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Looking for a long stay (6 - 12 months) for au pair/mothers help etc

Pays: France

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Last Activity
04.23.2014

Description

We are now looking for a couple or two friends ideally for a very long stay of around a year, starting as soon as possible. Ideally we would like to have a girl, to look after the kids and basically take on the role of an au pair and a boy, to finish renovating the new apartment which will be your living accommodation. Cooking the evening meal is part of the job and we a food lovers paradise, with amazing local products.

I have a second business so you may well be called on to help me with that too. A driving licence and an ability to drive a manual car are absolutely essential. If you both cannot drive please do not apply.

I will provide food and your own separate accommodation - although right now it needs a lot of work. It will be liveable in but still needs most of the finishing doing.

While we are a bilingual family we speak only English at home, but would be happy to have other language speakers as long as they are prepared to speak English. A native French speaker who wanted to perfect their English would also be very welcome.

We try to spend our weekends at the beach house over the winter and spring, to make the most of it when it is not rented out.

I am a single mum with two girls aged 8 & 9, and have three jobs so I am always short of time, so am really looking for people who can just join the family, helping with:
cooking in the evening for family meals - helpers included;
dog walks;
playing with the girls, bike rides, rough housing etc
helping them with their reading & maths, when there is time and motivation (which is not often)!
Helping with preparing the gites for guests - occasionally cleaning, bed making etc (we have a great cleaner so this is rare)
Gardening
Oiling garden furniture
Generally keeping the place in working order so that it looks great for our self-catering rental guests.

There are always things to be done, but self-starters are much appreciated.

Further Info

Jobs for the spring will include:

Gardening - preparing the veg garden for next year, planting up some flower pots etc for the spring, endless weeding. Strimming, mowing etc
Redesigning the kitchen, building or installing new units.

We provide all food normally. We are meat eaters and would prefer guests are too. We are really passionate about food and love having people that really enjoy food and eat everything, and are happy to cook and help prepare. Meals are family affairs and help in preparation and clearing up is essential. I will not get home until after 8pm 2 days a week, so it will be necessary for helpers to prepare the family supper on those days at least.

Every day tasks involve dog walking - we have two spaniels - so the more walk the better. Gardening, particularly weeding, watering when necessary, helping out with cooking and some tidying.

We are in a great location for visiting the area - an hour from Mont St Michel in one direction, Bayeux tapestry and the D-Day beaches in the other and close to Caen, Granville, Coutances Cherbourg and 1.5 hours from Rennes.

A car is not essential, as we have a spare car for the person helping with the kids - picking them up in the evening is an occasional part of the job. Having a driving license and being able to drive using a gear stick is essential.

We also have a van, which will be being used partly for my new business and partly by helpers, and I also have a 7 seater car for when we all go somewhere together. We have a discount with Brittany Ferries for those travelling to & from the UK.

Please get in touch if you are interested.

Any helper must be really independent, a team player, a self starter, meat eater and preferably a non-smoker. To date we have had 5 smokers who have all stopped smoking while they were here.

Région

Lower Normandy, France

Type de travail

Helping with Tourists,
Animal care,
Help in the house,
General Maintenance,
Cooking / shopping,
Babysitting / child care,
Building,
Gardening

Travail

We would love to find a couple, one to help with the next stage finishing our newly built apartment, and the other to take over from me with the kids, and all the stuff a mother does! Washing, tidying, cooking, driving etc

I am really looking for people who can just join the family, and on top of the actual work also help out with:
cooking in the evening for family meals - helpers included;
dog walks;
playing with the girls, bike rides, rough housing etc
helping them with their reading & maths, when there is time and motivation (which is not often)!
Helping with preparing the gites for guests - occasionally cleaning, bed making etc (we have a great cleaner so this is rare)
Gardening
Oiling garden furniture
Generally keeping the place in working order so that it looks great for our self-catering rental guests.
Help with the new business, probably picking up orders from local food producers.

There are always things to be done, but self-starters are much appreciated.

Further Info

Jobs for the spring will include:

Gardening - preparing the veg garden for next year under Claires supervision, planting up some flower pots etc for the spring, endless weeding. Strimming, mowing etc
Redesigning the kitchen, building or installing new units.

We provide all food normally. We are meat eaters and would prefer guests are too. We are really passionate about food and love having people that really enjoy food and eat everything, and are happy to cook or help prepare. Meals are family affairs and help in preparation and clearing up is essential. Everyone is expected to take their turn in cooking.

We are in a great location for visiting the area - an hour from Mont St Michel in one direction, Bayeux tapestry and the D-Day beaches in the other and close to Caen, Granville, Coutances Cherbourg and 1.5 hours from Rennes.

A car is not essential, as we have three vehicles. Having a driving license and being able to drive using a gear stick is essential. You are welcome to use my car when its free, and the person picking up and dropping of the kids also has a car that you can share, but it has a gear stick too. We have a discount with Brittany Ferries for those travelling to & from the UK.

Please get in touch if you are interested.

Any helper must be really independent, a team player, a self starter and preferably a non-smoker and non-vegetarian. To date we have converted 5 smokers into non-smokers, so if you are a smoker when you arrive expect to stop pretty quickly!

Langues parlées

English, French

Logement

We have a nearly finished two bedroom apartment, which will be your accommodation.

We have a wifi connection everywhere so internet is not a problem.

Autres choses...

The language we speak at home is English.

There are French courses that run two full days a week, which you are welcome to attend, but they only start in September.

You must have a driving licence and know how to drive a manual car.

We are meat eaters, and we love to have people who are passionate about food and cooking. We would prefer that our helpers are also non-vegetarians.

We are in a fairly rural location so you need to be happy with your own and our company. Going out (in the evening) involves driving. We are well placed for trips to Mont Saint Michel, D-Day beaches, Bayeux tapestry, Cherbourg, Caen, Granville, Vire.

Informations complémentaires

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
Nous sommes fumeurs

Volunteering hours expected

A minimum of 4 hours a day, in as many or few days as you wish. If you are an hour counter this is probably not the place for you. Cooking and cleaning up after meals is shared by everyone.

Photos

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Walks around the beach house
Walks around the beach house
Walks around the beach house
Walks around the beach house
Sitting room beach house
Sitting room beach house
Sitting room beach house
Sitting room beach house
Beach house
Beach house
Beach house
Beach house
Beach house
Beach house
Beach house
Beach house
Beach house
Beach house
Home
Home
Walks around home
Walks around home
Walks around home
Walks around home
Walks around home
Walks around home
Walks around home
Walks around home
Walks around home
Walks around home
Autumn colours
Autumn colours
Choco dog
Choco dog
Dougal (black cocker spaniel), Spot (liver & white springer) me.
Dougal (black cocker spaniel), Spot (liver & white springer) me.
Ellie
Ellie
Nina
Nina
Ellie & Nina on the beach
Ellie & Nina on the beach
The beach down towards Granville
The beach down towards Granville
Gite Poppy Salon
Gite Poppy Salon
Gite Poppy double bedroom
Gite Poppy double bedroom
Gite Poppy Twin
Gite Poppy Twin
Gite Lily double
Gite Lily double
Gite Lily Salon
Gite Lily Salon
Gite Lily twin
Gite Lily twin
Entrance to properties 2010
Entrance to properties 2010
The gardens
The gardens
The gardens
The gardens
Scallop scavenging
Scallop scavenging
Nina
Nina
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