Self-sufficiency town smallholding and Tearoom in the beautiful Poitiers Charente, France



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    We are a registered Charity here in Charente, France.... we have recently found a house central to the 4000 population town which has recently become available to us....with the aid of workawayer volunteers we will be 'de-renovating' a part of the 350 year old house back to its original state, (circa 1880 >>1920..)......we will open a Tearoom and a traditional Shop and a Living Museum (circa 1880)....Therefore a part of the large townhouse will be lived in the traditional style of the Victorian era ie NO electric and NO running water just oil lamps and well water...

    The spotlessly clean upper part of the 4 storey house will be more in the style of the modern era but with period furniture.

    There will be from late March 2021 a Self Reliance School teaching the skills and traditions of the yesteryear...(Food Preserving, Curing Meats, Cheese Making, Home Baking etc) also a Tearoom and Traditional Shop and finally 4 letting rooms for long term guests.

    Or ethos is "If you can not grow it, rear it or make it, then source it locally" therefore we will have a vegetable and fruit garden and small town farm....

    Here we strongly believe in our project mantra "Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, and in the very last resort, Recycle" therefore please do not bring any plastic with you...we do not have any system for creating rubbish therfore we do not have a system for getting rid of it...!!!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

    I would be delighted to teach you the skills of yesteryear as every day is the main ''canning'' season for preservation of foods for the year and I would be delighted to teach you old & sure techniques...Maybe you could teach me a few....!!!

  • Help


    Dearest Workawayers,

    Bonjour, Bon Dia, Buenos Dias, Kaixo, Good Day, Failte, Hi....

    I really would like an extra pair of 'motivated' hands (not a problem for a couple of people)....from now ...

    Please include your Skype name or telephone number within your application email...Looking forward to welcoming you to my home...

    There will be a bread oven and another ancienne cuisineir for the preparation of all the food

    I will be needing willing motivated and talented hands to make this work.

    The work is approx 5 hours per more...!!!

    All food is provided...

    Clean beds and bed linen available...

    I can absolutely guarantee:

    There will be as per the norm absolutely NO Illegal Substances on/within the townvillage/farm allowed ( exceptions whatsoever...!!!)
    (what everybody does outwith the townvillage boundary is totally private to them and absolutely nothing to do with me...!!!...)

    With all that said:

    I would be honoured and delighted if you could join me...

    The kettle (Cauldron...!!!) is a boilin'...!!!...the coffee cake is a makin'... when are you arrivin'...???

    In the past I have also been a volunteer myself, so I appreciate the 'other side of the coin'. Sooooo... I can promise you, good wholesome food (homemade bread and cakes and hearty healthy casseroles etc) a very clean bed (something not always set as standard when you are a helper...!!!)

    ...and also a maximum of 5 hours per day (either in the morning or afternoon...( You choose...) for 5 days only...(or if you wish you can choose to do the 25 hours blocked so that you can save up more days off to see more of the area...)

    Whilst in my home I am sure you would NOT expect me to be your mother/wife/servant, so I think it would be fair to point out that the normal day to day running of our very clean & tidy home is a joint effort on both sides...!!!...We are open to the public so everything all the time must be clean and tidy...

    Please note, I choose to live alone without a fridge/freezer/TV/etc etc etc or without a car, with the townvillage a mere 2 minutes walk away, the townvillage has the usual Church, Boulangerie, Charcuterie, Bar Tabac, Restaurants etc...(with gorgeous walks down by the river and the ancient neighbourhoods in the townvillage).

    I obviously use the traditional methods of living, as I strongly believe that ALL of 'our future lies in our past with the aid of the technology of today and tomorrow'...!!!

    Anyway... as they say back in the North (Yorkshire/Scotland and Ireland) 'Kettles on, what time are you arrivin'...???

    I look forward to welcoming you to my home.

    Warmest Regards


    Please feel free to leave your telephone number in your email and/or your Skype name (if you have a European landline I will call you back...)

    I am soooooooooo looking forward to meeting you...


  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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  • Accommodation


    Double and single beds available in a modern caravan independent in the garden with bathroom and kitchen until March 2021 thereafter in the house...

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please note, I choose to live alone without a fridge/freezer/TV/etc or without a car. But with the aid of the excellent French train system you will be only 30 minutes from the ancient interesting city of Poitiers...a couple hours from Paris and about an hour from Bordeaux...and La Rochelle is very close is very central and accessible....

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 934869727927