Help with the renovation of an old house near Hesdin, northern France



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    We moved to France in August 2015 to renovate a lovely old house that we found just a few months before.
    Nicky is a singer and vocal coach and Andy is a photographer/ chef. We hope to run workshops in the future and also live a semi self sufficient lifestyle. We have a beautiful garden with a small wood, another garden which was used as a veg patch and a small field. We hope to grow veg have polytunnels for chillies and have some livestock like chickens and goats.
    Our house is in Northern France just an hour south of Calais and we are surrounded by wonderful countryside with some amazing, large forests. Our local towns of Hesdin and Montreuil-sur-mer are steeped in history and are great for a day out especially on market days.
    The house was built originally as a school but was taken over during the second world war, when the German army used it as a local headquarters, after which it became a family home. We have done a lot of work in the short time that we have been here including rewiring and installing a new environmentally friendly heating system.
    We have two lively puppies, a Griffon called Muppet and a Cocker Spaniel called Mollie.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Entretien général
    Aide à la maison
    S’occuper des animaux
    Projets artistiques

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Our list of jobs is still very long though and we would like to invite peple to lend a hand in exchange for some fine food and a great environment in which to relax.

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    Projets impliquant des enfants

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    We are looking for people to help us organise and build our gardens to include a deck, formal and informal areas and pathways. We would like to extend the wood and get the field ready for the arrival of livestock.
    The vegetable garden needs constant maintenance and planting and the flower beds never seem to stop needing weeding!
    We have a beautiful but elderly barn which needs the roof tiles taking off, some of the joists replacing, maybe extending the height at the same time and then returning the lovely original tiles.
    Inside we need some plastering, lots of very old windows that need filling and painting, some joinery, carpentry and painting......lots of painting!
    We would also be keen to find out more about the history of our house so anyone with an interest in history and good French would be most welcome!

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant

  • Hébergement


    We currently have 2 double bedrooms as well as our own double room which all share a lovely new bathroom. We also have 2 more double en-suite rooms for our business and at some stage a further double when we move our bedroom into the as yet un-renovated loft. We have a large communal area for dining and chilling out and a TV room.
    Unfortunately there is no disabled access to the building currently.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Our village is quite remote with the nearest town being 7km away. Our village does not have any facilities such as bars or shops but there are some loverly walks and the forests are perfect for mountain biking. We have some great restaurants nearby including 3 with Michelin Stars.
    We live a quiet life here and enjoy watching the wildlife which visits our garden and exploring the local area.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

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    Nombre d'heures attendues

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

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