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Find inspiration at our house of dreams in the Adour Valley, Haute-Pyrenees, France

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  • Last activity: 24 Jul 2024



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Bonjour! We are Eyal and Tia, with our cats Caramelle and Magic, and dog Louvabelle. Our home on a forested hill above farmland offers ever-changing views of the Pyrenees. The bright, double-volume living room opens onto a terrace, pool, and garden.

    In our free time, we host Shakespeare and poetry readings, and creative workshops for personal growth. These earn no income, so we need your creative, DIY, housework and gardening help to create a comfortable and stimulating environment to pursue this dream.

    We work hard but enjoy relaxing with yoga, walking, cycling, swimming, sightseeing, events like the Marciac Jazz and Madiran Wine Festivals, and skiing in the Pyrenees. Restaurants, markets, wine farms, galleries, museums and horse riding are nearby. Within 1 to 2 hrs by car are climbing, skiing, river rafting, spas, caves, and beaches.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    - Local events include music, dance, food and wine festivals, and flea and farmers' markets.
    - Experience wine tasting at several vineyards in the Madiran wine region.
    - There are classic car rallies, art and photographic exhibitions, walks, seminars, etc.
    - We want to learn which music you like and are happy to share our favourites.
    - Play drums, keyboard, recorder or guitar in our music room.
    - Learn computer, internet, and programming skills from us, and share your knowledge.
    - Our books and movies include classics, drama, sci-fi, thrillers, philosophy, self-help, etc.
    - Play board games such as Scrabble, Catan, Backgammon, CashFlow, and cards with us.
    - Learn to make lovely, healthy vegan and vegetarian meals, such as fresh hummus.
    - Gain or enhance skills in painting, woodwork, and other DIY tasks through our projects.
    - Practise yoga with us or attend classes with an excellent teacher nearby.

  • Help


    - Skills in housework, DIY, decorating, gardening, IT, or admin and in teaching yoga, French, dancing, drumming, keyboard, recorder, guitar, or singing are valued.
    - We may ask you to help clean bedrooms and bathrooms for non-paying guests considered family. No wages apply.
    - We're organised. You must be happy to follow a schedule, be punctual, and clean up after yourself (your room and bathroom, tools and equipment).

    - Volunteer arrival/departure day is Saturday (arrive p.m; leave a.m.).
    - Preferred stay is 3 weeks; minimum is 2 weeks, including a 5-day trial.
    - Hours: Approx. 5 hours per day 5 days per week, plus help with all meals you eat.

    - We wake at 06:30 and do yoga at 07:15. Breakfast/coffee is at 08:00, followed by chores and projects at 09:00. Lunch is at 13:00. Unless we arrange an afternoon session, you are free until evening chores at 18:00. Dinner is at 19:00.
    - After dinner, we relax together or separately with music, board games, movies, reading, etc.
    - You can sometimes arrange to skip dinner and its chores to go out all afternoon and evening, or to do extra hours one day to free up another day, as long as the house is quiet (toilette, etc. finished) by 22:30, Sunday to Friday.
    - Saturday eve may be late, as may Sunday morning! Sunday eve we retire early to rise fresh on Monday.
    - On weekends, help is only with meals you eat. You can relax at home or spend a full day or the weekend exploring the mountains or a nearby city.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Hebrew: Fluent
    Afrikaans: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    LANGUAGE PRACTICE - We share most meals with volunteers, with interesting wide-ranging conversations. - We speak English at home but are keen to improve our French. - Tia speaks English natively, some French, Afrikaans, and Hebrew. - Eyal speaks Hebrew natively, is fluent in English, and is learning French. - Tia has a BA in English and French, a BA Honours in Poetry, and an MA in Creative Writing. - We can teach English vocabulary, grammar and writing. - You can participate in our amateur Shakespeare and poetry readings. - Enjoy reading, writing and translating poetry from English to French or vice versa. - Enjoy sci-fi, classic and foreign films or series in English and French or with subtitles.

  • Accommodation


    We prefer couples or friends who can share a bedroom and bathroom. Our room and two guest rooms each have a private bathroom and there is also a separate WC. A garden cabin can hold up to four people, who use bathrooms in the main house. You might change beds depending on guest configuration.

    Our meals are tasty, healthy, and filling, mainly vegan or vegetarian with organic, low-gluten, low-sugar options when possible. We enjoy salads, fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, eggs, and grains, with some dairy, fish, seafood, poultry, meat, and regional desserts, cheese, and wine. We adapt for genuine allergies but not for picky eaters.

    We practise intermittent fasting, eating only lunch and dinner, but breakfast is available if that makes you happier. :)

    - 12m x 6m outdoor swimming pool (open May to November).
    - Laundry on Monday, ironing and packing away by Wednesday.
    - Musical instruments include a keyboard, recorders, electronic drum set, Cajon, etc.
    - Many walks and cycle rides are possible; you can borrow our bicycles at your own risk.
    - The Chemin de St Jaques—the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela—passes nearby.

    - The property is unsuitable for children (unfenced pool, rough terrain).
    - No smoking anywhere on the property (non-negotiable).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    - Our house is 2.5km from Maubourguet centre (car 7min, cycle 12min, walk 30min).
    - There is no public transport between our house and Maubourguet.
    - We have extra bicycles and secure parking for your bicycles.
    - You can rent cars from airports or local rental agencies, and we have parking spaces.
    - Car time to airports (mins): Lourdes 36, Pau 52, Biarritz 110, Toulouse 118, Bordeaux 122.
    - Shuttles run from Lourdes Airport to Lourdes & Tarbes: tlp.aeroport.fr/page/navettes-bus.
    - Trains run from other airport towns to Tarbes Station, then buses to Maubourguet.
    - On Saturdays, we can help with lifts to and from Tarbes Station or Maubourguet.
    - Compare ways of getting here and click through to providers: rome2rio.com
    - Compare train and bus routes and book tickets: trainline.com
    - Local bus timetable: mestrajets.lio.laregion.fr/horaires
    - Get travel insurance before you join us. See workaway.info/links-insurance.html

    You agree to:
    - Show us proof that you are fully vaccinated against Covid.
    - Be willing to wear a mask whenever we wear masks.
    - Heed pandemic conventions: social distancing, hand hygiene and, if necessary, quarantine.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have a fibre connection.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Our driveway can hold a small van without blocking the garage or the carport.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We love animals, but compatibility with our pets is essential. Our property borders are porous, so we cannot guarantee your pets' safety. Pets must not eat human food or beg in the kitchen or dining room.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Approximately 5 hours a day 5 days a week

Host ref number: 743596954946

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