Help us to improve our place in between the beautiful volcanoes in Auvergne in the middle of France



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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ We are currently looking for help for the following periods: *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️

    - From ASAP until around 17 November we need help with some renovation work and other physical jobs.

    - Feburary and March 2020. In this period we prefer to host couples or female helpers!

    We, Eric and Caroline are a Dutch couple (42 & 47) that moved to France in 2010 to start a small guesthouse in a beautiful mountainous/volcanic area in the middle of France.

    This is outdoor-country with lots of walking and cycling trails, fishing, parapenting, etc. etc. In the winter there is a large ski area at 15 minutes drive (Superbesse).

    Our hotel has a homely atmosphere with 4 rooms and we have a restaurant with local specialties, bar, garden and terrace. We do most of the work ourselves. Caroline is the main cook and laundry lady and Eric does most of the maintenance, admin, marketing, construction work, waitering, bar tendering, shopping. Cleaning is our joined task.

    July/August are the busiest periods in which we can just manage the day-to-day tasks by ourselves.

    At the same time there is a lot of other work to be done as well, such as maintenance work, garden & vegetable garden and building our apartment on the attic. We also have two lovely dogs that get a bit neglected in the high season...

    Off season we spend our time on small maintenance and larger renovation projects, such as painting, making our apartment on the attic, preparing the garden etc.

  • 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

    You can mingle with our local French, English and Dutch friends.

    Depending on the tasks at hand and your own interests you'll learn about gardening, how to cook local Auvergnate dishes, handyman skills etc.

    You can practice your English and French with us, our friends and the people in the village.

  • Help


    Ideally, we would look for a couple of which one person can help out with cleaning, (private) cooking etc. and the other can help Eric with improvements, general maintenance and other chores.

    But we'll consider other offers as well.

    In the high season (February/March and July/August) the focus would be more on helping out with keeping our private life in order while we work with our guests, such as cleaning, laundry, ironing and maintaining the (vegetable) garden.

    Outside the summer and winter season the help focuses on 'handyman' tasks such as painting, gardening etc. Nothing too complicated though. As we have guests most of the time throughout the year, the day-to-day cleaning tasks will continue year-round but less intense than in the high season.

    Our dogs love to take longs walks no matter what season!

    Obviously the tasks follows the seasons. No gardening tasks in the winter!

    serving guests will *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️not*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ be part of the required help.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Dutch, French & German

  • Accommodation


    We have two rooms with shared bathroom on the attic, so we can take in up to 4 people. In principal you will be responsible for your own cooking, but sometimes it's easier and more fun if one of us cooks for all of us and we can enjoy a meal and a movie or a game of darts or poker together. This differs from day to day depending on the guests in our restaurant.

    Cooking can be done in a kitchen in your accommodation. we provide the ingredients obviously... Alternatively everybody takes turns in cooking the private meals, throwing in some home-country cuisine!

    There is internet connectivity and satellite TV , Wii and games.

    Occasionally you might have to share the bathroom with our friends and family or other volunteers that come over and occupy the 2nd room on the attic .

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located in a small village in a beautiful area. Having your own wheels is not essential, but would obviously improve your options what to do in your spare time.

    Depending on the 'click' between us, we are looking for a short (minimum 2 weeks) or long term involvement. As we are already living with guests in our 'house' for most of the year, we do value our privacy when we have no guests.

    Around Saint Donat there are many beautiful walks to do in your spare time. When we have time we will take you on trips around the country side or to villages in the area for sight seeing, hiking etc.

    In summer you can relax and have a swim at a waterfall nearby. In winter we can take you skiing.

    Also we are fans of board and card games and movies so you can join us for a movie or game night when possible.

    Eric plays guitar and although he hasn't had much time for it lately, there are always one or two lying around for somebody to give it a go.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • 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

    0n average 5 hrs a day 5 days a week maximum, but flexibility required (and offered) depending on the season

Host ref number: 641668341684