We are an English family who operate 2 gites in the beautiful French countryside. 1 hour south of Toulouse and 35 mins from Carcassonne. Help is needed with gardening and general maintenance. The 3 properties (we live in 1 of them) are situated in 3 hectares, with a private pool, a lake, spectacular views of the Pyrennees and very rural, we are 15 mins drive away from the closest town, where young night life is very limited. We have 2 dogs, a Boxer and a Terrier, a handful of chickens. Mums an artist and runs the gites and loves her big vegetable garden, (a great cook too), Dads a builder who is very busy. 1 daughter travelling and a son the at Uni. We are a very easy going household. We are looking for help in May to tidy up the terraces and gardens and general maintenance. We are also looking for help in the summer of 2014 with the gites changeovers and gardening in exchange for free accomodation in a mobile home.
Type of help
Help in the house
Jobs include, helping getting the 2 gites ready for the summer season, this involves a freshing up of paintwork and general cleaning and manintenance. The biggest part of the job is gardening, gardening and more gardening. We have all the equipment, strimmers, sit on mowers etc. We have lots of enthusiasm but not enough hours in the day to do it all ourselves. We are ideally looking for a couple to come and help get the gites and garden ready for 3 weeks in May.
Then for a couple perhaps th same couple to stay for the summer and help with gite changeovers and gardening.
English and French
We have either a double bedroom in our house or if you prefer we have a mobile home that is more private. Whichever, we are perfectly happy to have you as part of our family when you are here.
What else ...
We have had lots of lovely workaways help us over the years, all have remained good friends and some have stopped a lot longer than because they loved it here so much!
Some more information
Volunteering hours expected
4-5 hours per day.
Host ref number: 3736691464d3
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Staying at Bordebasse with Gill, Jim and family has been a fantastic experience. They are a warm and welcoming family, fun to be with and included us in lots of their family activities.
We felt being here was a real cultural exchange. They were very fair in their expectations of how much we should help out. We helped with the gites and in the
Eimear and Ian came to stay as workaways in the summer of 2012. They have been a tremendous help to us, preparing our gites for our guests and responsible for all the changeovers. Both guests and ourselves were delighted with their personnal standard which was very high. Another task which is ongoing here at Bordebasse is the gardening, both
Debra and Peter have been lovely workaways, they helped with LOTS of gardening, using the sit on mower, the strimmer and even the hedge cutter. They helped prepare the vegetable garden which took lots of hard work, they were both very kind people. Some days Debra suprised us with some lovley Hungarian cuisine which always went down well. Debra
Gill and the Masters family have been excellent hosts and our friendship will hopefully last for a long time! :)
The work mostly consisted of gardening and preparing the gites for the holidaymakers, which was good fun and not too demanding.
We had wonderful food and Gill's a superb "boss". She'll appreciate any creative efforts and her praise
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We had a very enjoyable November, staying/working for a month. We stayed in the main house and were made to feel very welcome - and were incredibly well catered for. We worked on some great projects, mostly outside around the grounds - check out the awesome cabin by the lake!!! Would be better suited to a couple, or friends rather than a lone
We had the pleasure of staying here for two weeks and we wish we could have stayed longer! Everyone in the family was very welcoming and generous. The work was varied, rewarding and we learned some new skills. The host was very helpful and often worked with us to get projects done. The meals were amazing, plentiful and they were kind enough to
John and Janelle have been the first workaways we have experienced here, they were the most delightful couple, worked very hard, had great initiative, showed good humour and were great to have around - I wanted to keep them! We truley hope to see them again someday.
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