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2023 will be our thirteenth year of having Workawayers to help us, (except for Covid years), and we are hoping for another great time of meeting interesting people and having their help. We are Lin and Geoff, an early retired English couple who moved to France to renovate a derelict Longère 15 years ago.
As Covid restrictions have lifted now and we are pleased to open our home again to Workawayers
We have developed a 3 bedroomed house from part of the building which we live in and a greater part of the rest of the house had been made into two self contained apartments which we rent as B&B accommodation. We have a Workawayer bedroom and bathroom, so you have your own space.
The B&B's are busy all season from April until end September which keeps me fully occupied. Which means I don't have a lot of time to help Geoff in the very large garden we have.
The garden (6000m2 in total) is laid to grass with flower beds and lots of pots around the B&B areas and two rockeries, all of which needs constant tending, cutting and strimming. Even in Autumn and early winter there are things to be done, so if you are a late traveller, that would also suit us for October, November.
None of the gardening help is difficult, it's just too time consuming for two people of a certain age! So anyone out there ready to do a bit of gardening please contact us. We never ask anyone to do what we cannot do ourselves, we just don't have the time to do it all in the summer months!)
We have a going on 12yr old Border Collie called Freddie! He's adorable and very well socialised with both humans and other dogs. Loves his Frisbee and you can walk him whenever you like. We also have our adorable playmate for Freddie, called Loupie, she's a German Spitz, nearly 4yrs old.
We both have a great sense of humour, essential to life. We love any music, especially blues. We are good entertainers and enjoy a large circle of friends.
Having had huge success with all our Workawayers for the past years we hope to continue that success this coming year. It is essential to have a good sense of humour as laughter plays an important role in our lives. We enjoy what we do and like to involve our Workawayers in our general day to day life, not just as work horses. You would live in with us as family. Never having had kids it's an insight into the younger generation and their language, which is quite different now!
Although the guidelines set by Workaway is a five hour day for 5 days we generally find our Workawayers are quite willing to work longer than that to get things finished or just to be helpful, so we can normally expect a job to be finished even if it runs over your 5 hours. Nothing is written in stone with us and we are very flexible.
There is Satellite TV in the house both English and French. There is TV in your room. We have fibre internet , so plenty of gigga whatevers you need!
We have public liability insurance, but expect you to have suitable holiday health insurance. We have, on occasion, been left to pay health treatment bills of WWs when they have not been insured.
We would love you to come and join us this year if you can. It is great to be able to open up our home again this year.
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Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje
Our previous WWs have all told us that the WW experience is a fantastic way of travelling with all the learning processes that that brings. If you are other than British then you will benefit from the learning more of the English language, if you are British you can brush up on your French and interact with our French neighbours and friends.
If you have never done the tasks we ask you to do, it can be a good experience learning something new, especially if you have a house and garden of your own one day! Nothing is that difficult and if I can do it at 73yrs old, so can you!
The pictures shown were all taken last summer.
The large garden is mainly laid to grass and half of it is terraced, which can only be dealt with by a strimmer and sit on mower. Three apple trees, two walnut, chestnut, two cherry. The lower flat area of garden is separated from the terrassing by a small stream.
The small area to the side of the house is banked by a large rockery and small lawn and the stone drive constantly needs treating for weeds. Our raised pond is home to goldfish, all different colours and sizes, about 16 in total.
The general garden help would be to keep it cut and tidy and weeded. There is always weeding, cutting and strimming to be done, and the constant dead heading and watering of the garden patio pots, of which there are many.
I've given up on ever having a chicken coop!
We will also need help harvesting apples and blackberries for freezing and jam making. The rhubarb is also used for jams and delicious rhubarb crumbles.
We need this help from about March/April through till end October on a yearly basis.
For one or two (double bed, but can supply a fold up bed) in a bedroom with own bathroom down a flight of stairs. There is English TV and WiFi. You would eat with us and share the cooking too if you wish! All expenses are paid by us except on your days off. We do invite the Workawayer/s to cook at least once during their stay not only to give us a night off but to enjoy their own recipes from their own cultures.
We are situated 1 hour drive from Caen, 1 and half hours from Le Havre, 2 hours from Cherbourg, in the Swiss Normande, Calvados country. The public transport system is limited here, but we are only a 15 minute drive from the nearest railway station (Flers), serving Paris in 2 hours. Caen is also good for picking people up arriving from where ever.
Our immediate village is St Germain du Crioult, 2km from Condé sur Noireau, the larger town, which you will see on the map.
Of course we would be willing to get the volunteers to places they may wish to visit on their days off.
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Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas
Normal size camper van space available.
Podría aceptar mascotas
Well behaved and obedient dogs
¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?
Max 25 hours per week with 2 days free per person
Linda is the most welcoming and kind hearted person whom I ever met. She is very… read more
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Linda is the most welcoming and kind hearted person whom I ever met. She is very… read more
This was one of the best ten days of my life, it's hard to express all the love we have for this place. We had such an amazing time, being in your garden, helping out, and having those lovely dinners every night is something I already miss. It was a good feeling that the work we… read more
A lovely person to be around, we were able to share some lovely moments and over the month of her stay we achieved a lot of the things we wanted to, mainly in the house with Spring Cleaning, but mostly with her care for Freddie, our dog.
We wish Annet an advantageous forward… read more
The food and drink was always delicious and plentiful, Linda is a great chef and Geoff's curries are fantastic, dinner conversation was always interesting and we had lots of laughs!
We enjoyed the work, we were mainly helping with the garden which we loved… read more
It was a huge pleasure having Steve with us for what turned out to be a month, having arrived for 2 weeks! He was enthusiastic, hard working and a delight to have around with his quirky scouse humour! That's when we could understand him of course, that… read more
What can I say that hasn't already been said about workawaying with Lin and Geoff. They are two of life's nice guys with hearts of gold. It was my first time workawaying and I absolutely loved it. Lin and Geoff made me feel… read more
Becky has a wonderful work ethic, always finished what she was doing, working on if necessary and on top of all that has the loveliest nature… read more
They were our first workaway hosts, we had amazing time (month) with them! They made us feel very welcomed and treated us like a family. We are very grateful for everything, thank you so much! :)
We miss you and hope we will meet soon!
I did my first Workaway with Geoff and Lynn and wish all Hosts were as friendly,pleasant,bonkers,hospitable and just lovely people to be around. I felt at home from day one,enjoyed the banter and the work,met their neighbours and friends and ate all their lovely food too!!
To top it all,Geoff's a… read more
We had a fantastic 2 weeks with them & felt part of their way of life & welcomed into their home as soon as we arrived.
We loved the varied work, learning about gardening & various other daily jobs.
Lin is an amazing cook & we loved… read more
Great fun, hard workers and… read more
It was a pleasure to get to know them, they both have a great sense of humour and Geoff in particular made us laugh a lot.
Freddy the dog… read more
Kurtis and Geoff built a water feature, Anne kept my vegetable path and garden weed free. And they both… read more
There was a variety in the work: sometimes gardening, sometimes building etc.., but always in good company… read more
We had a ball with Anna and Martin, they are two of the nicest, kindest and most caring people we have so far met on the Workawayer programme. Their work ethic is second to none, nothing was too much trouble and they were eager to learn whatever we were… read more
We all got on like a house on fire from day one and Lee asked if he could stay. We have been very happy to have him here. His contribution to our… read more
We wish Alexis a wonderful future. she has to expand on the skills and enthusiasm she already has and we have no doubt she will… read more
She will always be welcome with us. Hugs from Lin and Geoff and of course Henridog xxx
i learnd so much and im so happy life got me to there home and there life.
im going to visit again thats for shore!!!
thank you Lin and Geoff i miss you all ready!!
Kisses!!! (We don't forget the Padron peppers, hehe).
PD: when we be old (not too much), we want… read more
Lin and Geoff