We are Nat and Lawrence, a husband and wife team who followed our dream and moved to rural Nouvelle Aquitaine in South West France 3 years ago. Nat is a textile artist and Lawrence a builder. We are both keen gardeners and grow as much of our own produce as possible.
Our house is an old farmhouse in a very quiet village. We share our lives with animals, a horse, donkey, chickens, ducks, dogs and cats. We need some help with our vegetable garden, and some renovation projects around the house and garden. We will provide all meals around our table and take you out for a day trip each week to Bordeaux, St Emilion, Aubeterre sur Dronne or Cognac. Being experienced chefs, we can cater to your dietary needs; we are great foodies, eat local or homegrown produce when we can, and are happy to eat veggie, vegan or cater for other dietary restrictions you may have.
During the hot summer months, there is a plunge pool which you can use, as you relax with a glass of local wine overlooking surrounding orchard, vineyards and wooded valleys. We love evenings with friends and music, and have an extensive vinyl collection and an art studio should you wish to make use of them. If you are a horserider, you can help exercise Hopey our horse, or walk Hannah our little donkey. You will have a double or twin with an en suite bathroom as your accommodation, or electric hookup for a motorhome if you would prefer. We speak English as our first language and reasonable French.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
Spend time outdoors learning abouy vegetable gardening and gardening . Animal husbandry. French/English language. Regional knowledge. Opportunities for eco printing and eco dyed textile art.
General and vegetable gardening as we grow as much of our own produce as possible. . A renovation project for our home with tasks such as painting shutters, ceilings and some walls. Help with animal care. Pointing an exterior wall.
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Double, or twin room with ensuite bathroom and coffee/tea making facilities. Air con unit included. Electricity provided for a motorhome if preferred, parking available in our pretty orchard. Meals with hosts, or if preferred, self catering and use of kitchen possible under agreement. We are very flexible and happy to help. making your stay as pleasant as possible.
We are well situated for visits to beautiful towns and cities such as Bordeaux, St Emilion, Brantome, Aubeterre Sur Dronne, Cognac and seaside towns on the West Atlantic coast providing the best oysters in France! We will provide a trip for each week we have guests here, it's your choice! There are train links to Bordeaux and Angouleme. A weekly market at Chalais (8km away) every Monday will provide a great start to every week on a Monday morning. You can choose from many cycling routes, kayaking and canoeing, and a trip to one of the many turquoise lakes in our area, for swimming or walking. Barbecue and live music nights around a small lake are held regularly throughout the summer in the next village 4km away.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
we have a lovely orchard next door to a vineyard which is an ideal spot for a motor home, of any size.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week