Come and help restore an old hunting lodge in mid France



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  • Description


    We have had a great year hosting many diverse workawayers with lots of happy memories, and look forward to a great 2018!

    We have been living and working here for the last 23 years. The property is set in 23 acres (9.25 hectares) and is made up of a hunting lodge, farmhouse and a rundown Porcherie. Jennifer is a catering manager in hospitality for a motor sport team, Malcolm is a working musician. Malcolm also works as a professional antique stove restorer, so there are always interesting architectural antiques about the place. We are both in our 50’s. Jennie has a wide repertoire in the kitchen and is quite happy to teach those that are willing. She can teach the following cuisines: Indian; French; Cordon Bleu and good old fashioned English country cooking. Jennie is also an excellent vegetarian cook.

    We have an adorable border collie called Sully, four cats and pond full of Indian runner, khaki campbell and call ducks and a goose. We have a productive veggie plot which helps to feed us throughout the year. We look upon our five acre landscaping project as a working canvas, so anyone interested in bringing fresh ideas would be most welcome.

    There are always ongoing projects that we need help with. Duties will include: gardening on the veggie plot; general gardening; hedging; wood chopping. Looking after the various animals, building work under supervision. We have a tractor, commercial mower, a digger and a dumper all of which get constant use throughout the summer months!

    The property is in a rural location, 15 minutes from the nearest town. Situated on a quiet lane the house is within easy reach of Paray Le Monial, Marcigny and Roanne. Situated near two villages, both with thriving bar/restaurants offering local fare, the area is very peaceful. And the locals are very friendly! We have mountain bikes that you can use whilst you are here. If you like fishing, the Loire River is 5 minutes away by bike. We travel quite often looking for stoves, you would be welcome to come with us and see some of France.

    We are working hard to finish the accommodation which will consist of 1 bedrooms and a shared bathroom, or the choice of a caravan, if you want your own space. We’re hoping for a maximum of four people at the peak period in the summer

    Malcolm is professional rock/blues musicians, so musicians, bring your instruments you are welcome to come and jam!

    After our last experience with a long term winter workawayer, and after careful consideration, we have decided to close our doors from September 2017 through to spring 2018. Long term winter stays here are not for the faint hearted without some degree of fiscal independence and a vehicle.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Help


    Projects for 2018 include: finishing off wood shed; fencing the paddock and hanging some gates, cutting down some trees in the copse and preparing the wood for firewood; building a stone wall around the fromagerie; fixing a plasterboard shell in the upstairs bedroom and loft. (The list is endless!)

    Malcolm is a microlight pilot and is looking for someone with an engineering background or keen on aviation to help with the specific task of stripping and rebuilding his Raven microlight, which is a couple of days work.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French

  • Accommodation


    max 2 per room depending on demand with shared bathroom

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    25-30 hours a week

Matteo and Roberta enjoying a little "couple" time!
Matteo, dumper truck driving!
grass cutting team
Mickey looking pleased with the progress of his new doorway
Bon appetit!
Mickey & Katinka enjoying a bit of haymaking
There you are Nathan!
Aerial view of Le Bois Cleyet
19th century hunting lodge
Pizza nite!
Krista feeding the donkeys

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