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Creully sur Seulles
All Year: several weeks
Area (ha):
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 80303
Country: France

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Last Updated: December 10, 2017

We are a couple close to sixty. I am retired from the National Education and my husband Benoît Lechevallier is a cabinetmaker marquetry graduate of Ecole Boulle. We lived in Paris for a long time before we went in Calvados in Normandy in 2006. We are looking for help to maintain, restore and improve the mill of Saint Gabriel that we bought in 2010 and which is listed in the inventory of the industrial heritage of Calvados.
We have already restored the house which is spatious (300 m2) We have 2 beautiful guest rooms approved by the Gites de France on the 1st floor and can accommodate our Helpx helpers on the 2nd floor. We produce hydroelectricity. We have created an AMAP (Association for the Maintenance of Farming Agriculture) which is a short distribution circuit for certified organic farming products. We work for the safeguarding and valorization of the mills which constitute the 3rd heritage in France after castles and churches. The heritage of mills offers many cultural and environmental interests and benefits that we can make you discover: ecology, energy, tourism, history, economy, industrial know-how ...
Depending on our current projects and depending on the season, you can participate in:
- the creation of a guest house in one of the mill buildings: to participate in insulation work, electricity, sanitary equipment and others.
- the restoration of the flour mill and machines for the milling of wheat.
- maintenance of the green spaces and the millyard.
- restoration of a gate, stairway, hydraulic works...
- use the famous Caen stone to restore walls
During your stay, you will have the opportunity to learn French with a retired teacher, to introduce you to the cabinetmaking (layout, restoration ...) with a wood specialist, to discover the international sites of the 1945 landing beaches, the tapestry of Bayeux, Mont Saint Michel ..., to consume fresh and organic products cooked at home, to meet our many partners and friends who support our actions.
You will be staying on the 2nd floor of the house in a spacious and comfortable room with wi-fi connection. The independent toilet and the bathroom will be shared with another person possibly. Meals will be taken together in the kitchen and cooked on site.
We will include you in our philosophy of ecology and autonomy and will share our experiences and our projects with you.

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