All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 6
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 33324
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Last Updated: February 20, 2018
We (Phil and Helen) have lived on our 6 hectare smallholding in a very quiet village in the middle of Brittany for the last 25 years.
We were self sufficient for a large part of the time whilst seeing our family grow up and even becoming grandparents recently.
However we now have a brand new project in renovating an old bar/restaurant in the village ( Helen already runs the existing one and wants to eventually move into the bigger premises)
At the farm we still have chickens, sheep, a dog, cats and now and then a pig for the freezer.
Part of our land is a forest garden alongside a large polytunnel, whilst the rest is wetland, there is also a huge oak tree on the property that is over 9 metres circumference and is in guide books as an 'arbre remarquable'.
The new property in the village is a huge project, with an existing bar, shop and appartment to clean up and redecorate, then there's the ballroom behind where we plan to install new toilets and kitchen area.
We will always try our best to let people work on the projects that interest them the most-
either at the smallholding or the renovation in the village, or a mixture of the two.
At the smallholding we are currently: -
renovating the farmhouse, painting, plastering, tiling replacing the kitchen and updating the bathroom
finishing a leaking duck/wildlife pond,
sieving leafmould for mulch and making potting compost,
collecting and chopping firewood,
preparing the garden and starting to sow seedlings
In the village bar restoration project we will be:-
Clearing and cleaning the whole building
Raising part of the ballroom floor and building a toilet block and kitchen
Wallpaper and painting in the appartment and ballroom
New parquet flooring to lay in the restaurant area and the appartment
Tiling in the new kitchen and toilets
Lots of miscellaneaous oddjobs like insulating, plumbing and electricity.......
Helpers work from 9h00 until around midday, then after a long lunch break another couple of hours in the afternoon, 5 days a week, in exchange for being well fed and accomodation in farmhouse or cabin in the garden etc.
You will find plenty of opportunities to learn new skills and share experiences.