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Area (ha): 22
Persons: 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 26366
Country: France

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Last Updated: January 10, 2014

This is a beautifully renovated chateau in the small rural village of Auty in Tarn et Garonne, south west France. The Chateau hosts creative workshops throughout the season providing an amazing setting for guests to enjoy learning or improving a creative skill in a relaxed and luxurious atmosphere. The site is 22 hectares atop a hill with panoramic views over rolling countryside.

Your host, Lizzie is looking for two happy, hard-working individuals to help with the setup of the Chateau before the season begins (so there will be no guest relations required). You would ideally arrive 12 or 13 April and be ready to start work on 14 April, working through to the end of May 2014.

You donít need any experience but you do need to muck in and get along with the existing Dumas team. You should be fit and healthy and ready to tackle jobs such as cleaning and putting garden furniture in place, cleaning windows, floors, kitchens, weeding, potting up summer bedding plants, rub down and oil sun loungers, and a whole host of other cleaning jobs and preparation to present the Chateau in A1 shape. You will have an eye for detail, bags of common sense, good motivation and a positive attitude towards work.

In exchange for approximately 5-6 hours work per day, working a 5 day week, you will have your own room within the Chateau but may have to share a bathroom. There is no remuneration for the work but all food and accommodation costs will be found.

It should be stressed that Auty is rural Ė Caussade is 7km Ė the local town with supermarkets, shops, market etc but Auty is not on a bus route and the village itself has no amenities so donít expect any local night life! However, the team is a very happy bunch and on your days off, Lizzie will be happy to show you some of what this beautiful area has to offer including charming medieval villages and fantastic markets. There are some great walks locally, kayaking and other outdoor activities close by and the vibrant city of Toulouse is less than an hour away by train. You will be able to take advantage of all the facilities at the Chateau from a swimming pool, table tennis and table football, large screen TV, etc. Lizzie will also welcome you at Toulouse airport on 12 or 13 April and drive you to Dumas. Likewise for the return at the end of May.

You must be able available for the entire period and confirm that you have travel insurance (including medical insurance) to cover you for the stay in France. An initial chat will be via Skype with myself, Jo (I help with Dumasí admin) and second interviews with Lizzie herself (again likely by Skype). I canít stress highly enough what a lovely opportunity this is. Lizzie is generous with her time and knowledge and it will be a worthwhile placement for the right people.

Please have any references ready when applying and a CV/summary of schooling, working experience.

No smokers only please.

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