Eco renovation on a farm near Poitiers, France




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    From July 14 to the end of August I will be spending time on my son's rural estate near Poitiers (France) where we have fixed a charming old house,. There are however always things to improve, and it would be great if you would like to come and help me there too. Other occupations are the farm, hiking, visiting.
    It is a particularly nice place if you like nature very remote with woods, pastures and a river.

    I am belgo canadian, and I am retired. I have 3 children aged 30 to 35, but they lead their own lives. My wife comes here only on occasion because she prefers to stay at home near Brussels and does not like to sail.

    Until mid-July I will be staying with my dog Jack near Vannes (South Brittany), where we have a house right on the edge of Golfe du Morbihan (picture from the room window). The occupations there are sailing (explore the coast and islands) and hikes (mostly along the coastal paths) but also some gardening and building maintenance such as painting.
    There is also a good piano if you like to play (I would appreciate that)

    Most of the time I am on my own, and I would appreciate help with some (small) building experience (or interested to learn) and enthoutic to hike or go sailing. No particular skills are needed.
    We would work 4 or 5 hours/ day, and go hiking, cycling, reading, or sailing when in Brittany where I have a 10m sailboat..

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will have the opportunity to learn various aspects of self building/ renovation. Also you might have the opportunity of a sailing experience if you wish (depending of course on weather conditions)

  • Help


    Enthousiastic, and pleasant person with some small experience or interest in renovation to help me with gardening (triming hedges), fix a workshop or come along on hiking or sailing trips.
    When in Brittany If you are Interested in sailing we might indeed go for a few days to explore the coast, coves and small harbours, and hike on the islands. I have a 10m sail boat and I am quite experienced. No particular experience is needed on your behalf.
    Positively Non smokers please.
    Piano players are welcome.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You would have your own room and bathroom when in Brittany, or shared when near Poitiers. . We will cook together what we like (I buy the food of course). On the boat you would have your own private cabin.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are on the water edge, 20 minutes away by bus from the center of the nice old town of Vannes (train station). We have sailing and power boats, bikes, etc.. and a hiking trail passing right in front of our house.
    Ideal for someone enthousiastic who likes water sports and renovation.
    I also have a medium grand piano which you are welcome to use if you are used to play.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    friendly and well educated dog only.

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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