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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2.5
Persons: 1,2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 21266
Country: France

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Last Updated: April 26, 2017

Thankyou for your interest, we think we now have enough helpers for the whole year. Ken and I (we're English)live in the countryside near Domfront in Basse Normandie (Lower Normandy). We are retired and live here permanently with our cat, five goats, five sheep, two bossy guinea pigs, chickens and two llamas. All are pets or grass cutters, we don't eat them.

We have a very specific requirement for the week beginning Sunday 28th May for someone happy to play with and entertain an energetic 5 year old boy. We have some of our grandchildren coming to stay that week, one (possibly two) older granddaughters aged 14 and possibly 12, plus their young cousin who is 5. The girls are regular visitors and the little boy has been here before but is much harder work! We are not looking for a nanny or au pair, just someone happy to play football, hide and seek, throwing games, enter into "soft play" or swimming - just generally run around and help wear him out!

The rest of the work requirements still apply for other times.... (We're not expecting you to do both).

We need some help mostly with the garden, weeding, digging, mowing, edging, that sort of thing. Also with the field, the woodlands (small and damp so nowhere near as grand as it sounds) and the animals. At the moment we particularly need help moving wood. There was a strong wind and quite a few trees blew down, we have had them cut up, but the wood still needs moving into the barn. We also need the guest cottage repainting inside - mostly emulsion, so there shouldn't be a smell to cause a problem for you - if there was a problem you would be welcome to sleep in the spare room in the main house until it died down.

We can probably cope with any one of these but all at once is too much these days!

You will also need to enjoy working with animals and perhaps be happy for example to clean out the sheep hut or the chickens, help keep the goats supplied with hay, help me groom and walk the llamas if the weather allows, help Ken if any fences need repairing, that sort of thing.

Nothing we haven't and don't do ourselves - but we are getting older and no longer get round to doing everything that needs doing. We would certainly not be expecting more than a maximum of about 20 - 25 hours a week to be spent working. There would be plenty of time for you to explore the area or generally do your own thing.

We could offer you your own separate guest cottage one up, (twin beds next to each other), one down (put-you-up settee/bed) with radiators and small woodburner, shower room, basic cooking facilities, stereo, dvds, books etc. The cottage is suitable for a couple or two friends or, of course, one person on their own. We have WIFI access in the main house which you are welcome to use (not in the cottage as there are thick stone walls). We would provide lunch and evening meal with us (I enjoy cooking and feeding people!)and breakfast supplies including very fresh eggs as they get laid, tea, coffee, milk, cereal etc in your cottage for you to do your own breakfast.

We live in the middle of beautiful countryside a couple of miles from the nearest village and about four miles from the forest. There are many beautiful walks around - with or without llamas. If you have your own transport - superb - otherwise we can lend you bicycles or you'd be welcome to go out with us when we do. If you're looking for a lively nightlife we are not for you! Though there is a bar open a few times a week with occasional live music and regular "open mike" nights in the village two miles away.

we have very much enjoyed our time with our previous visitors. If this sounds like you please do contact us. If you have any questions we'd be happy to answer them.

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