Enjoy your time with us as a family member in the unspoiled natural countryside, Pays de la Loire, France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are an English and French couple living with our 96 years old mummy, in 10 hectares (25acres) of unspoiled natural countryside in the Mayenne area. Our property is a protected site for birds and butterflies and obviously we do not allow hunting on our land. Our lakes and woodland support a wide range of wildlife and we aim to upkeep this natural balance.

    Over the last few years we have hosted many workawayers that have helped us to maintain our natural surroundings and renovate our farmhouse. Our farmhouse is now finished and we have remained friends with many of our workawayers.

    During the summer, we are embarking on a new project.
    We have another smaller property 10minutes drive from our farm which needs a lot of attention.
    The house needs to be completely renovated and the garden (3500m2) needs to be revamped.
    Basically everything needs to be done.
    Our intention is to build a small extension (approx 20m2) and a square tower (approx 12m2) for the front door and entrance hall.

    As with the farmhouse we will try to use as many ecological materials (lime, hemp, straw, wood etc) as possible.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Elderly Companionship
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We try to live a simple life close to nature and we try to make things we require rather than just buying them. We are both inventive and respectful of nature and all living things. Our days usually include at least a snippet of fun and originality.
    good fun is the way to hapiness, and we cherish it.

  • Help

    Help

    Primarily workaways will be invited into the family to share in family life and work.
    We are looking for an exchange of knowledge, culture, or language and hopefully all of these.

    The help we require is notably physical in nature, but is always shared and dependent not only on the weather but also on the ability of the workers involved.

    Outdoor work such as gardening, trimming hedges and creating a vegetable plot (permaculture system), will be available as well as renovation work on the house. This will include all trades as there is everything to do.

    Our old mummy required full time surveillance. She is very social and enjoy young company. Veronique is taking care of her, but it would be helpful to have someone around to share a bit of time with her too.

    We seem to always have more than one type of work to do at any one time, so it is usually fairly easy to find a suitable job for each workaway.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have two fully renovated double bedrooms and a shared bathroom with a separate toilet, upstairs for the workaways in our farmhouse.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Food is obviously free and varied. We eat a lot of vegetarian and vegan food but workaways are also free to show us their favourite dish.

    There are plenty of local walks and there are bicycles available to explore further afield.

    Musicians are always welcome. We have a piano and a couple of guitars.

    We have 3 friendly cats, and few chickens

    By experience, I know that short stay doesn't allow to get to know someone well. We both need a few days to adapt to each other and to start to open up..... which is the point of workaway for us, anyway.
    So we would prefer if you stay at least 10 to 15 days minimum.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Generally our expectations are flexible. We usually hope to work 4 to 5 hours a day; 5 days a week but other arrangements can be made.

Martin and Jagan stacking wood for the winter
Agnes painting the utility room
workawayers' bathroom
accomodation for wokawayers
accomodation for workawayers
Yeah ! go on Robin
Sam finishing some jointing
a baby blue tit rescued from the cat's mouth
Mike
Mike and Véronique
The big lake
possible summer accomodation
Help renovate our farmhouse and maintain 10 hectares of lakes, woodland and organic vegetable garden in Mayenne.











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