We are an English couple, David and Tamara, living in South West France. We have a large historic house and outbuildings, which we are renovating to make gites. We have three 'children' who are at school/university/working in the UK who visit for holidays (17, 19, 20yrs) and a crazy dog.
We are located in beautiful, peaceful countryside with friendly neighbours (with classic cars) and a gentle pace of life.
We are looking for helpers from after Easter for a minimum of 1 week. We can host up to 6 helpers at once - so this would be a perfect opportunity for a group who want to travel and work together.
DIY and building projects
We are English, but living in France - so you will have the opportunity to learn and use both French and English. Tamara is a qualified and experienced English language teacher. We will take you out and about to visit and experience life in this part of South-West France. You will have the opportunity to learn about building renovation and have new experiences.
We are renovating a large historic house and outbuildings so any assistance with general diy, landscaping, gardening, pruning fruit trees, clearing brambles, rebuilding stone walls, tiling the pool surround and walking our crazy dog; or specific trades such as roofing, plastering or plumbing, would be gratefully received.
We have two private double rooms and one private twin room within the main house available for helpers. There are two bathrooms (so there shouldn't be any queues!). Three (delicious) meals a day will be provided and shared with us. We are not vegetarian and would not be able to host vegans - sorry!
Smoking outside only
You are welcome to use the pool and bikes. The nearest bus stop is a 10 minute bike ride away which will take you to Agen, a lovely town to visit - with good shops, restaurants and architecture. A cheap bus ride away from Agen (6euros/1 1/2 hour) are both Toulouse and Bordeaux.
There are often brocantes and vide-grenier sales that we like to visit (and would love to take you too).
We have hosted many helpers with another site (helpx) and have excellent reviews, from people around the world who have enjoyed their time with us.
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