We are Armand (1980) and Bas (1972), come from the Netherlands and have been living permanently on this property since November 2019. In the Netherlands, we have led a busy and hectic life with our own company, so we decided to do things differently in 2019.
Our property has existed since the end of the 15th century (+/- 1580) is located in the village of Saint-Priest-Les-Fougères and belongs to the Dordogne department. The place is part of the Nontron district in the Nouvell-Aquitane region and is therefore located in the south-west of the Dordogne in the Parc Naturel Régional Périgord-Limousin a large nature reserve with many forests, lakes and mountains which is also called Périgord -Verts the green Périgord calls. It was originally founded at the end of 1595, has its own private forest of 20 hectares and a large reservoir for the watermill which was used as a blast furnace in the past.
At the moment we are very busy renovating the buildings, maintaining the land, the forest and the lake. We are also renewing the locks of the lake and we have emptied the lake for maintenance. In the winter of 2020/2021 we will renovate the Gîte so that it is ready for rental in 2022. In the past six months, we have renovated the first wing of the country house with 2 bedrooms, a large bathroom and a large kitchen. We have also renovated the large swimming pool of 10x5m and installed electricity and water, among other things. Our goal is to start a small Eco-Camping of 6 pitches in 2022/2023 in combination with the rental of 2 Gîtes for a maximum of 13 people. This is quite a job, the permits for the campsite have already been applied for and all helping hands are welcome to realize all this.
Types of help and learning opportunities
We like to share our philosophy on how we respect and treat nature and the environment, we have a great respect for nature and its inhabitants.
This host offers accommodation and payment. This means that we pay every workawayer a fee of € 85 per week.
We are looking for Workawayers and Vanlifers who want to work with their hands, whether you have two left or two right hands, it is more the will and the commitment that should make it fun. Building experience is therefore not necessary!
Furthermore, we can always use Workawayers who can do "something" more than just a little bit of help. If you are good at bricklaying, carpentry, building, roof decks (slate), welding, painting and other (architectural) skills, then you are also very welcome.
We offers Workawayers and Vanlifers the possibility to spend the night at the Domaine free of charge, for example with your own camper, Campervan or tent including breakfast (lunch) and dinner. It is also possible to stay in our country house (maison de campagne) where we have two large bedrooms and various 1 and 2 person (bunk) beds, all in combination with the use of the sanitary facilities such as a toilet and a hot shower.
Good agreements must be made in advance about the financial compensation for the work performed.
There are many castles in the area and you can follow the route of Richard the Lionheart. There are many medieval towns, cozy little villages and many sports activities such as canoeing, rock climbing, swimming, walking, cycling and climbing among the trees. Furthermore, there are some larger cities such as Limoges, Perigueux and Brive la Gaillard at approximately 30 - 45 minutes from the domain, where Mac Donalds, the BurgerKing, a Shopping Center and Auto Boulevard.
A little more information
How many Workawayers can stay?
Have we aroused your interest and would you like to inquire whether we have a place for you, use our e-mail address and who knows, see you soon! If you want more online information right away, you can also visit the WorkAway website to see the availability in real time.