Help renovating a small Chateau in Normandy, France



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    Looking for help with the renovations. Gardening, Carpenter, Electrics or Plumbing.

    I have renovated 2 of the barns and now need help for the main house.

    I am doing the renovations on the house to run a holiday center for special needs children, adolescents or adults. This will be run as a charity and we would appreciate any help.

    I was a teacher of special needs children in England and have a B.Ed in Special needs. If you are interested in helping I would love to accommodate you. I speak excellent French some Spanish, a minute amount of German but I am very interested in languages and other cultures.

    We provide breakfast and 2 home cooked meals a day.

    Wifi available.

    Hours flexible

    We are in the middle of the d-day battle areas with many historic and interesting places to see. Also Bungy jumping down the road, adventure areas, Historic and cultural areas so much to see.

    I am a very patient person. I enjoy having other people around. We have hosted students from A.F.S when our children were younger and still keep in touch now. Looking forward to meeting new people who may be able to help us out to.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am English but have lived in France for 25 years, I know the area well and there would be opportunities to visit the landing beaches of Normandy and catch up on the history of the area. Normandy is known for it's cheeses, apples, cider and calvados. I enjoy cooking and love to share ideas on this and languages and customs of other cultures. I like to make people feel welcome and I am happy for them to join in with what is going on if they so wish.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Garden needs landscaping, small garden walls to build, vegetable garden to look after. greenhouse for tomatoes peppers and aubergines etc.
    Need serious help in renovating a small Chateau originally built for the Grimaldi Family around 1650's. The original windows have been bricked up, someone interested in old stonework with use of lime pointing and plastering would be helpful. New staircases to put in etc, etc. This is a long term project and you can stay for as long as you would like.

    General help in the garden, I would like to have an organic vegetable plot and herb garden and I am also interested in permaculture,alternative therapies, yoga etc. Need help with painting and decorating etc. some fencing done, pillars for the gate, hedges to lay and many other things including the renovations such as plastering, electricity, plumbing, masonry skills, pointing, rendering, roofing, eco-heating, etc.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    Spanish: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation would be your own room to live in as part of the family. or I have a large 6 berth caravan which I use for 1 person or a couple

    You would be provided with 3 meals a day. Sometimes you may have a gite to yourselves depending on the time of year.

  • 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

    I have often had people come who work on the internet in their spare time

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    I have ample parking for campervans or motorhomes and they are always welcome

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    I have had people with cat or dogs before and I lady came with 2 pet rabbits

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4 to 5 hours a day 5 days a week or can be negotiable

Host ref number: 942814825782