Looking for help with the restoration of a converted olive mill in Provence, France



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    I am a British photojournalist and I have recently acquired a house which was once an olive mill in the heart of a medieval hill village in Provence. The house was lived in until recently, but needs quite a lot of work to make it more comfortable, and I am restoring it with the intention of creating a gallery and cultural centre. There is a small walled garden - but NO olive grove - and a terrace with views over the village, the surrounding country and the sea, which is just 6 kms away.

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    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
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    General Maintenance
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    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    There is plenty of opportunity to learn and speak French, English and/or Italian, and benefit from a cultural exchange about the arts, especially photography.

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    I am looking for help with work which includes some reconstruction work, taking off old rendering, painting and decorating, cleaning and treating terracotta floors, help with building a small kitchen, if you have any electrical and plumbing skills would be great.

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    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

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    A room in the house

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    The mill is in the heart of the village, just a minute walk from bakery, shops, bars, main square. There is a stadium and pine woods at the top of the village and the sea is just 6 kms away. It is in the heart of the Bandol wine vineyards, so there is a wonderful atmosphere of local activities, from jazz concerts to wine-tasting, swimming to fishing. There is a very relaxed, Mediterranean atmosphere! I am not always resident here, but I come at different times of the year, usually for the summer and winter. It should be noted there is a big difference between the winter and summer atmosphere, there is no central heating, although there are open fires and electric fires, but it can be quite cold in the winter.

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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