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Russell, my husband and myself took early retirement in 2010. It was then we bought our present home a beautiful bourgeois house dating back to the 14th century in the centre of the a lovely wine producing village called Azille.
The house is full of character and tradition and is one of the most important properties in the village being 600sqaure metres. When we began our ,renovations we were put under a lot of pressure by the Marie to maintain as much of the charm and tradition of the property.
We have completed renovation work that now gives the house some beautiful outside space with swimming pool and a lovely interior including billiard room and ensuite bedrooms.
We were not strangers to this area for we had a holiday villa only 40 minutes from Azille where we spent all our holidays since 2004.
I was a nurse before retiring and Russell a Chef we are both fit and young at heart.
We would welcome a workaway to help us with our small bed and breakfast consisting of 2 suites suitable for up to 6 guests. General help and maintenence in the house and with the animals.
We love our home and our 2 dogs and cat. Our daughter and her family live close by which is a bonus for us. Our son is a yachtmaster and is at present working on the Mediterranean coast.
If you are interested in joining us for the summer we are welcoming work always during August to help with our bed and breakfast guests but at other times during the year also as we always have simple maintenance to carry out throughout the year.
If you would like to experience life in a traditional French village you would have plenty of free time to get to know our friendly community and also be near enough to Carcassonne and Narbonne for some exploring further.
The local community has many many festivals and events especially in July and August and of course the weather is beautiful during the summer.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Our village is a traditional wine village, with traditional values and a strong sense of community. Experiencing this lifestyle is a gift, and one we can enjoy every day. The traveller may experience this for a short time but will be made very welcome.
The medievil town of Carcassonne is close by and a must to all visitors to the area. The Roman town of Narbonne is also a wonderful town to visit.
Our art galleries, markets, Cathare history, historic villages, fetes and special occasions make the villages in this region very special
This host offers accommodation and payment.
What we are looking for is a workaway to help with our small guest house . Serving breakfast servicing bedrooms and guest areas. When guests are not staying, other general help around the house and looking after out pets would be helpful. Must have a love of animals too. Volenteers would be helping in the mornings giving the rest of the day to enjoy as you wish. Would probably suit someone loving the experience of living in a beautiful French house and wine village, while enjoying a beautiful region of France.
French and English
The volunteer will have a comfortable bedroom with either en suite or access to bathroom. Use of our pool.you will be treated like one of the family and we can promise a lovely enviroment for your stay and will help you discover this beautiful part of Southern France
Azille is a wine village, very traditional and friendly, where community is very important. The nearest large town is Carcassonne or Narbonne both about 30 minutes drive. It has a few shops and a friendly bar, another wine bar and a restaurant. There are lots of events happening in the village during the summer.There are lovely walks 5 minutes and one is walking though the vines and we can arrange a bike if a volunteer wants to explore the surrounding area.
Volenteers staying with us can use our home to make their stay more enjoyable by using our pool and billiard room.We hope they will want to join us at meal times and when we socialise in the community. We have English and French TV.
A good place to improve your French as very little English spoken here. This is cathare country so a lot of interesting history attached to this area and many amazing places to visit. We can also offer you a bike to go exploring.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Working mainly in the mornings. Afternoons free