I am Sophie (51 years old) and Daniel (62) who is my boyfriend. I am a flight attendant and Daniel has retired young. He doesn't speak English, (it means that you have to speak basic French or Spanish) but he is a good teacher of construction. It's his third restoration.
We have 2 dogs and 1 cat.
If you don't mind some physical work and getting your hands dirty, you can learn new skills.
Looking for energetic all-round handy people.
We are restoring a French manor house that was built in 1820. The manor has been stood empty and neglected for twenty years. We decided to buy it in December 2016. Inside our house all the walls are made from bricks of mud.
We fell in love with this gorgeous building and wanted to be close to nature, enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside and live a new life. We are surrounded by orchards and our neighbors are so kind to us, every week they bring us eggs, vegetables or fruits from their produce. We have a wonderful relationship with them.
We are happy to take couples, singles or friends.
We value everyone that comes to help.
We prefer that people stay for at least 2 weeks.
We will need help at the beginning of April 2019
This year's projects will include:
- Building the swimming pool and a poolhouse (probably in July)
- Painting windows shutters and the main door.
- Pointing internal walls with mud and straw plaster and then a lime coating with pigment.
- Our compost and garden are underway!
- Disassemble and replace the old and damaged wooden floor.
- Carpentry, changing rafters, fitting floor frames and doors for bedrooms.
- Sandblasting old wooden beams and fireplaces
The restoration work is being sympathetically carried out with traditional materials such as lime putty, mud plaster with straw which Daniel will be happy to teach you how to use.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
We are French natives and we are used to travelling abroad. We are open minded.
Sharing moments together is also an important part of the experience.
We know how to receive guests and we love about our culture and that of others.
Smokers are welcomed.
Looking for someone or a couple to help us with the restoration of our home. Children are not allowed because of the type of work, it could be dangerous for them. Most of the hard work has been done, the new roof has been fitted as well as windows and main doors.
If you don't mind some physical work and getting your hands dirty, you can learn new skills now!
Looking for energetic all round handy people. If you enjoy the outdoors, gardening and / or have general building or DIY skills it would be helpful.
We would like ~25-hours of help a week Monday to Friday, typically starting at 9:30 am, your afternoons will be for you to explore and enjoy France.
You will have your own comfortable private room for the duration of your stay.
One bathroom has been finished , there is a hot shower and flush toilet, a first for this house that was built in 1820.
You will be offered three meals a day, a typical simple light French breakfast offered between 9am and 9:30am. A hot or cold lunch provided between noon and 1pm and a main evening meal with wine or beer will be served between 19:00 and 20:00.
Daniel and I cook everyday with fresh and local produce, and we value time spent sharing meals..
We are also happy for you to tag along on excursions on Saturdays and Sundays and you are welcome to join us in our activities. Also, if you are without transport, we are happy to drive you to the nearest village which is three miles (5Km) from the house where you will find bars, restaurants and all the shops you could possibly need. There are also bicycles at the house that you can borrow.
We have some land, so you are sure to find a private spot to relax, to read, enjoy a glass of wine or just work on your tan. You can also go horse riding.
There are many beautiful villages to visit nearby in your free time, and a great cafe with internet access three miles (5km) from the house. If you wish to arrive by flight, Toulouse or Agen airports are the closest.
There are many train stations nearby, which is another possibility if you are not driving, Montauban, Castelsarrasin or Moissac being the best option.
You can also use BlaBlaCar (car sharing).
The house is located 5km from Lafrançaise, the nearest village.
As well as learning traditional building skills, we will be happy to take you to visit the city of Montauban and Moissac, take you to medieval towns and villages, where you can discover how the French used to live. Here it is life in the countryside, a life where neighbours take the time to talk to each other. You will get to taste traditional and seasonal French food and enjoy local French wine. In France everybody loves going to the market, so once a week (weather permitting), we visit a farmers market, where you will learn about produce and how to cook them.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week