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Hi every one !
My girlfriend Alix and I live in Normandy, near Veules les Roses, 5 km from the sea.
We began the renovation of our 400-year-old cottage last year in 2021. We are not professionnals of eco-construction, but we are curious, we like testing, and sometimes we are helped by real craftsmen.
Alix began a job of artistic director for a little art festival here in Normandy, and I work as a cider maker since 3 years. As it is still a little cider production, I manage to work for the cottage at the same time (4 or 5 days a week approximatively).
We began in January 2023 to welcome Workawayers, who could help us on the cottage renovation.
For the end of the year 2023 and first months of 2024, the different planned tasks are :
- Coating with earth, straw fibers and lime
- Cleaning and sanding wood and windows
- Continuing a "dry hedge" made of branches to protect the house from the wind
- Making lime joints for old stone walls
- Lime paintings
These are not difficult tasks, but the more we are, the most pleasant it is ! We have welcomed around 15 Workawayers for now, and each time this is a very pleasant experience for us.
We live in a big house that we rent, 12 minutes far from the cottage and 30 minutes far from the cider factory, and we have some empty rooms for you !
Do not hesitate to contact us for more infos, photos or other.
François & Alix
Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendreAide avec des éco-projetsJardinageBricolage et construction
Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre
The aim is to learn together about eco-construction and spend a good time nearby the sea here in Normandy.
Last summer we made structural work on house (windows / wood structure / stone structure / straw walls ). Now we are more into secondary work : coating, painting, joints, making a hedge...
I work around 8 hours a day, but obviously volunteers are not asked to help that long, it would be 5 hours a day.
Cet hôte propose un échange linguistique
We like learning more about spanish and english, and we would be glad to teach french.
The house we rent is in the center of a small village, 50 meters far from a little shop. It is a big house, able to welcome around 8 or 10 people, so you'll have your own rooms. (3 more rooms available)
The cottage is 15 minutes far from the house with a car, and we can provide you some bikes so that you could be independant the rest of the time.
Concerning the meals, we enjoy sharing the differents meals with the hosts, and we usually cook the meals together.
The area is the good place for hikings and cyclings along the sea. At the sea you'll find the famous Norman white cliffs (we are 40 minutes far from Etretat, that we could visit if you want so). Rouen is one hour far from here, you could also visit the city if you want.
You can get here with trains, that could lead you to Yvetot (30 minutes far from the house), and then with a bus (NOMAD 525) from Yvetot to Saint-Valéry-En-Caux (15 minutes far).
Last little precision, we get the internet with our mobile phones, that we use for connection sharing. It works very well but if we are not in the same location we cannot share our internet (maybe you have yours on your mobile). If needed we have an office with the internet, 50 meters from the house.
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads
We have an office in which you can work, with a good internet connection. The office is 50m far from the house we rent.
Espace pour garer des vans
You can park your campervan in the garden.
Possibilité d'accueillir les animaux
We love pets.
Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?
Plus de 2
Nombre d'heures attendues
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
Thank you Pia and Theo,
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Thank you Pia and Theo,