Learn to live a self-sustainable life in a small farmhouse in Vanxains, France



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    I have retired to a small farmhouse in France with 3 acres where I hope to live as self sustainably as possible. I will be sowing a wild flower meadow in the next few weeks as I shall be keeping bees. I hope to keep chickens and grow my own fruit and vegetables. I already have plum,cherry, apple,quince,walnut and fig trees and a vine. I have done half the decorating but there is still more to do. Unfortunately I don't have the physical strength I once had and can no longer do it all myself. I have acquired an amazing cat, called Ollie, to keep any mice away. I am planning to harvest the roof water for irrigation and a wet area to grow willow for basket making. I am making one of the workshops into a pottery studio. I enjoy the company of like minded people and the odd glass of wine.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Entretien général

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    I am also a potter with diverse artistic interests including stained glass, felting, painting, sewing, plant dyes and making products from beeswax. I am happy to share my knowledge on these subjects. I have a degree in environmental sciences and am interested in climate change and keen to learn about permaculture.
    I would hope meals will be taken together.

  • Aide


    Fencing , rendering, gardening, tree pruning, chickens, bees, decorating, joinery,tree planting
    Anyone who knows about solar panels and batteries most welcome !

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Français: Débutant

  • Hébergement


    Two double bedrooms with adjoining shower/WC. Shared kitchen/living room with large open fireplace and old stone kitchen (but also dishwasher!)
    No smoking or playing of recorded music.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    A car would be useful. Beaches and swimming are at Lake Jamaye ( 15 mins) and St Aulaye (8 mins). I am about 20 mins from Aubeterre (on the list of Frances 100 prettiest towns). It is a short bike ride or leisurely walk into the nearest town of Vanxains with a cafe and boulangerie. Riberac, with all shopping and lesiure facilities is less than 10 minutes drive away. If you don't have a car I am happy to drive you into town when I am going and to have the occasional day out.

  • 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

N° de référence hôte : 983692135946