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We are an english family of 4 undertaking the great renovation game here in the haute pyrenees. We have 2 daughters (both completely bilingual)both characters!We are animal crackers and have a few of everything ( or so it seems) including 6 dogs of varying ages and stages! We also foster puppies from the local refuge, which can be fun, noisy and messy!!!
There is loads of work here for the expert or the beginner and in exchange we can offer accommodation in a new wood cabin with a woodburner, a seperate bathroom and with a view of the pyrenees.
We are mainly English speaking.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
All sorts of help including collecting and cutting wood, land maintainance, help with potager, fencing, lime plastering, building, .....the list goes on and on.....generally anything and everything that may crop up on a smallholding.... this has involved bottle feeding a couple of lambs and nursing orphan chicks and ducklings back to health!!!
You have to be able to work independantly, and be self motivated
The main focus of work for this year will be building work. This will range from digging footings, limecrete mixing, bricklaying, concreting, painting, lime plaster work on columbage house. If you have stamina and want a challenge then this might be just what you are looking for. There will also be the usual maintainance jobs around the place.
With our previous workaways we have lime plastered the outside eating barn and cleared the plants and weeds around the pond, which was a job and a
half!We have built walls, and wooden cabins, done fencing, repaired buildings and most recently completely rebuilt a 7m section of our roof, from the beams to the tiles. We have built more beds in the potager, dug holes upon holes upon holes and generally had a great time.
We expect you to be part of our family and after the working day is done, if you love to cook then we would love you to help out with that or if not we would expect that you help clear or set for dinner.
A wood cabin in the orchard with proper beds!!! And the use of all the facilities in an adjoining wooden shower block.
This area of France is rural farm land. Beautiful and interesting! We Are an hour from the ski resorts and mountain sports including climbing , parascending, walking and mountain biking. Plus we are on the tour de France route so each year it passes very close to our village. We have a lovely international community in our village. There is a swimming lake within a few minutes drive or 20 min cycle away and a pool in the local town which is always clean!!!!
Toulouse, Pau, and Tarbes are all within an hour from us, and Barcelona is a train ride away too.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two