Fun in the Sun. Enjoy Sea and Surf, helping out in the South Vendee. Opposite the Ile de Re and 1hour from La Rochelle, France



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    We are looking for help in January 2020 house and pet sitting from around the 12/13th until the 21/22 Please contact us if you fancy a week in the Vendee!

    If know how to cut a hedge, use a power washer, lay paving slabs, have basic carpentry skills, know how to clean and love dogs and children too then we would like to see you. If you come as a couple then even better :-) We may be able to welcome a family. Please ask.

    We have a lot of requests....thank you. If you do contact us and we accept your request could you please get back to us with confirmation as soon as possible please.

    We live just 300 metres from some of the best surf in South Vendee, France. If you like the beach we've got KMs of it to explore !! Our bungalow is recently built so this is not a renovation project. We are looking for a friendly couple or sole traveler to give us an extra pair of hands with help around the house, in the garden, which is mostly gravel, light maintenance and the, organising, children help.....sandcastles, sea swimming supervising, picnic making.

    During the Summer months we have a busy family life with grandchildren and children popping in and out. We have two dogs one Mabel, has "special needs" ;-) and two year old Betty a Dachshund crossed with fox terrier a Foxie Doxie!! who lurves playing ...all day if she could !!
    We really need people who are self motivated, open to going with the flow and stepping in and helping out with anything and everything.
    There is the constant demand of tidying up. vacuuming up sand ! washing, ironing and everything else you could help with. In return for 3-5 hours a day which can be worked around the surf ;-) and anything else you may like to do.
    We are offering a room, breakfast (cereal and milk) lunch and the opportunity to do it yourself tea/supper (I am happy to provide pasta or rice but if you want another meal of meat or fish or anything else then you will need to provide it for yourself). The local supermarket is just a 10 minute bike ride.
    We are open, friendly and easy going. We eat outside whenever the weather permits and often have a full table!
    We don't smoke anymore but we accept some people still do, so that is OK with us as long as you smoke outside the home.
    There is so much to do here during the summer season. Wake boarding, sailing. kite surfing and surf schools are scattered along the beaches. Out of season most things close leaving the beaches for the surfers and migrating birds.
    Just a 10 minute drive there is the latest attraction the Water park (Parc O'glisse) and a further 10 kms on there is the Indian Forest. Zip wires, assault courses, tree top walks, water adventures and so much more. A great day out.
    There is a go kart track and miles and miles and miles of cycle routes and we have a bike you could borrow. Local Markets and many bistros, cafes and ice cream parlors galore.
    You could get the ferry across to the Ile de Re or visit Fort Boyard (during the Summer season) or just sit and chill on the beach.
    The Winter is a little different. Migrating birds arrive to over winter and the town packs up and for the most part shuts down. So there isn't a lot happening but if you enjoy solitude and long walks on the beach bird watching this could be a good spot! Surfing with the appropriate wet suit is of course possible! Our lives are a little calmer too so lots of help doing sorting, cleaning and tidying will be very welcome.
    If you want to learn French then our Grandchildren will be happy to help or if you want to learn English they can help too!
    To keep our lives varied we only offer stays of a week, possibly two once a month. We feel this is the fairest way to welcome as many travelers as possible to enjoy this wonderful part of the world.
    We look forward to meeting you.
    Debbie and Ian

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are English living in France. We've been here 20 years now and have French and English friends. We can offer a glimpse into French life. We do not run a business so you'll help will be used to help our family.

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    We need someone to help with a variety of tasks like cleaning gutters, interior painting, DIY, gardening, which is all gravel and a hedge, no lawns! Also with cleaning tasks like hoovering, washing floors, changing beds, laundry.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and French

  • Accommodation


    Own bedroom, may be bunk beds or a double depending on what is going on.. Meal usually at lunchtime. Access to kitchen for other meals. We are more than happy to support any food allergies but if you are following a specific regime or protocol then you will need to provide and cook what that entails for yourself. We hope you understand.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Walking distance from La Tranche sur Mer, 40kms from La Rochelle and Les Sables d'Olonne. 1 hour from Nantes.
    300 metres from sandy beaches and surf! Local free bus during July and August and plenty of attractions in the town centre. We do have a car you could borrow if you have a driving licence. We also have bicycles that need a bit of work but could be of great use.
    We are happy to collect you from the train or bus station.
    Parc O'glisse
    Indian Forest
    Go Karts
    Wake boarding
    Kite surfing
    Paddle board
    Wind surfing
    Skate park
    Forest with outdoor fitness equipment.
    Cycle tracks.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

    3-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

There is more than one surf spot. La Terriere, Bud Bud at Les Conches, La Phare all within a 5 minute walk or a short drive. important
An evening meal, enjoying the company.
The beach at the end of the road
This is us.
The walk to the beach

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