After many and varied careers/jobs we are living the French dream having retired very early. We have a beautiful house and garden close to a small market town. Our interests include watercolour and oil painting, gardening, spinning, dyeing, weaving and D.I.Y. The garden is about two acres and like a park. (think Monet) There are no children and no pets. The garden is full of interesting birds and wildlife. We would like some help with gardening, D.I.Y. maintenance, de-cluttering and housework. Its very quiet here so would probably suite more mature helpers.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
We would like help with gardening such as weeding, digging, pruning, grass and hedge cutting. The shutters need sanding down and repainting and the wall around the pool needs rendering, so some help with these would get the job done. We have many boxes of stuff in the attic and basement which need sorting as part of our de-cluttering project, help to move the boxes around and help in making unemotional ruthless decisions about getting rid of junk would be much appreciated.
We offer our helpers a large bedroom with use of the family bathroom and family shower room. This is a big house so there is private sitting space easily found if desired. We have wifi broadband. We have a swimming pool that you are welcome to use. We offer home cooked meals shared with the family.
We do not smoke and prefer helpers who do not smoke. We also prefer helpers unaccompanied by children and pets. The house is within walking distance of the town of Aigre (10-15 mins.) It is very quiet and there is no night life. The nearest airports are Limoges and Poitiers. The T.G.V. stops at Angouleme. I am willing to pick helpers up from the train station at Luxe.
In your free time you can relax in the garden, use the swimming pool, walk in the beautiful countryside on our doorstep, or walk into town. We have bicycles you can borrow (although they may need some work first!) There are lots of flat and quiet lanes to cycle on. Spinners are welcome to borrow a spinning wheel.
The historic towns of Angouleme and Cognac are less than an hour away by car and well worth a visit. The area is agricultural and there are grape vines and sunflowers in the fields. The Charente is the second sunniest region of France.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We expect 5 hours help each day