Stay in our beautiful village near the Pyrenees, France



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    I live in an old cottage on the edge of a small ridge-top village within an hour's drive of the Pyrenees. My lifestyle is as eco as I can make it. I mainly need help with gardening, simple house repairs and organising the garage for a sale. My husband, Leaf, has Alzheimer's and is cared for in the dementia ward of the local hospital. I appreciate help in the kitchen, am ovo-vegan and eat predominately organic food. The atmosphere is informal, creative and laid-back. The 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). I have two dogs, Monty, around 4 years old and Mizzy, about 18 months old. Both were abandoned. Originally from the UK, I speak French, a very little Spanish and some rusty German!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    I am 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. I 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. The small art studio is a great place for those who enjoy creative activities.

  • Help


    I would like help with strimming as well as weeding and tidying the garden. Some general help with repairs in the house would also be appreciated.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    Spanish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    A small gite attached to the main house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is much to see locally and I am 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • 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