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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 8.0
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 25980
Country: France

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Last Updated: July 14, 2018

The team currently comprises Carl, Belinda, Jazz (cocker spaniel and team mascot), Otta (choc lab), Choupette (ravenous rooting permaculture pig), 2 farm cats on rodent patrol and 4 laying hens.

Thanks to willing volunteers, friends and family Coetillec now comprises: 5 C17th renovated stone self-catering holiday cottages; various stone barns; a wooden barn made entirely from recycled timber and slate; heated swimming pool; fully-commissioned mobile-home; plus 30 acres of woodland, lawns, meadow and a stream - all set in beautiful rolling countryside just 25 miles from the stunning southern Brittany coastline.

2018/19 Projects:
Convert a ruined granite barn and adjoining stable into a cottage
Bring veteran pollarded Oak trees back into active management.

We are seeking volunteers with the following skills:
stone masonry, build with granite, lime and sand mortar and or build/repair dry-stone walls
tree surgeon / arborist to re-pollard magnificent veteran Oak trees.

In return we offer: a beautiful place to stay; to share our day to day life and experiences; a peaceful location immersed in nature; cycling; and the opportunity to gain new skills in:
sustainable woodland management to bring the woodland back into active management utilising low impact silvicultural systems
use of green woodworking tools and methods to produce a range of traditional woodland products, such as cleft post and rail fencing, gates and roofing shingles from sweet chestnut, bean-rods, pea-sticks, hurdles and charcoal from Hazel
use of an Alaskan type chainsaw-mill to produce saw timber products
cutting, splitting and stacking firewood from our sustainably managed woodland.

We have the right tools and materials to carry out a plethora of projects to a high-standard, for example, land management equipment (AKA boys` toys) includes: digger, tractor, ride on mower, a fleet of chainsaws and brushcutters/strimmers, ect.

Please get in touch if you can you can offer assistance, letting us know which project(s) you are interested in and we`ll send further information.

Accommodation: out with July and August we can offer you a room in one of our beautiful stone cottages, during July and August, we move into a mobile-home so you will need to pitch your tent/yurt/caravan/campervan.

All food, drink, bedding provided - just bring your own towels, outdoor footwear and gloves.

The work is hard but rewarding; you need to be able-bodied. If you have a good sense of humour, like to have fun, have a strong work ethic, are sound of mind, can show respect towards others and their property, can tidy up after yourself and have common sense then we`ll get on well.

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