Practical people & Dog lovers in Gascony, Midi-Pyrenees, SW France



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    We are an English couple who have lived in France for 13 years. We live in a partly renovated an old stone cottage in the middle of rolling vineyards in historic Gascony, in the sunny Midi-Pyrenees with our 9+ rescue dogs, chickens and ducks.

    We are a high energy household and seek like minded volunteers to help us in our busy lives. Everyday tasks include looking after the dogs -walking, grooming, feeding, kennel cleaning & picking up poo - and the hens and ducks - feeding, cleaning, egg collection etc.

    We are keen to progress our house renovation and current projects include pointing walls, plastering / dry lining, painting & decorating, painting, making shutters, installing a bathroom, tiling, plumbing and general electrics. So anyone with experience in building projects and general DIY (masonry, carpentry, electrics etc) is always welcome!

    As well as renovating our property we also are looking for volunteers to help with general property maintenance such as gardening, mowing, planting, etc. Most of the work is outside.

    In return for 25 hours per week, we offer comfortable accommodation in the cottage or in a caravan with shared bathroom/communal sitting room/wifi/satellite tv. A driving license valid in France is an advantage (manual cars) as we are in a remote location and it will give you some freedom to explore. Couples/friends are particularly welcome. Minimum stay 2 weeks and we always try to have a few volunteers here at the same time!

    Keith loves to cook and teach what he knows about food and gastronomy - both local and international - so delicious home cooked food is always on the menu. We are mainly a carnivorous family but we can also cater for vegetarians / vegans.

    There are some lovely walks all around us and our local village of Gondrin is within walking distance (1.5kms) - shops, bar, restaurant, ATM, post office, chemist and pool/ outdoor leisure centre (July/August only), and we have 2 bikes available as well. We are situated on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route (between Condom and Eauze), and within a couple of hours reach of the Pyrenees, the Atlantic coast, & 3 hrs from the Mediterranean and ideally located if you are en route to Spain. 

    The people are friendly and the countryside is beautiful ...our photos and reviews will give you an idea of our lifestyle and the beautiful scenery which surrounds us.

    So If you are fit, strong, enthusiastic and keen to learn new skills then we look forward to hearing from you and to offering you a glimpse of life in 'La France profonde' where life has changed little in the past 50 years.!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Experience what life is like in rural Gascony - look after hens & ducks, understand and look after a pack of dogs. Learn new practical and cooking skills, improve your french and discover the beautiful scenery which surrounds us. Lovely walks all around!

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    Animal care, property maintenance & renovation, gardening

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, Spanish

  • Accommodation


    We offer comfortable accommodation with in the cottage or in a caravan with shared bathroom/communal sitting room/wifi/satellite tv.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Within walking distance (1.5kms) is the village of Gondrin (shops, bars, ATM, post office, summer pool and outdoor leisure centre). There are some beautiful walks all around our house and we also have 2 bikes you can borrow. We are situated within a few kms of the Camino de Santiago, a couple of hours reach of the Atlantic coast, the Pyrenees (skiing), and 3 hrs from the Mediterranean. We are ideally located if you are en route to/from Spain. Nearest TGV railway station: Agen and Toulouse; nearest airport Toulouse. Please note that this is a very quiet rural area with little/no nightlife and limited public transport.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day, 25 hours per week

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