Help my family with maintenance of house and garden, Just outside Béziers, Med coast, S France

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi there - we are a family of just two! Myself - a dynamic mummy and my 13-yr old daughter. As I am flying solo in the house, I am having problems keeping up with maintaining my house and garden and would like to offer anything from a night to a week in return for a bit of help. Do you have gardening, DIY or even professional experience? I've lived here for 16 years now and know the region really well, so if you'd like to go out exploring, I could give you some good pointers!

    We have two dogs - a bonkers Jack Russell called Misty who is 6 and an aging (nearly 16!), very friendly Staff called Pepsi. We also have a tabby cat called Granola. Aside from the help we'd like, we are a very sociable family, always on the go and you'd be welcome to join in! I had several au pairs from around the world when my daughter was tiny, so I'm used to sharing my space with someone. Maybe that someone is you?! :)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Other
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Wine. :)

  • Help

    Help

    There are two main jobs I need to get done and simply don't have the time to do! One is tidying up the garden - leaf-clearing, burning and also lawn-mowing and edging, as well as general tidying. The second one is refreshing the inside of the house (lick of paint here and there) and other general maintenance.

    Happy with one person or a couple, as long as the bits and bobs get done! Also, I'm quite a dynamic person - work hard and play hard! I need to feel I've earnt my end-of-day spritzer! :) So I don't think I'd get on with any faffiness (slow working!)!

    I work mainly from home, so what seems to have worked for me with the lovely Workawayers I've already had here, was that I wrote a list of jobs for the week, sorted out materials (paintbrushes, paint etc) and then we both got our heads down and attacked our respective jobs, before chilling out at the end of the day with a nice meal and a glass or two of lovely local wine!

    Email me if you're interested in helping out and having interesting chats!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have a detached 5-bed house in a village, 10 mins from Béziers and 10 mins from Pézenas. Bus stop into Béziers right outside our front door.

    You'd have a suite with your own living room with English TV, bedroom with double bed and en-suite shower-room/wc too. This means you'd have your own space to chill out after dinner of an evening.

    The garden is 1600m², with four small lawns and lots of block paving, plus a 10x5m pool. Plenty of space to park any vehicle you may have - we have secure, gated access.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Loads of beautiful scenery to sightsee here! The coast is half an hour away, the River Orb the same, the Gorges in the upper reaches about 40 mins away, the Pont du Diable and Lac Salagou about 50 mins away. Montpellier too is only about 50 mins away. There always seems to be something going on around here, whether it's lunch or dinner out or with friends (the local bar-restaurant is fabulous!) or a party or watching the jousting on the river Hérault...

    Loads of watersports including kitesurfing,windsurfing, water-skiing, etc. Other sports like tennis, and of course, boules...

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    5

NB Photo before pool barrier was installed
Ground floor suite living room
Ground floor suite living room
Ground floor suite living room
Ground floor suite bedroom
Ground floor suite bedroom
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