Come and help us while you discover the medieval scenery in Aquitaine, France




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    EXPERIENCED DIY for chores like painting, electricity, masonry, outdoor cleaning up of old vineyard as well as hedge and boxwood trimming.

    GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING PROFILES for detailed cleaning of house and help in rental of guest room

    We are Belgian family who lives in France since 14 years. Both begin of the fifties and speaking several languages french- dutch-english and some Spanish and german. Our home is situated just on the border of a village where we live in a large nature property of 18 hectares on the riverside.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house

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    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Experience what life is like in rural South West of France . Improve your french and discover the beautiful medieval scenery which surrounds us. Lovely walks all around!

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    Due to health problems the building and renovation of our old manor house has never been completely finished so small building chores are to be finished and meantime new general maintenance chores as painting, cleaning, hedge trimming, wood cutting are awaiting.

    We are 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. The specific chores will be choosen in function of the visitor his experience and talent. We are looking for volunteers all the year round.

    In Spring and Summer we will only host one person at a time and this will mainly be for general housekeeping cleaning and helping with seasonal renting of the guestroom !!!!

    For the DIY chores you can choose in non touristical season for 1) a 25-hours of help a week Monday to Friday, typically starting at 8:30 am, with your afternoons to explore and enjoy France or 2) 50 hour week+weekend with there after in compensation a full week+weekend relaxation periode as tourist

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    french dutch english and some spanish and german

  • Accommodation


    Large private room with access to bathroom - pool - jacuzzi -garden area... We have some 18hectares land on the riverside, so you are sure to find a private spot to relax, to fish, to read, to enjoy a glass of wine or just work on your tan. You can also go horse riding, kayakking or golfing at less than three miles (5km) from the house.

    Everyday we cook with fresh and local products, and in the evening and weekends we value time spent sharing for 16 years we ran a restaurant in Belgium.

    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, you have a bike at your disposal and we do try to drive you to the nearest town which is five miles (5Km) from the house. Over there you will find public transport connections to larger cities, bars, restaurants, cinema and all the shops you could possibly need.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you come by train Agen station has several TGV connection - the closest airports are Bergerac and Agen but you can also easily join us by Toulouse or Bordeaux airport. In function of your day and time of arrival there is local bus to our village or we pick you up.

    The Lot and Garonne is a friendly place of just over 300,000 inhabitants. It is surrounded by the Périgord and Dordogne to the north east, the Landes to the south west, the Gers to the south and by two major cities linked by the A62 motorway going through Agen: Bordeaux and Toulouse.

    You can uncover the treasures of the beautiful Lot and Garonne by cycling along the many cycling paths; walking along the country trails or navigating by boat on the 200km of waterways, rivers and canals. Water sport activities are popular in the Lot Valley. You can also watch rugby etc.

    It is a land linking the Quercy and the Landes regions. The countryside is hilly and is crossed by two beautiful rivers: the Lot and the Garonne. These rivers meet at Aiguillon. It is a mostly rural area. The Lot and Garonne is very fertile. It has orchards, vineyards and general farming. The main produce is prunes (which become the famous Agen prunes), tomatoes, wines of Buzet and Duras, melons, strawberries and asparagus... It is the most productive agricultural province of the Aquitaine region.

    Our region Lot et Garonne is a land full of history. Henri IV and Jeanne D’Albret came from this area. Situated between Bordeaux and Toulouse, between Guyenne and Languedoc, the Lot and Garonne experienced many different influences. Agenais was first part of the Aquitaine region in the first centuries AD, before experiencing the wars between the King of France and the King of England. These battles often went either way, upstream or downstream from Agen. Victories in these battles were often short lived.

    Either under Toulouse, English or Bordeaux influence, the Lot and Garonne, for a long time had very flexible borders. Administrations overlapped, some were influenced by Toulouse and others by Bordeaux; plus the powerful Albret family exerted authority in the Nérac region.

    For a long time the Garonne River was considered a natural border between the north and the south of the region.

    Under Louis XI, Agenais was aligned with Bordeaux, its parliament and the government at Guyenne. Created in 1790, the limits of the Lot and Garonne as they stand today, date back to 1808. At that time the borders with the recently created Tarn and Garonne, were fixed in the south east.

    However, things were not that simple, some regions naturally leant towards the Dordogne to the north, Gers to the south or the Landes to the southwest. Also the choice of the capital between Agen and Aiguillon was a topic of debate. Aiguillon argued its privileged and natural geographic position at the junction of the Lot River and Garonne River but Agen was designated capital due to its historic heritage.

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      Limited internet access

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    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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