This old bread oven is located in Boissieres, one of the 12 hamlets attached to Saint-Nectaire. Bread ovens are characteristic feature of rural heritage. They are little stone structures once used to bake bread in villages. The roof made of flat stones (lauze) a typical stone of the area collapsed, you will have to rebuild it. You will learn the ancient roof building technics. Your work will give back its beauty to this heritage legacy and hikers crossing the village will be able to appreciate their stage at Boissieres. You will also help to maintain hiking trails on Boissieres. Those trails are frequently used. Your dynamism will be needed to allow hiking lovers to walk safely. You will be supervised by municipal officers who will be happy to share their knowledge with you. You will walk to the site (around 10 minutes) and work 4 to 5 hours a day.
You will be accommodated in a holiday cottage with all convenience at Boissieres: kitchen, shower, toilets and dormitories. You will walk to the workplace (10 minutes). A hiking trail links Boissieres to the main village, Saint-Nectaire (4km).
Saint-Nectaire has 740 inhabitants and is located 37km south of Clermont-Ferrand. On average at 750 meters of altitude, Saint-Nectaire is characterized by its volcanic passed which left numerous traces in the landscape: lava flows and basaltic columns, pyroclastic flows, volcanoes (named puys ) and a large number of mineral thermal springs. You will be able to visit the Cornadore cave and Petrifying Fountains in which hot springs sculpt the rocks. You could also discover the local handicraft linked to those springs: limestone carvings. Walking through the village, you will discover a typical Auvergnat village. You could visit de Saint-Nectaire church, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches of the Auvergne region. You like hiking? Many hiking trails start from the village. While walking, you could discover megalith sites. The Puy de Sancy, a volcanoe located 30k away from Saint-Nectaire, is Auvergne s highest peak with its 1886m of altitude. It will offer you a 360( panorama and beautiful landscapes. During the 4th edition of the Vallee-Verte festival (Green-Valley) scheduled from August 15th to August 22nd, many cultural activities will be provided: music, dance, storytelling, theater. Local and international artists attracted more than 7000 people in 2019. More information on the festival s website : https://www.saintnectairevalleevertefestival.com/.
Saint-Nectaire is an authentic village, birthplace of the Saint-Nectaire cheese. Its spa heritage from the XIXth century left surprising and rich natural marks (salt marsh, petrifying springs). Located within the volcanic massif of the Sancy, Saint-Nectaire represents the beginning of the Regional Park of Auvergne Volcanoes. In this city full of history, you will lend a hand to restore an old bread oven and maintain hiking trails.