Help me to renovate an old farmhouse in the Haute Garonne, near Aurignac, France



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    Hi, I am Vanessa and I am an English woman in my 40s. I am renovating am old farm house and garden in the Haute Garonne, France near the small town of Aurignac. I would love to meet travellers and have some help with the building work and gardening.

    My property is very rural and quiet. It is set in 8 acres of pasture with views of the rolling countryside and fab views of the Pyrenees mountains. I like to think of your time with me as part work and part retreat. It is a great place to just chill out, read, write but there is really not much happening around so you need to be happy with that! I love to go hiking in the mountains and there may be opportunity to join me with that.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

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    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am especially interested in encouraging women of all ages to travel in this way and encouraging them to do D.I.Y. and basic building work themselves. It is not difficult! I love to meet new and interesting people. I have backpacked myselt a lot around the world and volunteered in this way and now enjoy being a host to other travellers.

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    The help varies depending on weather, mood and what needs doing at the time. Mostly indoors tasks are plasterboarding ceilings and decorating. Outside the garden needs a lot of clearing, strimming, weeding and I keep a small organic vegetable garden which needs maintaining. There is also some work outside repointing stone walls. I have an old Massey Ferguson which anyone with mechanical skills is welcome to tinker with.

    I would like about 4-5 hours help a day, 5 days a week in exchange for food and accommodation but I like to be flexible with that i.e. some days maybe more and some days less.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    You will share the house with me and my two cats and will have a very large room with your own bathroom or a double room with shared bathroom.

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    What else ...

    I am about one hour south of Toulouse. The house is outside of the village and there is no public transport.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 171418631211