Come and enjoy restoring old chateau buildings and gardens in Sariac-Magnoac, south west France

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  • Last activity: 07/12/2022

Availability

  2023 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    Hello!

    We are a couple of ex-teachers originally from the UK, with 2 lovely lively lurchers and one elderly mum, living in a small village in the Hautes Pyrenees - Sariac-Magnoac - just over the border from Gers. We recently moved into the local chateau - although the castle itself was taken down some centuries ago, we are left with a collection of old buildings including a pigeonnier, two large vaulted rooms and even a large chapel.

    We both worked with disadvantaged children and young people with special needs in the UK, so we have a real interest in the area of mental health and wellbeing. Eventually, our aim is to offer a relaxing and welcoming space for families and young people dealing with mental health difficulties or SEND.

    We offer a relaxed and fun place to stay, with plenty of variety in a quiet rural setting.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer a relaxed village life, living the way we do. We are French-speaking and can offer language lessons (if you like!) as well as wonderful views of the countryside, including the Pyrenees themselves.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    We have 8 acres of land split into several fields and a lovely woodland garden, as well as a very overgrown path down to the river Gers. We are looking for help with the following projects:

    - restoring a wall: using river stones to create a wall in keeping with the buildings
    - general grounds maintenance: cutting back overgrown areas, weeding, mowing, digging and planting - we have machines to help (strimmer/brush cutter/ride-on mower/tractor etc)
    - if it's raining, we may ask for help with indoor projects like clearing and decorating

    We also want to develop some areas into spaces for relaxation - eg a sensory garden, rose garden etc - so we would welcome people with an interest in these kinds of project too.

    You will be helping alongside us while we do the work - we will ask you for some strong help but we won't ask you to do anything we would not be doing ourselves.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    German: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    I speak French and English and a little Spanish but am always happy to learn.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We can offer a double, twin or single room with private bathroom in our recently renovated house. Kitchen and living room facilities are shared and we have a lovely outdoor terrace and garden with great views for when the weather is good.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We love travelling ourselves, Howard loves his motorbike trips and will be looking forward to going out on rides to discover more about the local area, whilst Ali has visited many countries and speaks several languages.

    Our village is small but very international and very friendly. Many of the villagers have lived there all their lives and remember the chateau from their childhood. Everyone we have met has been excited at the thought of it being restored back to life as it is a bit neglected and unloved.

    Sariac-Magnoac is a wonderful place to explore the local area, including Gers and the Hautes Pyrenees. There is a small local market on Saturdays in Castelnau-Magnoac (7 mins away) as well as a beautiful lake for swimming etc. Further afield, there are several more lakes for water sports, plenty of beautiful old towns and lovely countryside for walking.

    We are 1h 15 from Toulouse, 3 hours from Bordeaux and 30 mins from the foothills of the Pyrenees - for the skiers, we are 1h from the nearest ski resort. So plenty to do including mountain-biking, parachuting, climbing, watersports, hiking, skiing etc.

  • 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

    We have fibre internet on site which means that we have excellent wifi.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have several fields available to park a van if necessary and all facilities available in the main house.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We can accept well-behaved dogs (but please note we have 2 dogs ourselves!).

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 266892212626

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