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St-Maixent- L`Ecole
All Year: Weather permitting
Area (ha): 0.1
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 4935
Country: France

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Last Updated: October 31, 2019

English couple with 2 dogs an elderly Rough Collie and a young Black Dog

Peaceful location in rural France.

During this summer we are hoping to finish the new fish pond, removing the large pile of dirt and building up the stones around it possibly followed by adding a fenced enclosure.

Experience a simple lifestyle we make our own bread and beer we enjoy the peace of our surroundings.

We are looking for willing people, for gardening, finishing the creation our new fish pond, tree felling, wood cutting, interior renovation, carpentry, tiling, decorating and plastering, outside maintenance weather permitting, help with issues as they occur. Preferably all helpers will be flexible and happy to take on any of the above depending on need and weather.

We are non smoking and are seeking helpers that do not smoke at all. Helpers should be happy to live as part of the family during their stay, we would expect this to involve helping prepare meals and the inevitable clearing away after.

We accept both skilled or unskilled people.

We need people able to work on their own initiative. We will show you how to do the job and provide the necessary equipment and protective clothing and some boots and wellies in a limited range of sizes, although you may prefer your own footwear suitable for outside work.

If you are travelling with a laptop, smartphone etc, we have wireless internet available for emailing and normal surfing. We do not offer the use of our computer.

Accommodation

Couples will sleep in the house in a double bedded room. In exchange for 25 hours work per week.
Note: we cannot accept helpers with children or pets.
After work we normally come together for a glass of home brewed beer or a glass of wine. The evening meal normally consists of 2 courses with wine, beer or soft drinks.
We have a huge selection of movies on DVD if you enjoy them which we watch together. The house is not large but adequate. We have central heating installed so you are not cold during the winter plus wood burning stoves.

The countryside around here is mostly gentle slopes with a few hills. It is good for rides out on our bikes at the end of the day and weekends, or a gentle walk with our dog Kain. He will go for a few kilometres but is generally lazy.
Our nearest town is St Maixent L`Ecole, it is a historic garrison town worth an afternoon wandering around its old streets. It also houses a military museum within the national NCO college.
Note there is no public transport, so cycling is the only form of individual travel. We visit the town a least once per week when you are welcome to tag along.We are about 1 hour on the train to La Rochelle or by car from Poitiers airport.

reviews (25)
Helper: Cristiano Costa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Portugal Date: August 28, 2016
I stayed 1 month with this couple. I should to tell you that was an amazing e... view complete review

Helper: Michael Sandoval Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 19, 2015
First off, John and Ross, I apologize that it took me 2yrs to write this revi... view complete review

Helper: Barbara and Craig Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: December 18, 2014
This was our last work assignment before heading homewards. Being winter the ... view complete review

Helper: Jovan Carranza Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Mexico Date: September 18, 2014
I stay with Ross and John for two months , all my stay was excellent , very n... view complete review

Helper: Anthony Lecue Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 28, 2013
I stayed with Ross and John for two weeks with two of my friends. Ross and Jo... view complete review

Helper: Mark Hook Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 14, 2013
I helped out here for 4 weeks and had a wonderful stay... John and Ross make... view complete review

Helper: Chris Hook Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 7, 2013
Me and my brother stayed with John and Rosslyn for 1 month, they're very kind... view complete review

Helper: Emily Deemer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 10, 2013
Hello, Ross and John- I'm sorry for the belated nature of this review. I ... view complete review

Helper: Melinda and Zoltan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hungary Date: August 5, 2013
Dear Rosslyn and John, We are really happy with our first helpx experience... view complete review

Helper: Artinel zezo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Albania Date: December 13, 2012
It was my first helpx experience I stayed with John and Ros for three weeks... view complete review

Helper: Sylvia Krause Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 29, 2012
Hi Ross and John, I only now realized that I have never written a review. My ... view complete review

Helper: Liam Cavanagh Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: September 15, 2012
Well, I must say I really left weighing a little more. The food is AMAZING! T... view complete review

Helper: Endre and Martina Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Slovakia Date: October 22, 2011
Our stage in L´Audouiniére was the best thing how to start our adventure with... view complete review

Helper: Imran and 'ain Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Singapore Date: September 26, 2011
Had a wonderful 2 weeks stay at John and Ross place! although there was 2 veg... view complete review

Helper: Antje Wölz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 16, 2011
Dear Rose, dear John! : ) I am really happy that my original hosts in France ... view complete review

Helper: Ovidiu(23); Alexandru(26) Mincu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Romania Date: August 9, 2011
WONDERFUL place to come!!! It was our first helpx experience and John and Ro... view complete review

Helper: Jim Hickman Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 5, 2011
Do not go here to diet! Wonderful food, wine. Its very quiet and relaxing a... view complete review

Helper: Vicky and Peter Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 5, 2011
Fantastic hosts. We felt very much at home, worked as hard as we could, ate f... view complete review

Helper: Carlos leiva vicen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: September 2, 2010
I was mas of one month in Jhon's house and ross doing different tasks, they a... view complete review

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Helper: Terril and Lubos Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 5, 2010
Ros and John were terrific hosts. We had many sensational meals and lively di... view complete review

Helper: John and Linda Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: September 28, 2009
We stayed with John and Ros for 3 weeks in August 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed... view complete review

Helper: Catriona and Scott Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: July 20, 2009
Thank you Ros and John for a wonderful stay. We really enjoyed our time (2 a... view complete review

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Helper: Myles and Jen Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: July 10, 2009
Ros and John are tremendous hosts who took great care of us during our 7 day ... view complete review

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Helper: Tom Groom Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: May 28, 2009
I stayed with John and Ros for four days in May. They had a nice variesd list... view complete review

Helper: Bobbi-Jo and Steve Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Canada Date: May 18, 2009
We stayed with Ross and John for 12 days in early May. They were very welcomi... view complete review

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