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La Celle-Guenand
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 4
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 7903
Country: France

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Last Updated: November 5, 2019

Immerse yourself in rural France... we are off the beaten track in the southern Loire Valley, near the historic town of Ligueil. Our 15th century house is at the heart of a very small medieval village. We have a local store with a bar, but that`s it! Bigger shops and restaurants can be found in Loches (about 20 mins away by car). From Paris the nearest mainline railway station is in Tours. There is also an international Airport at Tours (serviced by RyanAir). The bus which will deliver you to our village leaves from the centre of Tours and takes an hour to get here.

We are not wealthy people, just very fortunate to find such a special place to live. And we are committed to ensuring this ancient building is in good repair so it lasts another 600 years. We mostly do the work ourselves, and we run a part-time `bed and breakfast` business to help pay the bills (open from May to October). Like all old buildings there is always something to be done, so we could do with some assistance with general building works like repairing walls, decorating, cleaning, and help around the garden. We save up to use local craftsman for the technical jobs such as roofing, the electrics and plumbing - so no need to worry about that. We normally work from 09:00 to 12:00 and then 14:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday. You`ll need some working clothes that you don`t mind getting mucky, and some good hardy shoes.

We`ll put you up in one of the old staff apartments. It`s not 4*luxury, but its dry, clean and quiet. We may be able to accommodate more than 2 people, depending on the time of year (please ask us). We provide all meals when you are here. We will try to oblige your dietary needs, but you should be aware that this is rural France and not everything is readily available: we`ve learnt that we are not an ideal place for Vegetarians nor Vegans.

We speak English (mother tongue) and French. We have WiFi Internet. When we can, we`ll get you out-and-about to visit some of the wonders of this part of France. We are open minded and really enjoy meeting new people, swapping ideas and getting a new view of life. Indeed, we`ve had some wonderful people stay with us from all over the world. And we should personally like to thank each and everyone who has helped us so far. We`ve worked hard together, but we`ve had lots of fun too!

We look forward to meeting the next HelpXer!

reviews (21)
Helper: Sofia and Federico Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: October 14, 2018
The experience of working in rural France is simply incredible. The tasks we... view complete review

Helper: Tracy and Richard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: October 2, 2018
We stayed with Steve for one month for our first ever HelpX experience and we... view complete review

Helper: Alan and Lisa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 16, 2017
Hi, we spent 2 weeks with Stephen at the chateau in September and we had the ... view complete review

Helper: Wenjun Wang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: September 20, 2016
It was absolutely amazing to work and live in such a beautiful and peaceful ... view complete review

Helper: Anthony Miele Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 17, 2016
Finally getting around to writing a review. Been traveling since I left Franc... view complete review

Helper: Gustavo Rocha Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: September 27, 2014
I stayed "chez Stephen" for three weeks or so, and I could've easily stayed m... view complete review

Helper: Bassche Didden Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: March 26, 2014
Review, stephen paullel I've stayed for over a month at the astonishing ca... view complete review

Helper: Ben Hess Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: December 21, 2013
This is one of a kind and is a must see for HelpXers I stayed with Steven ... view complete review

Helper: Rawley and Josiah Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 14, 2013
We stayed with Stephen for one month (mid-May to mid-June) and couldn't have ... view complete review

Helper: Jonathan and Chris Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 25, 2013
We stayed for three weeks in the beautiful chateau of Celle-Guenand! Work was... view complete review

Helper: Eilam and Shachar Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Israel Date: January 26, 2013
We stayed two weeks with Stephan and lovely Hugo and Vardi. The place is gor... view complete review

Helper: Samuel Trumm Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: January 24, 2013
As I stayed at Stephens castle together with Lorna, Martin and Nicolas, and d... view complete review

Helper: Nicolas Emerson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 24, 2012
Stephen was my first host, and I ended up staying with him on two separate oc... view complete review

Helper: Martha Escobar Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Colombia Date: November 23, 2012
I spent a week in the castle with Steven and Louis, the other helper. It was... view complete review

Helper: Lorna and Martyn Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 26, 2012
[21:21:18] Martyn Gray: After spending almost 2 months at the chateau, we can... view complete review

Helper: Yen chu Wang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: August 30, 2012
The chateau is so amazing…I love so much.I can’t image there are a 600 years ... view complete review

Helper: Olivier Vanacker Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: August 14, 2012
This was our first Helpx experience. We stayed with Steve, our host, for 7... view complete review

Helper: Joseph Golay Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 12, 2012
I had a great time here, Steven is a very determined man, I was here for two ... view complete review

Helper: Pieter Ubels Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: January 1, 2012
Great stay here. Stephen was a perfect host who really went out of his way to... view complete review

Helper: Patrick Bakke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 22, 2011
I stayed at Stephen's Chateau in mid-fall, and had a blast. The castle is a g... view complete review

Helper: Tegan and Felix Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: November 27, 2011
This is a lovely property and residence with a wonderful history. We were luc... view complete review

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