Stay in our house near Prades, France with wonderful views and walking Mt Canigou. Help us in the vegetable garden, and with bringing on chillis and olive cultivation, and indoor minor building work.



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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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Olive and chilli husbandry. Exchange of cooking skills. Language practice.

  • Help


    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 to complete new accommodation. Painting.

    Swimming pool commissioning and maintenance. Checking electric fencing against the local over-attentive sanglier tribe.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English French German Spanish

  • Accommodation


    Small studio with mini kitchen, double-bed and shower room, and heating. Internet. South-east facing with its own entrance and terrace..

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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 and Barcelona year round, with frequent Perpignan, Bezier, and Girona flights in summer. Bargain Flix and Oui buses from Barcelona.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

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

Our house
Le Canigou
A view from our house
Summit of Canigou and Catalan flag

Host ref number: 395559345539