Gardening, pets and some renovation help near Foix, South France



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    The Chateau is our second home requiring constant ongoing repairs & renovations. All of which take lots of time & effort, especially as I myself am a perfectionist, due to my father’s commitment “if you are going to do a job, do it properly or not at all”.
    So I take great pride in my own work & achievements. The Ariege region & it’s neighbouring Aude are stunning, with a multitude of free nature activities, along with lots of history, culture & all necessary amenities one requires. We are a 10 minute drive from local supermarkets & 20 minutes drive to the nearest large town & main line train station. Summers are hot, Spring & Autumn variable, with snow sometimes during the winter, due to our close proximity to the Pyrenees mountains & local ski stations. As it is our second home, we are sometimes absent (but only 1 hour away), so are looking for self motivated, good decision making. think outside the box (when necessary) individuals, who are happy with &/or without our company.

    Due to the location you would need your own transport. We are a mature positive, hard working, animal loving, intelligent couple, with a good sense of humour, who enjoy the company of others & especially learning about other people’s lives, cultures, cuisine etc. We have led a very varied & enriched life for which we are grateful & now we would like the help of some younger, stronger individuals to help us with the varied tasks at the chateau, which is a private residence (not a business).

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We offer your own private apartment within the chateau, located in an area of natural beauty, with many wonderful places to explore within the two surrounding areas of the Ariege & the Aude. The help is varied & rewarding. I personally have discovered many new skills & learnt an incredible amount this past year. We would really like to do tasks alongside & share these experiences with like minded Individuals. We both could help with those wishing to learn English & we also both speak passable French, and I Catalan too.

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  • Help


    We'd like help with gardening as there are four main large areas. The park above & below the chateau, the parking/entrance area & the cottage garden. The help involves weeding, pruning, removal of ivy & tree roots, cutting trees & branches, mowing the lawns on sit on mower. This is gardening and maintenance and at the moment more a case of removal, than planting, although open to vegetable & herb garden planting in the future, when the rest is under some kind of easy maintenance control.
    We also would like help with various other rainy day tasks like painting, sanding & varnishing shutters & windows (there are a lot of these), cleaning, clearing various out houses etc.
    There is also the possible tasks of feeding the horses, cats, fish & rabbit, but not currently necessary.
    We have all the tools needed to make the tasks as easy as possible, but man or woman power is what we are lacking. You will need to be fit, healthy & strong of mind, body & spirit. I know this as I have been doing all these tasks myself mostly alone the past year, as my Husband had an accident.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Large 1 bedroom apartment within the ground floor of the chateau. Recently renovated. It has a large double fully furnished bedroom, separate toilet, bathroom with shower, wash hand basin, washing machine & clothes dryer. Large kitchen/dining/lounge area with wood burning stove, gas oven & hob, fridge/freezer. There is no internet connection, but previous occupant used mobile with no problems.
    We prefer to offer food for you to prepare & cook, but very happy on occasions to share meals as & when it suits both parties.
    We have found that private & personal space is as important as company & companionship. And for this reason have renovated the apartment to make this possible. We have high standards of cleanliness & hygiene, so would expect it to be left in the same state as when moved into.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As I have explained above we have high standards and are good at communicating what we would like, good listeners too, like to hear others thoughts & ideas on any projects, happy to do things with or leave you to your own devices, so fairly flexible too. We like to avoid any misunderstandings, so communication is key to us, to ensure we can all live in a positive, happy & harmonious environment, whether that be for 2 weeks or longer.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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