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St Martin des Besaces
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 5000 square meters
Persons: 2/3
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 11717
Country: France

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Last Updated: March 8, 2020

Looking for help in the garden at the moment for long term project.
Building work, renovating,Need window openings faced, carpentry etc. Also need someone who can use a chainsaw.
For more photos please look at my website.

This is a non-profit making organization a charity for Families and groups with special needs children and Adults.

I also hope to put in a light and sound room, a play barn with a soft play area, scensory garden, etc

I am renovating a small Chateau originally built sometime in the 12th century. There were people living in the Chateau in 1360 called Pierette de Montbosq, who married at this time Jean D'Arclaise who became Baker to the king.
Someone interested in old stonework with use of lime pointing and plastering would be helpful. New staircases to put in etc, etc. This is a long term project and you can stay for as long as you would like.
Need help in the garden someone who knows plants from weeds. Vegetable plot and herb garden are going well.
I am interested in History and alternative therapies, yoga with painting and decorating etc.
some fencing done, pillars for the gate, hedges to lay and many other things including the renovations such as plastering, electricity, plumbing, masonry skills, pointing,

I have 2 gites that are renting out.
I am hoping that when the renovations are complete on the house; I would like to run a holiday center for special needs children and adolescents. I was a teacher of special needs children in England and have a B.Ed in Special needs. If you are interested in helping I would love to accommodate you. I speak excellent French some Spanish, a minute amount of German but I am very interested in languages and other cultures.

We provide breakfast and 2 home cooked meals a day.

Wifi available.

Hours flexible

We are in the middle of the d-day battle areas with many historic and interesting places to see. Also Bungy jumping down the road, adventure areas, Historic and cultural areas so much to see.

I am a very patient person. I enjoy having other people around. We have hosted students from A.F.S when our children were younger and still keep in touch now. Looking forward to meeting new people who may be able to help us out to.

reviews (11)
Helper: Lee Rice Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 13, 2019
I was lucky enough to spend nearly 1 month with Marian, Diego, Kylie, Topsy, ... view complete review

Helper: Michael Haines Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 9, 2014
I had a great time at Marian's assisting with a few different projects around... view complete review

Helper: Peter josef Hinger Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 10, 2013
First i wanted to have some work and to do some sightseeing, but then i was s... view complete review

Helper: Beverly and Doug Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 17, 2012
Marian and Fredís place was our first HelpX experience. It was a great experi... view complete review

Helper: Francesc Romero Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: July 31, 2012
Marian is a great host, she is always looking after her helpers. I had a good... view complete review

Helper: Karlton Dardio Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 9, 2012
I got to stay with Marian and Fred for 2 weeks, and it was spectacular. The ... view complete review

Helper: Daniel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: April 11, 2012
I ended up staying 6 weeks instead of the 2 weeks I had envisioned. Marian an... view complete review

Helper: Jutta Grear Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: March 14, 2012
I stayed with Marian and Fred for little over two weeks, and unfortunatelly f... view complete review

Helper: Rosie and Chris Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: February 24, 2012
We could only stay for a week with Marian and Fred, but we could have easily ... view complete review

Helper: Simon Harker Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 4, 2012
I sadly only stayed for just over a week but wished I could have stayed longe... view complete review

Helper: Deborah and Mark Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: November 12, 2011
Our hostess Marian has two gites in the countryside of Normandy, one of the m... view complete review

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