Help us renovate a beautiful old farmhouse in the Tar, South West of France

  • Favourited 525 times
  • Last activity: 13 Apr 2024

Availability

  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D

Details

  • Description

    Description

    I am an English woman named Jo, and with the help of my partner Nic, I am renovating a beautiful old farmhouse in the Tarn, south west France to make a space for yoga retreats and Eco tourism, my other helpers are 2 dogs, 2 cats, lawn mowing sheep, chickens and a digger named Doris.

    The original farmhouse dates back to 1666, and is surrounded by 50 acres of meadows, farmland and woodlands, a big lake and what I think is the best view in the world! The house is situated in a valley below the 13th century fortified Bastide town of Cordes sur Ciel. The surrounding area is steeped in history and it is only a short trip to some lovely local towns and villages, such as Albi, Gaillac and St Antionin. Together Cordes, Albi and Gaillac make up the Golden Triangle, which is one of the prettiest areas of the Tarn, with its vineyards and white stone houses. The train to Toulouse only takes an hour, and the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coastlines are also just a few hours away.

    When I moved here, the farmhouse, buildings and land was in a state of complete disrepair, and although there is still a lot of work to do, parts of it are starting to take shape! The work is varied, with plenty of gardening, landscaping, strimming, building and general renovation work to do.

    I am offering stays of 2 weeks or more, for up to 4 to 5 people. Please let me know if you require any more details and are interested in coming to help on the project. In general, I ask my helpers to work about 25 hours a week, plus some cooking/help in the kitchen in exchange for delicious, predominantly vegetarian meals, prepared with fresh fruit and veg from the garden. The accommodation depends on the no. volunteers at the time.

    In addition to work, there are also plenty of fun things to do nearby such as:
    Horse Riding
    Walking, (the GR 36, a walk which starts at the English Channel and finishes at the Med passes through the land)
    Swimming and fishing in the lake
    Kayaking on the Aveyron, from St Antonin 1/2 hour
    Golf in Albi
    There is also a plethora of local markets, summer fetes, Bric a brac markets and music festivals.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Help

    Help

    I need people to help with the following:-

    Kitchen garden
    Garden maintenance
    Landscaping
    General mowing
    Strimming
    Rendering and jointing
    General renovation work

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    I am offering stays of 2 weeks or more, for up to 4 to 5 people. Please let me know if you require any more details and are interested in coming to help on the project. In general, I ask my helpers to work about 30 hours a week with some cooking/help in the kitchen in exchange for delicious, predominantly vegetarian meals, prepared with fresh fruit and veg from the garden. The accommodation is a two bedroom house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    .

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5

Host ref number: 13526273494b

Feedback (22)



Feedback