Help with our horses in the South Dordogne, 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 a British family of 4, a married couple with two sons, age 12 and 9. We have been living in the south of the Dordogne, SW France since 2017.

    We live in a semi-rural location with 5ha of land for our 3 horses and 1 pony that are used for pleasure riding. We also have hens, cats and sometimes a dog, as I foster them through a local association! We have 1.5ha of grounds; a growing orchard including a fully grown walnut tree and a bay tree; a farmhouse yet to be renovated, another outbuilding that needs some roof work, a 12 x 6 swimming pool, a restored 1 bedroomed Pigeonnier and our renovated 4 bedroomed barn for our family.

    We are situated in-between two beautiful medieval villages that have markets at the weekend selling local produce including organic vegetables, approximately 7km away. We also have a little shop selling local produce and convenience food, just 2km away.

    From our doorstep, we have many off-road trails that can be enjoyed by foot, bike or horseback, with distant views of Chateau de Biron.

    My husband works from home on the computer and I look after the house and horse ride when I can, while the boys attend school. We are a vegetarian household, however my husband and eldest son eat meat when out at restaurants.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    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

    We all speak English at home and my children are fluent in French, I speak some French so there is an opportunity to learn a little French or English!

    You will experience the way of living in France; the local produce; plums, mushrooms, hazulnuts, local french restaurants, markets with some organic produce, breweries, wineries, beautiful hilly countryside with many chateaux, medieval stone buildings and Pigeonniers, a network of hiking trails, the wildlife; many birds, deer, boars; red squirells, farming; cow farms, sunflowers crops, hay making and of course many vineyards!

    Enjoy our peaceful surrounding of nature at home by a small river with some amazing sunrises, paddocks lined with oak trees, horses grazing and bright stars and galaxys on a clear night!
    During the summer months there are night markets where locals get together and eat local food with music bands.

  • Help


    We are looking for help with:

    2hrs per day
    HORSES: every morning (8am - 9am) and every evening (5pm- 6pm) giving hay, cleaning and filling water buckets, cleaning the yard, poo picking, picking out hooves, grooming, letting the horses in/out of the fields. If you have riding experience, then some horse-riding aswell! The rest can be taught!

    1-2hrs per day:
    OUTDOOR WORK: Gardening; cutting the grass, strimming including the perimeter of the fields, weeding, tending to our small veg patch, planting trees, leaf blowing, cleaning hens and sometimes taking our friendly dog for a walk.
    OUTDOOR PROJECTS: erecting trellises, checking fencing, clearing pond area, setting up wildlife areas; making/erecting owl boxes, bird baths etc. .
    hes1-2hrs per day: COOKING: We would love some help and ideas cooking vegetarian meals some evenings.
    HOUSEWORK: Hoovering, hanging & folding washing etc.

    (I broke my shoulder in September, needing an operation, now undergoing physio/re-education, hence our ask for help, but we are around to help and guide projects).

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    I’m interested in furthering my french language and can help with English

  • Accommodation


    We have a cute 2 storey Pigeonnier renovated in 2018; Upstairs offers a kingsize bed(150cm), chest of drawers, hanging space and Bathroom; shower, toilet and basin accessed by a wooden spiral staircase.
    Downstairs offers a kitchenette; fridge/freezer, hob, sink, cupboard space, Living area; 2 seater sofa and breakfast table. There is electric underfloor heating downstairs and a small electric radiator upstairs. It looks out to the South West enjoying the sunrise and onto the horse shelter and paddocks.

    Breakfast (croissant, toast, porridge, fruit) can be enjoyed at the Pigeonnier by yourself whilst we will be busy getting the children ready and off to school. We can enjoy at least one meal a day together in our home; being lunch or dinner and creating meals for each other (Our evenings vary due to the children’s after-school activites).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are preferably looking for a non-smoking couple who respects nature, loves the outdoors, who are calm and patient around animals, especially the horses and enjoys cooking!

    Transport is essential as we are not within walking distance to the local shops and tourism. If you do not have transport, there maybe a possibilty of use of our car. (However, you must be over 23 years old with a clean driving licence of at least 3 years).

    Our nearest airport is BERGERAC for flights to/from U.K and Belgium and BORDEAUX for international flights and train links to BERGERAC.

    There are many attractions in this part of France, visting chateaux, wine tasting, hiking etc. You are also welcome to use our bicycles for exploring the quiet country lanes and to get to the local villages.

  • 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

    The Pigeonnier has it's own excellent WIFI connection.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have an off-road parking area next to the Pigeonnier for an average size camper, where you can hook up with electric. The Pigeonnier can also be used.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4-5hours per day, 5 days per week

Host ref number: 756876872191