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Ayen - Corrèze
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 6.8
Persons: 2-4
Category: Accommodation Business
Host ID: 1789
Country: France

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Last Updated: May 12, 2019

Bonjour !
We are Bert & Patricia from Belgium. After moving from Belgium to Ireland, France, Ireland (again), we’re back in France for our latest project. We’ve been hosting volunteers on and off for nigh on 20 years.

This time we acquired a small peaceful campsite (23 pitches) and one holiday let, in the beautiful Corrèze department, set on 7 hectares of land. The landscape is amazing and the centuries old buildings, built around a stunning courtyard, make our hearts beat faster.

During the summer months we would like help with running the day to day chores a small campsite needs. Cutting grass (ride on mower and tractor, sometimes strimmer/bush cutter), maintaining swimming pool, weeding, sanitary block upkeep, some bar work, kitchen help… In short, making sure campers have a holiday they will cherish forever.

Any other time of the year we would like help with renovations, building maintenance, decorating, land clearing and upkeep. Anything you can think of and can help us with is very welcome.

On our land we have a small walnut orchard, which gives around 700 kg of nuts. In October/November it is harvest time. Happy to receive some help then too.

We run our property in an eco-friendly manner, but we are not fanatical in any way. We don’t use herbicides, pesticides….We don’t cut down healthy trees, and we will plant some more as time goes by. We only use eco-friendly detergents for cleaning, laundry and washing-up. Separate our rubbish, recycle where possible, compost kitchen waste, etc. What we don’t do is buy organic food ONLY, but we do our best to buy as local as possible, most of the time. Even though we are planning our organic vegetable garden in the future, it is non-existent at the moment. We do have some established fruit trees on the land, including figs (is there any fruit as scrumptuous as a sun-kissed-fresh-from-the-tree fig ?)

We ask your input +/-5hr per day, 5 days per week. Can vary from time to time.
A positive and can-do attitude.

You will get a comfy sleep, good food (for omnivores and vegetarians) and our lovely company, also from our two dogs Millie and Blackie, our four cats Roisín, Fergus, Louis and Alfie. Use of swimming pool and any other facilities that are available at the time of your stay. Free WiFi, bedlinen, towels, etc. There are some bicycles for you to use too. The village of Ayen is 1.5km. There are also plenty of signposted walks in and around Ayen.

Please email us with any questions you might have and have a look around on our website. Looking forward hearing from you.


Patricia & Bert

PS Our native language is Flemish (Dutch), but we speak English quite fluently. Our French is still somewhat mediocre, but we get by.
PS Illegal substances are just that, don’t bring them onto our property.

reviews (22)
Helper: Will Foran Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: April 5, 2019
Hey. I had the pleasure of staying with Patricia and Bert in beautiful Ayen. ... view complete review

Helper: Audrey and Stephen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 27, 2019
We have just spent three fabulous weeks with Bert and Patricia, should have b... view complete review

Helper: Marcus Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: June 27, 2017
I stayed at Bert and Patricia's home for around 3 weeks from mid may to early... view complete review

Helper: Simon wells Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 29, 2017
I spent 2 weeks with Bert & Patricia and their lovely pets at their amazing h... view complete review

Helper: Mikaela and Keegan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: June 21, 2016
We stayed with Patricia and Bert for 5 weeks in April/May and it was easily t... view complete review

Helper: Wen chin Ter Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Malaysia Date: August 31, 2015
It was a much more than 5 stars experience! Sneem is a beautiful cozy village... view complete review

Helper: Manon Wijermars Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: August 5, 2015
patricia and bert of course ;) are the best hosts that you can wish for! they... view complete review

Helper: Jen Petersen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: January 31, 2015
I stayed the whole month of January with Patricia and Bert and had a good tim... view complete review

Helper: Clémence and Hugo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 26, 2015
A single word to describe our stay at Bert and Patricia : UNFORGETTABLE!!!!!!... view complete review

Helper: Darío and Albert Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: August 30, 2014
Excellent experience. Since the very beginning we had the best relationship ... view complete review

Helper: Franziska and Silvio Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 25, 2014
Stop looking for hosts, go there!!!! We planned to stay in Sneem for four wee... view complete review

Helper: Patricia Wagstaff Quon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: April 27, 2014
I just want to say how much I really enjoyed my stay with Patricia and Bert a... view complete review

Helper: Marie and Madlen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 6, 2014
It is hard to find the words for describing how great our four week stay at P... view complete review

Helper: Francisco Martinez Munoz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: December 15, 2013
Patricia and Bert are very nice people, if you like the pets and the quiet, t... view complete review

Helper: Alvaro Monteagudo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: August 28, 2013
I've been the first helper of Patricia and Bert after a few years. They are n... view complete review

Helper: Mariana Milne-Jones Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Brazil Date: September 27, 2007
Patricia and Bert are the perfect host!!! Since the first moment they do ever... view complete review

Helper: Ruth gordon Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: September 10, 2007
Patricia and Bert have been amazing hosts over the past three weeks. They are... view complete review

Helper: Pamela Salas Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Mexico Date: August 23, 2007
Patricia and Bert place is in a few words: my best woofing experience! the pl... view complete review

Helper: Jill and Amelia Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Canada Date: August 2, 2007
We have just stayed with Patricia and Bert for 3 weeks and have nothing but g... view complete review

Helper: Rachel Hargreaves Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: July 16, 2007
I have just (reluctantly) left here and patricia & bert to carry on my travel... view complete review

Helper: Emily Budesa Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: June 29, 2006
I just got back from my stay with Bert and Patricia and even though it was my... view complete review

Helper: Nicole bold Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: June 26, 2006
You know, I only meant to stay for a couple weeks at Milecat with Bert and Pa... view complete review

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