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Région: OntarioMy husband and I (and our 3 young children) bought this lovely property outside of Ottawa, Canada about 3 years ago. It is a beautiful farm house and renovated barn where I cater and host a wide range of events from office parties to weddings. Nestled between soy fields and a beautiful golf course, this country retreat is far enough out of town to make it peaceful, but close enough to have all of the amenities a short drive away. Keeping up with the gardens and surrounding property can be enough work in itself, however, we do also need extra help with tasks such as painting, minor repairs, housekeeping, occasional babysitting, setting up for events etc. As avid travellers ourselves, we love hosting guests with diverse backgrounds and have been lucky enough through workaway to host individuals from the US, Australia, France, Germany, Estonia, Belgium and England. We look forward to welcoming you into our family during your stay here in Canada.
Région: BurgundyMy husband Peter and I are English, and we moved out to southern Burgundy in France two and half years ago. We are both in our mid-50s, but no-way consider ourselves middle-aged! We have 3 grown up children between us, 2 in England and 1 in Australia. Peter plays golf, likes to cycle when he can, and we both try to go walking with our dog, Molly. We now run a chambres d'hôtes (B&B) and although we have only had two summers, we are getting quite successful! We work very hard and always want to improve our place and offer the best we can to our guests to make them feel welcome in our home. We have an old restored farmhouse, set in the hills, surrounded by vineyards and woods. There are lovely walks directly from the house and nearby easy cycling on the Voie Vert route. We live well and like to eat well!Life generally is peaceful and quiet here, although the town of Mâcon is just 15 minutes away if you want shops and entertainment.
Région: Poitou CharentesWe are a busy horse owning family always in need of help around the house, garden and with our animals. We both work so unfortunately you will spend a lot of time on your own. Except at weekends and on Monday or when Andy is rained off his work. I (Karen) come home at lunchtimes because I have my business in the town. However come the evening its business as normal in our crazy household. And yes it is a boistrous houshold. Andy has a building business and spends a lot of time renovating other peoples homes for which he occassionally takes on paid help - this is often given to any workaways staying with us if they need to boost their travelling funds. I (Karen) have a childrens clothes shop in town which is open Tuesday to Saturday. Olivia, our eldest daughter comes home when she can. She is currently working in Poitiers. Zachary (Zac) our son is a student, he will be home after school and during the holidays. He is an expert on all things that involve Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and of course Star Wars. Be prepared to enjoy the odd battle with light sabers or wooden swords. We like our helpers to become part of the family and help out at mealtimes and with general household duties as part of normal day to day living. We do ask that anyone who stays helps with the cooking of meals and cleaning up afterwards (If you are allergic to washing up - then you wont fit our household). We do have a dishwasher so its not all bad. In the summer you can enjoy the pool and/or hot tub (which is planned to install this year 2014) or visit the local bathing lakes and rivers. We try to get to the beach/sea a few times as well. We also like to get out as much as possible on a Sunday, visiting local areas or markets and yopu are welcome to join us. We have plenty of DVD’s and music CD’s, English and French TV channels. The small town we live in has a library with an English section and you catch the train to many interesting places to visit. Our area of the Charente is lovely with lots of places to visit and on the main route through to the South or North. We are about 2 hours from Paris by train. Cheap flights can be found from airports at Limoges, Poitiers, Angouleme, Bordeaux and La Rochelle. There is a main railway at Angouleme and Poitiers where you can catch daily trains to our town of Ruffec. We also have a local bus that takes you to Angouleme for 1€ - there are currently 3 services per day. 2 in the morning and one at lunch time. Ruffec has plenty of shops, swimming pool and cinema. We are two hours drive from the sea, and only 4 hours from Spain. Our area of france has lots of interesting places to visit and we recommend that you take some time to do this. If you like walking there are plenty of great walks in the local forest and countryside. IGN maps of these can be found easily online. We are quite easy going and flexible, however, we have seen our fair share of 'holiday' helpers - where the work/accomodation exchange has no been equitable. So we ask our helpers in advance that they respect the workaway ethos of working 5 hours per day (not including helping out at mealtimes etc) this includes weekends, but if you want to take days off, the hours can be added to other days. We hope this way, our hospitality is not taken advantage of and that the work we need help with finally begins to push forward. In return you receive your accommodation, 3 meals a day and free internet and the use of the telephone for European calls. For those of you who ride -there is unlimited access to our two rideable horses, you can use the pool anytime and if the hot tub is installed that as well. We have loads of cycles which you can also borrow. We are quite a sociable family and enjoy lots of outdoor eating with friends in the summer. We also try to spend a lot of time just relaxing especially on a Sunday and on the cold days of winter. There is without doubt not a dull moment in the Johnson-Jones household. We are 'noisy' and chatty, dont stand still much, but we do have our moments of calm and tranquility, and we will do our best to make your stay welcoming and fun. We are English by Nationality and speak English (1st language) and French (2nd language). We are happy to accept any nationality of helper on long or short stays throughout the year.
Région: CataloniaWe are a Scottish couple with 2 small Catalan daughters! We moved to Barcelona 16 years ago and never moved back. Our background is in the club/electronic music business and in Information Technology. We are open and easy going and we are very, very hardworking. We have a beautiful little restaurant and terraced garden on the edge of Sitges in Vallpineda. We have some of the best food in the area plus we are one of only a handful of places that take their music policy seriously. During the summer the music is in the garden and in the winter we go inside to our intimate dining space. We also have a small and very cool cafe in The Institute of Arts Barcelona, here in Sitges. Our place is not just about the food and music but also where people from the local community can come to see art exhibitions, charity events, films, hippie markets and vintage markets.
Région: Dordogne.We are a family of three with many animals and mature walnut trees that share our 7 acre piece of land in the middle of a quiet hamlet of the Dordogne. We have a holiday rentals business that operates all year round, mainly in the summer, on a piece of land that we call a nature reserve. I work in my studio as an artist in the out of season months. Our property includes 2 houses and 2 barns, one of which is Gramma's who is an infrequent visitor. We have one child of twelve years who is fluent in french, we speak french but we are in no way fluent. We have a duck pond and several ducks and chickens as well as a cat and three dogs. Our land comprises of many trees, bramble bushes another small pond and some surviving grape vines that dot about randomly. We are converting it to a wooded area that we will harvest for winter heating in the future. There are many little pathways that we have carved out through the jungle of bushes. The bushes provide habitation for animals including hedgehogs, snakes, lizards, many birds, shrews and goodness knows what else! We love it. We want to promote the nature reserve side to our business.