Help with garden and house maintenance in the beautiful Dordogne, France



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    Hi, we are Mark and Pluis, a Dutch couple that emigrated in 2000 into the beautiful rolling landscape of the Périgord to start a gîtes business for holiday makers. Our place consists of a large manor house, 5 cottages, 2 swimming pools, a tennis court and other playing facilities. Our place borders a hilltop hamlet and is situated in the countryside, just 2,5 km away from the lovely village of Mareuil en Périgord with all amenities. Every year we have hundreds of guests from all nationalities enjoying their holidays here.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our place lies in the heart of the Regional Nature Parc Limousin-Périgord in the Département Dordogne which is known for its many castles and prehistoric remains. Within half an hour drive you can practice sports like canoeing, horse riding, golf, fishing, cycling, rock climbing, visit markets and antique shops/fairs, and undertake many gastronomic and cultural explorations. There are three golf courses in the near vicinity

  • Help


    All our houses have been renovated, but need annual maintenance, mostly painting.
    On the 2 ha. estate we are surrounded by an ever growing and flourishing nature, forest down the valley, a nice parc at the side of the manor, pastures and lawns at the rear of the manor and many flowerbeds and plants all around. All this need lots of care and attention, especially in spring and autumn.

    Experienced help with gardening and painting is very much appreciated, preferably a couple.
    We would like to welcome enthusiastic and energetic people who are able to work well with limited instruction and supervision, with preferably some experience in gardening and painting (mainly woodwork). Age is less of an issue compared to reliability and enthusiasm. Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    In the manor we have two double bedded guest rooms available, each with bathrooms with bath/shower and toilet. If one of the gîtes is not taken, you can stay in your own private house. We have broadband internet connection
    which you can use freely. There are lots of books and music and the gîtes have TV sets. During your stay we will supply food and drinks. Of course the workaways can use our swimming pools and tennis court.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The village of Mareuil is just halfway the historic cities of Angoulême and Périgueux that you can visit using a bus stop in Mareuil. We have bicycles for you to use or we can drop you off somewhere you like. We are not far away from the pittoresque medieval town of Brantôme and many other places of interest.
    In Angoulême you can use train (TGV) connections to Bordeaux and Paris. We are 75' drive from the airports of Limoges, Bergerac and Bordeaux.

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    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

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

Host ref number: 392145551118