Stay with us in our village near the Pyrenees, France



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 Min stay requested: at least 1 month

  • Description


    Leaf and I live in an old cottage on the edge of a small ridge-top village within an hour's drive of the Pyrenees. Our lifestyle is as eco as we can make it. We mainly need help with gardening, furniture painting and organising our garage for a sale. Leaf has Alzheimer's but is otherwise physically very fit. He enjoys walking, companionship and discussion on a wide range of subjects, despite some confusion here and there! I appreciate help in the kitchen. We are ovo-vegan and eat predominately organic food. The atmosphere is informal, creative and laid-back. Our garden is well-established and productive and needs to be kept under control. I am a writer/blogger, currently endeavouring to organise the material for a guide to living in SW France (after 30 years of residence). We have one cat, Pepe and there's Monty, our adorable young dog, who we rescued from living in a ditch. Originally from the UK, we both speak French and Leaf is fluent in Spanish, I have some German.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Elderly Companionship
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Leaf and I are willing to speak French if required. Those who enjoy cooking and would like to learn more about vegan cooking, will enjoy spending time with me in the kitchen. We love lively discussion on a wide range of subjects and helpers have commented on the evenings spent debating. From a cultural point of view, I have lived in France for 30 years and am well integrated into the French way of life, Leaf has been here for twenty years. Our small art studio is a great place for those who enjoy creative activities.

  • Help


    We would like help with strimming as well as weeding and tidying the courtyard and garden. Some general help in the house would also be appreciated and we have furniture that needs painting.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate
    German: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    A small gite attached to the main house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is much to see locally and we are happy to show helpers around.

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    4-5 daily for 5 days a week to be arranged according to weather

Host ref number: 287954817944