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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 8.0
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 25980
Country: France

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Last Updated: October 26, 2018

The team currently comprises Carl, Belinda, Thibaut, Jazz (cocker spaniel and team mascot), Otta (choc lab), Choupette (ravenous rooting permaculture pig), 2 farm cats on rodent patrol and 3 laying hens.

Thanks to willing volunteers, friends and family Coetillec now comprises: 5 C17th renovated stone self-catering holiday cottages; various stone barns; a wooden barn made entirely from recycled timber and slate; heated swimming pool; fully-commissioned mobile-home; plus 30 acres of woodland, lawns, meadow and a stream - all set in beautiful rolling countryside just 25 miles from the stunning southern Brittany coastline.

2018/19 Projects:
• Convert a ruined granite barn and adjoining stable into a cottage
• Bring veteran pollarded Oak trees back into active management.

We are seeking volunteers with the following skills:
• stone masonry, build with granite, lime and sand mortar and or build/repair dry-stone walls
• tree surgeon / arborist to re-pollard magnificent veteran Oak trees.

In return we offer: a beautiful place to stay; to share our day to day life and experiences; a peaceful location immersed in nature; cycling; and the opportunity to gain new skills in:
• sustainable woodland management to bring the woodland back into active management utilising low impact silvicultural systems
• use of green woodworking tools and methods to produce a range of traditional woodland products, such as cleft post and rail fencing, gates and roofing shingles from sweet chestnut, bean-rods, pea-sticks, hurdles and charcoal from Hazel
• use of an Alaskan type chainsaw-mill to produce saw timber products
• cutting, splitting and stacking firewood from our sustainably managed woodland.

We have the right tools and materials to carry out a plethora of projects to a high-standard, for example, land management equipment (AKA boys` toys) includes: digger, tractor, ride on mower, a fleet of chainsaws and brushcutters/strimmers, ect.

Please get in touch if you can you can offer assistance, letting us know which project(s) you are interested in and we`ll send further information.

Accommodation: out with July and August we can offer you a room in one of our beautiful stone cottages, during July and August, we move into a mobile-home so you will need to pitch your tent/yurt/caravan/campervan.

All food, drink, bedding provided - just bring your own towels, outdoor footwear and gloves.

The work is hard but rewarding; you need to be able-bodied. If you have a good sense of humour, like to have fun, have a strong work ethic, are sound of mind, can show respect towards others and their property, can tidy up after yourself and have common sense then we`ll get on well.


reviews (21)
Helper: Nancy Sames Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 2, 2017
For my first HelpX experience, I stayed at Couetilliec Cottages, deep in the ... view complete review

Helper: Rachel Robertson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 18, 2016
I spent 2 and a half weeks in July 2016 with Carl and Jazz at Couetilliec. I'... view complete review

Helper: Tracey Tann Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 2, 2016
Hi! I must apologise for not writing this review sooner (sorry Carl). What c... view complete review

Helper: Beatriz Auría Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: November 2, 2015
My experience at Couetilliec took place this summer, from half of July to the... view complete review

Helper: Karina and Jon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 25, 2015
We were only able to stay at Couetilliec for just over a week, but it was not... view complete review

Helper: Ruby Stevens Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: September 1, 2015
This is a rediculously late review (sorry Carl). I stayed for almost 3 weeks ... view complete review

Helper: Helene LANIS Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 24, 2015
My stay at Carl's was another one of those helpx experience where you come as... view complete review

Helper: Nicholas Mears Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: July 4, 2015
I stayed at Carls for 4 weeks. I got to try my hand at a variety of jobs incl... view complete review

Helper: Kateryna Liadova Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ukraine Date: July 1, 2015
I spent two splendid weeks at Carl’s place this summer. It was a very good ex... view complete review

Helper: Michael Finucane Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 9, 2015
What a nice area in Brittany, it's a quiet setting as cottages are by a wood ... view complete review

Helper: Thibaut Legendre Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 25, 2015
I spent a month in Brittany with Carl and well it was great, the jobs were mo... view complete review

Helper: Anna cristina vert Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: November 10, 2014
Hello! I spent 3 weeks with Carl and family working and helping to make every... view complete review

Helper: Anais Demars Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 31, 2014
Hi I am French and I have enjoyed working with Carl it is very nice and fr... view complete review

Helper: Gita and Gunita Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Latvia Date: October 3, 2014
We spent 2 weeks at Carls place in August. It's a really beautiful and nice p... view complete review

Helper: Ester Arnaiz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: September 14, 2014
Thank you for all Thank you for your patience and your english lessons.... y... view complete review

Helper: Joseph Palumbo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 11, 2014
Sorry for my late review. I was lucky to stay at the Couetilliec cottages fo... view complete review

Helper: Emily Deck Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: August 15, 2014
I spent a fantastic two weeks in July/August at Carl and Belinda's place. The... view complete review

Helper: João Baptista Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Portugal Date: July 22, 2014
Helpx is one of the ideal sites to look for a cheaper way to travel. However ... view complete review

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Helper: Bouzenad kalissa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 19, 2014
I stayed At carl's place about 10 days and I really enjoyed my expérience the... view complete review

Helper: Caroline Browne Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 6, 2014
I had a wonderful four week stay with Carl in Brittany. The place is absolute... view complete review

Helper: Nicola and James Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 18, 2014
I spent 2 very enjoyable weeks with Carl in Brittany, at his lovely cottages.... view complete review

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