Would you like to help me with my barn in Hautes Pyrenees, France? URGENT URGENT Help needed in July and August 2018!

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  • Description

    Description

    I am a widower with four grown up children and four grand children. We have a small farmhouse with about two acres of land and some barns in Hautes Pyrenees in France, which we use as a holiday home. It is situated on the edge of a small hilltop village with views of the mountains on clear days.

    The Workawayer who was joining me this summer is now not coming so I urgently need a strong, young helper with carpentry and building. Can you help?

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    They will learn about living with widely travelled British people.

    They will enjoy the French countryside, wine, cheese, people and customs.

    They can learn building techniques.

  • Help

    Help

    I am seeking fit young help to renovate/repair the barn walls, first floor and roof and to assist with gardening.

    This will involve mixing lime mortar, laying stones and clay tiles in the wall repairs. Some new internal walls in concrete block-work or stone are also planned.

    First Floor tasks will involve treating existing timber with preservative, installing new joists and timber flooring and treating all new timber.

    Roof works will involve working from scaffold towers and ladders to install new oak and Douglas fir rafters, together with sheeting and tiles.

    Gardening will include cutting back brambles, grass cutting and hedge trimming and managing compost heaps.

    As I am not a good cook, assistance with cooking would be appreciated.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English [mother tongue] with a smattering of French, Spanish and Arabic

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The house has three double bedrooms, one of which will be available for use by volunteer helpers. There is one bathroom with WC, bidet, wash basin, bath and shower, with hot and cold running water. Camping in my field is possible.

    On the ground floor there is an entrance hall, salon with a wood burning stove in a large fireplace, a dining room and a kitchen, with a gas cooker, microwave oven, fridge freezer and washing machine.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I am now seeking assistance for the period July and August 2018.

    The village is on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostelo and there is excellent walking in the Pyrenees and all around the area. There are plenty of vineyards to visit for work or to enjoy the wine and there are many ancient castles and other monuments to see. Nearby are spectacular caves.

    The market town of Maubourguet is close by and is linked to Tarbes by bus. Tarbes has rail, TGV and air links to all locations.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours per day, 5 days a week

Middle barn trellis January 2018
Progress to Sept 2017 with 6th Workaways
Big barn nearly completed March 2017.
Progress to Sept 2016 with 2nd & 4th Workaways.
Barn progress with my second workaways September 2015
Progress with barn restoration August 2015
The barn for which I am seeking Workaway assistance with wall, first floor and roof repairs and re-construction 2015.
Barn floor concreting completed by my first workaways 5th November 2014
Photo of La Canette taken on the 8th November 2014





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