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English couple welcoming help with gardening, animal care and renovation projects in the beautiful Dordogne, France

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  2024 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We are any English couple who've been living in the most beautiful part of the Dordogne for the past 20 years and we love meeting new people and sharing ideas. We live in a small chateau and are (very slowly) renovating the outbuildings! We have 4 dogs, 2 horses (that are too old to ride unfortunately) and 2 chickens, so a love of animals is a must! During the summer months the work is more based around animal care, food prep, pool cleaning, garden maintenance and housework.

    There are always plenty of jobs in the garden, wood prep for winter fires, some building work that we need help with and just the general maintenance of painting shutters, fixing horse fences etc. No skills necessary for any of this, just keen people, happy to help out.

    The property is set in a beautiful quiet location, within a 10 minute (2km) walk along country paths, to our local village. The picturesque village has 2 fabulous restaurants, a bakery and a general store. The area is a fabulous place to explore and welcomes tourists from all over the world. Places of special interest are the medieval town of Sarlat (our nearest shopping centre 30 mins by car), La Roque Gageac, Beynac, the Dordogne river, Domme, many chateaux such as Castelnaud-la-chapelle, Milandes, Beynac and Fenelon plus the stunning gardens of Eyringac, Les Jardins de Cadiot and the box cloud gardens of Marqueyssac.

    Longer stays are always welcome, so that we can get to know each other and introduce you to life in the rural French countryside. We're ideally looking for friends that are travelling together or couples and a drivers licence is crucial. Hope to meet you soon!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Visit the historically rich medieval villages throughout the Dordogne valley. Places of special interest are the medieval town of Sarlat (our nearest shopping centre 30mins by car), La Roque Gageac, Beynac, the Dordogne river, Domme, the chateaux of Castelnaud-la-chapelle, Milandes, Beynac, Fenelon and the stunning gardens of Eyringac, Les Jardins de Cadiot and the box cloud gardens of Marqueyssac. Maybe learn some gardening / building skills?! Enjoy the company of our 4 dogs, 2 horses and chickens - not to mention the human companionship. Andy is a talented guitarist and rugby coach....if that's of any interest!

  • Help

    Help

    We would love to find someone to help out with plentiful jobs in the garden, wood prep for winter fires, some building work (we are constantly renovating outbuildings, so this work can vary, depending on your skill set). Apart from that it is just general property maintenance, caring for dogs, horses and chickens. No skills necessary for any of this, just keen people, happy to help out.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation during the summer months is in a large double bedroom in the main chateau with a private bathroom and independent access. A car would massively improve your stay here as there is so much to explore close-by....and no public transport!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in a rural idyll in a region that is very popular with tourists. Walk out of our front door to fabulous walks through the fields or forest. Sample the beautiful local produce at weekly markets in Domme on Thursdays, St. Pompon on Fridays, Sarlat, Belves & Villefranche on Saturdays and St. Cyprien, Daglan or Cazals on Sundays. If you're here in summer you can't beat a day canoeing down the Dordogne river or hot air ballooning over the Dordogne Valley!

  • 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

    There is a seperate internet connection in the barn and the speed is approx. 7.7 mbps. If you stay during the summer months then the internet in the main house is shared by 3 other people.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have plenty of space for a campervan to park up in a quiet location.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 286778261297

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