Bruce and Jenny (a retired engineer and an English language teacher) have travelled extensively during their lives and 20 years ago decided to retire to South West France. It has taken all this time to restore a 200 year old ‘Maison de Maitre’ which is now a comfortable 'Bed and Breakfast'. The house is situated in a tiny medieval, once fortified or ‘Bastide’, village facing South with a stunning view of the Pyrenees.
The accommodation we would offer is a comfortable, well furnished, twin or double room with it’s own bathroom/shower. There is WiFi and TV. We are non smokers.
Our place is in a medieval village of just 6 houses surrounded by farms and rolling countryside .The population of our commune is 150. We are in ‘La France Profonde’, Marciac (1200 inhabitants), our nearest village is 6 kms away and offers the shops and everyday facilities that you would require, including a cinema and a theatre. The Pyrénées are 1hr30 from here, with Biarritz and the Atlantic coast 2hrs. Toulouse is 1hr50, the Mediterranean coast 3hrs30 away.
We have two bicycles you are welcome to borrow and we are happy to drop you off at a bus stop about 15 mins away which connects with the train station in Tarbes, some 45 minutes.
We are looking for help from early April to mid July. The winter and early spring is really too early for any work outside in the garden or on the house. From the end of July and through August, we are very booked up and busy and cannot accept any workawayers. The latter part of September is possible.
We really enjoy meeting 'Workaways' and can suggest walks/hikes from the door. We have a small swimming pool and there are yoga sessions in Marciac plus golf, and tennis 6 kms away. There are also opportunities to meet up with other workaways in the area.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We need help with general house maintenance, building, painting and gardening. If you have experience we would welcome your skills, if not we are happy to teach you what we know and value your enthusiasm. Over the years we have welcomed many friends, family and clients, who return regularly to share our piece of paradise!
English and French
Large double bedroom with either twin beds or large double. En-suite bathroom, wifi and television (French and English).We offer 3 meals a day and are able to eat fresh organic vegetables from our small potager. We are not vegetarians but try to eat locally sourced food. We do appreciate some help with preparing and clearing up. We have very much enjoyed sharing recipes with our volunteers from other parts of the world.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
About 5 hours a day, 5 days a week but we are very flexible.