Help around our old farmhouse in a small village near to Boulogne sur Gesse, France



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    Hi we are are a retiredcouple who have lived in France since2009 Paul and Val
    We have an old farmhouse which is now. virtually fully restored .
    We have five dogs ranging from Maggie a Grand Griffon Vendeen to Vicki a Jack Russel the others are Silvie a setter/ spaniel cross , Wookie a Pyranean Bergerx and Alys an Australian cattle dog/griffon Korthals
    Two old ponies Gremlin and Kansas ,two Pygmy goats , a small flock of Ouessant sheep poultry and four young cats
    We have always lived rurally and like gardening and growing own vegetables
    We live in a small village near to Boulogne sur Gesse in a beautiful
    situation with views on the Pyrenees .we have a heated outdoor pool which we use for as much of the year as possible
    Paul smokes only outside and is trying to stop! So please no smokers
    We both enjoy wine and spirits and good mostly local food
    We will need a little help from beginning of October as Val has a foot reconstruction scheduled at the end of September so will not be very mobile for 6 weeks .Help needed with dog walking and outside also inside with housework and cooking

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Opportunity to hone English skills if needed in lovely area
    Equidistant from Tarbes/Lourdes and Toulouse and 40 mins from Auch
    Train and bus service from larger towns
    2 hrs from Mediterranean the same from the Atlantic coast
    1 hr from Spain and 40 mins from nearest ski stations so plenty of places to explore in this lovely part of France
    Village is small but friendly with opportunity to improve French if needed
    We also have Dutch , French and German friends so opportunity to converse in these languages
    Several good restaurants nearby
    A very friendly area but quiet

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  • Help


    Help needed with dog walking so must be confident with them as the younger ones especially need discipline and on going training
    Help also needed with the garden and paddock ,feeding and looking after other animals , fence maintenance especially.we also need help cutting back and pruning as well as fruit picking
    Help also needed with General maintenance of house including painting and minor repairs and finishing off where still needed!
    Val likes to cook but will be somewhat limited after operation so someone who is a competent cook would be a great help
    Our situation would suit energetic practical young person
    We live very rurally with no public transport

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Depending on when we have workaways they can either stay in self contained apartment or in a room with own shower room in the house
    Meals with the family or self catering if preferred

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Transport is available to local stations bicycle available if wanted

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 889292978969