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Belabre
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 4
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 14142
Country: France

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Last Updated: June 19, 2019

We have moved from Turkey where we hosted 70 HelpXs over 5 years. All of the reviews below prior to 2017 are with reference to that listing. We aim to continue our animal rescue and organic permaculture here in France.

We have a copse to restore and gardens to establish so there is plenty to keep us occupied. A lot of hedgerow maintenance.
We are a rescue Centre for donkeys and so there are always on going projects.

We would require our helpers to have a good sense of humour and common sense and to be adaptable as life here is less than predictable. We never know what the day will throw at us and so are wary of making too many plans!

We would also require and trust helpers to keep their more than adequate accommodation clean and tidy and leave it as they found it and respect our home. We are VERY particular about this as we have been left with appalling conditions to clean up on a number of occasions.

We would like help for 6 hours a day for 5 days then 2 days off. We start work at 8 am as our animals do not not know what a "lie in" is! 12.00- 3.00 is free time. 3.00-5.00 is walking dogs, putting down donkey beds and feeding all the animals and generally clearing up the days work.

We have a separate half to the farmhouse for helpers so that we all have our own space. The house is fully equipped and has plenty of DVD's and we do have wifi.
There is a pool which you may use at lunch times.

The summer months are taken up with animals, walking the dogs, harvesting and managing the gardens and processing the crops. The winter months are working with the donkeys and dogs and is more maintenance and new projects...splitting wood, building a potting shed or animal shelter, hedge laying, building dry stone walls etc. There is always something needs doing. Arty projects always on the go like making hypatufa troughs or goose hobbit houses.

Our helpers get well fed and have plenty of time
to visit the local area. We have a good village a 10 min walk away.
Please let me know your dietary requirements...I can cook and provide for vegetarians but when it comes to vegans I am at a loss.....it will be over to you to cook and prepare the ingredients that we shall provide.
Please come equipped for life in the country, strong shoes and warm waterproof clothes in the winter.
Please do not apply if you have animal allergies or have issues with dogs and donkeys.

We have had couples let us down at the last minute, this has meant that we have turned away genuine helpxers that would have enjoyed the experience here. Please respect our efforts to accommodate and keep us informed of your plans. If you have a burning need to clean or iron things please do tell me as soon as you arrive....would hate for you not to be happy!!!!!

We are looking for 2 helpers throughout the year. Singles or couples welcome.
Please check your emails when applying to us, some have been put into spam box.....we always reply.
Please re-read our profile so that you are sure we are the hosts for you.

reviews (33)
Helper: Judith Berta Wilder Factor Pardes Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: February 4, 2016
I went here in Turkey for two weeks, i stayed almost a month and it was hard ... view complete review

Helper: Uzair Belgami Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: India Date: January 3, 2016
I stayed with Sandy and Jon earlier this summer and had a wonderful two weeks... view complete review

Helper: Austin Klise Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 26, 2015
Jon and Sandy are some of the best host you could hope for. They have a beaut... view complete review

Helper: Alisa Miller Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 15, 2015
I loved everything about staying with Jon and Sandy, Umet, and the lovely ani... view complete review

Helper: Ester Christen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: December 12, 2015
Well, what can I add to all those fantastic reviews... I've spent two week... view complete review

Helper: Erika and Drew Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: July 12, 2015
Staying and working with Jon and Sandy was a true pleasure. In fact, they set... view complete review

Helper: Ezequiel Deniz Orozco Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 10, 2015
Hello Sandy and Jon! I know I'm a bit late, but getting internet was toug... view complete review

Helper: Kubra Bahar Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Turkey Date: April 14, 2015
I spent a week on Sandy & Jon's farm and I loved it. I would have definitely ... view complete review

Helper: Damjan Kasnar Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Slovenia Date: March 22, 2015
My review is 4 months late, but they say it's better late than never. Not tha... view complete review

Helper: Angela Dunant Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 22, 2015
We stayed with Sandy and Jon for over a month during February 2015. During th... view complete review

Helper: Elsa-Marine and Adrien Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 19, 2015
We had a great time at Nif. Sandy and Jon were very welcoming, they have a lo... view complete review

Helper: Daniel and Safiye Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 9, 2014
>> ...continued We loved the remoteness and beautiful surroundings. Although... view complete review

Helper: Daniel and Safiye Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 9, 2014
We like to write thorough honest reviews with a balance of both positive & ne... view complete review

Helper: Anne Giesbers Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: June 29, 2014
I stayed here for 2.5 weeks and had an amazing time. Beautiful surroundings, ... view complete review

Helper: Sanne and Max Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: January 5, 2014
About two months ago we stayed at Jon and Sandy's beautiful place for two wee... view complete review

Helper: Alex Leon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: January 3, 2014
HAPPY NEW YEAR SANDY & JON. I HAD A WUNDERFUL TIME WITH YOU, GOOD FOOD, EPIC ... view complete review

Helper: Gerhard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Austria Date: November 25, 2013
I have spent about two weeks at jon and sandy's place. it is a beautiful spot... view complete review

Helper: Daisy dabell Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 14, 2013
***you have to go here*** My entire experience at Sandy and Jon's was so ... view complete review

Helper: Jonathan Cave Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: July 17, 2013
I stayed with Sandy and Jon for two wonderful weeks during the summer. There... view complete review

Helper: Abed and Katharina Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Syrian Arab Republic Date: May 26, 2013
I was lucky to find a place like here (Sandy and Jon's place). I had many exp... view complete review

Helper: Trey carrington Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 3, 2013
I had a fantastic time while staying at Sandy and Jon's, I couldn't have as... view complete review

Helper: Lapo Bartolini Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: March 9, 2013
It was my first Helpx experience and Sandy and Jon made it just perfect. They... view complete review

Helper: Ivan and Branka Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 13, 2012
We spent a week here and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Sandy and Jon are... view complete review

Helper: Trina and Hannah Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 13, 2012
Our time with Jon and Sandy (and all their lovely pets) was incredible! They... view complete review

Helper: Luke Roper Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: October 20, 2012
I had a really enjoyable time at John and Sandy's.They have an amazing spot ... view complete review

Helper: Gustavo and Amy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: October 3, 2012
We spent two weeks in September with Sandy and Jon. We enjoyed staying in our... view complete review

Helper: Gerrie and Karel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: July 4, 2012
Stayıng at Jon and Sandys farm was just great! There are plenty of a... view complete review

Helper: William constantine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: June 15, 2012
so i recently stayed with Jon and Sandy,and have just read there reveiws ,its... view complete review

Helper: Signa Strom Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: May 25, 2012
After traveling through Turkey and volunteering at numerous other locations, ... view complete review

Helper: Natalia and Martin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: May 10, 2012
This was my brother's and my first 'helpx' experience...it's going to be toug... view complete review

Helper: Will Larkin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: May 8, 2012
I spent my first helpx with Jon and Sandy and I can only hope that other help... view complete review

Helper: David and Michelle Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: March 23, 2012
We stayed with Sandy & Jon for a total of 5 weeks during our travels in Turke... view complete review

Helper: Frances and Alistair Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 6, 2012
We stayed with Jon and Sandy for about two weeks in February and had a fantas... view complete review

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