Traditional Gascon Farmhouse in Tillac, South West France



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  • Description


    We are in URGENT need of HELP.

    We are Madeleine and Tony who live in South West France at the edge of a small medieval village called Tillac (pronouncet "TEE-AK"). We have 1.3 hectares (about 4 acres) of gardens, including 2 gites (holiday homes) with swimming pool in 2,500 m2 of their own gardens. We have a three year old rescue dog, Darci. She is a Labrador cross, young, playful and loving.

    We both have xtensive arthritis and cannot cope alone. Are you good at heavy garden work ? It would be very handy if you have experience in the use of a strimmer/brushcutter and the usual gardening tools. The work involves maintaining trees and shrubs, weeding, cleaning out the lake, etc. and will involve digging and other heavy work. So able-bodied people are needed. Experienced gardeners particularly welcome. Incidentally, WE ARE NOT A FARM, nor are we seeking people with only hospitality experience - we do not need help with our holiday homes (gites).

    We are an English-speaking household so if you want to brush up your French, we are NOT the hosts for you.

    We are looking for one or two people who can share a bedroom with en-suite facilities in our renovated 220+ year old house. Please check our calendar to find out when we have vacancies but we have an urgent need for assistance during October and November - 2-4 weeks minimum. Tony is having surgery on his right wrist (trapezectomy) at the end of October.

    People with their own transport would be particularly well suited as we are out in the country and we can not always promise to take you on exploration trips. There are usually other volunteers in the immediate vicinity.

    Tillac is a pretty medieval village in the heart of the rolling Gascon countryside. It lies between two small towns - Marciac, home to the International Jazz Festival, and Mirande. There is little night life in the village, except the bar/restaurants but nearby Marciac does offer bars, restaurants and a cinema that can handle 3D films and does show some English language films. There are also various musical events in Tillac and Marciac.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Elderly Companion
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Life in rural France.

  • Help


    We are looking for people with practical skills who are willing to make a notable contribution. In the gardens (which include a lake of 1,000 m2) we are looking for assistance in the maintenance of the lawn, potager (vegetable patch), trees, shrubs and flower beds. This offers an opportunity for some creative garden design.

    We also need housekeeping/decorating assistance in our house and the gites. We have a number of specific projects that you might like to get involved with. These include help in our main house (a traditional Gascon farmhouse from about 1840), refreshing the decoration of some of the rooms inside our house and some decorating inside and outside the gite.

    There are often other volunteers in the vicinity, but there is no night life – as known in cities. We make our own if we wish to; otherwise we have a quiet and calm lifestyle – no hustle and bustle.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, a little German

  • Accommodation


    In return for assistance, we can offer accommodation in our own house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Tillac, where we live, is a small but beautiful medieval village set in gentle rolling countryside. It has a general store and 2 bar/restaurants. It is at the mid-point of a triangle formed by three other somewhat larger villages, Mirande, Marciac and Mielan. The Pyrenees are 1.5 hrs. away, Biarritz and the Atlantic coast 2 hrs., Toulouse 1.5 hrs. and the Mediterranean coast about 3.5 hours away. This is "La France Profonde".

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day each, five day week or equivalent depending on team requirements.

Madeleine and Tony
Maison Tillac - our "Gites" (holiday cottages)
Your bedroom with en-suite shower room
Martin and Christiane (+ Tony) painting front of house
The team that decorated the Drawing Room
Col and Brian rebuilding a wall.
Moules/frites under the stars in the old village
Beth, Col, Brian and Deanna planting a Palm Tree on the Island
Natalie, Grace, Devin and Ana, our first four volunteers.

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