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Ruffec
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 4633
Country: France

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Last Updated: September 9, 2019

We are a busy family always in need of help around the house, garden and with our menagerie of animals (horses, dogs, cat)

We have been renovating our house and there is work still to be done and lots of skills to be learned. A little DIY experience would be useful but not needed as long as you have the motivation and confidence to have a go. If anyone hase any experience installing septic tanks you are more than welcome and we are happy to pay for this type of work - planning to do this Spring 2020.

We like our helpers to become part of the family and help out at mealtimes and with general household duties when needed. I do not object to anyone using my kitchen and doing some baking if you feel like it.

We have a bedroom in the house for our helpers with two single beds.

Helpers who can ride (English style) are allowed to use our horses and enjoy the local forest and fields on our doorstep. You must be able to groom, tack up, ride safely (walk, trot, and canter) and clean the tack afterwards.

In the summer you can enjoy the pool or visit the local bathing lakes and rivers.

We have plenty of DVDs and music CDs, English and French TV channels. The small town we live in has a library with an English section and you catch the train to many interesting places to visit. We do try to get out and about at the weekend, and helpers are welcome to join us.

Our area of the Charente is lovely with lots of places to visit and on the main route through to the South or North. We are about 2 hours from Paris by train. Cheap flights can be found from airports at Limoges, Poitiers, Angouleme, Bordeaux and La Rochelle. There is a main railway at Angouleme and Poitiers where you can catch daily trains to our town of Ruffec.(around 10 euros for a single way ticket) Alternatively for a cheap way to travel around france see if you can get a car share in covoiturage.fr. Ruffec has plenty of shops, swimming pool and cinema. We are two hours drive from the sea, and only 6 hours from Spain.

We are quite easy going and flexible, we expect 4 to 5 hours work per person per day. In return you receive your accommodation, 3 meals a day which consist of breakfast, lunch - normally something light and a main cooked meal in the evening. You may help yourself to hot or cold drinks at anytime. We prefer that provide your own toiletries (shampoo shower gel etc). You will have use of free internet and the use of the telephone for European calls. A washing machine is available for you to use.

Types of jobs we would expect you to help with:

Gardening, DiY and building jobs, caring for the animals (checking water and food etc), fencing (never ending job), helping with household chores and keeping the pool clean. You can split your hours over the day or just work the afternoons, on the weekends we expect some help but appreciate that you may want to visit the area. Sundays we try to relax - using this day to chill out and perhaps visit places.

We are quite a sociable family and enjoy lots of outdoor eating with friends in the summer. We also try to spend a lot of time just relaxing especially on a Sunday and on the cold days of winter.

Please note that the Google map below does not show the correct position of our address we are between the D8 and N10 in Ruffec.

We are English by Nationality and speak English (1st language) and French (2nd language). We are happy to accept any nationality of helper on long or short stays throughout the year.

This is what is lined us so far and where possible we do like out helpers to stay a
min of 2 weeks and are very happy to accomodate long stays.

2019 - Autumn/Winter

September - available
October - available
November - available
December - available

2020 - All year available

reviews (13)
Helper: Tatiana and Kirill Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Russia Date: July 1, 2012
We spent two weeks in april 2012 at the horse farm of Karen and Andy. They sa... view complete review

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Helper: Sara Ther Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 31, 2012
The Johnson- Jones home is an amazing place to stay. All they want is that th... view complete review

Helper: Kyle Gardiner Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 22, 2011
Staying with the Johnson and Jones family was my first helpex and it was grea... view complete review

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Helper: Katherine and Christopher Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 31, 2011
The Johnson-Jones household was our very first helpx and we felt like part of... view complete review

Helper: Sarah Wells Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 30, 2011
I stayed with Karen, Andy, Livi & Zac and their lovely dogs my constant compa... view complete review

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Helper: Meeka Capozzalo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: April 21, 2011
Staying with Karen, Andy, Liv and Zac was my first helpx. I am so glad to hav... view complete review

Helper: Francisco Lerma Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Mexico Date: February 25, 2011
I stayed for 2 weeks with the Karen, Andrew, Zack an Liv and it was very cool... view complete review

Helper: Peter and Alice Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: April 30, 2010
We stayed with Karen, Andy, Livi and Zac-Attack for 2 weeks in April 2010. It... view complete review

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Helper: Sofia Rademacher Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: April 21, 2010
Karen, Andrew and family were a delight to meet. My friend Liz and I had been... view complete review

Helper: Jose kuri Gutierrez Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Mexico Date: February 23, 2010
I really have a great time whit Karen, Andrew, Livi!!and Zacarias... very nic... view complete review

Helper: Eryn Yaromy Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Canada Date: May 12, 2009
I had such a great stay with Karen, Andy, Livi and Zac. They made me feel we... view complete review

Helper: Nina and Richard Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: April 21, 2009
Came for a fortnight, stayed for 3 months! What a great time we had, rarely a... view complete review

Helper: Heidi Runner Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: December 20, 2008
I had a grand time staying with Karen, Andrew, Livi and Zach. They fed me wel... view complete review

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