We are a youngish Canadian couple with two small children who are 9 and 6 years old and a cat, Millie (yes I need to update our profile photo, our children are much older now!) and have been living in Europe for the past 20 years. We need help with general house maintenance/cleaning, the large gardens, and our children during the whole year but especially in July and August when the children are on holidays and we are very busy running our B&B.
We have recently decided to only take workawayers who can stay for at least 2 months, preferably 3 or more. While we know this isn't for everyone, it's just too difficult to invest the time and energy into integrating people into our family only to have them leave 2 or 3 weeks later. This is especially hard on our young children who become attached to our workawayers.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
You will have the opportunity to learn new skills and improve your existing skills related to home and garden maintenance and childcare while having the opportunity to live on a luxury property with a laid back, easy going and fun English/French speaking family. You will also be able to improve your language skills in both French and English if you wish, however our first language is English so you will not be 'immersed' in a full French environment as we usually speak English in our family. Having said that, Warren is happy to speak exclusively in French to our workawayers to help them improve their French but you will need a decent level of French to begin with, we're not a French school ;-) You can enjoy living in a beautiful region in France, have the opportunity to explore the local area, and take in the culture and sites.
Every day is a little different but there are many tasks that go with the general upkeep of our house and gardens that we need help with since both are large and we have very busy schedules! These tasks include some light yard work (watering, weeding, cutting the grass, planting or harvesting fruit and vegetables etc.), painting, cleaning out/organising garages, planning and doing activities with the children as well as helping the children clean and organise their toy room, cleaning, dusting and vacuuming throughout the house etc. and generally just trying to stay on top of the dusting, vacuuming and tidying required in a very old house that has been renovated to the highest standard to keep it looking its best.
Obviously you are not expected to do all of the above everyday, we work as a team and work together to get the jobs done so there will be 2 or 3 of us taking care of the days work together. When we are busy with other work (we run another business related to marketing as well as our B&B so have a lot on our plates) we will get you started for the day and leave you to it but help as much as possible and are always available to answer questions.
We also sometimes eat together in the evening (when schedules permit) so if you'd like to cook for us or just like to eat good French food then you can join us and enjoy dinner in the gardens with us but are also welcome to prepare food in your own kitchen and eat in your apartment (it's often this way since we are very busy), either way, we're very easy going.
Things can be very fast paced for us in the summer when we have a lot of visitors to our B&B. Outside of the busy months of July and August the pace is slower but there is still much to be done :-) Overall it’s critical to be organised and to take the initiative without needing to be asked but you will be part of our family so not expected to do anything completely on your own, high energy and enthusiasm are the most important assets you can bring!
We provide full room and board in a private apartment attached to the house.
English, French, Some Dutch and Portugese
Apartment; 2 bedroom, bathroom, living room, sunny terrace, large garden
Located in a beautiful village with restaurants, pubs, bakeries, grocery store etc.
This is a wonderful escape to the French countryside and way of life. While we live in a French only environment (outside of our home) and it's therefore helpful if you can speak a little French, it is not necessary and we can help you improve your French and/or English while you are here since we are bilingual and we also speak a little Dutch and Brazilian Portugese.
This region is second in tourism in France behind only the Cote D'Azur so there are many things to do in the area from beaches and surfing to chateaux and wine tasting and everything in between. There is a good network of buses and trains and our helpers in the past have often used ride sharing (BlaBla car) as a quick, easy and cheap way to get around.
Please bear in mind that even though we're not far from many bigger towns and cities (Bordeaux, Nantes and La Rochelle to name a few), this is a small country village of about 3000 people so if you're looking for more of the bustling city life with lots of people around all the time then this definitely isn't for you.
Please drop us a note if you're interested to learn more-we'd love to chat!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 Hours per day