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Magnificent ancient farmhouse in the South of France, based in the lovely hills that build the foreland to the Pyrénées. The house and its barn are surrounded by 2ha of land: a meadow, oak trees, orchards... Currently there are 2 adults (a business consultant and a building artisan), the dog Topo, a cat, 5 hens, 2 roosters and 5 sheep living here. This private place needs helping hands with gardening and general work around the house :)
Help around the house
You will discover the authentic countryside of the Gascony and Comminges part in the French "Midi". Original French food of high quality, old farmhouses, typical markets, lovely nature. We can help you refresh your French language skills, or even German. Languages spoken: French, German, English.
There are many activities on offer, depending on your passion and the season:
- create a vegetable garden from May on and take care of it
- clear out blackberry brambles and trim the hedges
- create a phytosanitary basin
- rehabilitate 2 ponds for biodiversity
- install a pump in the well and create a water basin
- empty the barn that is full with old wood
- dismantle a ruin (small house that was used formerly to dry tobacco leaves)
- pick the fruits and transform them into jams, compotes, etc.
- plant trees
This host offers a language exchange
In case you wish to update your French, we can agree to speak only French at home with you :) There are many historic places around such as Aurignac and the Gorges de la Save, for those who are interested in history and archeology.
Two possibilities: you can either sleep in your own caravan or in a room in our farmhouse. This room is not renovated yet, but comfortable to live in. The house has modern electricity, heating, Internet connection and a modern bathroom.
Meals are cooked with regional products, from the garden, the market or from biological farms around here. Omnivorous cuisine, which can easily be adapted to vegetarians.
There is no public transport in the village. We can pick you up at the train station at 20km from here. Ideally, you have either a car or bicycle, but if not, we can help out from time to time with a ride (if you wish to visit a place in the surroundings). You can enjoy the place itself, take walks around (climbing in the Save gorges, visiting Aurignac or Saint Bertrand de Comminges, swimming in the Lac de la Gimone) and discover the Pyrenean piedmont that is rather calm and restful. During clear weather, you can enjoy a beautiful view on the Pyrenees chain.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a decent Internet connection here (I use it myself for working from home all day). You can connect to Internet from your room and therefore work from distance on your personal or professional work.
No problem if you wish to come with your tent, van, camping car or caravan.
If you wish to bring your well-educated dog or cat, this might be possible.
4 hours per day (half-day work, half-day free time)