Help in works to modernize our 19th-century house near Bordeaux, France



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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    We are living in a charming 19th century house that needs a bit of work.
    We are looking for people ready to help with painting windows or walls, insulating.
    No experience is required, but we also welcome people with experience in house restoration.

    We are a family of four, with two small kids (10 and 8 years old).
    We speak french and English fluently.
    We are a laid back family, the kids love new comers but also like to play on their own quietly. The size of the house enables every one to have his or her quiet corner as much as lots of additional space to be together.
    We care about good food and learning from each other more than about TV and computer games.
    We are setting up an art residency in the coming months and artists are welcome in our house.
    The parents work as art curator/anthropologist and professional photographer.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house

  • 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

    Guests have all their week-ends free and can discover the amazing countryside and cities around. Time is flexible we can also work hard for 3 days and enjoy the rest of the week free.
    Guests could learn from the art residence I am setting up and from David who is an experienced photographer (his big studio is at the end of the garden!)
    We speak English and French at home, so language could also be acquired this way!

  • Help


    The house needs a bit of work. We are removing the old wallpapers and paintings the walls of a few rooms. We needs to paint the shutters, doors etc... We also need to insulate the roof and a few works here and there.
    We do not need someone with painting or wood-work expertise but the volunteers needs to be confident with his/her hands.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Maltese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We live in an old and big house with high ceilings, French windows and lots of daylight. The volunteer will have his/her private a bedroom. The house has a nice big garden. It is located in a small but lively village in the south west of France. There are trains and buses going to the city of Angouleme to the capital which is 15 minutes away. The food market is amazing and the bakeries provide fresh baguette and croissants anytime you wish!

    We have WiFi in all rooms.
    We accept smokers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in the Cognac region, which is a well known touristic destination. You will be in the heart of the French countryside a nice place to go for walks and cycling, but also for canoeing. Check up the music, art and the famous cartoonists festivals of Angoulême and Cognac city. The ocean is an hour away and you can easily reach it by train from our village.

  • 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

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

Host ref number: 525366644636