British family looking for help with horses, dogs, and gardens in the Charente France



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    We are Pam and Mike. Mike is legitimately retired and Pam just quit. Pam is from Scotland and Mike is from Newcastle. We live in the Charente France with a load of horses and dogs. Pam still competes with two of the horses. We enjoy our animals, our lovely home, and spending time with family and friends. Within the grounds of our home there are opportunities for walking, riding, swimming, playing tennis and fishing. Sitting on the terrace enjoying the view is also possible! We very much enjoy welcoming people to our home and have previously provided placements for language students. Pam had a senior management job in social work services for children and Mike was an engineer working for power companies before moving to France. Work-wise the jobs involve animal care and garden/grounds/pool maintenance. If you are coming to France and think you would enjoy helping us, please get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

    Top of the jobs list at the moment (winter 2020) are dealing with brambles, leaves, fallen trees and fencing.. Not the cleanest or most exciting jobs in the world but if you don't mind working hard, we will look after you very well and include you in our lives here in France.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If anyone wants to know a bit about Scottish and Geordie culture in the warmth of the French sun - you will of course learn a lot about France - this is the place to come to.

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    We are very lucky to live in a large house with extensive grounds including grazing land for our horses, a swimming pool, a tennis court, two lakes and gardens. In addition to our five horses, we have three dogs, three chickens, two doves and a cat. We can always use some help with the animals and the grounds. The current jobs include tackling the brambles which seem to be taking over some paths and borders, chopping up fallen trees and clearing leaves. Skills in using a brush-cutter, a chain saw and a tractor and topper would be particularly welcome at the moment. For anyone who is a decent rider, Pam can use help in looking after and exercising the horses.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have en -suite bedrooms available to workawayers. Ours is a large home with a big sitting room and dining room. A south-facing covered terrace runs the length of the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our home is on the outskirts of a small town in the Charente France. It is an easy walk into the town from our house - harder on the way back because it is up a hill! The town has a railway station with daily trains to the cities of Angouleme and Limoges. Local amenities include a number of bars, restaurants and shops. The nearest airport is at Limoges - about 40 minutes away. Within easy reach of our town are extensive Roman remains, various chateaux, leisure lakes, and medieval villages. We love living here - the weather is much better than in Scotland! We are both ex-smokers and whilst volunteers are welcome to smoke outside, we ask that the house stay smoke free. We love our animals who are part of our family and must be treated as such.

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    • 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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