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Help me with DIY and creating a dream home in Saint-Patrice-du-desert, rural France

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  • Last activity: 29/01/2023




  • Description


    Inside the house there is some DIY, alterations, cleaning etc. There are also gardens to create and a large field which are over grown and a couple of barns to improve and organise. We have already planted a wild flower meadow and started to turn things around. There is also a separate barn and I have a number of larger project to help with.

    Its located in a very rural area on the edge of a forest area with lots of cycle and walking tracks. Within 15 minutes drive and 40 min cycle is the spar town of Bagnoles-de-l’Orne. There is also a lake with a beach about an hours cycle ride. I have 2 bikes available. The nearest shop is 20 minute cycle ride.

    A nearby train station will get you to/from Paris in 1 hour 50 minutes.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will be able to learn some DIY skills, expeience the county, but also it would be ideal for someone to improve their French by researching information and helping to organise things we need and delivered. I want an environment which is stress free and would be ideal for one or two helpers who can work and socialise together. Its a beuitiful countryside area and its a great place to escape to.
    There are a couple of bikes, slackline and art materials available.

  • Help


    There is a range of things to do, so can be organised around you. There is cleaning, painting and varnishing. There is a lot of tidying up to do, in the garden, field and barns. As more of this work is completed I am moving on to bigger projects, creating more rooms, garden etc. I would like to keep items that can be up cycled or make interesting features. There are also lots of projects, in the house, barn and fields.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation will be in the main house and if there is two helpers, you would need to share. There is a great kitchen, shower and bathroom. There is also an outside shower for the hot weather and plenty of spca to chill. Meals can be made to suite you likes and diet - we can share in there preparation..

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It is very rural, but I'm happy to take you to local places/station and if you are into hiking or cycling there are lots of trails. There are a couple of bikes, a slackline and a few art materials available, if you want to unwind with a film with Netflix etc there will be a TV and music. The house is great for just chilling with great outside space.

  • 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

  • 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?


  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 959871931426

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