Help with a restoration project, gardening and childcare in Ariège, South of France

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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.
  2019 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    - looking for help from mid october till mid november -


    We are a family of three, Jan, Anne and our 1 year old girl Fleur. We are ecologically renovating a typical French mountain house at 950m altitude in the South of France, the Pyrenees. The region we love for it’s nature and clean air, the mountains, the rivers and lakes but also it’s inhabitants both native and import from cities and other parts of Europe. The region is also occupied by many and various artist such as painters, sculptors, writers, etc. Eclectic and fascinating :).
    With us are two very energetic but sweet dogs, Donder en Draak. We have a panoramic view of the higher mountains and can see Andorra from our doorstep, our house is the last of a tiny hamlet of several house right at the edge of the forest.

    We don't live in the house permanently yet, but spend several months per year in the Ariege to work on the house and though it is not not our permanent house, it is our home.

    A little more about us:

    Anne is Dutch, 32 years old, barefoot farrier for horses, though currently occupied with young Fleur. Runs around barefoot 90% of the time, loves to read, play the violin, dance, sport, joke around and is an avid animal lover.

    Jan is Belgian and 43 years old, an arborist and gardener and loves nature, gardening, building and constructing, walking, water, reading, playing the piano.

    We both are rather hard workers and very focused on the job or project at hand, but value a sense of humor a lot too :).

    Fleur is a one year old girl and loves to make a mess, fiddle with toys and likes to try to construct or deconstruct things, is a pro at making a mess and enjoys a good joke or a puppet show ;).

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are a Dutch (Anne) - Belgian (Jan) couple with a wide interest in and general knowledge of culture, music and literature and enjoy sharing with and learning from others. We have a lot of knowledge about planting, gardening, horses (hooves in particular) and how to contain a 1 year old hurricane. We love to share what we know.

    The Ariège is a protected natural park in the Pyrénées, in the South of France with mountain peaks until 3000m. This is the ideal area for nature lovers, hikers and skiers. Locals still live for and with mother nature. The region alone is worth a visit, it's pure atmosphere is enthralling.

  • Help

    Help

    Currently some of the available tasks are:

    -Help with renovating using ecological methods and traditional materials: wood, hemp, clay, stone..

    -Childcare

    -Help with common chores such as cooking, doing the dishes, folding laundry, etc.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Dutch, English, French, German

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    -Common kitchen and bathroom provided.

    -The sleeping area is basic due to renovation of the sleeping quarters: a tent :). Tent, bed, bed linen and towels are provided.

    Food is provided. Breakfast, lunch and diner and some French wines at night.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We can pick you up from nearby towns with a railway station such as Foix and Saint-Girons.
    Feel free to contact us for any questions.

  • 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?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Painted the walls white again :)
The two hyperactive and attention loving bouncing puppy's :).
Balcony with a view
Plenty of hiking opportunities with splendid views.
The dirtiest job is done: the septic tank is settled ;).
Working on the natural stone steps to our house
view from our doorstep

Host ref number: 759755479669