Bring your skills & creativity to our beautiful old water mill in Central France

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  2021 

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  • Descripción

    Descripción

    We are a British & German couple with two little ones, who decided to step out of City life and buy an old water mill last August- perfect timing considering how the world has changed.

    We are well travelled and looking forward to meeting new interesting people who can enjoy our little paradise and leave some of their creativity, skills and passion ... their "footprint" on the mill by being here and contributing to its charm. We want to respect the place and freshen it up, as there hasn't been much work been done the last years. We hope for help inside and outside the house and great skills and cultural exchange.

    This huge Mill building used to produce high quality metal work like medical instruments- a specialisation that has been famous in this area since Roman times. It was restored 20 years ago and turned into a Bed & Breakfast- we have lots of plans to turn this into a more self sustainable home for our little family, friends and select visitors. We also have a 4 bedroom guesthouse with wooden beams & staircase where our guests can feel at home but also have some privacy.

    The whole valley is also full of fossils... the prehistoric sea base having been pushed up by a glacier. Next to the River also runs an old long boat canal between Champagne and Bourgogne.

    Set in 3 Hectares with a river, lots of rare birds including Kingfishers and many fruit & nut trees (plums, walnut, apples etc) and interesting plants (Hopps, Oregano etc.) there are lots of very old walls and an old fortification that we would like to uncover and understand. There is an old iron working village and roman road also at the edge of the land and across the river there are dozens of 5000 year old burial mound and prehistoric settlements... even on our land.. We have a good metal detector and it's hard not to make finds - so if you like history, come and have some fun. We also have Kayaks, bikes, fishing rods, a decent bow & arrow, VR goggles, Slackline etc. for free time.

    We generally have 2-4 workaway / wwoof guests staying so it is a really nice place to spend time.

    PROJECTS:

    We have a lot planned- some already started.

    MAIN PROJECTS PLANNED OVER THE COMING MONTHS.

    OUTSIDE:
    Hydroponics Tunnel:
    We are in the final stages of installing our purpose designed 100m2 fully hydroponic greenhouse (tunnel) and our dream is to not only produce most of our own organic fruit & veggies using heirloom, non GM seeds, but also to be able to use the Mill as a base for learning about healthy eating and developing small hydroponic systems for balconies, cellars and gardens. We are at the start of this farming adventure and would welcome guests with some experience.

    Part of this project is to turn an old stables into a Seedling nursery so if you have some carpentry skills, then these would come in very useful.

    Ongoing: Landscaping:
    The glacier also delivered a huge sandstone Rock onto our now doorstep... said to contain healing properties and has been enjoyed by many ill people over the years. I suspected there might be water under it, and after a few hours hard graft found it... we want to develop the rock area as apparently there is a neolithic house there- we have some great finds. There are also prehistoric settlements all around our land.

    We are also in the process of expanding a water source in the fields that is in the bedrock just below the ground.

    We also have a lot of trees that need some love and hedges that need a major cut, a drive to re-gravel etc.



    2022: Water Electric Generator
    The old mill room still houses part of the 100-150 year old machinery, but it needs to come out. We want to install a 10KW generator (and battery system) so that we can move over to electric heating.

    INSIDE
    Modernising the Buildings:
    We have quite a few plans for the main mill including installing a new 3 story staircase and modernising some bathrooms.

    We also have a 150m2 top floor to build out, a stable to convert to a greenhouse and a garage to convert to a workshop. So if you like such projects, you have some choice.

    In the Guest house, we want to modernise some of the rooms, but still retain it's old style charm.

    General Domestic Help.
    We spend as much quality time with our 3 year and 16 month old as we can but there is always something to do... if you are a e.g. a travelling single Mum or just okay to help with some household chores, this would be a huge help.

    Basically, are you a respectful, curious person who likes to share and learn? Then you will feel at home here.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Práctica de idiomas
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Enseñanza
    Jardinería
    Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
    Ayuda en una granja
    Cuidado de niños y juegos creativos
    Cocinar para toda la familia
    Ayuda doméstica
    Mantenimiento general

  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Guests benefit from seeing how country living is... the freedom, sense of nature and quality, rather than the consumerism and rush of city life. You can learn about the different plants, hydroponics, discover lots of new skills and explore prehistory which sits all around us.

  • Proyectos con niños

    Proyectos con niños

    En este proyecto podría haber niños. Para obtener más información, consulta nuestras directrices y consejos aquí.

  • Ayuda

    Ayuda

    The land has many special corners that we want to develop. We listed some of the tasks above- the skills or experience can be summarised below:

    General building / bathroom tiling
    Landscaping & Hydroponic farming
    Design, architecture
    Archeology (we are in the middle of neolithic and bronze age settlements)
    Domestic support (childcare, cooking & cleaning)
    Physiotherapy/ massage as we both struggle due to work/small kids with tension and neck pain

  • Idiomas

    Idiomas hablados
    Alemán: Fluido
    Inglés: Fluido
    Ruso: Fluido
    Francés: Intermedio
    Holandés: Principiante

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  • Alojamiento

    Alojamiento

    We offer guests to stay in a separate guesthouse that is attached to the main building, where you have all you need. Two bathrooms, one of them with bath, both with showers and toilets, and four bedrooms in total.. The guesthouse has a communal area upstairs with a nice view on the garden and communal book / TV area. Also a fully equipped kitchen and eating area.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    In your free time you can enjoy your time the way you would like to. On our land there is plenty to do for someone , who loves nature, as we do :) Hiking, cycling, walking, running, inline skating (all along the famous path along the canal from Bourgogne to Champagne) , Kayak/canoe on the river, Swimming, join Yoga and stretching with Lina, Forest walks, Relaxing, Meditation, Rare bird watching, Metal Detecting, Archery, Virtual Reality to only name a few options :)

    We live in the middle of nature, between Langres and Chaumont, two very nice old towns. Especially Langres is famous for its medieval flair and the history and philosophy of Diderot.
    Chaumont is supported by young vibes and influence such as street art and sports and quite modern. Both of the towns have weekly markets with local products. The region here is very natural and also has some lakes within 20 minutes drive.

    Here, you really can forget Covid.

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    We just installed satellite internet. It's not massively fast, but streaming is fine.

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    We have 2 entrances to the main property but the main drive is very narrow. A normal panel van is fine, but more than that, you will be better to take the bumpy but much wider track. 7m is no problem... above that you might want to look on Google Maps first.

  • Podría aceptar mascotas

    Podría aceptar mascotas

    Este anfitrión dice que acepta a viajeros con mascotas.

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

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    Horas esperadas

    4-5 productive hours a day, 5 days a week- flexible.

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Precisión del perfil: (5.0)

Intercambio cultural: (4.8)

Comunicación: (4.8)








Número de referencia de anfitrión: 693128995791