All Year: YES!!
Area (ha): 40
Persons: up to 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 18032
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Last Updated: February 18, 2018
Winter 2018: We would welcome help to make progress in establishing our truffle wood (tree felling & clearing/cleaning), brush cutting in our olive fields and some track maintenance work. These jobs are quite physical so if you're up to the challenge of keeping fit in a magical natural environment we need your help!
Our working olive farm and self-catering holiday Gite apartment in Provence is only 24km from Mediterranean beaches and the Cote d Azur.
The typical Provencal bastide lies in secluded calm at the centre of 95 acres of Mediterranean olive groves and woodland.
The house is on a hillside overlooking the village 2km away and is backed by a dramatic circle of cliffs in the form of a horseshoe which protects it from the Mistral winds. It's an amazing location, see more photos in our website http://olives-en-provence.com/galerie-en/
And behind the house, there are 3,000 ha of national forestry with walks in an unspoiled and protected natural environment.
Really useful skills here would be:
- chain saw, strimmer/brush cutter.
- Gardening/veg patch
- Experience and love of animals and wildlife in general
- Building experience (for maintenance, restoration, projects, dry stone walling...)
- bags of enthusiasm
- you need to be in reasonable physical fitness (this is as much for you so that you can enjoy the environment, as it is for us)
It is important to note that the house is up a rough dirt track approx 4km from the village (2 km on walking path-a really pleasant walk) and we don't provide dedicated transport during your stay.
We can collect from the village (there is a bus service No: 4802 from Toulon rail station to Belgentier Centre Village: http://www.varlib.fr
enter-Départ: Toulon gare routière, Arrivée: Belgentier centre village)
We are happy to welcome up to 3 adults at a time. Accommodation (with food provisions supplied) is in a 'bijou' but well appointed self contained restored Cabanon. A minimum of 2 weeks is best, 3 or 4 weeks is ideal.
There are always many jobs going on: Harvest (oct/nov), tree felling, repairing provencal restanques/dry stone walls, vegetable patch, feeding and cleaning chooks, feeding the goats, brush cutting, stream clearing, track repairs, fence maintenance, stone clearing on the fields, pruning...to name but a few of the obvious ones!
There are also some restoration and other on-going projects. But these will depend on time and our own commitments.
Fresh ideas and experience are always welcome.
Before contacting us, please take the time to have a good look at our website which will give you some insight into what we do and lots more pictures.
When contacting us, please include dates you would like to come and how long for. Also please include what SKILLS YOU HAVE and any experience you may have e.g.: driving a tractor, car with trailer, chainsaw, carpentry, dry stone walling, building, sewing, gardening, or anything that you think may be useful here...
Please bring sturdy work/walking boots or shoes, warm clothes if necessary and lightweight water/windproofs are always a good idea as we cannot provide these. We do provide work gloves and any safety kit where appropriate.
Please provide a copy of your passport on arrival.