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All Year: February till November
Area (ha): 2,5
Persons: 2
Category: Accommodation Business
Host ID: 13658
Country: France

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Last Updated: February 11, 2018

*** You can apply for 2018, you are welcome as soon as winter is at it's end, normaly second half of March***

In the Auvergne (Allier, heart of France) in the middle of the French countryside you ll find our rustic farmhouse (1850) Situated on a small hill it offers a beautiful view over fields and forests. We are at the end of a small road, so no trafic. The Allier is a beautiful area to discover.
We are a Dutch family: Ron, Maria and two boys Nikola almost 22 years old, he is studiing in India and will be home in August and Igor, 18 years old (in school for jewellery). We run gites (holydayhouses) and a small campsite. We have a dog, Elza, 4 pony's (2 Welsh and 2 shetlanders) and two new born foals (2017) a horse (Arab), 6 cats and chickens. (have a look on our website for more photos).

Volunteers work about 4/5 hours a day and Sunday is always off. We will try to show you around when ever this is possible. In summer we always try to arrange that you can go once on a canoe trip with Ron and the guests.
We would love you to help us with all sorts of work especialy with gardening, cleaning, building and repairing work and with the animals. Spring is a very busy time for us because we prepare for the season. In the high season we have many guests in our gîtes and on our small campsite. In the summer we like to have someone helping us in the kitchen helping with cooking for the guests, cleaning the gîtes and the tents on Saturday, taking care of the pony's and pulling weeds in our organic vegetable garden.

In early spring and fall helpers can stay in the wooden chalet. For helpers in late spring and summer we have 2 small wooden cabins, the size of a bedroom, on the campsite. You can use the bathroom and showers on the campsite and you 'll be part of our family and have all the meals with us. I am a good cook and I cook vegetarian or vegan and low sugar, low gluten and dairy. We have a green smoothie in the morning. I (Maria) am a Yoga teacher and you can do yoga with me. I am also a Vipassana meditator, so is my son Nikola. There are bikes for you and wifi is available. If you would like to give us a helping hand and stay in a beautifull place in the middle of France, a small paradise where you'll find hospitality, health care, natural food, yoga and all sorts of exercise in the open air : you are very welcome!

In EARLY SPRING, March, there are trees and wood to cut but also there are painting jobs and gardening is starting, I try as much as I can to have a permaculture garden but I am not jet an expert. There is the poney field to keep clean and chickens to take care of. We prepare the gites for the guests. You'll be staying in a loverly wooden chalet with a wood stove and be part of our family.

In SPRING (April/May June) we would like helping hands in the garden, working with the poneys if you like/can. Picking up poo in the field of the poneys, cleaning the chickens house, repairing fences, painting jobs, erecting tents, cleaning tents and gites, helping with cooking and baking, mowing the gras, cutting dead trees, cutting wood. You'll stay in a small wooden cabin on the edge of the campsite.

In SUMMER (July, August)we recieve guests; about 60 people are staying in the gites and on the campsite. So more accent is on helping in the kitchen and with the activity's, some gardening and cleaning. There are always the animals to take care off. In summer you'll stay in a small wooden cabin on the edge of the campsite. We have two of those cabins. Because of the need to learn the routine we ask volunteers to stay with us for at least two weeks im July and August.

SUMMER/AUTOMN (September, October, November) Harvesting! Harvesting patatoes, peaches, black berries making jam and helping to bring the tents down, clean the furniture, clean gîtes, general maintenance, animal care, gardening and enjoying the last bits of a beautiful French summer! You'll stay in a small wooden cabin on the edge of the campsite or in the wooden chalet if there are no guests.

Travel info:
Best option is the new buscompagny that can bring you all the way to Moulins and from there you can take the local bus to Montmarault. If you come from the south (Toulouse or Lyon) take that bus to Clermont ferrand or Montluçon and than a bla bla car to Montmarault or the train to Louroux de Bouble or Lapeyrousse.

*From Paris: take the train to Montlucon (direct train from gare Paris Austerlitz at 12h28 arrival at 4 pm at Montluçon. You can also take the direct train to Moulins sur Allier, leaving every hour in the afternoon from Paris Bercy). More info about trains:
* You can also take the train from Montluçon (direction Clermont Ferrand) go off at Louroux de Bouble or Lapeyrouse, that train leaves at 5.03 pm and arrives in Lapeyrouse at 5.30 pm, that is 12 km from Brenazet)

* There is a bus from Montluçon in the directions of Moulins or Vichy, that is ligne A and B and go off at Montmarault. (bus is much cheaper than train, only 2 euros one way) Check the timetables here and take care for school holidays!!(school holiday 2th of july -27 august 2016) because time table is different:

* From Moulins there is no train going in our direction, you have just the bus to Montmarault (12h20, 14h15, 18h37)

Tell us your arrival time and we will pick you up either from the busstop at Montmarault or railwaystations Lapeyrouse/ Louroux de Bouble. Or at the exit 11 from the A71.

On Sundays there are less busses going, check this well! Please do not arrive on a Saturday in july and august because that is our most busy day of the week, guests arriving and leaving we will not be able to pick you up.

Try also Bla Bla Car, many of our helpxers used it, much cheaper and it works great!

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