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

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a Belgian family who lives in France since 14 years. Begin of the fifties and speaking several languages french- dutch-english and some spanish and german. We enjoy people visiting from all over the world. This is a wonderful exchange and we appreciate helpers that can give their best, are motivated, also enjoy what they are doing and have some fun and good exchanges at the same time.

    Our region Lot et Garonne is a rural land full of history situated between Bordeaux and Toulouse, between Guyenne and Languedoc, the Lot and Garonne experienced many different influences. In summer it is very touristic with a lot of Marché Gourmands, summer concerts, medieval festivals ….At contact we provide you a link with touristic info video.

    We have a very large, beautiful, traditional old home just on the border of a small village where we live in a large nature property of 18 hectares on the riverside. We do wish to host the year aroud as the lady of the house has a chronic illness which makes daily tasks difficult from time to time.

    THIS IS A PAID POSITION only if you are eligeable to the longterm "salarié aupair" programm ! As we are not a business organisation we can only propose paid positions by the "au pair contracting formula " meaning that conform to french regulation this kind of position is only possible to EUROPEAN CITIZENS who have Nationality of a Country Member of the European Union. Furthermore this kind of paid arrangement can only be offered to a person between 18-30 years and with a mininal of 3 MONTH STAY ! This is not a classical job so next to your full boarding your minimal legal wage is more like a pocket money arrangement and not to be compared to the salary people earn with classical business jobs without free housing and boarding.... All the info and legal regulations of the aupair formula can be consulted on the french gouvernemental website, if you encounter problems finding the details do not hesitate to ask us for the link.

    The needed help is varied and not difficult. Main search is for someone who can help with the housework, vacuuming, mopping, dusting , hanging out washing, ...the general daily family housework. Someone who is good at organising daily house life and who can get the family housekeeping jobs done well and efficiently. Someone who can see the tasks that need doing and someone who has practised these kind of home tasks would be wonderful.

    Seen the large house also always is in need of some small DIY chores we also welcome handy profiles or couples, in order to achieve the ideal combination of the handy allrounder and the cosy housekeeper.

    Although we are petlovers we can not host people who travel with their pets, as at the moment we have too many pets of ourselves and in function of my home based office job with a permanent customer phoning I can not take on pet battles so we can not host people who travel with their pets.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Experience what life is like in rural South West of France, a very beautiful unspoiled part of France, which is great for exploring, and hiking.

    Improve your french and discover the beautiful medieval scenery which surrounds us. Lovely walks all around!

    Please read the comments so you have a better idea of how the previous helpers felt about staying with us and one of our helpers was a journalist who shared her critics by her personal page. You can ask me for the link.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help

    Help

    Whole year around we look for help with GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING PROFILES for detailed cleaning of the house, laundry, making up beds, watering of plants and small gardening help. We are looking for someone who has fantastic cleaning skills and an eye for detail.

    During the LATE SPRING and FULL SUMMER the searched help is ONLY for HOUSEKEEPING, except if you visit us as a couple !!! Couples with shared skills of easy maintenance, simple repairs, general housekeeping like cleaning, laundry etc.

    On a regular base we also welcome EXPERIENCED DIY for chores like painting, electricity, masonry, outdoor cleaning up of the land as well as hedge and boxwood trimming.

    If you wish to stay with us you must feel comfortable with animals as we do have two great danes and three horses. Nevertheless we can not host persons with pets as your private space is not adapted to. Plus we have too many pets of ourselves next to my home based office job whereby I can not take on pet battles....

    To be happy at our place you also need to enjoy spending some time on your own, just reading, meditating, hiking, riding or writing a book... Our place is very peaceful and we are looking forward to meeting responsible people with love for animals and respect for nature.

    We do prefer persons who are staying two to four weeks . We wish you to effectively help us 5hours /day during 5 days of the Week. Seen we are on short term stays we are not searching for fast learners! We are only looking for people who are already experienced in DIY chores and general housekeeping, as well as basic gardening. I have a demanding home based work situation so you will be basically left to yourself to do the daily housekeeping. We are looking for someone who has fantastic cleaning skills and an eye for detail. We appreciate things done with enthusiasm but please consult us before starting tasks as it is us who will be permanently living with the end results.

    Before you Apply please double check if you really feel comfortable with the researched profiles and do explain the experience you have with the listed tasks so that we can evaluate your application. Before confirming your venue we Always prefer to have a live chat by Skype or WhatsApp so that we can mutually evaluate what we expect from each other.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    Spanish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have created you a "Garden Studio" a suitable full equipped private living space of which you see the pictures in our profile . It is an adapted mobile home which is well isolated, heated and reequipped as a classical house. This living space is situated in the garden but next to our house, and with view on the riverside.

    Your private area provides you in a double bed, satellite tv _ free internet, kitchenette with oven and a FILLED UP FRIDGE, own Shower room and WC as well as a little discrete terrace. Altough we do spend a lot of the meals together you need to prepare your own breakfast and some of your meals. We provide in a basic food package from your first day of arrival and afterwards we organise regular shopping which we adapt to your personal preferences.

    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.

    If you are without transport, you have a bike at your disposal as we are having a direct access to the regional green path which leads to the nearest town. And of course we do try to drive you to the nearest places too… At approximate five miles (5Km) from the house 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 connections - the nearest 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.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    yes we can as we have a decent unlimited wifi in the private space of the workaway

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    In case you are travelling with a camper or a tent we can provide you a private parking place and electricity

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day / 5 days a week

Entrance
The house from the family entrance
Family living room
Garden
Riverside
Riverside home activities
Terrace on the riverside
One of our great danes
Guest room kitchen area
One of the main terraces
The house from the guest entrance side
Private Property with occasional guest room renting
Pool area
Living Area of Garden Studio for the Workawayer
Sleeping and bathroom area of Garden Studio for the Workawayer

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