Join us in our musical home "Maison de maître" (mansion) overlooking the Canal du Midi in the Languedoc region in the south of France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Sundara and David, a retired but still very active Scottish couple. Our only home is a large mansionhouse ('maison de maître') overlooking the Canal du Midi in the Languedoc region. It is used for various purposes particularly jazz soirees as we are involved in the jazz world, me as a singer & David on electric bass. We have a large Mediterranean garden and a 12.5 m pool.

    We invite helpers/friends into our home during the months of March, April, May, June, October & November.

    We eat with our helpers and enjoy wonderful food. It is also useful if the applicants are reasonably competent cooks and are generally practical. We prefer couples but not under the age of 30.

    It is a plus if the applicants are jazz musicians but on the whole those who are lovers of life are especially likely to enjoy our environment.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We love to hear about how life is lived in other European countries and on other continents. But for us, having workawayers from the UK is a lower priority because, being British ourselves, it is of less cultural interest. We hope that you will learn something from us, not least through the lively discussions we like to engage in over meals about world affairs and what is happening in your home country.

  • Help

    Help

    We ask for an input of 25 hours a week, ranging from painting to gardening and cleaning (including the pool). In addition to this we would expect you to share cooking and meal preparation. You do need to be practical, but computing skills are not needed. We would like you to stay for a week initially, with longer stays by arrangement.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We will give you a large double bedroom, all meals and wine, and access to broadband (ADSL). Two mountain bikes, an acoustic guitar and a grand piano are available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We generally prefer couples, as we live in a small village with limited entertainment. Your work will range from painting to gardening, cleaning (including the pool), and sharing the cooking. You do need to be practical, but computing skills are not needed.

    Nous voudrions surtout accueillir des couples français, afin que nous puissions améliorer notre français, en même temps que vous travailleriez votre anglais chez nous. À bientôt !

    Sundara & David

  • 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?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours for 5 days per week.

Spring; looking south from the top floor over our garden to the Canal du Midi. The Pyrenees are an the horizon.
Breakfast on the terrace, October 2009. Sundara (back to camera) with excellent workawayers Cat and Ryan (Oregon) and Helen (NZ). We are all still in touch!
Our jazz quartet
Impromptu jazz/rock trio with workawayer Jan from Denmark (an excellent muso) on guitar.
Our meditation room on the top floor.
David and Sundara with two of our excellent workawayers - Bailey and Temiri from NZ, October 2014
Playing at a jazz soirée chez nous, April 2016. Sundara - vocals; David - bass.
One of our several bedrooms for workawayers and other guests
Late evening in August
Summer morning over the pool



















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