meals will be provided during your stay.
    We look forward to hearing from you!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are ideally looking for mature, responsible workawayers, ideally aged 23+ who have previous work experience. Sorry we can't host families or people travelling with their own pets.

  • 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

    Decent wifi (most of the time!)

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is plenty of parking on site

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4-5 hours per day, 5 days a week (flexible)

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