• Workcamp at the Castle of Maisonseule in Ardèche, South of France
Immerse yourself in beautiful nature
Located in the heart of the Regional Park of the Monts d'Ardèche, the castle of Maisonseule is a medieval building dating from the 13th century. In 1990, the castle became the property of Mr. Lecoq who, passionately, took up the challenge of renovating this castle damaged with time.
The castle now welcomes guests from all over the world in an exceptional environment.
Yet much remains to be done, whether for the renovation of buildings or maintenance of the 85-hectare park!
Work: The workcamp will contribute to the reopening of hiking trails in the castle park and around: The mission is to prune and pick up branches fallen in the winter on the hiking trails and open new passages.
The park of the castle became a protected reserve where hunting is prohibited hunting which allows to cross animals during walks in the forest. Thus it is not rare to see a deer, a badger, a buzzard or an eagle, and, at nightfall, an owl or a genet ...
- From May 3 to 12 (10 days): workcamp around dry stone: laying and cutting techniques and then reassembling a wall facing the castle.
- From June 3 to 12 (10 days); Nature worcamp & hiking trails: techniques for pruning plants, brush clearing and opening of hiking trails in the private park of the castle.
- From June 16 to 26 (10 days): Workshop on biodiversity, maintenance of green spaces to promote the development of flora and fauna.
- In July and August: One workcamp per week from Saturday to Saturday. Possibility of following several workcamps over several weeks.
The Castle of Maisonseule is located in the village of Saint-Basile, 45 km west of Valence.
From Valence TGV Train station, go to Valence City Bus station and take the departmental bus n ° 46 to Vernoux. A transfer will be organized from Vernoux to the Castle.
1 week or 10 days (it is possible to volunteer for a longuer period)
The site can bring together a group of ten volunteers, French and international for a week or 10 days.
Aged 18 and over, the volunteers work in connection with the team of the castle while experimenting collective living.
You can apply individually or in groups. For groups of more than 10 people, it is possible to camp in the forest and organize a workcamp at other dates.
Volunteers stay in a private farmhouse entirely renovated dating from the XVIth century. The house of 120m2 on two levels is located opposite the castle.
It consists of four bedrooms (two bedrooms with a double bed, two bedrooms with a double bed and three single beds), a large living room, a fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, terrace...
Meals are self-catered (you are provided with food), that is to say that the volunteers are responsible for the preparation of their meals and tidying up after meals.
Working time and free time:
Volunteers work 5 hours a day as follows:
Wake up at 8am and start work at 9am.
Lunch break at noon and free time until 16h: Swimming in the castle pool, walk in the forest...
From 16h to 18h, work.
19h dinner and free time in the evening.
the one week workcamp.
10 days: 250€
2 weeks: 290€
4 weeks: 390€
This price includes
⦁ The placement that includes full board accommodation in a XVIth Century Farmhouse.
⦁ Follow up from ALIORE during your stay
⦁ Membership fees to the association
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