Me and my partner Nadège are running a five bedroom B&B in a very nice art nouveau villa in Lower Normandie (Calvados) with seaview. We live in a cute little village in the Caen/Ouistreham area with our two children, Mahé who is 7 and our little princess Rose, 2 months old. We will be open from 1st April 2017 to 1st January 2018 and will need help for the usual cleaning and maintenance of the house.
The beach and countryside are beautiful. Local shops are nearby and nice walks or bicycle rides are available within the villa's perimeter. You can reach "Omaha beach" Bayeux, Arromanche, Caen, Cabourg, Le Pays d'Auge, Dauville, Honfleur… within one hour or less by car. The Mont St Michel, Le Havre or Etretat are reachable within two to three hours drive too.
Nadège is also looking for Workawayers in Paris to take care of our kids while she is working. If you are interested in helping her, please contact her directly. You can find her using the Host search engine "Lovely family ready to welcome you for a real French immersion. Paris, France".
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Spending some time with our guests who come from different countries is a great experience. We have breakfast altogether and we also share the kitchen with guests who wish to cook at home.
Helping at home and spending time in the area can be an good way to live as a local. We would be happy to take you to our local markets to buy cream and eggs, compare our cakes receipes etc…
If you wish improve your French (or learn from scratch), Nadège and I are French natives and happy to help. Nearly half of our guests are French speakers too.
Of course I would also be glad to share my knowledge and tips about the area with workawayers as I do with my guests. Our area offers a lot of historical places to visit from the medieval period (William the Conqueror's castle and abbeys of Caen, Bayeux's tapestry) to the D-Day beaches, cemeteries and museums.
Our house is also part of a very nice second empire's architecture seafront and the whole region is famous for its gastronomy (cheeses, cider, Calvados, seafood…)
I have been running the house for three seasons with the help of Nadège and friends. The biggest work at home is to ensure that we keep the house clean (i.e. vacuming, ironing, cleaning the bathrooms and toilets, daily use of washing machine and dryer). It also means that the guests' bedrooms will have to be prepared on time, the breakfast ready each morning, and that our guests remain happy of their stay with us.
July and August remain the busiest months with our guests. Spring and autumn however are calmer, which allows us to do more gardening or maintenance work in the house.
As we have two kids, maybe some babysitters skills could be useful too :)
This host offers accommodation and payment.
Jasmin French/English - Nadege French/English/Spanish
We have two individual bedrooms at home for workawayers where beds are 120cm large. The wifi is available for everyone. The bathroom is shared. As we cook for the family and often for our friends, workawayers will be welcome to share our meals too. We are not vegan but we tend to cook a lot of vegetables and dairy products which directly come from our local producer and farm (cheese, cream, butter, cider…). We also have a fishing port not far from the house where we buy some fish and seafood.
The coast is a touristic area where a lot of outdoor sports are available (sailing, kite surfing, horse riding, tennis, bike polo…) Two spas are at a very close distance from the house. Workawayers can also use our bicycles, beach chairs, etc…
We are an artist family fond of antics and flea markets, so the place could look a bit eccentric:)
We would also be happy to learn from workawayers and to share best practice. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. In terms of skills and competences required for this job, we would like to find people who would enjoy to man a house effectively as well as taking good care of our guests.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
4/5 heures par jour max, 5 j/sem.