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ALSACE du Nord
All Year: all year
Area (ha): 0,6
Persons: 2 or 1+1
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 18909
Country: France

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Last Updated: March 22, 2018

This is a most charming and romantic half timber compound from 1722 - almost 300 years old - at the calm edge of a hamlet of some 400 souls.
House completely restored in traditional style, however, technically renovated. Modern but romantic kitchen with additional wood stove. Significantly reduced consumption of fossil resources by a bio mass based central heating system (pellets) and a seldomly used car. No TV ;-)
1 cat, 30 chicken in the neighbourhood

Location: northern Alsace between the river Rhine and the Vosges mountains
20km: German border
55km: Karlsruhe (Germany)
60km: Strasbourg
Train station SOULTZ SOUS FORĘTS 2,5 km or HOFFEN 2 km (transfer on demand).

You are invited for 1 (one) week. There are three other hosts near by if you like to stay longer in the area.
Demand for four hours daily work on five days, normally 8h30 till 12h30. You may contribute in reference to your skills. Support is kindly requested in all house work and gardening work on 1000 square meters, including cutting bushes & trees, storage of cutted wood for heating purposes. Painting walls inside and outside. Woodworkers will find a lot of "inspiration". In addition, but not as a must, skillful hands are most welcome for the refurbishment of the houses facades in particular renovation of the beams of the facade by an 8 kg brushing machine (strong arms requested!). Renovation work in the barn.

Your privacy is fully granted in the main building in one of two romantic and comfortably equipped guest rooms with twin beds. Private WIFI access. You are kindly requested to keep all of your electronic equipment in your room.

Some evenings in front of a big open fire place. Piano, tenor saxophone, flutes C & F and harmonica available. Musicians most welcome.
Helpers are invited to take over the kitchen, as your host is curious to learn about foreign cultures. Vegans & Vegetarians are most welcome, however, not a must.

In your leisure time you are invited to profit from Roger's well equipped craft shop for a lot of kinds of woodwork. If you are not yet experienced, Roger will teach you patiently in almost every technique related with wood, carving techniques included. You will discover yourself being an artist !

For leisure trips there are 5 bicycles available (of which 3 are recumbents) for the exploration of the romantic villages in the vicinity, with the overwhelming charme of their typical half timbered houses (guided tours on demand).

Your are kindly requested to present your medical insurance valid for France at the latest at your arrival.

Languages: French, English, German

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