Help to rehabilitate my 19th century farmhouse and enjoy a language exchange in Sarzay, France



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    English spoken burning-out woman needs help!
    Ex interior decorator and landscape gardener.
    Travelled in 28 countries and lived 8 years in London.
    Hardworker, persistant and passionate.

    Moved back to Central France 10 years ago and have been working on atypical 19th century farm rehabilitation since.
    Need help for maintenance, gardening and construction.

    A couple would be ideal as man and woman can complete each other, helping on the George Sand's area traditional family farm or one independant, resourceful person who has initiative.
    4 or 5 hours work in the morning(it is hot in the afternoon!).
    Being together in the afternoon(or not,depending on what helpers prefer), if hot preferably going swimming in rivers or lake otherwise visiting neaby area.
    I would prefer to relax on my own in the evenings so we can respect each other's space.
    Handyman, builder, mason, carpenter, landscape gardener is welcome as well as ecological and self-sufficiency living people.

    Willing to exchange knowledge in French language and cooking and gardening and visiting typical swimming rivers and lakes around as well as castles and watermills.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Discover how 19th century farmers used to live, how to grow vegetables and to look after old rural self-sufficient farm from Berry.
    French language, french cooking and discovering castles, watermills and swimmable rivers and lakes of George Sand's area.

  • Help


    House cleaning
    Gardening(vegetable garden), cutting grass, triming branches,weeding, spreading compost around garden
    Carrying light furniture, put shelves on the wall, making a bit of cement or lime for bottom walls, floor board, painting garden furniture, planting stakes, small area under roof insulation

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    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


    One single and a double tent by the river Couarde.
    Ecological showering and dry toilets.
    3 meals a day offered

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Available buses, old bikes to visit George Sand's house(6 km's away), shared car to visit Sarzay's castle(walking distance) and wild nature places in hot weather july or august time.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 985757135817