Help around our old stone house and peaceful garden in Saint Jeannet, on the Côte d’Azur, France



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    Welcome to our home in a peaceful garden on the Côte d’Azur South of France - looking for garden/ maintenance help

    Hello workaway guest.
    Carlo is Italian and I am English. We have had the good fortune to have inherited the family home of Carlo’s parents in this beautiful medieval village in the south of France where we have amazing happy memories of over 30 years of family ,our children growing up and fantastic friends. Both Carlo and I have travelled all over the world and lived and worked abroad for most of our life. We really feel like global citizens. We share our home with our cat 'Pilou' who is very friendly and funny.

    This old stone house has 2500 metres of garden with terraces of trees , flowers, herbs and fruits. Both carlo and I are nature lovers and this garden has given us all endless peace and good positive energy. I like to do Tai Chi in the garden and Chi Gong.

    We are in a great location in the south of France immersed in a Mediterranean nature with great transport links.

    However as we are getting older it’s becoming more difficult to manage our garden and the maintenance needed in the house. As our 2 grown up sons also live abroad we would like to invite workaway guests to come and help us in exchange for comfortable, independent accommodation, food and good company.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Carlo speaks as a mother tongue Italian and French .English, Spanish and Indonesian and I speak English as mother tongue and Italian and Indonesian.We are very happy to help anyone wanting to improve their language skills. My French is still limited although I’m working on it and eager to improve. We are very excited to be part of a cultural exchange and eager to learn and share our experiences with others. Carlo was a former heart surgeon for 15 years before deciding to radically change his world in his middle age. We are both designers , manufacturers and creators of lighting design and have worked and lived all over the world and can willingly share our life experiences. Carlo loves cooking and we are both into a healthy lifestyle. We are both enthusiastic tennis players lucky enough to have a court close by. I am excited to share my Tai `chi / `chi `Kung with any one who is willing to participate. I am also prepared to share my passion of skyview astrology.

    We live in a medieval village surrounded by amazing walks and nature experiences.We have a gorge close by too .Within walking distance one can catch the bus which goes to nearby Vence( 15 minutes ), St Paul or St Laurent de Var ( 15 minutes ) to catch the train with excellent transportation links all along the coast where one can explore a myriad of charming beach locations and coastal tourist destinations as well as Italy and Monaco. The bus also goes to Cap 3000 -a large shopping mall ( 25 Minutes )located at the beach where bus connections can be made to Nice. There are lots of amazing possible daily excursions to soak up the arts, visit museums and immerse oneself into the Mediterranean life. The list is endless.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    March ‘20 - gardening and maintenance.

    We love our garden and are in desperate need of help ,collecting and burning the leaves from our trees, trimming the hedges, ivy cleaning, weeding and planting for the season.
    We are looking at a minimum of 2 weeks as we feel that this is the minimum time needed to get into good working patterns and get the most out of the experience.

    However, if there is a tree surgeon who is interested in coming we would be very interested as we have a small ‘oak grove’ of maybe 4 trees and a fig tree that need cutting and we also have a high hedge which faces the road which also needs cutting back.

    We do have a collasped old wall in need of rebuilding. Its about 2 metres in length and 225cm high

    There is also the metal fence which needs repainting and we have french windows with exterior shutters that are in need of servicing , sanding and a fresh coat. Simple tasks such as washing windows may also be on the agenda.

    Work in the garden according to season ;

    March ‘20. - gardening and maintenance.

    Garden work , wood cutting - tree pruning, ( so using a chain saw but not essential ) , work in the garden according to the season.
    In the garden small projects of plantation to facilitate long term maintenance and to establish a better basis of robustness to weeds. Weeding.

    We have a wood chip machine for all the wood that is pruned and distributing the wood chip in designated areas of the garden.

    - some DIY and house maintenance , some sanding & painting of garden furniture or wooden french windows & shutters could also be proposed in Autumn and winter.

    - sometimes small or medium project ie ; emptying the garden shed. Remaking the lawn where the 2 lemon trees are into a wood chip Mediterranean landscape.

    We are looking for motivated people with common sense, logic and reason, initiative and a good sense of humour is a good addition.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Indonesian: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We live in the top floor of a stone house. There is a separate ground floor garden apartment with a living room , 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen and outdoor terrace with a separate entrance. Comfortable and clean and heated if the weather is cold.

    We have wi-fi , satellite and a washing machine along with dish washer.

    Meals are included. Breakfast for every day working or not working. Lunch and dinner except when you go out. We will offer 2 glasses of wine or beer with dinner. If you are a heavy drinker or a smoker - pls do not apply.

    We are flexible so if you prefer to eat in your apartment and cook for yourself we can work that out.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are 25 minutes from Nice Airport. We are available to pick up our workaway guest from the airport or bus station or train stain in Nice as long as it is a reasonable time.

    There is a yoga and Chi Kung classes in the village. Our Village is quite well organised for rock climbing as well with guides and instructors on hand.

    We are not looking for any work away guests with alcohol or drug habits . We are a non smoking family.

    Our gardening experience is very much done by instinct and we would enjoy to have advice as well . We are at the point where we realise we need to make this a future manageable goal so we are looking at ways that we can create a pleasurable garden whilst at the same time manageable for our mature years.

    Carlo and I are quite relaxed and open . We have had a lot of social experiences around the world and we are excited to share our time with others.

  • 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 are connected to the internet throught the fibre optic cable

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 766565893282