We are Gill and Steve living in the South of France with a house and garden in need of some work to develop into our dream.
The work we need help with is mostly outdoors. We are looking for someone prepared to do tasks in our garden. Currently, this is flat and featureless. We want to introduce landscaping to make the grounds a relaxing, interesting, comfortable, tranquil and convivial space. We would like someone who is happy to help us with the landscaping. Work will be primarily preparing the ground for planting and creating gravelled areas around the 2,000 square metre grounds. There is scope for some redecorating work inside the house we would like to be done.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
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We want to re-energise the garden by introducing more colourful shrubs and offset them with some hard landscaping of walls and a pergola. In the past we have done most of the maintenance ourselves. We want the extra hands and inspiration to provide a creative impetus to transform the garden.
We are very happy the way our workawayer guests helped us to make good progress. A row of non- indigenous trees were removed after a lot of hard work. In place of the trees, we have introduced some plants sympathetic to the region and climate. The plants will add more colour and variety to the garden. A new line of irrigation was laid to the plants. A new addition was the creation of an area of hard landscaping using a different colour of gravel.
Most recently our workawayers have given us excellent help improving the exterior of the workshop. The walls have had crepi applied and this year some paint. The building looks much, much better. In 2019 there are opportunities to add more irrigation and, in another part of the garden, better drainage. There is a terrace that needs tiling. On another building adding a coat of paint to the shutters and a pergola will put a smile on its face.
If you are ready for a different challenge there are some new features we want to add. An aptitude for construction will be good for these additions. One of the features is a pergola over a terrace.
In exchange for your efforts, we can offer you your own bedroom and we would like to share all our meals with you. We can accommodate either 1 or 2 volunteers. We would like someone who wants to stay 1 or 2 weeks. If everyone is content, it can be possible to stay longer. We have always been very pleased with those who have chosen to stay longer.
If you would like some more information to help you decide whether this place is right for you please send us a message.
Our local region of France offers experiences in Patrimonie, gastronomy, water sports and, naturally, Mediterranean sun and scenery. The house is situated in the corner of an active and growing village typical of the region and is about 25 to 30 kilometres from the coast. The coastline of this part of France has long, sandy beaches mixed with lagoons that are prime spots for water sports.
The nearest city is Narbonne. This is a delightful city with a great market at Les Halles. It is an ancient city with Roman architecture. We are close to Carcassonne with its magical walled city. This is famous as a World Heritage site. Another World Heritage site, the Canal du Midi is even closer. The region is steeped in history and has many sites associated with the Cathars and their castles. There is a bus service from the village to Narbonne, the coast and other places. For local trips there are simple bicycles available. The canal paths are good local routes to explore.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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