Help with my large house and garden in the Dordogne, France

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  • Description


    For the past 34 years I have run a travel company specialising in different tours to ICELAND in winter and summer. I have also organised tours to Nepal, Peru, New Zealand and many other countries, too many to name here. I am half Icelandic and I taught Icelandic embroidery when I lived in the UK producing a book called Icelandic Patterns in Needlepoint which has been reprinted 3 times. I paint, write and love ceramics.

    This beautiful area of France is a haven for artists. I am a very busy designing and running my travel company office. I would be interested in a workaway/s who has some computer knowledge, designing etc.

    I moved to Southern France in 2004 to the lovely area of the Dordogne, which is part of the Acquitaine region. I live in the middle of the town of Riberac, in a large house with garden of over one hectare. Riberac is a farming town and has one of the largest most popular markets in the Dordogne. The town's location is situated between Bordeaux and Bergerac.

    I have 4 children and a large family who all live in the UK , sometimes they visit me. I have two lovely dogs called Freyja and Alfie, both of whom love people and walks .

    I need some help with my large house, garden and swimming pool, especially when visitors are staying and also to walk my dogs.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You would certainly learn all about this beautiful area in southern France, visiting with guests some of the interesting places in this area.

    There is the opprtunity to join french lessons in the local cultural centre.

    You would also learn much about Iceland should you be intending to visit the land of contrasts one day.

  • Help


    Due to my busy work commitements I need some extra help with my large house and grounds. I need help with gardening work and planting for the summer, including both flowers and vegetables, I have a wild flower garden, fruit trees, figs, cherries, plum, and apple.

    I am also hoping to build an art studio in my large garden and may need some help or better still some ideas of the best way to do this, there are so many clever people out there, I am open to your ideas on this.

    There is always lots going on!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Icelandic: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    The house has seven bedrooms, you would have your own room and full access to the kitchen , terrace and gardens. There is a swimming pool by the large terrace and a cine screen with projector for videos.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The local area is beautiful with some lovely historical villages and sites to visit. You could join me or some of the visitors on their outings to some lovely area.

    There is the opprtunity for canoeing locally and you can start from the river in the town where I live. 5 minutes walk.

    There is a large municipal swimming pool five minutes walk from my house, along with tennis courts in the town. (we also have our own swimming pool). It is also a great area for cycling and I have two bikes available to use. If you are over 25 years of age and have a full licence there is a Renault car you can use to explore the area on your own.

    There are many antique and brocante markets and art exhibitions during the summer months.

    The house is always busy and lively with family and friends always visiting.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 282467926942

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