Our old stone house, the BASTIDE of Uzer, in the southern part of the Ardeche , was formerly a fortified castle constructed on the site of a Roman military settlement built to monitor the road to Aubenas, a large town 15 minutes north of here. The house has had a long history, including an evasion in 1584 by Protestants during the period of the Huguenot wars.
We are both professional opera singers from Australia and New Zealand and having been living here since 2005 with our children ,Claudia 14 and Kaspar 8, golden retriever « Jazz » and cat "Jinx".
Apart from our operatic engagements abroad, we teach singing and give concerts in our large vaulted music room downstairs.
Our house has been a passionate renovation project for us since we moved in and thanks to the help from workaways we finished the inside last summer . We feel now it is the time to renovate our outdoor spaces..... repairing old stone out houses, landscaping around the new pool , preparations for a vegetable garden , clearing and general gardening.
DIY and building projects
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
As we are well experienced travellers ourselves, and enjoy exploring other countries , we would like to encourage a cultural exchange of ideas and interesting conversation.
Living here with us would provide an opportunity to learn French , new building skills, and perhaps even a singing lesson ?
We could also provide contact with other "workaways " in the area.
We need help with gardening and landscaping around new swimming pool . stone wall reparations,
Our garden too, is in need of attention, with clearing, and landscaping .
Your accomodation would consist of an extra large double bedroom ( large enough for two separate beds if required )with its separate entrance and private bathroom .
Wifi and all comforts would be provided.
We look forward to sharing with you the beautiful region of the Ardeche. With its RIVERS and famous GORGES for canoeing and swimming ; CAVES for exploring and canyoning ( incl the famous UNESCO GROTTE CHAUVET only 24 km away) ; CLIFFS for rock climbing and via ferrata ( we have the equipment) ; BIKE and WALKING TRAILS to villages like Balazuc, Labeaume ,Vogüé ,and Largentiere, ranked "most beautiful villages of France" , passing vineyards, olive groves and rivers ; vibrant MARKETS everyday of the week ; WINERIES ( we know many of the local winemakers ).
Our village UZER , is an hour and a half drive to the popular southern towns of AVIGNON, MONTPELLIER and NIMES... All accessible also by TGV services from MONTELIMAR or VALENCE.
We have good VTT bikes and a car for use, and enough french to help out when needed!
Life in the Ardeche is a celebration of the natural environment- it's beauty.
Life here is relaxing but there is always something to discover.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week