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.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
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.
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.
A room in the house
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week