Join a semi-retired couple and help with our house and garden in Limousin, France



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  • Description


    We are an English couple living in France. Alan is semi-retired and returns to England every few months to work for a couple of weeks and I, June run my own business from home selling craft equipment and jewellery via the internet.

    We both come from a nursing background. Alan worked in psychiatry and I worked mostly in primary care, latterly with the homeless.

    We are slowly renovating our house and creating our garden but when not working we like to walk our dog, listen to music, cook, read, watch film and TV and explore this lovely area we live in. Alan is an amateur artist and I love to sew, knit and all sorts of paper crafts. I also make a lot of jams and chutneys and we're both wine enthusiasts!

    We have 4 adult children, who live in the UK so there's always someone visiting from time to time!

    We have a beautiful, loving & energetic collie dog called Fizz, a very chilled out laid back elderly cat called Elvis, a totally adorable ginger kitten called Bruce & a few chickens!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are English living in France & can offer an anglo-french cultural 'fusion' with an interest in other cultures & languages. We offer a good standard of English language, & intermediate French. We provide a mix of English & French cuisine & are also interested in trying a variety of world foods.
    Please note we would struggle to accommodate vegetarians & special diets. We eat a varied, fairly healthy diet but are on a budget.

  • Help


    Approximately 16 - 20 hours a week which can be worked flexibly to fit in with host & helper needs & the projects being worked on at the time.

    We're very flexible with what we need help with as depending on the season it may be more outdoor based. We are creating our fruit and vegetable garden so a lot of help is needed there and we have some hard landscaping projects to complete.
    We would like to convert the garage into a kitchen and the attic needs converting into bedrooms, walls need pointing & decorating, logs cutting, the list is endless unfortunately our purse is not!

    A bit of general help in the home & if you like to cook then that would be great especially in the autumn months when our business is very time consuming. We also need help thoroughly spring cleaning the house.

    For 2019 we would really appreciate some help in the early spring, early summer & autumn mostly with the garden projects and the spring cleaning & some decorating and renovating indoors. We have been studying French to become fluent speakers & June is at an intermediate level with Alan not far behind so we would be interested to hear from any native French speakers interested in staying with us so we could continue to improve our french language skills. We have availability from late March until mid April and July & early Autumn so please contact us if you are interested.

    Garden projects for this spring include:
    1.finishing off the area around the fire pit (laying gravel & some low stone walls),
    2. creating a patio for outdoor dining (hard standing & posts for sails & screens),
    3.installing a water feature using solar power
    4. Renovating the fence & supports in the soft fruit area

    If you don't mind a bit of hard labour for a few hours every day then we will happily supply you with comfortable private rooms & good food & company in return!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Our house was built in 1952 in the classic Limousin villa style of that period. It is spread over 4 floors and surrounded by a flat, walled garden with an above ground swimming pool.

    We can provide a double bedroom with an en-suite shower room and further double bedroom with use of the family bathroom. All rooms are spacious and light.
    We have broadband internet access.
    Strictly non-smoking in the house & garden.

    Our house can be cold in winter.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are in a village with a little privately owned chateau, beautiful church, shop, post office and bar restaurant. The nearest town with a wonderful weekly market is 10 km away. The major cities of Angouleme and Limoges are approx 50 km away. For those without their own transport we can pick up from the city train stations or airport.

    Due to the rural location it would be better for Workaways to have their own transport so they can get out & about on days off to view the lovely area we live in & get some time to themselves.

    We prefer not to have Workaways for longer than 2 weeks continuously.

    The Limousin is known as the land of a 1000 lakes and is really beautiful countryside. The park national regional of the Perigord Vert, where we are situated, is stunning and unspoilt. Green tourism is encouraged, with many opportunities for walking, cycling and canoeing.

    Marval is a really active community and there's always something going on. We have twice weekly zumba & yoga classes, a monthly craft group and also sorts of soirees and social events hosted by the 13 different associations in the commune! Hardly a week goes by without an evening of apperitives & wine somewhere!

    There's a lot to do and see, great regional cuisine and traditions. Plenty to do and see but not the action packed buzz of clubs and bars of city life.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    3 - 4 hours per day per person, flexible (i.e 20 hours per week)

St Jean de Cole
Martyr village of Oradour sur Glane, site of a WW2 massacre.
Recently discovered resistance camp in nearby woods
it's not all work!
The lake beach at St Estephe with free canoeing in summer
nearby Chateau Montbrun
Winter in the back garden.
nearby Brantome, beautiful town & weekly market & great canoeing on the river Dronne.
lake at St Estephe
Alan & June
Elvis, cool, laid back & a lean mean mouse killing machine!
Fizz, our football mad border collie dog!
Our house & garden

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