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We have a LAST MINUTE availability FROM the 1st to the 15th of october
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.
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 ….Do look at the link with touristic info video.
Our home is situated 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. Please do READ the underneath HELP info section before contacting us !!!!!
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
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!
Please read the comments so you have a better idea of how the previous helpers felt about staying with us and our latest volunteer was a journalist who shared her critics by her personal page. You can ask me for the link.
Whole year around we look for volunteers with GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING PROFILES for detailed cleaning of the house, laundry, making up beds, watering of plants and small gardening help. During the LATE SPRING and FULL SUMMER the searched help is ONLY for HOUSEKEEPING, except if you visit us as a couple !!!
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 confortable with animals as we do have two great danes and three horses. Never the less we can not host persons with pets as your private space is not adapted to. Plus we have many pets of ourselves next to my home based office job and the guestroom rental whereby I can not take on pet battles....
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.
Before you Apply please double check if you really feel confortable 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.
Altough we do spend a lot of the meals together we have created you a private Garden Studio. It is an isolated and well heated living space next to our house. This provides you in a double bed, tv _ free internet, kitchenette with a FILLED UP FRIDGE, shower room - wc and private terrace on the Riverside.
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 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.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours a day / 5 days a week
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