Volunteering in the South West of France

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  • Description

    Description

    I am an English woman named Jo, and with the help of my partner Nic, I am renovating a beautiful old farmhouse in the Tarn, south west France to make a space for yoga retreats and Eco tourism, my other helpers are 2 dogs, 2 cats, lawn mowing sheep, chickens and a digger named Doris.

    The original farmhouse dates back to 1666, and is surrounded by 50 acres of meadows, farmland and woodlands, a big lake and what I think is the best view in the world! The house is situated in a valley below the 13th century fortified Bastide town of Cordes sur Ciel. The surrounding area is steeped in history and it is only a short trip to some lovely local towns and villages, such as Albi, Gaillac and St Antionin. Together Cordes, Albi and Gaillac make up the Golden Triangle, which is one of the prettiest areas of the Tarn, with its vineyards and white stone houses. The train to Toulouse only takes an hour, and the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coastlines are also just a few hours away.

    When I moved here, the farmhouse, buildings and land was in a state of complete disrepair, and although there is still a lot of work to do, parts of it are starting to take shape! The work is varied, with plenty of gardening, landscaping, strimming, building and general renovation work to do.

    I am offering stays of 2 weeks or more, for up to 4 to 5 people. Please let me know if you require any more details and are interested in coming to help on the project. In general, I ask my helpers to work about 30 hours a week, plus some cooking/help in the kitchen in exchange for delicious, predominantly vegetarian meals, prepared with fresh fruit and veg from the garden. The accommodation is a two bedroom house.

    I and Nina another yoga teacher (she teaches in French and I in English) hold weekly classes which you are welcome to attend, (a donation would be required if you wished to attend Nina's classes).

    In addition to work, there are also plenty of fun things to do nearby such as:
    Horse Riding
    Walking, (the GR 36, a walk which starts at the English Channel and finishes at the Med passes through the land)
    Swimming and fishing in the lake
    Kayaking on the Aveyron, from St Antonin 1/2 hour
    Golf in Albi
    There is also a plethora of local markets, summer fetes, Bric a brac markets and music festivals.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Language practice

  • Help

    Help

    I need people to help with the following:-

    Kitchen garden
    Garden maintenance
    Landscaping
    General mowing
    Strimming
    Rendering and jointing
    General renovation work

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    I am offering stays of 2 weeks or more, for up to 4 to 5 people. Please let me know if you require any more details and are interested in coming to help on the project. In general, I ask my helpers to work about 30 hours a week with some cooking/help in the kitchen in exchange for delicious, predominantly vegetarian meals, prepared with fresh fruit and veg from the garden. The accommodation is a two bedroom house.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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