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Cote d'Armor, Brittany
All Year: No
Area (ha): 1
Persons: Up to 4
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 11822
Country: France

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Last Updated: January 28, 2017

We are sorry not to be able to take any helpers until Autumn 2017 but enjoy your Summer and maybe we'll see you later in the year!

We are Ron and Judi and we have shared periods of our life at La Grand-Mere with some truly fantastic helpers!

Our work can be quite physical and mostly we need strong, energetic, enthusiastic helpers!! The tasks we need help with include Autumn leaf clearing, replacing paddock fencing, always lots of clearing and weeding, improving our composting system and, if you have the skills, renovating our beautiful old bread oven which, whilst complete, is rather weedy and hidden at the moment! We need helpers who can use their initiative and if you are mature and have some relevant experience all the better! Energy, enthusiasm, a sense of fun and definitely a love of animals are our main requirements!

The focus of our life here is our animals, a small breeding herd of alpacas, a pair of peacocks, chickens, cats and a large flock of doves! For us, the highlight of each day involves doing our alpaca jobs, ranging from feeding and clearing poo to trimming toenails, plus the lovely hands-on stuff like halter training our crias! We leave helpers to decide how involved they want to get with the animals...some prefer a lie-in and that's fine with us! In the scale of things, our animal "chores" do not take us very long each day as we are very organised in our routine and there really is too much else to do around the place!

Accommodation is in one of our 2 very comfortable en-suite guest rooms and meals will be provided with us. We have broadband and wi-fi. Whilst we are flexible about working days/half days, we generally prefer to work full days and then have full days off and this seems to suit our helpers too. We will usually work on projects together but not always, so you do need to be comfortable working alone as well.

Away from work... we are out in the beautiful Brittany countryside with small villages at 3 and 4 km away. During Summer and Autumn we go to the regular evening music events which are great fun and often involve a bit of Breton dancing and always food and wine!

We are about half an hour from the pretty North Brittany coast with great walking, 20 minutes from Dinan and 45 minutes from the port at St Malo. Rennes is an hour away if a days shopping is your thing! The nearest train station, allowing access further afield, is a 20 minute drive away or maybe you'd like to explore using the fantastic covoiturage system which can take you almost anywhere cheaply!

We have bikes which helpers can borrow as unfortunately there is no public transport locally. On days off we are often able to drop helpers off for days out or you can join us on trips, visits and coastal walks as we quite like a day off as well now and again!!

We love it when you book in early as it gives us all a chance to get to know each other a little before you arrive! This helps us make your stay even better, as well as giving you a better chance of us having space to take you! We can take couples, 2 friends or single helpers as we have 2 en-suite rooms and double and single beds.

If you want to know more about life at La Grand-Mere, you can follow Judi's blog on the link at the top of the page, although, unfortunately, she has been too busy to post very often during 2016!

We look forward to meeting you...maybe later in 2017?!

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