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Our family live in a 16th century château based in Les Landes in between the towns of Pau and Mont de Marsan and one hour from either the sea or the mountains. We are Faye, Ben, Isabelle, and Mariyah, our 2 dogs, Scratch and Scout. After spending 15 years living and working throughout the world, Dubai, Doha, Cape Town and Jakarta, we are now settled in France. Our experiences from living abroad have made us culturally sensitive and our doors are open to all nationalities looking to embrace speaking English whilst on their holidays.
We have the privilege to live in a Château which dates back to the 16 / 17 century and we look forward to welcoming guests who will be able to enjoy the four acres of magical gardens and orchards. The château still has most of its original features including several fireplaces, two staircases and a tower. The main house has 4 guest bedrooms, which have all been modernised and due to the nature of the old house, guests will benefit from cool rooms all year around, which is especially beneficial when the summer hits its highs.
For some of the projects we offer paid positions such as roofing, plumbing, carpentry.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Free board and lodging in a peaceful countryside setting. We are family home and we courage our guests to practice their English or French, but we can also just enjoying the serenity of the location.
We are renovating our barns and gardens after years of neglect by previous generations. The projects include;
Rebuilding ancient stone walls
Relaying floor boards
Roofing - paid
Removing years of overgrown plants and trees
Building foot paths
Plants flower beds
Laying cement floors - paid
Plumbing - paid
Electrics - paid
Plastering / internal wall building - paid
carpentry on every level from building tables to fitting windows
Gardening, gardening and more gardening
The main house is large chateau with modern rooms, wifi, library, large living accommodation. Shared bathroom but private room.
We are between the sea and mountains and when guests have time off we encourage them to visit them, but if staying local is preferred we are surrounded by pretty villages, each with something different to offer.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
Minimum 4-5 hours a day