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La Celle-Guenand
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 4
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 7903
Country: France

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Last Updated: August 16, 2018

Immerse yourself in rural France... we are off the beaten track in the southern Loire Valley, near the historic town of Ligueil. Our 15th century house is at the heart of a very small medieval village. We have a local store with a bar, but that`s it! Bigger shops and restaurants can be found in Loches (about 20 mins away by car). From Paris the nearest mainline railway station is in Tours. There is also an international Airport at Tours (serviced by RyanAir). The bus which will deliver you to our village leaves from the centre of Tours and takes an hour to get here.

We are not wealthy people, just very fortunate to find such a special place to live. And we are committed to ensuring this ancient building is in good repair so it lasts another 600 years. We mostly do the work ourselves, and we run a part-time `bed and breakfast` business to help pay the bills (open from May to October). Like all old buildings there is always something to be done, so we could do with some assistance with general building works like repairing walls, decorating, cleaning, and help around the garden. We save up to use local craftsman for the technical jobs such as roofing, the electrics and plumbing - so no need to worry about that. We normally work from 09:00 to 12:00 and then 14:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday. You`ll need some working clothes that you don`t mind getting mucky, and some good hardy shoes.

We`ll put you up in one of the old staff apartments. It`s not 4*luxury, but its dry, clean and quiet. We may be able to accommodate more than 2 people, depending on the time of year (please ask us). We provide all meals when you are here. We will try to oblige your dietary needs, but you should be aware that this is rural France and not everything is readily available: we`ve learnt that we are not an ideal place for Vegetarians nor Vegans.

We have a friendly old dog. We speak English (mother tongue) and French. We have WiFi Internet. When we can, we`ll get you out-and-about to visit some of the wonders of this part of France. We are open minded and really enjoy meeting new people, swapping ideas and getting a new view of life. Indeed, we`ve had some wonderful people stay with us from all over the world. And we should personally like to thank each and everyone who has helped us so far. We`ve worked hard together, but we`ve had lots of fun too!

We look forward to meeting the next HelpXer!

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