Hello! I am a single mother with 3 children, one cat and one dog in a big countryside french farmhouse. My daughters are away studying and my son only here on weekends.
I have been living in this house in this beautiful part of the south west France for many years, gradually renovating and restoring as I can. I do many things, and have also completed a similar project in restoring a large house and converting them into holiday appartements. This is my principal activity to run this bed and breakfast business, but I do not require help in this area as during winter time we dont have any guests and this is the period that I concentrate on my other projects. such as doing plans and project management for house renovations so I often go into work in the day time and Doggy, my faithful companion of 13 years gets very lonely and pines for company, one of the big reasons I would like to have someone that likes animals at the house.
I am working on improving my main house as it is so big and overwelming to get this done all by myself! Any help with this will be very much appreciated. I also have many projects in the garden such as felling trees, burning off areas, installing outside barbecue spaces, outdoor living. My pool is in need of an upgrade to so lots of areas to learn! I am experienced in building, electricity, plumbing, architectural plans so can offer lots of things to learn. I am looking for help in all of these projects It is a 15 century building with old stone walls, fireplaces, lots of potential and charm so I am looking for motivated and dynamic people that can try their hand at any type of renovating, organising, tidying, cooking, gardening etc. Note that the cleaning work and all other tasks required are in my own home, not in my bed and breakfast property.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
French /english language experience. Learning how to build and renovate using traditional french methods unchanged for centuries. General french culture, cooking, traditions. Gardening and pool skills can be learnt. All sorts of building techniques. A peaceful and quiet environment surrounded by vineyards....
Looking for good all rounder type people, that can adapt to different things, like cleaning, gardening, looking after my dog , especially at this moment computer skills would be handy, web sites and internet help.
All sorts of other projects too! We are in the middle of renovations of our house so building skills would be great too!
General cleaning, kitchen, bathroom, organising rooms, clearing out of cupboards etc, painting and decorating too.
Moving lawns, weeding, pool cleaning, sweeping decks, doing the border trimming, wood cutting and clearing the paddocks.
In a 15th century building, 60cm thick stone walls, fireplaces and pot belly stoves to heat in winter. You will have a private room, shared bathroom. We are working on the main house and renovating the bathroom and main living areas but the house is big and plenty of space to get away from the working area when needed!
Food included during your stay.
, I follow a healthy low carb diet, mostly vegetables bought from farmers' markets and avoid processed foods. I do also eat meat. ;-) Anyone liking cooking is welcome as well!
Saint Emilion is a few kilometers away, a Unesco classed village. There is a bicycle path that goes for 100's of kms from just down the road, traversing vineyards and fields, and going all the way to the sea. Underground caves and tunnels in the vicinity. Note that we are in a rural area, closest bus stop 4 kms away.....
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week