I am French and my wife is Indian and we recently made our dream come true and bought a beautiful home in the South of France. The house is an old and dignified lady - full of charm and stories, rooms full of personality and vivacity and people pass through, spending a few sleeps within her walls.
We are running it as a guest house and are often taken up with business duties so
we need help with chores around the family house such as laundry, cleaning the rooms or anything one might do in a (very big) family home, you do not need to participate in the business or talk to guests unless that is something you enjoy. We also try to match skills to the kind of tasks we need help with around the home as much as possible.
We do not currently have kids or pets of our own but often have others’ in our home!
We are both very interested in the arts, culture, nature, anthropology and philosophy. We have lived in Africa for a long time and have only 6 months ago moved to France to start this new life.
Tanur has worked in hospitality and wildlife conservation - her big passion. In the past I have worked as an agronomist, a photojournalist and also as a teacher of french literature.
We are also both deeply passionate about the environment and human impact and are trying to adopt a less consumeristic lifestyle. Vegetarians and vegans, meat eaters and hunter-gatherers - all are welcome; we just ask you to be mindful of your choices (how you use and dispose plastic, turn off electricity when not in the room etc) when you are in the home (or anywhere in the world).
We hope to meet interesting people, exchange meaningful moments and share our home and experiences with those who come and live with us.
You will be welcome to spend as much time as you like with us or do your own thing. We will also be happy to introduce you to our friends, the area and the necessary French essentials!
Tanur will tell you more about the practical side of things, but I can already quickly tell you that you will have a private or shared room and a bathroom. Helping hours will vary between 20-25 hours a week, 5 days.
Food is provided, three meals every day and a help-yourself-whenever-hungry policy :). We think of workawayers as an extension of our family when with us.
We have a swimming pool which is great for hot days, and there's a fire place in the dinning for the colder months. The garden offers little nooks for reading, the village is very charming and great walks are right on your doorstep. Uzes - a very pretty medieval town - is also accessible by bus from a neighbouring village.
You can contact us and we will revert soon!
Gilles and Tanur
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We are both well- travelled and have spent significant portions of our lives abroad - I (Gilles) grew up between Argentina and France and then moved to Africa for 35 years. My wife (Tanur) is Indian but lived in Tanzania for the past 7 years. We both are very interested in culture and anthropology.
Helping hours will vary between 24-25 hours a week, 5 days. We have a swimming pool which is great for hot days, and there's a fire place in the dinning for the colder months. Normal work includes cleaning the family house, maintaining the garden, assisting with maintenance when needed, helping with laundry.
We are also happy to use any special or specific skills, if they can be applied to our place and the workawayers enjoy something in particular!
English, French, Spanish, Gujarati, Hindi, KiSwahili
There is one dedicated bathroom and shower to be shared by workaway volunteers. There is also a private room to be shared by workaway volunteers (maximum 2 to a room).
It is an old house full of character and volunteers are welcome to use the pool, gardens and other common areas.
We are 9 kms from Uzès, a picturesque and very visited town in the South of France. Often counted as one of the "must-see" towns of Provence, Uzes is full of alleys and small cafes and restaurants. Avignon, Arles and Nimes are all accessible by bus. Nature around the house is truly outstanding and lovely trails in the French wilderness and countryside begin right behind our home.
We are surrounded by wine and small farms and olive groves.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week