Enjoy Housesitting at a peaceful ex-old-Ranch in Normandy in Brittany, France




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    We always continuously look for at least 1 or more Housesitters ! (all year round...)
    Very easy going ... or flexible responsible persons welcome!
    We always look for someone, at least 1 or even more (come with your friends and/or family too ! and Your pets ;
    There may be just 1 workawayer or more from time to time onsite... depends on who comes and go...
    Welcome to Motorhomes ! (lots of Parking Space)

    - Welcome for either short stay (but we always would prefer long term stay)...

    ASAP we look immediately for at least 1 house sitter or more ... (no work required to housesitters - Except as when discussed before stay ).

    We always need from time to time , for at least 1 or more house sitters !
    From ASAP and/or in future too.. Housesitters are always welcome... :-)

    1) HOUSE SITTER : If house sitting - you would provide your own meals - and accommodation would be camping? or a room depending - to discuss...

    2) VOLUNTEER : a volunteer (to help with for example gardening, painting, tidying up) - If volunteering - would it be either less or up to five hours a day, or to discuss as very flexible - meals included? And camping or a room ? to confirm. To discuss .

    Are you on skype? Please contact us ASAP or in future. you are always welcome!
    We wish we could be of some help to you ! That is our reward to make sure you keep a good memory of France & Normandy.

    ■ TRAIN station:
    the project Site is located near
    only about only 2h1/2 from Paris by Car and motorway or by Train.
    we are 12 km from train station in resort city known for hot water springs and health medical centre of - BAGNOLES DE L'ORNE (61/ORNE).

    site located in the heart of regional park.
    The house is remote as 500m from any other house but the area is not remote as verh lively & touristic area...
    Also only 1h drive from famous Normandy WWII D-Day beaches !

    Please don't hesitate to place this add on your advertising board if possible if you don't mind. And forward it to your friends.

    Welcome To backpackers!
    Welcome To all who love walking, hicking trekking etc...and nature! .. discovery and adventure! Who love life!

    (Also 1 or many motorhomes are welcome as lot of parking space in workaway site in Normandy and/or at a wonderful seaside remote home and site in britany ).
    - even a few American Motorhomes would find space for parking...!

    Having been in America and London and England and traveling too in the past...
    We are sort of willing to welcome travelers too in France - and all who need a peaceful break in a wildlife Park !
    And have our site as to be their temporary home...and site.
    We also have a passion as to keep it an eco-environmental friendly dream as it is...and always has been. .. a paradise!

    ■ CAMPING in your own tent.
    But as for now there is no comfort yet you are welcome to use your own tent or your motorhome as it is quite nearly Only 1 option jn summer that is camping in your own tent in the yard
    - or camping in the little tiny caravan in the yard...
    - Or in your own MOTORHOME !
    - or in 1 room in the house that need you to tidy up before using...

    There is a lot of space even for a group of volunteers to do vamoing on site ...
    as the yard is big enough if you like to sleep in your own tent... or install a big tent for more ...

    Drinking Water is from the well .
    (But the well seems needs a clean up... before we can use it again for drinking/ work in progress)
    However there is plenty of water.
    And you have also plenry of mineral water at local nearby shop.
    And free fountain tap at little hamlet too just next door.

    the tiny little cheap supermarket is only 10 minute walk in little typical hamlet nearby.

    The garden had not been used since a few years and need be done again if anyone wishes... but not necessary.
    You can have your own chicken and fresh egg if that pleases you!
    But wild plants have grown all over even in the yard.
    It need someone who love being in the wilderness! As for now it is left wild... With only squirrels and birds around you!
    It is full of lovely wildlife and nature.. hiking around is wonderful as in the regional Park.

    ■REMOTE but Touristic area!
    The house is isolated in countryside and nearest neighbours are 500 m across fields.
    A very pretty lovely resort city is only 12km away.
    Plenty of historic sites All around (middle age little cities and castles mostly)...
    and wold war 2 Normandy beaches are only 1h drive ... so is the famous Mt St Michel too (around 1h/ 100km).
    We are about only 2h30 drive from Paris .
    Many Parisiens since years have their countryside home or castle near us.. as so nearby.
    The little resort city is so unique and so pretty with its thermal health centre and little lake and casino and the forest that is great for its hiking trails, hiking around hills too, and riding... Also a lake for holidays and sport and outdoors activities in the resort city. ..and their hippodrome !

    As this area is famous for having a passion for horses And Horse races... as well as for a history and authenticity ..and was famous for hills full of apple and pear trees everywhere... and corn fields and pastures for cows ....as it is the nest of the famous worldwide known camembert from Normandy -and famous cookies and plenty of fresh milk ( and butter) direct from farmer!

    Please don't hesitate contact me ASAP.
    We need urgently 1 or more people to house sitter at present ...
    or even for a long term stay is better .
    But whatever is convenient for you would be fine.
    All are welcome !

    ■ French immersion.
    It is a great place for French immersion too....!
    It is lives by british prople as many of them own their holiday house near by and all over the area...

    ■ECO PROJECT - Work in progress.
    The eco-project is about to start soon... so,
    for now it is mostly about : to clear the yard and garden ( and fields around ) from thorns and wild plants...

    There will be different possible activities :
    1/ Housesitters/caretakers (from now /ASAP/ urgently needed )...
    2/ Gardener or Help to clear the yard and garden from thorns and wild plants . NOW because of all sort of wild thorns and bushes are covering the whole yard and fields around... (and may be in winter needs some firewood cutting etc...).

    ==== In the future ( or even now ?) ====
    we may need someone or few people for :
    3 / light work refurbishing/ painting of 1 room/ check electrical/ mobile solar panel to install. ..etc...
    4/ Eventually sometimes we may need someone who like to take care or keep an eye on 2 or 3 Horses (from time to time / Now yet / Not needed now as Not even 1 horse but please let me know just in case you are interested in horses ).

    Any Volunteer for any of these activities is welcome!

    For this countryside site, not far from famous NORMANDY BEACHES... this area was the road were wwII allied came by to free france! ...
    Located in the heart of the beautiful Normandy Park: "Parc Regional Normandie Maine ". ( that is a paradise mostly for those who love wildlife and camping in the wild...).

    It is still a dream to finish this sort of Eco environmental Project ...That is work in Progress!
    As to protect Nature around us...

    And may be a (flexible) workaway team is to be set up ! ?... We are open to suggestions. ..
    But at present it looks more like a chaos and need a lot of cleaning and also gardening and hard though easy and quick work to clear and tidy up the yard...to start with...

    - It is a Great place for Wildlife, Rest and having a healthy living peaceful Break ! And for creative people who love Photography etc... or whoever looks for inspiration and environment...

    We are not far away from a very pretty resort City, and its leisure centre and small Lake, and the famous SPA Thermal medical centre (with hot water springs), with doctors at health centre...

    ■ HISTORY:
    A lot of HISTORY around with middle age and more recent castles from middle age to now...and amazing stylish typical places with a lot of history. only 1h drive from WWII Normandy beaches...

    ■ PEACE and REST for a great peaceful BREAK between travels :
    This Area is well-known for being peaceful. to be immersed in Nature and wildlife.
    a Great place to have a break after or before travelling a lot !

    wildlife from the area comes and takes refuge with us... incl. wild animals such as a sort of deer around, and foxes, wild pigs, wild rabbits, although they are all more elusive and you would be lucky to see them. But you will mostly hear the very many birds singing! as they take refuge and the trees around the fields and old house...

    ■ NATURE:
    It's a great place for whoever have a passion for Nature and Environment
    And whoever likes rural life ! - and also whoever likes sustainable/self sufficient living. ..

    ■ OUTDOORS and mostly Hiking :
    However there are many outdoors activities and fun, horse ridding clubs around, like hiking, biking, jogging, ridding, fishing in local rivers, and lots more... A wonderful Natural Park area ! There are a lot of walking paths around... and a nearby Forest …
    This is a great area ! For whoever loves nature and outdoors.

    Normandy is famous for its famous Food : camembert cheese and fresh cow milk etc…
    A small supermarket is only 10 minutes walk from the site.

    This project wants to be the little paradise for those who need a break and those who love creativity in peace and rest within a wildlife environment !
    ( But dont forget at present it is no comfort ... only wildlife ! Nature ! All is still to be set... ) .

    You are ALL more than welcome!!!
    But even more welcome if you prefer or decide to stay for a long time...!!!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange :

    You'll be in the heart of a Regional Park.
    You'll be in lovely natural setting.

    ECO PROJECT or in progress:
    So it is a sort of ECO project work in progress... and/or to set up. ..

    It's also great for whoever look for a beautiful French immersion to learn french!
    As located in the heart of France! To enjoy learning french easily...
    You will like to enjoy the peace of the real heart of Normandy Park. Some of you would like this place because it is a great place for a learning french immersion ! To learn french language...

    So you'll have a chance to stay close to a pretty resort city and it's hot water medical centre , and the area many outdoor activities....and many tourism sites...
    it is one of the most relax area in France and well known for Tourism - as it is one of France most beautiful area...
    Also Not far from WWII D-Day Normandy beaches;
    And The worldwide UNESCO Site of Mont St Michel... Both about 1h drive by car).

    Normandy is famous also for being a place where people love race horses ! and there are a lot around .
    Some of you may like learning something about countryside life;
    some about horses;

    BUT it is also for some of you a chance to have a rest and peaceful break and a holiday in a very peaceful part of a Regional Park in France...

    Tyral is friend of our friend Rhys - both from Australia- .
    Rhys did travel across Europe by bike...
    Tyral loved walking long distances. .. and travelled all over the world...Tyral stayed there approx 6 months... and that is his lovely comment he sent me recently ( just after his departure in Nov/Dec 2016):

    Tyral said:
    《Yeah I will ask around and see if I have any friends keen. My other friend is still staying in Australia now. But I will put the feelers out. My time at the farm has been absolutely amazing it helped me out a lot and I really really enjoyed it. It was the perfect break. I will always be grateful. So Thank you joelle. I will stay in touch. I still have to see what happens with the (next travel ). But it wouldn't have happened if I didn't have your awesome little place to sort it all from.》

  • Help


    so you can choose what you like to Volunteer for :

    HELP: as HOUSE SITTER is required NOW !
    Now, ASAP, At present Help is needed to Housesit
    And also another HELP is needed to clear the yard from thorns and wild plants… there is a well with natural water (underground natural fresh water & nearby natural spring of water) but the well needs to be fully cleaned as a piece of wood fell inside!!! It used to be a well for drinkable water -(but not anymore till it is cleaned !!! ). However there is water but not drinkable on the site.
    ■if you volunteer just as housessitter you organise yourself as you wish.

    GARDEN and YARD - to clear thorns etc...
    ■ Gardening ( and Optional : wood cutting required in winter only may be / And may be cutting of 1 or 2 fallen trees! )
    It Now needs CLEARING yard and garden and field around from THORNS and wild plants and wild bushes :
    You can create your own vegetable garden if you wish ! You can have your own free-range chicken and have fresh eggs each day! The area is known for its apples trees and pear trees (and for mushrooms !) ...
    And Fresh milk from local farmers. ..

    You are welcome as either housessitter or as caretaker for the ex-ranch.
    [[ And also we may need someone soon or in future to take care or keep an eye on animals in the fields from time to time , when or if animals are around -if any- in case it needs moving portable electric fence for managed grazing of 1 or 2 horses !…]].
    HORSES :
    ■If you volunteer with horse(s) : if and when there are 1 or more horses around: it may need 1or 2 h each day of ordinary routine: The morning routine involves feeding and cleaning the 2 or 3 horses. And then you are usually free.
    The horses will be also in field just next to the house...
    ■ it may be required some help build a quick shelter for horses ( or whatever is needed from time to time... but not necessarily...).

    Optional : PAINTING 1 room :
    ■if you like you can help painting... 1 room ... eventually refurbishing / but only a little light work...

    Optional : Mobile SOLAR PANEL to install
    ■ anyone welcome to install mobile solar panels !!!

    Therefore in 2016, we decided to help 'workawayers ' on holidays...or in between jobs or houses sits.

    So we always anyway welcome all or any 1 of these skills :
    • Imagination, creativity, and rapid response to crises
    • Proven reliability, integrity and discretion
    • Non-smokers is better...
    • ( NOT Now : Diverse and advanced DIY building, maintenance, decorating and equipment skills to fix or set up the shower and toilet and solar panels etc.... )
    • Gardening (mostly clearing the wild plants and thorns ..)
    • Team manager who loves organise or Supervising ...

    Whoever would love the whole idea of being alone... or either when there are others...alongside other workawayers too -if it happens that we have a team there. ..

    We welcome whoever has a vision ! and feel honoured to be part of a 'dream'. !!!
    We particularly like to give out projects which may include
    (NOT NOW : redesigning & fitting a kitchen/shower etc...)
    (NOT NOW but in Winter: cutting firewood )
    Is welcome whoever likes and/or cutting and removing 1 or 2 large and small trees, clearing barns, building a small horse shed, setting up a TV satellite system & re-painting refurbishing 1 room and its walls to name but a few ...

    You are also welcome to visit us on an regular basis when you need a rest and break!
    And we welcome also whoever still love the idea of different challenges and getting to know new people.

    We also welcome highly anyone happy to work hard, enjoy a challenge and everything that life throws at us.
    And Anyone who love to have a great Peaceful break...

    A lot of British people have a countryside home in this area! And They love it!
    And a lot of Parisian owner of local Castles nested in the Natural Park of Normandy come to have a rest in this lovely area.

    Till now we have been blessed with positive experiences and made some life-long friendships along the w

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    Spanish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    i have learnt a few languages even in University ... and used also to be on/off teacher and also sometimes longterm teacher, and TEACH languages also privately and individually. and also Teach French Language and culture in schools and university as main Teacher. I did Taught (3/4) of a year ELECTRONICs in public school in France, and in Colleges in UK.

  • Accommodation


    wildlife and camping in the yard in your own tent … ( The yard gives even space for a family or a small goup ! and you can come with your dog ) ...

    As it is ex-old ranch, work in progress, at present it is still more like camping ! - no comfort or very limited ( as it needs to be refurbished or installed.)
    It needs a lot of cleaning and Tiddy up... It is quite a chaos now!!! and only Nature and wilderness...

    At beginning you may have to be very self organised...

    CAMPING IN A TENT OR IN A CARAVAN in the yard or in the fields :
    It is for You if you really like wildlife and camping in a tent in the yard .. (even a family or a small goup are welcome ! and you can come with your own tent and your dog ) ...
    There is also a small caravan in the yard...

    CAMPING-Cars and MOTORHOMEs welcome !
    We Welcome camping-cars ! so you can have your own space...

    MEALs and Expenses :
    (Meals are NOT provided at present... and all expenses are yours... (But to see depending on what you volunteer for ).

    WIFI & INTERNET access Via sim card and tel mob :
    WIFI via your own tablet or smartphone or via SFR french network. (You buy your own SIM card at local SFR stores. Unless you already have your own wifi ).
    Free wifi & Internet access is in nearby towns (5km away) and in small towns around...

    TRAIN :
    Train station is not far away ...12 km away.
    Trains are coming from Paris mostly...we are about approx 3h by car or by train from Paris.
    Some Coaches come from some small towns near us too...

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    in middle of nature and countryside... a beautiful National Park...and treckking. .trails..

    It's perfect for a great break as a french immersion - as to learn french! as nobody speaks english around or very little !... or few young people... it is a very rustic area.. very genuinely french !
    And the resort city is instead very posh and sophisticated and with plenty of Tourists... and people from Paris or from nearby England who have their second home or countryside villa and/or castle in this area...

    The bus stop (near by ) gives you a good chance to explore this area well known for tourism.
    It's a great place for Bio and natural organic local food as Normandy has the best natural products !
    There is a lot of cycling around or walk paths...
    Horse riding schools as it is well known as a Horses area.
    But it is also the best place for reading and having a peaceful break and rest !

    You are more than welcome when you have your transport or your own car..
    even camping-car are welcome as quite remote…
    the nearest little village and shop mini supermarket is 1km away…
    otherwise you may need get or have your own bike !
    The nearest Bus stop is 5km. and the last stop for the Train station from Paris is 12 km away.

    In France you can easily travel anywhere , even remote locations, using BlaBla cars ! for sharing a ride ...

    we are willing to make this world a better Place... and help you !

    We are reachable via Skype lite app.. ( Download Skype lite free app ).
    Contact us for more details... Don't hesitate.
    send us your tel mob nb to contact you on whatsApp

  • 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

    You need your OWN internet connection such as SFR or ORANGE or FREE SIM CARD on your tablet or your tel mob.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    people with their own vehicle is far better - lots of parking space -. because NO BUS or public transport nearby. you need go 5km to get a bus.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    great to have pets around ! they love this place as quite on its own (little remote) though not very remote as neighbours...

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    No work or Very Flexible ( 5 to 10 h a week or so at present )

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