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All Year: May 1 to Sept. 30, 2018
Area (ha): 75
Persons: 2
Category: Accommodation Business
Host ID: 21576
Country: France

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Last Updated: November 20, 2017

Asking for at least a four week commitment, longer if mutually beneficial—from May 1 through September 30, 2018

We are an American couple who are blessed to own a beautiful historic estate on 181 acres of fields and forest in Brittany, France. (Google Chateau Le Mur for more info about us and the estate.) We host workshops and Holiday Home-Stays on our property in the summer months. We are looking for a mature couple* to help us out with caretaking, gardening, key holding and help with preparing, greeting, etc. We generally have another couple onsite who will work along side you, and when we can, we are on-site and work along side with everyone and have a lot of fun in the meantime!

*Sorry, but this means no singles or families. Past experience shows that our place is too remote for single folks and doesn't work for us or them, and as far as families, we can only offer a one bedroom apartment that accommodates two people only.

We ask for 25 hours work/week per person in exchange for a lovely furnished 1 bedroom apartment (utilities and Wi-Fi included) in our 14th Century Manoir. We ask that you make at least a 4 week commitment, and if mutually agreeable, extending the stay.

We ask for 25 hours work/week per person in exchange for a lovely furnished 1 bedroom apartment (utilities and Wi-Fi included) in our 14th Century Manoir.

These are the types of tasks we need help with: General caretaking of property; cleaning, prep, and greeting of vacation home-stay and workshop guests; General gardening; keep forest paths clear of fallen tree debris; mow lawn (we have a ride-able lawn mower) trim hedges with electric trimmer; plant flowers and vegetables; weeding; occasionally cut down trees and chop wood as needed (we have electric and gas powered saws); Rake driveway when needed; Fertilize fruit trees; Experience in additional types of property and home maintenance a big plus! (If you have additional artistic talents, such as mural painting, tree-carving, upholstery, please let us know!)

Enjoy the majestic Brittany coast and sandy beaches, walled Medieval cities such as St.Malo, Vannes, Dinan, and explore the nearby villages of Rochefort en Terre, Malestroit, Josselin and Gacilly. Explore the wonders of Carnac's Standing Stones, and visit one of the most famous landmarks in France, Mont St. Michel. If you think you would enjoy visiting and working in one of the most beautiful settings in France, please get back to us soon! If you love: to wake up everyday in a beautiful peaceful countryside; meeting and interacting with charming people; practicing French; love the Ocean; want to be in an environment steeped in Medieval History; ....then this is the place for you! Thanks, Ernie and Terry

We need help this year May 1 through September 30, 2018. Asking for at least a four week commitment, longer if mutually beneficial. Experience the 'real' French in Brittany, as it is one of the most traditional areas of France.

Thanks, Ernie and Terry

PS. We require a mature married couple* that own a home or have owned a home in the past. Please be aware that you must, ABSOLUTELY rent/bring your own car/motorbike while you are here. If you are coming from outside France, it is often much cheaper to rent a vehicle long term from your home country than within France.

We've had married couples help us out the last few summers and have had a blast together! We are happy to supply recommendations from them.

Thanks, Ernie and Terry

Testimonial: We worked here for 5 weeks in the summer of We knew from our initial contact that our hosts Terry and Ernie would be good fun and ‘team’ people. They have tastefully renovated this gorgeous 19th century Chateau and 14th century Manoir. It is a stunning property of 181acres in the heart of the Brittany countryside. We worked in the garden, which was a pleasure to work in. We organised apartment changeovers and feeding and grooming their lovely pets (miniature sheep and miniature pony). The hours were fair and flexible and they encouraged us to take time off to explore the beautiful region of Britanny. We got a great apartment to stay in, spacious, cool and comfortable with its own kitchen where we cooked for ourselves. We worked closely with the caretakers who were here during our time, so it helps to be a team player. The atmosphere here is fun, lively and welcoming. The property is extensive, including natural woodlands and there is always lots to do, so you should have a genuine work ethic and be prepared to use your initiative. Having your own car is very useful to visit the nearby towns and many attractions eg La Gacilly, Malestroit, Josselin, Redon, Vannes etc.

We would recommend working with Terry and Ernie, to anyone who is happy to contribute their time and skills in return for a great base to explore Brittany, meeting very interesting hosts and the chance to stay in a beautiful historic property . Looking forward to a return visit in the future. Thank you so much! :-) Eimear and Ian De Souza

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