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All Year: March onwards
Area (ha): 0.6
Persons: up to 6
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 10325
Country: France

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Last Updated: June 3, 2013


We are a young (mid 50's) retired English couple who through an act of folly (which we still laugh about) own a 25 metre high historic Lime Kiln with several outbuildings. Our plan is to use the kiln as a climbing/abseiling centre in the future.

We have lived here for just over 3 years and still have many ongoing projects both in the garden and in the home.

Located between the Loire Valley and the Dordogne, outside of a small hamlet, nearest shops 5km, within walking distance of local bar (bikes supplied).

We have a large veggie area with raised beds which have produced excellent crops.

Our home is shared with a small dog, who is very friendly. Gillian breeds chickens, so we get to enjoy fresh eggs and meat.

The accommodation on offer is a caravan or tent, and have meals with us. We provide breakfast and 2 home cooked meals a day served with wine/beer.

Wifi available.

This in exchange for help 27 hours a week Mon-Thu (10-4.30 (Fri 10-4) with 1 hour for lunch, ) around the property:
Stone wall building
Building raised beds
General gardening
Clearing woodland
Wood cutting/splitting
Repointing with Lime mortar
Tree felling
General housework

In addition to the hours you may be asked to assist with washing up after our evening meal (or just stacking the dishwasher!).

For the experienced abseiller, there is removing creeper from the 25 meter kiln wall (abseiling equipment provided) and then repointing.

At weekends we are usually out and about visiting nearby villages, attractions or local events of which there are many here; vintage car rally, firework display (14/7), music festival, highland games, board games festival, medieval market and many more. All of which you are welcome to join us in visiting.

We look forward to you joining us on our epic journey in restoring the property.

We are happy to provide transport to and from the property within reason e.g Bressuire (30 minutes away), Parthenay or Thouars. Poitiers station/airport has good connections throughout Europe and a direct lines to Bressuire and Parthenay.

When replying please state approx dates/duration and what types of work you can do.

Thanks Gillian & Alan

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