Help renovate an old farmhouse in the beautiful Béarn region of South West France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Tony and Lynn, in our early sixties, and we live in a small village in the Béarn region of Aquitaine. We’re mid-way through renovating our 17th century traditional French farmhouse and are looking for help with a range of activities, including light labour, gardening and some dog walking.
    We can offer the opportunity to gain new skills, and learn about rural life in this wonderful part of the world.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have hosted many Workawayers and exchange students over the years, and find the experience very fulfilling. We both speak French (Lynn far better than Tony....) but generally communicate in English within the home.

    Staying with us is an opportunity to pick up knowledge and skills, along with the chance to learn about materials and techniques used in a traditional housing renovation.

    As well as providing great quality accommodation for our volunteers, we believe that providing delicious and interesting food is an important way to show our appreciation. We greatly enjoy cooking and are eager to share our culinary experiences. We have extended our repertoire of vegetarian dishes and Tony has been learning traditional French cooking techniques and how to preserve local produce, and there is a lot of opportunity to share and experience these methods.

  • Help

    Help

    House
    We currently need help constructing a large kitchen using both old and new materials, as well as more general work around the house. Looking ahead, we intend to undertake a major renovation of our barn. Any guests with previous trade experience such as plumbing and electrics would be particularly welcome. Firewood preparation and sourcing local wood is an also an important part of our routine.

    Garden
    The vegetable plot should be more productive than it is! Tony is in the process of adopting the perma-culture principles advocated by Charles Dowding, and needs support in this fascinating area of food production.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The house is a traditional Béarnaise farmhouse built circa 1800, and we are in the process of restoring and refreshing it. The house has four generously sized double bedrooms, each with an ensuite WC with shower, one of which is available for our guests. It is important to us that our volunteers are provided with high-quality sleeping and bathroom facilities, and the room is both beautiful and comfortable. The house is situated just outside a small French village, in an elevated position with striking views of the Pyrenees

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are numerous wonderful walking and cycling routes on our doorstep, and we are keen for our guests to enjoy the local countryside. Our local town is around six kilometers away and is a fabulous small medieval fortified 'bastide' with bars and cafés. Local restaurants are of an exceptionally good quality and great value. We make regular trips to surrounding towns, with the occasional trip to the city of Pau or to the coast, both of which are about an hour away. Tony has recently started exploring hiking trails in the Pyrenees and, if the opportunity arises, is eager to take volunteers on these excursions during their downtime.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Hardstanding with electrical hook-up

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

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