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Putanges le Lac,
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Area (ha): 3.5 acres parc/ forest
Persons: 1-4
Category: Other
Host ID: 4640
Country: France

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Last Updated: November 3, 2019

Helpers are welcome from April 2020.


We are John and Patricia, a Dutch couple, who live in Normandy. We speak Dutch and English( and understand German) but from our French you get tears in your eyes.....
So for people who want to improve their French this is probably not the best place to come.....Or you take a 5 minute walk to the local village where ALL people speak French and are very friendly. There are some bars but no night entertainment.
But if you are looking for a beautiful green quiet part of France, this is your place.
If you go to the “ corbon” website you will see the house is for sale. Don’t let this bother you as we haven’t had any serious requests for the house so we will probably live here, with pleasure and a little help, forever;-)
Anyhow, the second house is your accommodation.
There is also a swimming pool you can use.

Come and be part of our family, when we are busy doing our day to day duties. You don`t live in our house but have a separate house for yourself, so lots of privacy for you and also for us ;-)
Due to some bad experiences with helpers who saw our place as a cheap resort we now only take helpers with former experience and references.
We like to welcome people who understand the concept of helpx. A generous amount of humour is a plus!


People with organizing skills are very welcome.


Our place is rather quiet but not completely isolated. There is a nice, typical french village with all commodities (supermarket, pharmacy, bakery`s etc,) less than one km from our house. Yes we have some bikes!

There is also an organic vegetable garden with a huge polytunnel on it. Lots of strawberries and raspberries the whole summer!
We have so many wishes but not enough time and money to do everything.
That`s why we like to see some enthusiastic people with great ideas and outdoor skills to help us. As we have a number of animals (cats, dogs, turkeys, chickens) we would like you to be an animal lover.
In The Netherlands my husband was a veterinarian and we had an animal clinic for small animals.

Minimal stay is three weeks. We prefer people who can stay longer if it works out between us and the other helpers.
We ask for your stay and food, 25 hours work a week in return. Sometimes we switch days and ask you to help a couple of hours during weekends. Only as an exception.We are also flexible about your working days.
We like helpers who can work independently as well as in a group.


See website 1
We offer a detached house with four bedrooms, bathrooms (possibility of sharing the gite, but you always have your own bedroom) This is a rare opportunity to experience family life AND have a lot of privacy!

Great hiking opportunities, the GR 36 lies just behind our house
During summer we visit lots of vide greniers (car boot sales) and you are welcome to join us.
Don`t miss our website to see what great things there are to do in the surroundings!!
No public transportation from our house but you can use our city bikes.

You are welcome to join us whenever we have activities beyond the normal working hours.
However we are not a taxi company to bring you to sightseeing places whenever it suits you,......but we try to make time to show you some interesting sites during your stay.


Free WIFI


There are lots of other things to do like making paths through the woods.Making the polytunnel ready for next season. Weeding (Creating and tending a garden is no minor thing, and the work we and our helpers put into its maintenance accounts for the pride you will feel during harvest season. Physical activity in the garden is healthy and rewarding - for the benefits of the gardeners as well as the plants. So breathe in that fresh air...and don't forget to stop and smell the tomatoes!

"For Zen students, a weed is a treasure." - Shunryu Suzuki.

Cooking, household chores, wood splitting( we have a machine for this), brush mowing, building work,you name it and we have it!!
We are making bonfires almost every week, great for cooking the potatoes!
Giving lots of cuddles to our animals.

One of our dear helpers has written a wonderful blog; just copy and paste...
http://ifpierrewasntblack.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/le-vallee-corbon-aka-cat-lovers-paradise/
And another:
http://fossilsontour.blogspot.fr/2012/12/france-argentan.html


Never a dull moment and enough time to spend on your own..

You cook for yourself in your own kitchen but we will provide enough food.
Don’t worry, I invite you to come for dinner a few times a week if you like :-)

If you`d like to visit, please send a short e-mail and introduce yourself, including a photo or two if it`s not already part of your profile. We would like to see whom we are inviting into our home and get a feel for you as a person, so tell us a little about yourself: where you come from, previous work experience, your skills, education, hobbies. Obviously we`d like to know a bit about somebody before we welcome them as a guest in our home.
As a precaution, we ask to also see a copy of your passport (or official ID) and a valid travel/health insurance before arrival, I hope you understand and respect this, it`s because our helpers do live as part of the family and we need to ensure ourselves that we have taken every measure to ensure everyones security, including our other helpx helpers.

We can collect you from the nearest railway station, Argentan.

Hope to see you soon,

John and Patricia

reviews (45)
Helper: Monique Smit Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: November 19, 2019
So many wonderful reviews but there's always room for one more. And well des... view complete review

Helper: Stéphane Howley Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 27, 2019
I spend 8 great weeks with Patricia and John. At first I didn't plan to stay ... view complete review

Helper: Tessa and Shane Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: April 13, 2017
We stayed with Patricia and John for 3 weeks during the end of March and begi... view complete review

Helper: Gwenith Phillips Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 27, 2016
This was my first Helpx placement and I really didn't know what to expect. I ... view complete review

Helper: Danny Merritt Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: July 3, 2015
I stayed here for just over 3 weeks. I really enjoyed my stay here. The work ... view complete review

Helper: Carla van klaveren Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: October 19, 2014
I worked with John and Patricia for 4 weeks, they are great hostes. I was he... view complete review

Helper: Sandra Overy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 9, 2014
I have just returned home after spending a few weeks with Patricia and John a... view complete review

Helper: Tamara Sen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Croatia (Hrvatska) Date: November 14, 2013
Frenckens were my first Helpx experience and I must say, they have set the ba... view complete review

Helper: Aleksandar and Ivana Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: October 6, 2013
Hi there One of the most amazing things about this trip was me having fait... view complete review

Helper: Viviana bujan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: April 25, 2013
I spent 5 weeks at valle corbon. They have so many good reviews that.. what e... view complete review

Helper: Johanna Heidker Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 16, 2013
My stay with the Frenckens was lovley. We helpers stayed in our own house, t... view complete review

Helper: Daniel and Camilla Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: April 2, 2013
Being our first Helpx experience we didn't really know what to expect but by ... view complete review

Helper: Guido and Tonia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: December 19, 2012
I have just seen how many good reviews Patricia and John have and they are en... view complete review

Helper: Delwyn and Murray Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: December 5, 2012
We had a great stay with the Frencken family. They are very friendly. The c... view complete review

Helper: Carmel and Paul Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: June 27, 2012
We are a middle aged couple who stayed with the Frenckens for just a short we... view complete review

Helper: Yi-Ling Kuo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: June 23, 2012
I stayed with the Frencken family for 4 weeks, and I have to say that doing h... view complete review

Helper: Kelsey Kinser Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 22, 2012
I stayed for two all too brief seeming weeks with the Frenckens and it couldn... view complete review

Helper: Clare O'Reilly Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: February 17, 2012
What wonderful people and what a wonderful place. I had the immense pleasure ... view complete review

Helper: Jutta Grear Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Finland Date: February 16, 2012
I can higly recommend this place! Lovely place and lovely family. And lovely ... view complete review

Helper: Colin webster Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 2, 2012
I had an extremely enjoyable stay with the Frenckens,a week or two before Xma... view complete review

Helper: Noelani Penney Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 18, 2011
I recently spent about a week and a half with the Frenckens working on both o... view complete review

Helper: Phoebe Parros Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 24, 2011
Today is my very last day after three weeks with the Frenkens and I find myse... view complete review

Helper: Chris and Emily Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: September 28, 2011
My wife and i can not recommend La Vallee Corbon enough. We spent 10 days the... view complete review

Helper: Emily Heath Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 26, 2011
I had such a great time at La Vallee Corbon. It is such a beautiful place and... view complete review

Helper: Evan Puschak Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 15, 2011
This was my first HelpX experience, and I feel like I drew the jackpot. I sta... view complete review

Helper: Kathryn-Alizabeth Baker Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 15, 2011
I can't give enough of a glowing review for John and Patricia and their daugh... view complete review

Helper: Pete Mcarthy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 12, 2011
I stayed with Patricia, John and Innisfree for a brief moment, sadly not as l... view complete review

Helper: Aaron Kline Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: May 26, 2011
This was my first help-x of my trip, Patricia, John, Innisfree and all the an... view complete review

Helper: YU MENG LO Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: May 25, 2011
I shared 4 weeks in here. The Frencken Family were wonderfully kind to me. E... view complete review

Helper: Sindy Burk Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 8, 2011
A great place to stay, warm welcome from everybody, including the adorable pe... view complete review

Helper: Bree and Gavin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: April 3, 2011
We left here a couple of weeks ago but it already feels like years! We miss i... view complete review

Helper: Abbie and Michael Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: March 31, 2011
We just finished our time with Patricia, John & Innisfree and although it was... view complete review

Helper: Jeremy Link Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: December 22, 2010
Jon, Patricia and Innisfree thank you for a wonderful experience, you are am... view complete review

Helper: Donald Booth Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 27, 2010
After 6 lovely weeks here, I can only mirror what has already been said many ... view complete review

Helper: Adrienne Marsh Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: October 17, 2010
I shared 5 weeks in the lifes of Jon, Patricia and Innisfree (and the rest of... view complete review

Helper: Mariana Ahmad Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Singapore Date: October 5, 2010
I have just left the warmth of Le Vallee Corbon and the Frenckens and I can't... view complete review

Helper: Gabriella Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: September 14, 2010
This was my third HelpX experience during my first backpack trip in europe, i... view complete review

Helper: Margarita Loginova Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Latvia Date: June 30, 2010
If you're lucky and you will be helpx in this beautiful place, you'll underst... view complete review

Helper: Jamin Loïc Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: May 13, 2010
That helpx experience is the first one I have had and I have to say I was luc... view complete review

Helper: Shannon and Robert Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: May 9, 2010
John and Patricia were our first hosts as Helpx'ers and I think we got the be... view complete review

Helper: Cameron Esaryk Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Canada Date: November 23, 2009
I stayed with John, Patricia, and Innisfree for about 4 weeks. They were my f... view complete review

Helper: Mat Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: October 5, 2009
ya, this really is the best possible place you can go. There wasn't a single ... view complete review

Helper: Tom Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: September 2, 2009
********************************************************** !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... view complete review

Helper: Pearl Kearley Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: July 28, 2009
This is my first Helpx experience; I’m going to stay with the Frenken family ... view complete review

Helper: Brendan Hewitt Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: June 24, 2009
This was my first Helpx experience and I can honestly say it was an amazing w... view complete review

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