Hello, Bonjour, Ciao, Hola,
We are Damien and Phill, a French-Welsh couple, hovering around the 40 year-old mark. We live in the rolling countryside of the Gers, a department in the south-west of France. Toulouse is the nearest big city at 45 minutes away. We are surrounded by beautiful towns and villages, and wonderful traditional markets (therefore the food is great!). We have lived in the general area for 3.5 years and like it here, there are incredibly beautiful places within driving distance.
We have recently bought a farmhouse which we are in process of renovating. This includes the land also. Hence we would like to find someone who is happy to help us out with these activities.
Help in the house
I (Phill) am a CELTA qualified and experienced English teacher so I am happy to support someone who wishes to improve their English language skills. I am also happy to share gardening/flower-farming knowledge with anyone interested in the process. And I can generally be easily persuaded to go exploring/visiting the countryside around us, visiting magnificent hill top towns, sleepy sun-baked villages and indulging in many coffees at little cafes.
We would like to meet people who are ready to laugh, to eat, drink, play board games, relax and watch movies with, to introduce to friends and generally fit into our daily lives. Very rarely do we have a fixed schedule.
We moved into our farm recently, and are renovating the property while we live here. It's a big project. Therefore we are looking for someone (or a couple) who is handy and happy to help us out with the daily works. As if renovating a huge farmhouse wasn't enough I (Phill) am also in the early stages of establishing a cut flower-farm (occasionally picturesque, mostly very weedy, frequently tatty) so would love to find a keen gardener who can dig, weed, shovel, weed, plant, weed and generally likes being outside.
And to add to the above two projects we are seeking a real animal person. We have birds (plural) and a massive (but exceptionally friendly) dog called Fritz. He loves people immensely so you'd have to really like dogs, as he is super affectionate and happy (thankfully!). We may also be in the process of acquiring a kitten. Soon.
Because of the above activities we would also appreciate help with general cleaning tasks...Fritz generates a lot of hair also!
English, French, Spanish (Damien), basic Italian (Phill)
We have a cute bedroom which is cool in summer and cosy in winter. There is, at present, a shared bathroom and separate toilet (both will be removed/renovated soon) and we hope to progress with one ensuite bathroom this winter.
I tend to be the chef of the household, and I enjoy cooking (as I mentioned earlier the local produce if truly delicious). We mainly eat organic/local/ethical and very little meat. Dietary needs can be accommodated- I like to be creative in the kitchen!
Though it is possible to walk to two lovely local towns from our property it can take an hour by foot through the back lanes (though less than 5 mins by car along the main road). Therefore having a vehicle would be a good idea. I am happy to lend my vintage van for local running about, and I swap vehicles with Damien if a longer trip is required.
There are a few of Frances 'Most Beautiful Villages' near us (1 is 4 minutes away), and several more simply picturesque places worth visiting. Toulouse is lovely and worth exploring, and as we are situated between the Med and the Atlantic, and an hour and half from the Pyrenees, there are always great places to move on to.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week