Upcycling, painting and gardening the beautiful Dordogne, SW France

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  • Description

    Description

    **Availabilty from 13th October**

    We are a young British family which has lived in the Dordogne for the last decade. We are currently renovating a stone barn.

    We live at top of the second highest point in the area and can see for 20 miles on a clear day. We are surrounded by farms so there is very little traffic - more tractors than cars! so it is quiet, peaceful and surrounded by green hills and trees.

    Relax on a fifty foot long terrace and drink in the views. Meals are a hearty affair eaten at a long oak table on the terrace; the more friends old and new, the merrier!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    My son and I are bilingual English and French, so if you wish to improve either of those languages we are happy to chat away! There are also many beautiful French châteaux and villages to visit.

  • Help

    Help

    I am carrying out a building projects, so my builder will need a bit of help with kitchen and bathroom fitting.
    I have bought a vintage kitchen which needs repainting and repurposing for my project.
    There is also some gardening to be done; hedge cutting, weeding and helping me with my veg patch. Also some stone walling, a bit of laying concrete.
    I also have another house which I am decluttering. I have been through everything once, but it needs resorting into things to go to charity and making it a useable space.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    In the almost finished house next door. Use of my kitchen and bathroom

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Dordogne is one of the most popular tourist sites in France, particularly for those with an interest in Medieval history - we have many fairy tale castles within a 20km radius.

    Sarlat has a fantastic Saturday Market, it is the biggest in the Dordogne. For the prehistory enthusiasts we have the Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies, Lascaux caves and many grottoes and caves.

    We have a lake a 5 minute drive from the house which has it's own beach and is great for swimming or fishing. There are also lots of rambling paths for keen walkers. In the warmer months, we recommend canoeing on either the Dordogne or Vezere rivers.

    In terms of transport, we are in the middle of the countryside so there is no public transport. Ideally you would need your own car. We can give you a lift to the local town or lend you a bike to explore the local chateaux and villages.

    On arrival, we can also collect you from Sarlat train station (direct trains to and from Bordeaux). There is also a train from Paris which goes to Souillac, then is met by a bus which takes you to Sarlat.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Berti in Workshop
Formal Italian garden - still a little more planting to be done!
Brand new stonework on downstairs fireplace
Our current workawayers (Jan 2016); Lilla and Balasz; architects from Hungary.
Brian chopping logs with chainsaw

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