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nr Richelieu
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 12278
Country: France

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Last Updated: July 21, 2019

UPDATE; Accepting health conscious couples or single girl travellers. We have updated our garden house bedroom ensuite to include Internet,new winter heating, Desk workspace and newly decorated. We could also have a very chic bedroom in the main house with attached huge living room with Internet which is private although shared bathroom, if there are 2 friends travelling together. Due to now working set hours each day and still building our house, we prefer HelpX guests to be self reliant as much as possible and help out with the cooking (instructions given if you want to learn some new cooking skills) as we have less time this year for entertaining as we have so many projects to finish. So HelpX guests who are self reliant and can get on with their off time by making themselves at home and taking care of themselves would be preferred. We can still take you on local sightseeeing visits though!

Hello, We are Kate and Vince and 4 delightful cats. We live in a 17th Century house on a hill, 10 minutes drive from Richelieu. We are situated 1 hour from Tours or Poitiers Airport and 15 minutes drive from Chatellerault where there is a good train service. We are an excellent stop off point if you are heading North or South.....
The Sunrise views from our hill are stunning. We love the natural life and grow much of our own food. We are working towards opening a small retreat centre which focuses on organic food for healing and painting courses.
We would really like health minded people to come and stay with us and help with numerous things, depending on your skills and abilities. Firstly a single female or couples to look after our cats for longer stays if possible. 1-2 weeks or even 2-3 months so we can come and go for weekends and know our place is looked after. We have a lovely garden house for you to stay in with a super king bed and bathroom en-suite overlooking the veggie garden and picturesque valley or a room in the main house depending on how many people are staying. We also have good Internet in the main house for your use if you travel with a laptop. Anyone wanting to stay with us needs to be fairly independent with their time.. Our space would suit someone that has a creative nature and would want to spend time painting, making music or writing as we are fairly focused for 5 days of the week due to our own work and creative projects, although we love making delicious meals with our guests and sitting on the porch at night eating healthy meals and watching the sunset. And we take you out on one day of the weeekend to see local sights.
These are the things we need help with:
1. Gardening, weeding, digging, moving rocks.
2. Picking out and Repointing walls (very easy we can show you!)
3. Repointing interior walls using local stone and Sand/Chaux using ancient building methods
4. Painting windows

If it is the winter, then gardening and helping to picte walls outside ready to be repointed in Spring
Skilled work if you have an special skills but not essential:

Any building skills are a bonus but not needed as it is all pretty straight forward.We just need youngish folk who are pretty strong and the girls painting windows or helping me make delicious food if you don't want to do the more strenuous picte and repointing.

Our meals are all vegetarian and some food is from the garden, plus homemade breads, and wine.If you want to learn about making amazing energising raw food you can always help out in the kitchen as I'll include some raw food options with dinner as well as cooked vegetarian food, especially during the summer when we have a plentiful garden.
If you eat meat we are fine with you cooking it for yourself but as vegetarians we prefer not to cook it ourselves!

We would like at least 5 hours work a day 4 days a week and if you would like to house sit for longer so we can come and go all you would need to do is look after the garden and feed the cats and give them love and attention when we are away so you can chill. We are happy with single girls or couples. NO SINGLE MEN OVER 50 UNLESS WE MEET ON SKYPE FIRST. We would also need you to send us a copy of your passport, proof of address if you have it (we understand you may not have if you have been long term travelling) and your travel Visa if you are from out of Europe. We are happy for you to do all your HelpXing work in 3 days if you prefer to - then spend the rest of the week on your creative projects. Or you can work mornings only or afternoons only. Whatever works for you.

There is a local village 10 minute bike ride away which has the basics, bakery, newsagents, restaurant, post office, pharmacy, doctor, dentist. Work time can be flexible if you want to go to market in the moated town of Richelieu which we can drive you to. We can also drop you off at the train station if you want to visit Tours of Poitiers for weekends. It's no problem giving you a lift to the local train station or you can come with us on Market days to our local town or Sundays in the summer we go to local fairs.
We are flexible with your staying time. 1 week minimum. 2 weeks good for us. 1-3 months is good too. Couples, single females and friends travelling together welcome. We can only take up to 1 couple or 2 friend helpers at a time. Sorry, we cannot accept anyone travelling with Dogs as it would stress our cats out too much.
We do Yoga and Pilates some mornings (you can join us if you like). We have bicycles you can use to explore the area.
Our Blog page hasn't been updated for years as I've been so busy on building the house but we plan to start updating it again but you can get the gist of things.
We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to stay with us. Many Blessings Kate & Vince

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