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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.
We have a lot planned- some already started.
MAIN PROJECTS PLANNED OVER THE COMING MONTHS.
March: Hydroponics Tunnel:
In April we tale delivery of a 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.
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.
On a hill next to the main house parking, we want to plant a selection of flowers for all round colour... a hill of colour...
Summer: New Swimming area:
There is a big swimming pool area in the river, but the existing decking is old and we prefer to put in a concrete base, closer to the water. It mean some welding, lugging stones and concreting. But there will be a nice BBQ and beers to enjoy after you have enjoyed the water.
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.
Modernising the Buildings:
We have quite a few plans for the main mill including installing a more 3 story suitable staircase and modernising some bathrooms. It would be great to find a workawayer with an architecture background.
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.
1.9.-10.9. 21 helping Sean to look after our cat (feeding, playing, tidying toilet) while Lina and kids are on family visit
25.09.-15.10. 21 In this period 10 days catsitting and maintainenca of house and land , while we are on holidays
General Domestic Help.
We spend as much quality time with our 2 year and 8 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.
Pratique d’une langue
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
Aide dans une ferme
Baby-sitting et jeux créatifs
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide à la maison
Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.
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.
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
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
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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.
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.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
We just installed satellite internet. It's not massively fast, but streaming is fine.
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.
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Plus de 2
4-5 productive hours a day, 5 days a week- flexible.
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