Our house is in the heart of wine growing country in the Gers in South West France. We own a spacious Maison de Maitre with a large four acre garden which is surrounded by vineyards, hills and woodland. The house has attached barns and stables and includes a self contained two bed gite. Both the house and gite are currently being renovated and we hope in due course to run a small chambres d’hote and to let the gite to holiday makers. We also have a swimming pool under construction which, fingers crossed, will be finished in the summer. We are a lively English family with three grown up sons and two dogs. Although we work in England we spend as much time as possible in our new house in the Gers. We are non-smokers and love good food and wine! Claire works as a teacher and has almost completed her counsellor training. Martin is a TV documentary producer/director.
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are looking for hardworking, lively, friendly and easy-going workaways to join us for short periods during June, July, and August. We would like help with the garden: in particular we want to create a vegetable garden in raised beds. We will also need help with the painting in the house and gite; and there will be other odd jobs around the house. We like to start at around nine and work for five hours a day with a break for lunch, but we are very flexible and happy to arrange working hours to suit.
You will have your own room and probably your own bathroom, although depending when you are with us it’s possible you may have to share the bathroom with one other. All meals will be provided: Claire loves to cook mainly French, Italian and Middle Eastern food, with the odd curry thrown in! We only eat welfare free-range friendly meat.
We are a fifteen-minute walk from the village of Viella which, although small, has a swimming pool, tennis court and a café/bar. Eight kilometres away is the larger village of Riscle from where you can catch a bus to surrounding towns like Mont de Marsan, Nogaro, Marciac, Eauze, Madiran and Plaisance. In the summer all the local towns and villages have “fetes”, local festivals which are very lively! For three weeks at the end of July and early August Marciac hosts a world renowned jazz festival, which is not to be missed. Further afield the major cities of Bordeaux and Toulouse are two hours away, while the university town of Pau is just under an hour away. The Atlantic Ocean beaches, the towns of Biarritz and St Jean de Luz, the Pyrenees and Spain are also easily accessible. We will provide some lifts to local places of interest, and there are bikes which you are welcome to borrow.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week