We are a retired couple, restoring an old house in a beautiful part of France - the southern end of the Massif Central.
Once we have completed the restoration of the domain we hope to open the house to projects which might benefit the local community or have some other socially beneficial function.
We have a large garden which we are developing along organic lines so that we become more self sufficient.
We have formed an association with our neighbours with a plan to put on cultural events locally.
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
We speak English and French fluently. There will be regular events at the local chateau which we will be helping to organise (theatre, music, dance etc). There are other activities locally which volunteers could join like the local walking group (half day once a week).
We shop at the local market and have regular contact with neighbours who represent the many faces of French life.
We welcome people who would be willing to help in the garden. Of course, we will be sharing the garden produce with volunteers.
Depending on level of skill, help with the renovation would be welcomed. This project is varied due to the nature of the buildings. There is a house and also numerous agricultural buildings in various states of disrepair. Examples of help might be helping to install a new fireplace in the main house and a wood burning stove; decorating; insulating ceilings; helping construct a conservatory around a small house adjacent to the main one; helping to replace the rooves on the old chicken houses
If anyone liked cooking they could share this task.
Este anfitrión ofrece intercambio de idiomas
I am learning French whereas my husband is a French national. We are both happy to help people wishing to learn either French or English.
Room in the main house. Shared bathroom depending on who else is around.
Food will be provided and volunteers can choose to either eat with us or cook independently. Or a mixture
Our house stands alone, our nearest neighbour being about a kilometre away. There is no public transport past the house but a good bus system from the local village (10km away) and town (15Km away). Depending on the interest of a volunteer we could facilitate getting there and back. We have bikes which can be borrowed and there are many lovely walks around.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
I am not sufficiently knowledgeable to be able to say what the speed of our internet is, but people staying here in the past have been able to work, join conferences,etc without problem.
There are several places around the house where volunteers could park, giving more or less privacy and different views.
Más de dos
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week