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We are an English retired couple with a modern country property in 2.5 hectares, at the Mediterranean end of the Pyrenees, in a quiet and spectacular location near Prades and the Canigou, .
We have owned the property for 30 years, and as it is in an area with very low rainfall we use our piped irrigation extensively between April and October, supplied from the Bohère canal feeder system.
We have a large family in UK.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Olive and chilli husbandry. Exchange of cooking skills. Language practice.
Olive orchards and chilli pepper nursery, grown using organic methods.
Help us in the garden, including with chilli and tomato planting, watering, Ecological olive tree spraying against olive fly. Tilling, picking and pruning. Ditch clearing. Checking our extensive piped watering system. Olive harvest in Oct/Nov.
Some light building work. Painting.
Swimming pool commissioning and maintenance. Containing the local over-attentive wild sanglier tribe.
Small guest studio with mini kitchen, double-bed and shower room, and heating. Internet. South-east facing with its own entrance and terrace..
The small town of Prades is close to us - the nearest bus stop and supermarket are 2.7kms. A half-hour walk, Prades old town centre has several shops, restaurants and cafes (3.8kms) and more supermarkets. Street markets in Prades on Tuesday (general) and Saturday (local produce).
Local attractions include beautiful slopes of Mt Canigou (2784m) which our guests find wonderful for hill-walking and running! Villefranche-le-Conflent (historic Vauban-walled town with artisan shops), , Eus (the village in France reputed to have the most sun). The Cerdagne valley & ski area (via bus or scenic Yellow Train ride from Villefranche near Prades). Our 12m pool with solar heating in the summer. Two mountain bikes.
To reach Prades from Perpignan there are frequent (1 euro) buses and TER train, both from Perpignan TGV station (c.1 hour) . Ryanair fly to Carcassonne, Bezier and Barcelona year round, as well as many Perpignan and Girona flights in summer. Bargain Flix, Blablabus and Oui buses from Barcelona.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week