Horses and nature in an old farm in the center of France near Orléans




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    For an experience in a farm with horses and dogs, if you love nature and are not afraid of hard work! Here you’ll find peace and also many splendid places to visit.

    I am a salesgirl and I represent ecological products from a german company. I am an animal and nature lover. We live in the country but I come from Paris suburbs. I would no longer live there...
    Our house is an 18th century farm surrounded by fields and lands. We have about 15 horses and ponies on 20 hectares, We do some breeding with our stallion. A little stream runs through our land where horses can drink. We have dogs, cats, poultry, birds.
    We live in a county called Berry located in the center of France between Orléans and Bourges.
    Just west is the county called Sologne, where nature is all around, though we are at only 2 hours from Paris. Many trail for horse rides or bicycle tourism have been developed these last years : Along the Loire or through the forest and surrounding the lakes. This is a perfect spot for bicycle, foot or horse tourism.
    East is the wine area of the Loire Valley with vintages like Sancerre, Pouilly, Quincy, Menetou Salon.
    This is also an area full of cultural things to visit : the old city of Bourges, Orléans, many medieval castels, etc.
    We’re also quite close to the Loire valley and its famous castles : Gien, Sully, Chambord are the closest. Beauval, one of the biggest zoo in Europe is also a must see in the area, as well as many other historical sites and floral gardens.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    There are a lot to see around : many castles and touristic monuments, nature sightseeing, hiking etc. We can provide a bicycle or bring them to any bus/train they need. We can lend a horse if he/she knows how to ride.
    If you stay long enough and help a bit more, you could learn how to handle and train hosrses, I can teach horse riding (my former job).
    I love chatting and I love sharing my knowledge. We love having people at home.

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    We live on a farm where there are many things to do. Living on a farm is a lot of work ! We have horses to take care of, to tame, fences to clean and repair, woods to clear and trees to trim. We also have some work in the house like rooms to paint etc. I will shortly undergo a surgery and will be a little handicapped for a while. So I might need help to take care of my animals. Note that it would be good to bring plastic boots if possible, for we can't have all sizes here and it can be very useful.
    I would love to practise my english and improve my italian and my german.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Français, English, Italiano

  • Accommodation


    We've got a guest house which is closed from november to march where our volunteers can stay if they leave the place clean. They will heat the place themself with the logs from my woods. If the lodge is not available, We have rooms in the house to welcome them. The bathroom can be shared with other guests. The rooms and the guest bathroom are at the first floor. We live at ground level with my own bathroom. We will provide our guests with sheets and towels. The rooms can be heated with electric heaters, but the ground floor can be cold in spring so it is best having warm clothes.
    We will provide our guests with food, but they will have to cook and prepare themselves. I have a strange diet that is unshareable ! I usually make an exception on sundays so that will be the day where we can have a feast together !!

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    What else ...

    The weather can be really hot in summer, cold in winter, it’s perfect in autumn. In spring, it is usually part sunny part rainy. There’s many woods, lakes, ponds and rivers around. It’s therefore wonderful to see, but it also bring some bugs so you’ve got to be aware and bring long socks, long work clothes and bug spray, as well as shorts and sun creams. We live in the country in an isolated farm and there can be mud or dust, pollen. Be careful if you have any allergies.

    There is not much transport around, except trains to go to/from Paris (2 hours) and some buses. Our former interns usually went around by bike (we have some) or carpool. We can take you around by car.
    Nearby there is a lake with sand beaches where we can go swimming or water ski. There are rivers where guests can fish, trails to hike or ride a horse.
    In July, there is the national horse riding championship. It can be difficult for me to have many guests because my lodge and my rooms are often rented. But you never know.
    We are non smoker and I am allergic to smoke. So it is strictly forbidden for anyone to smoke here, in the buildings or outside, and we prefer having only non smokers.

    August 2019 is almost full, I already have 2 volunteers. I could make room for a 3rd one if experienced with horses.

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    • 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

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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