In the heart of France, in "Le Berry", lies our little hamlet of around 30 houses, where young and old live together side by side, restoring the old rural houses and barns while enjoying the peaceful countryside and beautiful nature in the midst of Europe.
We are a group of french, english, dutch and german neighbours, located around the "center" of the hamlet, working as graphic-designers, journalists (specialized in food and nutrition), architects, a professional cook and all the other neighbours in the hamlet, in one of the most unknown parts of rural France and learn more about the stories and the daily life of all those people, who gathered here to bring back life to this lovely place.
You can give us a hand restoring and renovating the houses, rebuilding the dry walls with the granite stones from the area, gardening, cooking and maintaining the place, even just cleaning would help us a lot to bring this place back to its former glory.
From time to time we all gather for "apéro", sometimes there are tango and dancing parties, all this has actually stopped because of Covid19, so life is more quiet and secluded in the village at the moment.
First sunday of August is our festival with creative workshops and people from the area selling their home-made products. From mai to september there are plenty of events and fairs (Brocantes) in the area almost every weekend, sometimes you even do not know which one to choose...
Our hamlet has been clasified "Remarkable Hamlet" ("Hameau remarquable") and it is indeed remarkable, but the most remarkable are the people living here!
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Cocinar para toda la familia
Ayuda con ordenadores/Internet
Discover a still quite unknown part of France, rich in history (look for Le Berry or berryprovince)
Visit the churches, castles and manoirs in the area, some dating back to 11th century and more
There are several festivals of classic piano music in the area, Chopin has lived here with the novelist George Sand
Learning french, english, dutch or german if you like
Learning how to cook french, english, german and dutch meals, the french dishes from a professional cook
Learning about permaculture and terrapreta principles that we apply in our gardens
Stay in a small, but very international community, you can "switch country" within 5 minutes...
Go for walks on the "romantic trail", and other trails or in our closeby "Parc de Parelles", a former granite stone quarry
Cycling in the area is very popular as there is very little traffic on the small roads
Swimming in the pool or in one of the nearby lakes (30-40 mins)
Learning from our mistakes ... ?
- restoring and renovating (painting, paperhanging, plastering, mainly any help to restore the old houses and barns)
- repairing the dry walls
- cooking for us while we work
- helping in the gardens is ALWAYS welcome
- helping with cleaning
- making videos and photos about our renovations and the community life
- maybe you want to be our writer in residence?
Este anfitrión ofrece intercambio de idiomas
We are a community of french, english, dutch and german people. Not each of us speaks all these languages, but there is always sombody around who speaks some of them. So we can offer our language skills and still learn the others. Or completely different ones?
We are a group of neighbours in their fourties and fifties, no small kids, there is plenty to do, depending where you help and stay, you would have in any case a very simple room, mostly with shared bathroom, access to the kitchens, gardens etc. There are cats and dogs in our households.
A simple place is for sure, a more luxurious one will depend on the speed of our renovation works... All Food and drinks will of course be provided, you will have to make your breakfast and one meal during the day yourself (will not be served), one meal will be cooked and served either noon or evening (depending on the workflow).
As a prevention with Covid19 we host only for two weeks or more, first week in quarantaine which means, staying mainly in the house and gardens and not so much walking or driving around in the area, as we have many elderly persons in the village and the area.
There is no public transport in our hamlet. We can provide you with a bicycle. Small towns are in 17 km (Aigurande) or 25 km (La Châtre) distance. There is a bus-system in the area (aile bleue indre). Our hamlet is part of Crevant, which is 5km away. A bus is going from Crevant to La Châtre once a day.
We are also moving regularly in the area, so you can come with one us. Some work in La Châtre and commute daily.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
We have internet connections, but there is no good reception for mobile phones. Your mobile should have LTE in order to allow you receiving over wifi. In some cases, we stop the wifi over night (digital detox).
Campervans are always welcome, real BIG trucks will be difficult, but may be we will find a place in the surroundings?
We have dogs and cats. We would not like cat-chasing dogs, if you come with horse or donkey we can provide shelter, but no food yet, just some grass lawn...
Más de dos
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week