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Area (ha): 20
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Category: Other
Host ID: 4129
Country: France

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Last Updated: April 2, 2019

Hello! We are looking for strong, energetic helpers with initiative [aged over 25 with experience of customer facing work and confidence in participating in the cooking schedule]to help with an active and varied work from March 2019 onwards. This includes exterior work, particularly collecting wood from our forest, clearing undergrowth in our new Woodland Shrine, chopping and planting. Also some help with renovations of a roof top ancient chamber, moving and preparing building materials, painting, cleaning, preparation of the chateau, outdoor furniture and pool area for wedding viewings, helping with customer room preparation and breakfasts and antique furniture wood polishing.

Whereas in the past we had large groups of volunteers - we only have a household of 5 people now, to allow room for B&B guests of which the income helps pay the restoration bills at Brametourte. You will have your own bedroom and bathroom too.

Our Chateau was built in the 11th century and is set amongst 20 hectares of sun-flowered fields, woods and parkland, with organic fruit gardens and a swimming pool. The Chateau is rich with the history of Viscounts, Cathars and the Knights of the Templar. It fell into neglect following an attack during the 16th century Wars of Religion. We bought it 11 years ago, to develop it using traditional building, green living and sustainable techniques.

As we are people oriented, we have developed the Chateau's social potential for holidays, weddings, hospitality & cultural events.

We ask you to provide 25 hours assistance a week and help with the [vegetarian with fish & cheese] cooking schedule. In exchange we provide board and lodgings in this unique location, with the opportunity to explore the area and local bars & festivals in one of the most friendly, welcoming and beautiful parts of rural France.

If this sounds like your sort of thing - we look forward to hearing from you! Travel is easy from Toulouse with a regular SNCF train from Toulouse to Vielmur sur Agout where we will meet you.

A bientot!
Alison, Grant and Paul

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