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Home Stay Saint-Mesmin, France

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Explore the "Gorges de l'Auvézère" while helping renovate a Mill

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This host receives lots of worldpackers and has a high average rating, being recognized by the community as a Top Host.
Practice English
8 travelers recommend this host to practice English
Connect with nature
7 travelers recommend this experience for reconnecting with nature
Accepts couples and pairs of volunteers
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What you offer


Hours per week
Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.
Painting & Decorating
Help with painting or decorating the property facilities.
Help with a wide range of repairs or building.
Help grow plants and cultivate gardens
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What you get


Days off per week
Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.
Private Room
You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.
You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.
You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.
Free Laundry
You can use our laundry room freely.
Pick Up
We will pick you up when you arrive, and take you to our property.
Use our equipped kitchen
Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.
Get help from the Worldpackers support team in case you need it, at any point of your trip.
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The Experience

Help us to renovate the buildings and grounds of our project. Do tasks alongside Dave and Sue the owners in carrying out various tasks suited to the persons skills. It Will suit persons who can adapt to try various skills. Accommodation in a separate gite with cooking facilities, but all meals will be provided if required. Accommodation may be shared with other volunteers as gite has two bedrooms, but each booking having its own room.

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  • Beginner English or Intermediate French
  • Over 18 years old
  • Accepts solo applications and also couples and pairs

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
2 weeks

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How this experience will transform you

8 Practicing English

7 Get in touch with nature

6 Immersing in the local culture

5 Learning about sustainability

5 Developing environmental awareness

4 Meeting locals



It has been an experience in which i could perceive what is the environment of voluntary exchange, and even more, sharing environments, experience, and teamwork.
Le Moulin as an experience has its quirks, working with the owners, flexible timetables for work and swiss precise for meals, expansive trails and fussy eaters, although lovingly authentic in personality.
We were around in the start of the spring, so work has been mostly outside, and i could as both as a student and worker fill the role assigned, with minor mishaps that are easily solved if you communicate first with hosts as stated

about 1 month ago



Sue and Dave are a very fun and caring couple. The work was very heavy, we built a stone wall and started leveling the ground, I learned to plant onions. Unfortunately, there is no public transport and only a bike, but the place is beautiful for long walks. The guest house is very well equipped and we had a lot of fun cooking and singing with Sue. Dave is very creative and patient, I am very grateful for his understanding. It was two weeks of a lot of learning and for that we are grateful. :)

about 1 month ago



St Mesmein cute and small village hidden in France...
Here lost in nature a beautiful property Moulin with 2 Angels Dave and Sue. great welcoming and 2 great persons always caring and sharing great things.
Both of them know how to cook and was delicious.!
I will never forget this one month spent with them was just heaven. if you want to re-connect with nature and real Humans the place is for you.

Thanks to you Guy's and I hope see you soon.

Rémi Verrier Dhanushka

3 months ago



It was fantastic. Sue and Dave welcomed me as part of a family, cared about my well being, my health and my safety. Sue gave me medicine for my throat, adapted Brasilian food into their routine, we dance, sing, talk, they are a very fun couple. At work, we organize and clean some rooms in the house and I love these task’s, I also learned new hobbies, cultivating a beautiful garden, painting walls. I learned how food decomposition works, the importance of recycling, how to clean the chickens barn, and even build a shelf. For sure Sue and Dave gave me the best first experience at Worldpackers.

3 months ago



Le Moulin is a beautiful place to get in touch with nature and live peacefully. You can go on walks along the river and through the valley or across nearby villages. You will find some breathtaking landscapes.
Sue and Dave are great hosts and very kind and warm people. You will learn a lot from them and have lots of fun. They were always making sure that we had enough to eat and that we were comfortable and having the best experience. And for sure you will love Sue's cooking.
Work is not hard and the working hours and days are flexible. You will have plenty free time.

4 months ago

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