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Beautiful old farm in France needs help with animals, gardening and maintenance

  • Marker details
  • DescriptionIn the Auvergne (Allier, heart of France) in the middle of the French countryside you'll find our rustic farmhouse Brénazet (1850) near the village Vernusse. Brénazet is situated on a small hill offering a beautiful view over fields and forests. We are at the end of a small road, so no trafic. The Allier is a beautiful area to discover. We are running a small campsite and guesthouses. We organise activities for our guests as canoeing, ponyrides, yoga and dinner parties. You'll be part of our family and share all the meals with us.

    We are a Dutch family: Ron, Mariken and two boys Nikola (1995), who is studying in India for Naturopathy and Igor, (1998) who did school for jewelry and is now working and travelling. We live in France since 2008. We have one dog: Elza ans 7 pony's (Welsh), an arab horse, 6 cats and chickens.

    Cultural exchange: I am a good cook and I cook vegetarian or vegan. We appreciate also to try your cooking! Mariken is a Yoga teacher and you can join Ron and Mariken every morning for half an hour Yoga at 8:30. After that we'll have a super healthy breakfast and start working. In July and August we provide three yoga classes. Mariken is a Vipassana meditator and so is Nikola. There are bikes for you and wifi is available. On Sundays you are always off and we will try to show you around if we have the time, we will take you hiking or visiting nice villages, markets and festivals. If you come in the summer we'll always try that you can go once on a canoe trip with Ron. If you would like to give us a helping hand and stay in a beautiful place in the middle of France, a small paradise where you'll find hospitality, health care, natural food, yoga and all sorts of exercise in the open air : you are very welcome!

    What we expect from you:

    In EARLY SPRING, March and April, Ron can use some help with construction and repairing work. In March we will tidy up our farm, make everything ready and clean for the guests and we will start the garden again, There is a permaculture garden but I am not an expert. In April we'll plant patatoes and lots of vegetables. If you are experienced with horses, you can help training, grooming and cleaning and riding. There is always wood to be cut and Ron goes often to the forest to cut some wood, you can join him if you like. You'll stay in a small wooden cabin or in a vintage caravan.

    In SPRING (April/May June) we would like helping hands for construction and maintenance, gardening, cleaning, doing laundry, lots of weading, working with the poneys. Picking up poo in the field of the ponys, cleaning the hen house, repairing fences, painting jobs, helping with cooking and baking, mowing the gras. Always lots to do in the country side! You'll stay in a small wooden cabin or in the caravan.

    In SUMMER (July, August) This is a very busy period for us and we can use some help with cooking and keeping our kitchen clean, watering the garden, weading and harvesting. We need help with the animals, picking horse poo, clean the hen house. In summer you'll stay in a small wooden cabin.

    SUMMER/AUTOMN (September, October) Harvesting! Harvesting patatoes, peaches, black berries making jam and helping to prepare for winter, cleaning, general maintenance, animal care, picking poo, gardening and enjoying the last bits of a beautiful French summer! You'll stay in a small wooden cabin on the edge of the campsite or in the caravan.

    Because of the need to learn the routine we ask volunteers to stay with us for at least two weeks.

  • LocationFrance, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Allier, Vernusse

  • Work
  • Type of work Animal care
    Building
    Cooking / Shopping
    Farmstay
    Gardening
    General maintenance
    Help in the house
    Helping with tourists
  • Hours per day We expect you to work 4 hours a day 6 days in the week. We prefer the work is done in the morning so you can have the afternoon for yourself.
  • Work requirements: No requirements. Just a good motivation! We appreciate people who have experience with horses, building or gardening but it is not necessairy.
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: a minimum of 14 days
  • Maximum number of helpers: 2
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English, Dutch, French
  • Has pets? cats, dog, horses, chickens
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: Helpers can stay in a vintage caravan or in one of the two small wooden cabins, the size of a bedroom, on the campsite. They are simpel and basic. There is a one person cabin and a cabin for two. You can use the bathroom and showers of the campsite.
  • Additional info
  • Travel info:
    Bus:
    Buscompagny can bring you all the way to Moulins and from there you can take the local bus to Montmarault. If you come from the south (Toulouse or Lyon) take that bus to Clermont Ferrand or Montluçon and take a bla bla car to Montmarault or the train to Louroux de Bouble or Lapeyrousse (we can pick you up there).

    Trains:
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️From Paris: take the train to Montlucon (direct train from gare Paris Austerlitz at 12h28 arrival at 4 pm at Montluçon. You can also take the direct train to Moulins sur Allier, leaving every hour in the afternoon from Paris Bercy).
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ You can also take the train from Montluçon (direction Clermont Ferrand) go off at Louroux de Bouble or Lapeyrouse, that train leaves at 5.03 pm and arrives in Lapeyrouse at 5.30 pm, that is 12 km from us)

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ There is a local bus from Montluçon in the directions of Moulins or Vichy, that is ligne A and B and go off at Montmarault. The bus is much cheaper than the train, only 2 euros one way. Check the timetables at "transport Allier" and take in account the school holidays!! Summer holidays: July and august, because time table will be different:

    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ From Moulins there is no train going in our direction, you have just the bus to Montmarault (12h20, 14h15, 18h37)

    Tell us your arrival time and we will pick you up either from the busstop at Montmarault or railwaystations Lapeyrouse/ Louroux de Bouble. Or at the exit 11 from the A71.

    On Sundays there are less busses going, check this well!
    Please do not arrive on a Saturday in july and August because that is our most busy day of the week and we will not be able to pick you up.