Last Activity: 05.07.2013
I work 4 days a week at a business school locally and have 3 vacation rental properties, which take up a fair amount of my time too. Two are on site, and one is at the beach about 35 minutes away. They are all rented out for between 25 and 30 weeks a year and we try to make the most of them when they are not rented out. We try to go to the beach house every weekend, unless it is rented out.
We live in an old stone house, which used to be a farm, we are surrounded by horses and cows. This area of France is the dairy capital of Europe.
We are currently looking for people that can help with the building of our new apartment - which will one day be for helpers - so you need to be strong and preferably like kids, dogs and food!
Now the structural work is finished we need help with everything for the interior - insulating, walls, flooring, plasterboard, fitting a kitchen & bathroom, everything you can think of pretty much - plus help keeping all the other balls in the air - our rentals, my kids, my real job and food on the table!
We also have a veggie garden and fruit garden which always need help escaping from the weeds and picking fruit in season. Our dogs, two spaniels, also need rather a lot of exercise.
We are in a rural location so a driving licence is essential, and a willingness to drive a manual car. I often don't have much time available so it is important to be independant and a self starter. Normally we all eat together as a family in the evening, and we do our supermarket shop together so you can choose your breakfasts and lunches.
Bizarrely Normandy has a pretty active music scene, especially in the Spring and Summer.
Type de travailAnimal care,
Help in the house,
Cooking / shopping,
Babysitting / child care,
I am really looking for people who can just join the family, and on top of the actual heavy work also help out with:
cooking in the evening for family meals - helpers included;
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)
Pointing the stone walls of the barn
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.
Jobs for the spring will include:
Lime rendering or plastering
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.
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, but could be useful for more independence. 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 Claire 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.
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.
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de Daniel [08.31.2012]:pour host
At the beginning Polly and the girls were away, so our main task was looking after their home, involving gardening, walking the dogs, caring the cats and having a look after the guests in the gites. We also started with the lime-rendering, which was a new experience for
I would be happy to recommend them to anyone and hope that they will continue to
de Nabeel [06.05.2012]:pour host
de Siu chung [04.18.2012]:pour host
Polly and her kids are such a pleasure to stay with. Sophisticated mum with cutiest and most beautiful kids i have ever seen. I just love to be around the kids at times.
Works in the guest houses and garden are easy and straight forward, u work with music plugged in your ear and you easily forgot how long you
de Deborah [03.25.2012]:pour host
de Benjamin [07.18.2011]:pour host
He is very creative - if not the worlds best kite builder!
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