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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    Last minute request for March 8th or 10th to 20th approximately.
    I can take one female person for light domestic cleaning, pruning roses, general help.
    There are woodburners. No central heating!
    It's nice to know where you are from, travelling to and from.

    PRIVATE home. Quiet village.
    Would suit ONE independent, MATURE person who respects privacy. Two considered.
    1 to 2 weeks appreciated. Possibly 3 to 4 weeks.
    French speaking.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    France profunde. Retreat. Solitude. Tranquility. Nature.
    Seasonal Touristic Events.
    Place to Pursue interests - reading, music, art, writing, walking, cycling, kayaking, wild river swimming.
    Study French / English.
    Share recipes, preparation, cooking, clearing dishes.
    Piano currently un-tuned.

  • Help


    Apply for TASKS for which you have knowledge, experience and WILL be able to achieve

    March 10 to 20tg 2020
    I can take one female person for light domestic cleaning, pruning roses.
    A hardy soul who doesn't mind the cold. There are woodburners. No central heating!

    The tasks below apply after MAY 2020.

    i. Clear sheds.

    ii. Help to continue / organise decluttering.

    1b) April 2020 onwards : YARD SALES / Organised village Vide Grenier sales / for unwanted items.
    Strong muscles required.. This is not a commercial business.

    GROUP B:
    APPLE Mac / MS WORD / BLURB (or similar) USER is ESSENTIAL plus EBAY/PAYPAL experience
    Help to advertise / sell unwanted items online (local, UK, European) including DIY stuff
    Online 'how to do it' knowledge to research (value, postage costs, etc). especially of piano and recorder sheet music, educational music / books. This is not a business. I am retired from my profession.

    3. Computers:
    3a) Help delete duplicated photos with software purchased.
    3b) Help create digital book(s) of my photos / writings / blog
    3c) Advise how to organise personal documents.

    GROUP C:
    10. Sort and organise tools / building equipment

    11. Four bicycles need service.

    5.. Use electric saws to convert 2 sq metres of unused pine rafters into kindling. help in a team of two. Must be machinery experienced. No insurance provided.

    8. Someone with experience to repair and/or Make a pair of gates, another gate door, repair panel fencing, build garden border fencing.

    6. Apx 6 sq m of soil in open walled shed needs concrete base, before cement mixer is sold.

    9. Sharpen chainsaw - Meditation!

    7. Make rose bush supports using recycled wood, metal or purchased materials. Non urgent but would be nice!

    12. Advise for internal renovation.

    17. Dream of a hammock support to be made or installed.

    GROUP D:
    13. MAY 2020
    Repaint white 40m2 Salon.
    Sand / Paint stair case and well - requires high reach with standing boards.

    14. MAY 2020
    Sand & Repaint external bifold doors, shutters, metal gates, wooden gates
    Two experienced people accepted. I expect it to be about 4 weeks.

    4. Mowing / Weeding / Pruning / Clear Ivy from stone walls

    15. Easy house cleaning in a clean house which must stay clean!
    I am happy to do this but furniture sometimes needs to be moved.

    16. Sewing Machine service check. Some repairs and Patchwork materials to create!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English + French (not fluent)

  • Accommodation


    Renovated ground floor French fermette, built 1850s.
    The chateau is not MY medieval ruin!
    Peaceful village and countryside.
    An hour's drive from public transport.
    You will be collected from station / airport. Looking for a newer vehicle!
    Single bedroom with shared bathroom / shower above bath.
    Twin bedroom if a couple.
    Tent accommodation possible in summer.
    Parking space for vehicle.
    Use exterior toilet and wash area and by arrangement indoor facilities.
    No television.
    24/7 Internet with Extender Wifi system (currently a mystery!)

    Healthy meals with morning coffee / afternoon tea.
    Dine with host - Vegan. Vegetarian. Fish. Lamb , Beef, Chicken. (NEVER pork, turkey, veal).
    Reduced wheat / Gluten free diets.
    Bread usually spelt, rye or other quality grain.
    Wine might be served.
    Contribution appreciated if you imbibe. Alcohol free days! .
    Please provide your own treats such as chocolate / peanut butter / anything you crave for!
    Opportunity to cook providing kitchen rules are respected.
    I am a good cook without recipes but willing to learn new styles of eating.

    1. Follow house rules.
    2. Some small size work clothes available.
    3. Good, not new bicycles, available for cycling in safe, flattish landscape ( see above)
    4. Unsuitable for smokers, alcoholics, animals, children
    5. Spring & Summer - house is dark and cool. Courtyard collects heat from stone walls. Rear garden available to sit and watch sun rise / sunset / bats weather permitting hear cuckoos, nightingales, swallows.
    Winter - interesting retreat from society, isolated, spiritually educational with solitude, tranquillity, opportunity to write,
    draw, hunker down once tasks are achieved.
    Autumn & Winter - If you need central heating then this is not the place for you. Trying to get it connected! Sometimes
    woodturners produce so much heat French doors have to be opened. Other times it's a job to get warm! Woodburners are managed by the HOST for Health & Safety. You may stack logs, chop kindling, bring logs in....
    6. Hot water bottles, electric radiators, blankets, shawls are available.
    Frugal is good but not to be cold!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Collection from Poitiers airport or Chatellerault train station takes apx an hour in each direction!
    Taxi from Chatellerault = 70 to 100 euros in one direction. Sometimes a bus to La Roche Posay.
    There is no other transport.

    Angles sur L'Anglin is a Garden of Paradise, Artists Dream, famous for Magdalennian rock shelter carvings, 'Les Jours' embroidery and a ruined 12th century Chateau. You can walk, cycle, swim, canoe, kayak, fish. The village in winter has fewer than 400 full time residents and in Summer expands with many Parisian and other second home owners. There are restaurants, restos, bars, a wonderful English tea shop serving meals, a bakery, a multi-services bar and shop with Wifi, small library and market vans. Oysters are sold in appropriate months. Check availability in winter as restaurants close without tourists! It has a part time Tourist Office. No cinema. Supermarkets within 10km. Spa town 12km. One to two hours drive to River Loire Chateaux. On the border of Brenne National Park, a haven for flora and fauna. It is unsuitable for those who like city razzamatazz. Every day is different, yet stone walled houses have stood for aons and pathways take you to hidden natural treasures.

    No Street lights after 23h / 24h.
    Roadside gates close around dusk.

  • 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?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 25 hours per week

The village has a ruined forteresse.
2018 - Shutters & Doors need Repaint
2016 - Kitchen labour of love
Shared bathroom with shower above bath.
2019 Gates need Replacement
2014 - rear garden pic taken from "cherry picker" replacing one of two roofs!.
2014 - ME less grey
2017 Big Feet's Last Summer REST IN PEACE 2 February 2018

Host ref number: 928356668642