Garden help and Painting in Limalonges Deux Sevres, France



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    Hi my name is Penney and I am looking forward to getting some help this summer when the restrictions are lifted on travel... I live in a simple cottage in Limalonges 79190 and until January of this year I was a full time carer for my husband who sadly died in January after a long illness, hence its been some time since I have been able to host helpers due to this..
    This summer I am looking forward to once again getting all the jobs that require doing up to date again.

    There is nothing here that requires doing ,that is a huge project. Mainly it is garden work, which is weeding maintenance, rather than clearance, painting inside and outside, garage clearance and tidying. I would like to get some pointing done if it was possible, and wish to be involved myself in this, however I have no experience so anyone with some is most welcome, as it is ongoing work here which I can continue throughout the year. I have a shed that needs some DIY on the wood surround.

    Help here has always been just Monday-Friday no weekend.

    I enjoy good food and I cook main meal every day evening ,with roast on Sundays . Breakfast is continental , Cereals eggs, toast, which I provide and put out, you prepare and help yourself. I prepare lunch and evening meal.. I'm not skilled in vegan food however, but happy to let you cater for yourself if required. If you like to cook, I would welcome the break and happy for you to cook a meal... I have an easy going household . It is rural here but not isolated and we are surrounded by lovely countryside. near some beautiful lakes just a short ride away.. A couple of nearby Towns with shops and bars .... I prefer you have your own transport, as I cannot offer transport to airports but can collect from Rail stations (Ruffec 16) Savigne 79 I have a bikes here also, for use, if you wish .

    We have 2 dogs in residence , one small terrier and one German Shepherd rescue boy aged 7 yrs . Due to his past history he suffers with separation anxiety so he isnt keen to go walking away from home , but he is getting better , its just kindness, patience and time with rescue animals.. We share a bathroom here as only one in the cottage, but your own room provided with linen & towels provided, we have TV + Netflix.. There is internet facilities .
    I prefer that you are happy to work without supervision , at a time that suits yourself. I am a smoker, now using a vape, but have no objections to smoking.. I enjoy a glass of wine with evening meals ,and have a good sense of humour.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    Art Projects

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are situated quietly in a semi rural situation surrounded by beautiful countryside. Great for walking and exploring with lots of wild life. We have a bikes here if enjoyed. Our commune is mainly of French nationals all of whom are elderly and friendly when you see them ! There are many beautiful villages around us to visit. Also a lovely lake area just down the road with small restaurant outside. 2 small towns within easy reach with shops and restaurants and bars.

  • Help


    Garden help mainly weeding, some painting and bit of DIY inside and out. Dog walking if enjoyed.
    We have plenty of small jobs that need doing . Sort out and clearing garage space . Nothing here is really hard work, more practical and needs someone able to use their own common sense really. We have lots of pointing work to do here for anyone who is skilled in this area as I would like to be involved and learn. Small shed also needs transforming into an Amazing space for me to practise Reflexology in ! Great project for someone artistic. but it does need some DIY .. Some general repairs outside and painting bedroom walls inside.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Cottage , own room, share bathroom, live as family.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many lovely walks and places that can be reached easily , there is a train station not far away. There is no public transport here. We have a BBQ and great terrace to enjoy. I am happy to also drop you off at local lake and pick up in the evenings .

  • 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

    5 hours daily Monday- Friday no weekends volunteering

Host ref number: 466725644765