Hi, I'm British, have lived in France for 36 years, in the countryside. I am a painter, mother (all grown and flown), love my restored from ruin, stone farmhouse , love the garden and grounds... This is a beautiful region of France, Le Gers, look it up! I seem to have always lots of 'gardening/clearing/small building projects on the go that take up too much time single-handedly and distract me from my painting.
A friend, who has had several workawayers suggested I give it a go.
Here is a peaceful, outdoor life, though 10 mins from the nearest village all shops etc.
I have an 8 month old puppy .
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
All travellers know that meeting different people and being in different places is a valuable experience and a great thing to do. I am english and an artist (painter) living in France for thirty + years now. I have learnt lots of skills here, hands on.
Travellers here, would meet an english artist who loves the countryside and healthy living , and enjoys a good debate.
I bought this property as a ruin and over the last twenty years have worked towards making it a lovely home.
You can learn gardening skills, mixing cement skills- I have an electric mixer! Basic construction. You can gain self confidence.
I am looking for someone, or two friends, could be a couple, who have ideally some experience in gardening and building, and are fit and able.
- to help in the garden; digging, wheel- barrowing, bon fires, cutting back brambles...saplings ...
- I have a couple of building projects which, it would save my back, to have help with . Building a 'hangar,' single story, for cars. This needs digging footings and cementing pillars, then putting on the beams, roof etc
- making a pergola- again cementing pillars and putting up the wood.
There could be other jobs: cutting branches, clearing, if someone has experience with a chainsaw.
Where I live is a former 'farmstead', situated without close neighbours, and not on a bus route. If you have transport, all the better. If not I can collect you from the station which is 45mins away. I can take you out on your time off and collect you. It's a great area for walking. I do have a bicycle for recreation though we are not without hills.
If you and a friend or partner fit this profile, and on occasion will help me a bit in the kitchen preparing meals, if you have a cheerful disposition and are prepared to muck in to advance the jobs, I would be happy to have you. For a week or two or more. The house is comfortable, lots of hot water, your private bedroom or two, a nice kitchen ... and a puppy!
Lassance is a restored stone farmhouse full of charm and authenticity. You will have a private bedroom with hand basin, sheets towels provided. Share bath and shower rooms. Washing machine. I will prepare meals or we can cook together. You can feel at ease in this family home.
Time off,could be chilling, excursions out to local towns, cinema, cafés, markets... There are no buses to where I live, but am happy to drive you to a bus station or train if you want a weekend in Toulouse or something else takes your fancy.
I have been doing Airbnb which has been really nice. Everyone who has come here has really enjoyed the peaceful setting and sharing eating and meeting new people. I am a painter so If you want some creative time,we can do some time in the studio or go out to draw.
I am looking for someone who will be happy to work outside, enjoy the fresh air and with a good spirit
There are lots of sites to visit, of historical interest. Towns and villages. Art exhibitions, Canoe-ing, horse riding . Local foods and wine...
If you have any questions, or concerns at all, please ask, and we can see if there is a good fit.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week