Hi and thanks for clicking the profile.
So about us. We are Benedicte and Harry and we have 2 children Quentin and Temperance and 2 dogs Tilly and Ella. We have our own Pet sitting business and all our dogs are free to run around and have fun in a pack running around a large garden, unlike your standard kennels where dogs spend a great deal of time behind bars or walls (all dogs are tested before we accept bookings to ensure they fit in with our set up as not all dogs are suitable to be let free with other dogs). There may be some days where its child care only. Dogs do all live in our house, some in the living room, some in dog bedrooms, some even sleep in our room and the kids rooms. (kids room is our own dogs)
English speaking is a must and French is great if you have it. (there will be plenty of opportunities to practice your French if you want to)
We are dog friendly, (we cannot accept multiple pets this is due to restrictions on the number of pets within a set household within the rural code of France. (Sorry that we cannot take any other form of pets other than dogs) The minimum stay is 3 weeks because first few days is just easing you in plus Sundays are pretty much yours to do as you please for the most part. While we only take individual workaways, we may accept a couple depending on what they can offer.
So What we are looking for:
We are looking for some assistance with:
Child care, getting kids ready for school and entertaining evenings and weekends.
Some general works around our house and grounds
Most importantly the love of dogs is a must and confidence around them as while this is not work related (may ask some help sorting meals out) it is important that people are not worried of dogs as our dogs are part of our family and the sofa is as much the dogs and the guests dogs as ours.
While you are welcome to spend time with the dogs in the garden and the house and do things like groom them it is not part of the workaway duties to work with the dogs ie clean up after them, wash them, as this is something that unfortunately is not allowed under french employment laws.
All dogs that come to stay must be fully vaccinated as per French law to be within the house and mix with other dogs
We are in close to a local town, walking, lift or bicycle. Nearest train station is under 5 mins drive away with access to Toulouse and Tarbes. Our nearest town is Lannemezan which we are 2 minutes drive away
There is the ability to rent cars from Drivy (21 and over). We can offer lifts to places or the use of a small car depending on your licence and age and include you on day trips to the mountains where you can go do your own thing or chill with the family
My Wife is French but speaks both English and French and my 2 children 8 and 6 both speak French and English. (my daughter can sometimes refuse to speak English with strangers though)
My hobbies are dogs and computers, walking and reading. (love other things too but with the dog sitting just no time for them). My Wife loves dogs, our children, walking, going to the mountains and having a good conversation. We both love cooking and are very relaxed.
Our children love their DS games consoles, games, being outdoors, cartoons and just generally having fun. (pretty much normal children).
I am not much for conversation at times other times just a full on joker and up for a laugh, at work I tend to be focused on the dogs, my wife and kids on the other hand love to have conversations.
so very quiet and great at night time for looking at the stars.
If you would like any further information and to contact us please do so.
We will make your stay as nice as we possibly can. . If a work away asks us to consider someone they have travelled with to come to stay as well though we will look at this but no more than 2 workaways as there just is not the work for that many people.
We will cater for all food and drinks (non-alcoholic) and washing etc (please bring enough that your not having to run a wash every 2 days) , all bed linen and anything else you may need that we would provide for a member of our own family or friends. We want you to arrive entering a great place and leave wanting to stay forever. We will include you as much as humanly possible. We can offer help with dietary needs such as lactose, gluten and the likes
Our house is a smoke free environment. People can smoke outside (my wife does have the occasional cigarette). While we do not mind smokers it would be expected for them to go to the side of the house away from the house to smoke.
To note following a recent request where the workaway had zero photos and did not want to video chat, we do require to video chat with anyone who is coming to stay, we cannot do blind invites. I think this is an important part of getting to know each other and making sure everything will go well. As you can see from our profile and from our reviews, we are a very friendly family and want to ensure you are treated like part of our family.
We look forward to speaking with you all very soon.
Benedicte, Harry and kids and dogs
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Getting kids ready for school, entertaining kids, cuddling dogs and some general work at time around the house, dishwasher, hoovering and also help doing odd jobs.
They can learn French with my children and wife and can experience life in the area we live.
English and French
Bedroom with a double bed and other furnishings.
There is a local refuge that always wants help walking dogs and cleaning out, there is the mountains in driving distance, many walks and lakes around. There is lots to do in the local areas but we are in a remote location (we will offer transport to some places)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours per day and Sundays off. plus another day
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