Help us with renovations and gardening near Moulins, central France



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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    We are a family of three - our son Hugo is 9 yrs old - and we live in central France, hosting French students and adults for English (sometimes Theatre-in-English) Immersion a week at a time. We have an old farm property, Chapière, that we are renovating very slowly (and trying to increase the food production, too).
    We moved here - from London, via 5 yrs in the Scottish Highlands - pretty much full time a few years ago and Hugo is at a Steiner school here and completely bilingual. As are we. Almost. Hugo frequently corrects his parents' pronunciation!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Fully bilingual family (though English spoken at home) deeply immersed in French rural life. My wife and I were both professional actors and now use theatre in teaching English, particularly in our 'Theatre-in-English' 'séjours'.
    Our son goes to a Waldorf Steiner school (in the middle of the forest!) and we're quite involved in the school and all its activities, markets, fêtes etc..

  • Help


    General physical help is what's needed but anyone with roofing, building, farming, gardening (etc.) experience more than welcome. But extra - willing but unskilled! - pairs of hands are just as welcome.
    Good food and wine guaranteed; my wife, Tanya, is a dab-hand at Thai, French, Italian, English and Japanese cooking.
    And we don't work too ridiculously hard, either; plenty of time and opportunity for relaxation and enjoyment of the area.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and French (& Japanese)

  • Accommodation


    One double bedroom in the (already-renovated!) house available at the moment (NON-SMOKING). But one early project is to renovate the 'bread-oven' into self-contained accommodation.
    In fact, right now, we'd all probably stay 25-mins away in my father-in-law's 5-bedroom house (where we do the English Immersion teaching) in Noyant d'Allier, and travel to Chapière, the farmhouse outside Saint Plaisir when working there, although there are jobs aplenty to be done on the Noyant house, as it is a lovely old '19-teens' 'Townhouse' - on the edge of the village! The village itself has a large Vietnamese population, so there is a temple and a 6m golden Buddha, as well as an excellent restaurant, 'Le Petit d'Asie'. There is also a Mining Museum, a beautiful 'Chateau-fort' and a Velorail. Not bad for a tiny French country village!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    VERY peaceful, rural, unspoiled part of beautiful France. Two beautiful towns close by - Moulins and Montluçon - and two bigger just an hour away - Nevers and Bourges. Paris 2.5hrs by train. Volcanic region of Puy-de-Dôme and the regional capital, Clermont-Ferrand, 75 mins away.
    Bikes and buses available but we're always in and out of Moulins, so happy to ferry you there - or to the station.
    We live a pretty relaxed way of life and really only have one absolute no-no which is smoking.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Old farmhouse (NOT where we live when we're there!) at Chapière.
Bamboo at Chapière
Catalpa (Indian bean) tree in 'upper' field at Chapière
The crumbling 'oven' part of the Bread-oven building, Chapière.
Father-in-law's house (where we spend A LOT of time) in Noyant d'Allier.
Hugo camping out - at Chapière!
Jonathan, Tanya & Hugo Tanner in forest next to Chapière a couple of Christmases ago...
Tanya & Hugo at Noyant's Buddhist Temple
Local produce...
Stove pipes drying in front of 'Bread-oven' (pain-a-four), Chapière.
Well and hammock at Chapière
Hammock in 'lower/well' field at Chapière, seen through Judas tree.

Host ref number: 812885236137