Help a mature couple with gardening and general maintenance surrounded by woodland and meadows in Grasse, France



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    Hi, we are a mature couple in our fifties, married for 35 years. We live and work here in a wooded valley on the outskirts of Grasse. Our two sons live in the uk so it is just us and a very, very friendly Black Labrador.
    We live in a small cottage on the grounds of a large villa with around 3 hectares of woodland, meadow and more formal gardens.
    From time to time we could do with help with the gardening , strimming, weeding, general clearing and general maintenance dependent on your skill sets, though we are always happy to give guidance etc
    At present we are looking for somebody with good general gardening skills, strimming etc and are happy to pay a weekly allowance of 150€ to a couple, 100€ to a single person, as a food/ living allowance as we are not in a position to provide meals at present due to the covid 19 situation, we would need you to be able to be fairly independent, there are cooking facilities in your accommodation, plus a barbecue of course : ).. You must be capable and able to work at times without supervision. we would warn you that there is some hard physical clearance work involved, and it can be hot!! Would prefer someone who could stop for a month or so.

    We do not have a massive home and live a fairly sedate lifestyle. It is therefore important for anyone applying to take this into account. They would need to blend in, we are normally in bed before 11pm and up by 6.30am, We eat well in the evenings with a glass of wine or beer but are social drinkers. Neither of us smoke and we would prefer non smokers.
    I think that this position might suit a more mature couple / solo traveler than a young couple / young person. So please bear all these points in mind before applying.
    The village is about 2 km away and has a few restaurants and bars but no real nightlife as such
    There is a good bus service into Cannes, Nice etc (around 2 km's to bus stop), we are about 35 minutes drive to the sea, maybe a bit longer in high season.
    This is a good, quiet location enjoying stunning views and good walks, perfect for relaxation just outside the hustle and bustle of the coast.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn alongside us about General gardening, pruning olive trees and perhaps learn new building / maintenance skills.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    The main tasks will focus around gardening, strimming. Please note that this is not easy strimming, it is on the olive terraces and is pretty hard work physically. There may be at certain times some property maintenance depending on your ability or just lending a general hand.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    We will provide your own bedroom with your own bathroom and shower. This is small self contained room with a kitchen facility. It is situated at another property around 50 metres away from the main villa / grounds. You will have your own outdoor area for table and chairs and bbq. There is no internet connected here but you can access the internet to check e-mails etc at ours. We cannot take people with animals, sorry.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Time off can be spent just sunbathing, dependent on time of year, small pool you can use if you want,chilling out or taking the bus to the many beautiful villages towns and historical cities nearby. Grasse, the nearby perfume capital, Monaco always worth a visit along with Nice and Cannes. Plenty of nice walks in the area and small villages with bars and restaurants. Own transport would be good as we are around 2 km's from nearest bus stop. May be able to give use of push bikes.

    Please note that due to the current situation regarding Covid 19 we would only take on people who could live and work independently and would respect the need for social distancing.

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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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day maximum, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 913921754984