Help us finish our house that we designed and built in the French foothills of the Pyrenees, France



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    Stan and I are a retired couple living in the French foothills of the Pyrenees in a house that we designed and built. Our house is two and a half hours from Barcelona, forty minutes from the university town of Perpignan and the Mediterranean, and two hours from Andorra (for keen skiers).

    The project is to finish small jobs in the house such as tiling, hanging cupboards and such like, and the big job is to establish a garden on this beautiful but stoney south facing hillside site.
    This is a very peaceful location. If nature is your thing, this is it! It is the perfect place to enjoy barbecues, the local wines, swimming in the pool and sight-seeing. It does not, however, have any local night life.

    An ideal place to practice your French or Catalan.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The opportunity to learn and be involved in a small French village where plant and animal life abounds. There are lots of opportunities to ramble, cycle and pony-trek. The region is rich in history, with ancient archaeological sites, including Romanesque and Phoenician as well as Pre-historic, eg Tautavel.

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    Projects involving children

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  • Help


    We need enthusiastic helpers to do some of the heavier jobs we can't do anymore. Experience in small DIY jobs, and the strength to move heavy objects are prerequisites. Skills with power tools would be advantageous.

    Jobs could include: landscape gardening, carpentry, chopping wood, cleaning the pool, cleaning windows....... pouring wine at dinner ;)

    Own transport (bike/car/motorbike) would be ideal as there are no local transport services, however pick up from a local town/airport could be offered.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Very comfortable single or double room with ensuite shower and WC, own private terrace (with a beautiful view of snow-capped Canigou), use of swimming pool (in season), excellent food and wines.

    All bed linen and towels are provided, and you would have access to the washing machine and the Internet.

    You would join us for meals as and when you wish; mealtimes will be relaxed and food freely available. All home comforts really.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Own transport absolutely essential as we are 15 minutes by car to the nearest town and there is no local transport. Taxis are exhorbitantly expensive, but we could help with lifts and some sightseeing.

    Perpignan, the nearest major city at 40 minutes by car, is great for seeing French life at its best. Its red marble paved streets throng with people on summer nights and there are a lot of music festivals, street théâtre, etc. The nearest resort of Argeles sur Mer has clubs, casinos, music nights, bars, tennis courts, etc. Scuba diving, sailing and other water sports are all available along the Costa Brava, just over the border in Spain.

    We would enjoy welcoming you as very helpful guest and hopefully future friends.

  • 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?

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, flexible

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