Help with renovation of an old Manor house with eco-project near Moissac, France

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  • Description

    Description

    We are looking primarily for French people or fluent


    I am Sophie (54years old) and Daniel (64) who is my boyfriend. I am a flight attendant and Daniel has retired young. He doesn't speak English, (it means that you have to speak basic French or Spanish) but he is a good teacher of construction. It's his third restoration.
    We have 2 dogs and 1 cat.

    If you don't mind some physical work and getting your hands dirty, you can learn new skills.
    Looking for energetic all-round handy people.

    We are restoring a French manor house that was built in 1820. The manor has been stood empty and neglected for twenty years. We decided to buy it in December 2016. Inside our house all the walls are made from bricks of mud.
    We fell in love with this gorgeous building and wanted to be close to nature, enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside and live a new life. We are surrounded by orchards and our neighbors are so kind to us, every week they bring us eggs, vegetables or fruits from their produce. We have a wonderful relationship with them.
    We are happy to take couples, singles or friends.
    We value everyone that comes to help.

    We prefer that people stay for at least 2 weeks.
    We need someone for:
    - Painting windows shutters and the main door.
    - Gardening.
    - Tidying the house

    The restoration work is being sympathetically carried out with traditional materials.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • 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

    We are French natives and we are used to travelling abroad. We are open minded.
    Sharing moments together is also an important part of the experience.
    We know how to receive guests and we love about our culture and that of others.
    Smokers are welcomed.

  • Help

    Help

    Looking for someone or a couple to help us with the restoration of our home, housework and gardening.

    Children are not allowed because of the type of work, it could be dangerous for them. Most of the hard work has been done, the new roof has been fitted as well as windows and main doors.

    If you don't mind some physical work and getting your hands dirty, you can learn new skills now!

    Looking for energetic all round handy people. If you enjoy the outdoors, gardening and / or have general building or DIY skills it would be helpful.

    We would like ~25-hours of help a week Monday to Friday, typically starting at 8:00 am, your afternoons will be for you to explore and enjoy France.

  • Languages spoken

    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will have your own comfortable private room for the duration of your stay.
    bathrooms have been finished.
    You will be offered three meals a day, a typical simple light French breakfast offered between
    7 am and 7:30 am. A hot or cold lunch provided between 1 pm and 2 pm and a main evening meal with wine or beer will be served between 8 pm and 9 pm.
    Daniel and I cook everyday with fresh and local produce, and we value time spent sharing meals.
    We are also happy for welcoming to join us in our activities. Also, if you are without transport, we are happy to drive you to the nearest village which is three miles (5Km) from the house where you will find bars, restaurants and all the shops you could possibly need. There are also bicycles at the house that you can borrow.

    We have some land, so you are sure to find a private spot to relax, to read, enjoy a glass of wine or just work on your tan.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are many beautiful villages to visit nearby in your free time, and a great cafe with internet access three miles (5km) from the house. If you wish to arrive by flight, Toulouse or Agen airports are the closest.
    There are many train stations nearby, which is another possibility if you are not driving, Montauban, Castelsarrasin or Moissac being the best option.
    You can also use BlaBlaCar (car sharing).

    The house is located 5km from Lafrançaise, the nearest village.

    As well as learning traditional building skills, we will be happy to take you to visit the city of Montauban and Moissac, take you to medieval towns and villages, where you can discover how the French used to live. Here it is life in the countryside, a life where neighbours take the time to talk to each other. You will get to taste traditional and seasonal French food and enjoy local French wine. In France everybody loves going to the market, so once a week (weather permitting), we visit a farmers market, where you will learn about produce and how to cook them.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

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