We are a British family living in a farmhouse with a gite in the beautiful french countryside 1hr west of Toulouse, 20 mins from Auch.
I work as an english language teacher and we have 3 bilingual boys aged 10-14 who are very used to sharing their home with visitors. The rest of our family consists of cats, chickens and sheep and many wild animals which cross our paths daily.
We have 12 acres of land and wood in a really tranquil environment and so many ideas for using this space, just not enough time and hands to put them into place, so, if you are a practical person we would love you to help us.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
There are many ongoing projects to suit all kinds of skills but the moment we are specifically looking for people to help us build a wooden fence, prepare a vegetable patch and decorate a dormitory.
In Jan/Feb we will be looking for help with tree cutting/log splitting/decorating/plastering
Next Spring pointing/roof tiling/gardening
Other jobs include general housework/cooking/help with french, german or english homework
We have three guest rooms (each sleeping 4-6 people) each with a private small bathroom. The accommodation forms part of the gite which is attached to the family house, hence you can have your own privacy whenever you choose.
Our local village is small and very picturesque 20 mins away by foot, 10 mins by bike (you're welcome to borrow ours). There is a bus from the village which you book in advance to take you into Auch the historic capital of the Gers department - think Gascony think D'Artagnan. Toulouse is a 1hr train ride away for a taste of French city life. From our village there are various circular pedestrian walks of 8-11km and we are just a few km from the route Saint Jaques de Compostelle. Though it is small we have an excellent bistro, epicerie/tabac, and post office for all your needs. We can pick you up from Toulouse airport or nearby train stations. The nearest ski resort is only 1.5 hrs away.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week