Mature Married Couple or 2 Friends* to Help Out at Estate in Brittany, France 2022 to Oct 31, 2023 for a 4 Wk Commitment

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Posted or Updated: Nov 3,2022   Applications: 2

Location
Countryside, Comblessac, Brittany
Brittany France

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Availability
From: Nov 30,22  
To:      Oct 31,23
Days:  335, Long Term

(Please Note: We take up to 2 couples each month, for now we are full for June, July and August 2022, but still have spots available Nov 22 until June 1, 2022; Sept 1 and Oct We are an American couple who are blessed to own a beautiful historic estate on 181 acres of fields and forest in Brittany, France. We host Workshops and Holiday Home-Stays on our property in the summer months. We are looking for a mature married couple or 2 friends* to help us out during the coming year , for a four week commitment...Longer if mutually agreeable. Basic caretaking and maintenance from November 2022 to May 2023; and in the summer months (June, July, August we need help with with care-taking, gardening, key holding, general maintenance and help with preparing for, and greeting guests, etc. We usually have another couple onsite who will work along side you, and when we can, we are on-site and work along side everyone and have a lot of fun in the meantime! (Note: ours is not a moneymaking enterprise, we wish we could pay!!!! We take minimal guests, and are just trying to cover some of the costs of taxes and the upkeep of the place so we can hold on to it, and have a good time in the process!!)

*Sorry, but this means no singles or families. Past experience shows that our place is too remote for single folks and doesn't work for us or them. As far as families, we can only offer a one bedroom apartment that accommodates two people only. Though we love animals, we ask that you do not bring pets on this assignment.

We ask for 25 hours of work per week, per person in exchange for a lovely furnished 1 bedroom apartment (utilities and Wi-Fi included) in our 14th Century Manoir. We don't micro-manage you, but when we are there will help along side you! We just ask that you make yourselves available when we have to prepare for guests, etc. You are welcome to spread your work hours over each day, or work 3 days on, 4 days off....it's up to you! We ask that you make at least a 4 week commitment, and if mutually agreeable, extending the stay.

These are the types of tasks we need help with: in the fall/winter months: general care-taking of property; In the summer: cleaning, prep, and greeting of vacation home-stay and workshop guests; Year round: general gardening; keeping the forest paths clear of fallen tree debris; mow lawn (we have a ride-able lawn mower) trim hedges with electric trimmer; plant flowers and vegetables; weeding;  Rake driveway when needed; 

Enjoy the majestic Brittany coast and sandy beaches, walled Medieval cities such as St.Malo, Vannes, and Dinan and the Medieval Festivals that that run in Vannes, Dinan in Josselin in summer 2023! Explore the nearby village of Rochefort en Terre (voted most beautiful village in France!), The Medieval villages of Malestroit, Josselin and it's gorgeous Chateau, and the Artisan village of La Gacilly, home to Yves Rocher and the largest outdoor photo exhibition in France! Explore the wonders of Carnac's Standing Stones, and visit one of the most famous landmarks in France, Mont St. Michel. If you think you would enjoy visiting and working in one of the most beautiful settings in France, please get back to us soon! If you would love to wake up everyday in the beautiful peaceful countryside on a private estate of 181 acres of field and forests; meeting and interacting with charming traditional French folk; practicing French; love the Ocean; want to be in an environment steeped in Medieval History; ....then this is the place for you! Experience the 'real' French in Brittany, as it is one of the most traditional areas of France.Thanks! Ernie and Terry

 Please be aware that you must, ABSOLUTELY rent/bring your own car/motorbike while you are here. If you are coming from outside France, it is often much cheaper to rent a vehicle long term from your home country than within France. Recently, we had friends rent from the local 'SuperU' supermarket and the rental was super cheap, but you MUST have an international drivers license to rent from them. Unfortunately, though we love animals, we are unable to accommodate folks traveling with pets.

We've had couples help us out the last number of years and have had a blast together!

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