Help us with our home and garden renovation project in Charente Maritime, France



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  • Description


    We are a young, semi-retired couple - Glyn & Alan and not forgetting our cat Tiggy. Our Charentaise house and barns are in a very pretty little hamlet and you can walk into the local village in 10 minutes via a track through sunflower and maize fields.

    Our nearest beach is 20 minutes by car and the Islands of LÎlle d'Oléron and Îlle d'Ré are just 30 - 40 minutes drive. Its very quiet and picturesque where we live and opposite is a wood with 3 natural springs. At night you can hear the owls calling to each other and in the day the tapping of woodpeckers. The nearest large towns are Saintes 20 minutes by car and Royan on the coast 15 minutes by car.

    The current project we have is helping us to complete the renovation of our house and also it's attached barn into a gite. A lot of work has already been done by ourselves but there's still plenty to do!

    Alan is a semi-retired construction project manager who has worked all of his life on large building projects in and around central London so plenty of guidance and knowledge will be available.

    I was a company director and I organised bespoke tours, holidays and weddings in southern Italy. Since moving to France I have rekindled my love of art - mainly watercolour, acrylic, mixed media, collage and mosaics and I am currently organising a Painting Holiday in France for 2020.

    We have 4 children and 7 wonderful grandsons spread far and wide across the globe and we love it when they visit us.

    All meals will be provided and packed lunches if you decide to go to the beach at the weekend. We can always drop you off and collect you or if you're feeling energetic you can use our bicycles.

    There is a nice mobile home on site that has a double and a single bedroom, bathroom with shower, separate toilet with washbasin, comfortable lounge and kitchen. Wifi is available.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Alan is more than happy to pass on his knowledge about construction and building so if this is something you are involved in you may find it very useful, especially so if you are studying to be a Construction Project Manager or want to work in construction .

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    We would like general help with renovating our house, barn and garden. This may involve mixing concrete, driving the dumper truck, moving materials, ground-clearing, cutting back hedges and trees, constructing walls, landscaping. Some of the heavier building work requires a lot of strength. There will be the opportunity to learn new skills such as stonework, brickwork, rendering, plastering, pointing, tiling and carpentry such as installing new wooden floors. Alan is happy to teach any or all of the above to people who would like to learn these new skills.

    We usually commence at 9.00am and work until 4pm with time for lunch.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, some French (we are still learning)

  • Accommodation


    There is a 38ft mobile home on site with a double and a single bedroom with bathroom with half bath and shower over, separate toilet and washbasin, kitchen area, dining area and a lounge. It is very comfortable. Wifi is available. There is a DVD player in the mobile home.

    There are cooking facilities in the mobile home with a new fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle therefore you can choose if you would like to eat with us or whether you prefer some days to eat in the MH. The choice is yours! We will provide all food/drinks and accommodation.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is always something happening in Royan and Saintes. Our local village is quite quiet, however, it does have a bar which is also the local shop, cafe and post office. There is a cinema night once a month (in French) in the library and the Pizza Man arrives every Thursday evening and parks his van on the church car park. You can always take your pizza and eat it in the bar and watch football if there are any international matches. The bar owner is English. Opposite the bar is a patisserie for croissants, pastries and fresh bread. There is a bus that takes you into town and I can give you these details.

    Nearby and just a very short bike ride away is the extremely picturesque Augustinian Abbey of Sablonceaux which dates back to 1136.

    Our nearest airports are La Rochelle which is 40 minutes drive and Poitiers and Bordeaux which are both 1 1/2 hrs drive. La Rochelle itself is an amazing town and it has a great aquarium, beaches, restaurants, port and 2 cinemas.

    A lot of our friends are French and we have summer BBQs so if you are learning French our friends will enjoy helping you!

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    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

    9.00am - 4.00pm

Host ref number: 898889485312