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Saint Pere en Retz
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1.5
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 21196
Country: France

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Last Updated: August 15, 2018

Our project, which is already well underway, is the renovation of the former Commandery of the order of the Templars and Maltese Knights and its outhouses, establishing a small size spice and herbs farm according to organic standards.
We are a well-travelled, Anglo/French retired couple (young in spirit and very active) living in a rural area just south of Brittanny and 10kms from the coast and the river Loire, after a life of travel, working and sailing in the Indian and the Pacific oceans.
We receive many helpers wanting to improve their French and provide our help to achieve their objective. We have a dog and use a couple of sheep from neighbours to help keep the grass under control in the spring.
Ideally we would like helpers to stay a couple of weeks to 4 weeks depending on how it works out for both parties. Work is tending to plants and garden, working on old walls and installing panelling, plus plenty of inside painting. To vary things when the weather is fine we can chop wood and help with fencing. A hand with the cooking from time to time is welcomed.
We are located close to some lovely beaches and only a 30 minute drive to cross the Loire and visit South Britanny and 43 km West of Nantes.
Access is easy by bus from Saint-Nazaire or Nantes and pick-up from Nantes airport or rail station can be arranged.
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Nous sommes une famille franco-britannique qui rénove une ancienne commanderie des Templiers, puis de l'Ordre de Malte. Nous avons une petite exploitation agricole d'herbes aromatiques. L'aide demandée aux Helpers est variée :
- Entretien et plantations au jardin;
- Entretien des arbres, etc.
- Rénovation de batiments : maçonnerie, enduits, peinture;
Nous recevons beaucoup de Helpers souhaitant pratiquer et améliorer leur pratique de la langue française et nous faisons tout notre possible pour les aider à améliorer leur français. Nous avons un chien, des moutons et la ferme voisine a environ cinquante vaches. Nous apprécions particulièrement les Helpers qui aiment cuisiner et leur fournissons toutes les denrées nécessaires. Nous organisons pour nos Helpers des visites dans la région, la ville de Nantes à 50 minutes en bus, de nombreuses plages dans un rayon de 10km, Guérande et Saint-Nazaire. Vélos à disposition pour se rendre à Saint Père en Retz. Nous préférons recevoir les Helpers par 2 pour leur permettre une meilleure autonomie. Notre histoire est celle de grands voyageurs en voilier et d'avoir séjourné aux Maldives, en Australie et dans le Pacifique. Nous sommes accessibles par bus de Saint-Nazaire ou Nantes. Nous pouvons aussi chercher nos Helpers à l'aéroport ou à la gare de Nantes.

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