We are a British Family living in the stunning "Vallee du Lot". The family comprises of Simone and Clinton and our youngest daughter Madeleine. Having moved to France nearly 17 years ago onto a Corn field with our Caravan, we are now on the final stages of finishing our Self Build. Clinton works as a Multi Trade Builder in the area and we run a small restaurant and Chambres D Hotes. We are now preparing for the upcoming spring season, but with three businesses and a family to care for we are in need of some help. Running the Restaurant means that we are good humoured, sociable people, but we have a "no worries work ethic" and enjoy putting a good days work behind us.
We are now actively looking for people with the same work ethic to help us prepare for the possibility of a good season. We propose a two week stay and I believe it is an exciting opportunity to spend the Spring in France.
The help is mainly gardening/clearance of trees, painting/staining woodwork and shutters. None of the help is particularly skilled but for keen workawayers the help can evolve where perhaps new skills are learned. As mentioned. my husband Clinton is a builder and I always have a project in mind.
The area is picture perfect especially in the Spring months when the trees and area are an explosion of spring blossoms. It can be quiet here and so for those seeking a lively environment, it would probably not be suitable. It would however offer a respite from the pressures of travelling and a chance to recuperate before the next leg of your journey.
Heimwerker- und Bauarbeiten
Zubereiten / Kochen von Mahlzeiten für die Familie
As mentioned, we are happy to arrange language lessons (French) and of course English is spoken on a daily basis. One of the nice things about here is that there is a melting pot of nationalities who live here, so lots of new faces. Clinton is a wealth of information on many things for those wanting to add to their skill set, then he is your man and always happy to share a few tips, As mentioned, the area is stunning but quiet during the winter/Spring months, so it would suit people looking to recharge their batteries, re assess or just a pause in a long journey, It should be noted that with the lockdown situation here in France, the restaurant and Chambres d'hotes are currently closed so meeting new people is very limited. I cannot stress enough that it is very quiet here and therefore happiness in your own company and nature is key to enjoying your time here.
In exchange for board and lodge, we would like the volunteers to give us 25 hours help for the week. Tasks are dependent on your skill set and preferences. We are currently interested in people to help keep the private house and garden maintained whilst my husband and I work. Therefore the help is mainly cleaning and gardening. There are other light building projects to be undertaken inclusive of Shutter staining and patio pointing, but nothing requiring a previous knowledge of building.
Two Week Placement
Hours - Mon-Fri 09.00 - 14.00 Flexibility required for special projects.
Help - Gardening, Painting, Cleaning
Accommodation - Private Caravan
Food - 60 euros per week in exchange for 25 hours
Transport - Bicycles on loan
Opportunities - For the right person with the right work permits and skill set, there may be a possibility of paid work in the summer months.
Special Note ; There is 4G internet access in the Village and internet on the site, but this is rural France and the speeds will not match a big city - everything works at a slower pace here.
It would suit anyone who would like a taste of rural France with a British twist. Language lessons can be organised and we are prepared to help where possible with organising outside activities. We do think that this position would particularly suit a couple, as due to work and family commitments we are not always available to entertain in the evening. However, we do share a lunchtime meal together and evening meals where possible, allowing us to regale each other with stories and experiences.
We have been privileged over the years to host over 50 people through various schemes and we can honestly say that many have stayed beyond the agreed two weeks. 75% of the people who have passed through our doors we are still in touch with and take great pleasure following their updates as they continue on their journeys.
We hope that whoever joins us has a great experience and we are very aware of its importance.
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Dieser Gastgeber gibt an, dass er dir gern seine Muttersprache beibringt oder selbst eine Sprache lernen möchte.
Bitte wende dich direkt an ihn, um weitere Auskünfte zu erhalten.
Accommodation is a cute Caravan, independent from the family. This is exclusively for the use of the volunteers. A food budget of 60 euros per person is provided per week, with a weekly trip to the local supermarkets to stock up. This allows us to host volunteers which may have specific Dietary requirements. We will of course share a lunchtime meals together and the occasional evening but being able to choose your own food has proven both popular and seccessful.
Touzac is a smaller village, but there are buses to link you with larger villages and towns. Cahors is an hour bus ride away, which is the principal town here in the Lot Valley. It offers many Cafes and Bars which one would expect of a larger town, with site seeing opportunities. From Cahors it is possible to take a train to Toulouse, which being a larger city offers a lively nightlife and touristic environment if you are interested in exploring on your days off. The key factor in making the most of your time here is an adventurous attitude. There are bikes available to allow you to explore the immediate area. We are surrounded by the most wonderful countryside which makes walking and exploring on the often sunny days, extremely enjoyable. Your experience here will be made by the effort you choose to put in and then the experience will be incredible.
Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang
Wir besitzen Tiere
Wir sind Raucher
Although probably not the high speed connection that one would expect in a big city I find it works for me as most of my work is through the internet.
We have plenty of areas for you to park up.
5 hours per day, flexibility required to suit our working hours outside of the house. (Max 25 hours)
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