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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1.0
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 48620
Country: France

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Last Updated: May 27, 2018

Welcoming helpers in 2018!
We have open weeks remaining in Summer and Autumn!

Our home is located in the quite isolated countryside of La Creuse, the greenest region of France.

We have a very cozy old farm-house that has been renovated and offers simple comfort for all seasons (wood stove heating, heated bathroom, hot water, etc). There are also two large barns in good shape. In our land, we have an expanding biodynamic vegetable garden, a marvellous greenhouse, a beautiful leisure garden, a young oak grove, a chicken coop with 4 hens, green pasture for our 5 sheep.

We practice organic cultivation and care of everything on the land. We bought the property two years ago and have much to do, so if you have the skills and motivation to do some work in good company and a relaxed atmosphere, you are welcome to come and stay for a while!

The work we need help with is varied, such as:

- building: improvements and repairs on the sheep shelter and chicken coop, fencing, building a hut for guest writers/poets to do their work in peace
- gardening: our vegetable garden is growing, so there is much work to do, expansion of the recently established agroforest, building of a small pond
- animal tending: sheep and chicken
- renovating: making a workshop/ microbrewery and pottery atelier inside one of the barns
- house keeping: cooking, tidying, and other minor errands

We offer very comfortable accomodation, good organic food (vegetarian or not, plus home-made bread, cheese, our own olive oil we produce in south-France, and the good stuff from the garden - all organic) in exchange for 4 to 6 hours of work 6 days a week (the workload can be rearranged as you wish, such as 4 days x 8 hours then 3 days off, for example).

We are a couple with no children, in our early 50s, fit, healthy, grateful and happy with the life we had and have. We both retired from the busy urban life about 7 years ago, and after some years travelling, we have recently settled in this precious pristine place in the heart of Europe.

Our home is 3 hours drive or train from Lyon, Paris, and Bordeaux. The nearest cosmopolitan places (1 hr drive) are Limoges and Bourges, beautiful mid-size towns with wonderfully preserved medieval centres, bustling markets, and vibrant artistic scene. The nearest beach is about 3.5 hrs away.

We speak multiple languages (fluent English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and pretty good Italian), have travelled all over the world, and have lived and worked in 3 continents. We know how to enjoy life and also do hard physical work, yet always seeking to do it in harmony with time, place and the people around us.

So if you feel motivated, speak English and/or any of the other languages we speak, and would like to come and "live" with us for a while (minimum 1 week, maximum to be discussed), send us a message.

Happy (ad)ventures!
Marcel & Ciane

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