Practical, dog loving couples/friends wanted for the summer in Gascony - the Midi-Pyrenees, South West France!

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  • Description

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    We are an English couple who have lived in France for just over 10 years. We live in a partly renovated an old stone cottage in the middle of rolling vineyards in historic Gascony, in the sunny Midi-Pyrenees with our 9+ rescue dogs, chickens and ducks. We are looking for capable people from 3rd week of June to mid-July and again mid August onwards to help us with property maintenance, gardening, renovation work and looking after our animals.
    We also are catering for a wedding early July which would suit volunteers with catering experience (kitchen or waiting on tables). We look after a number of other houses in the area so volunteers may also be helping us with gardening and cleaning. Anyone with experience in building projects (masonry, carpentry, electrics etc) is particularly welcome but if you are fit, strong, enthusiastic and with a will to learn new skills then please also get in touch!

    In return for 25 hours per week, we offer comfortable accommodation with in the cottage or in a caravan with shared bathroom/communal sitting room/wifi/satellite tv. A driving license valid in France is an advantage (manual, right hand drive cars) as we are in a remote location and it will give you some freedom to explore. Couples/friends are particularly welcome. Minimum stay 2+ weeks.

    Keith is a trained chef and loves to cook and teach what he knows about food and gastronomy - both local and international - so delicious home cooked food is always on the menu. We are mainly a carnivorous family but vegetarians are welcome if they are happy to prepare their own alternative menu when necessary.

    Within walking distance (1.5kms) is the village of Gondrin (shops, bar, restaurant, ATM, post office, chemist and pool/ outdoor leisure centre July/August only) and we have 2 bikes available as well. We are situated on the Santiago de compostela pilgrimage route (between Condom and Eauze, and within a couple of hours reach of the Pyrenees, the Atlantic coast, & 3 hrs from the Mediterranean and ideally located if you are en route to Spain.

    There are some lovely walks all around us and we also have 2 bikes for you to borrow for exploring!

    The people are friendly and the countryside is beautiful ...our photos will give you an idea of our lifestyle and the beautiful scenery which surrounds us. We hope to see you here soon experiencing living in 'La France profonde' where life has changed little in the past 50 years.!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Other

  • Help

    Help

    Current building projects include wall building & pointing, sanding & treating an oak floor, constructing a wooden pergola on a concrete slab, painting & decorating, re-wiring, floor tiling and clearing a vineyard of old vines. Animal care includes dog walking, grooming, feeding, kennel cleaning & picking up poo. Looking after the hens and ducks - feeding, egg collection etc. House management work includes gardening and cleaning and laundry.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    In return for 25 hours per week, we can offer comfortable accommodation in the cottage or in a caravan in the garden. Shared bathroom facilities, communal siting room with satellite tv and wifi. A driving license is an advantage - manual gears, right hand drive. Minimum stay 2 weeks.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Within walking distance (1.5kms) is the village of Gondrin (shops, bars, ATM, post office, summer pool and outdoor leisure centre). In the winter, the local ski club offers weekly affordable day trips to the Pyrenees and in the summer months of July & August, the local village pool and outdoor leisure centre is within walking distance . There are some beautiful walks all around our house and we also have 2 bikes you can borrow. We are situated within a few kms of the Camino de Santiago, a couple of hours reach of the Atlantic coast, 3 hrs from the Mediterranean. We are ideally located if you are en route to/from Spain. Nearest TGV railway station: Agen and Toulouse; nearest airport Toulouse. Please note that this is a very quiet rural area with little/no nightlife and limited public transport.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • 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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Experience what life is like in rural Gascony - learn to cook, plant vegetables, raise hens & ducks, understand and look after a pack of dogs, and learn renovation skills. Improve your french and discover the beautiful scenery which surrounds us. Lovely walks all around!

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    Volunteering hours expected

    5 hours per day /25 hours week

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