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St Pardoux. Deux Sevres
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.2
Persons: One or two MAXIMUM..
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 8361
Country: France

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Last Updated: February 12, 2018

Hello to you, and welcome to our HelpX info page. We hope you will find our page interesting, informative, and most of all, appealing to you.

Kath and I are down-to-earth Yorkshire ex-pats who would want to make you feel welcome, at home, & relaxed at our Belle Maison, which is about 150 years old. We live in the commune of St Pardoux, Deux-Sevres, in a very small and very quiet hamlet of just 4 families. We have Lucas, a friendly border collie, and Loupie, the manic cat. St Pardoux is 8km away from the historical town of Parthenay. Poitiers is just over an hour's drive away, with Tours, La Rochelle and Nantes being about 90 minutes away . May we remind potential helpers that it really is a very quiet area where we live.

Help is needed in our garden. Getting it back into shape for the summer. Little or no digging will be required, but there will be some lifting and shifting. We are not looking for totally inexperienced helpers, so the more experience you have, the better, the more likely we will be able to host you.

We are also in need of help or helpers who can teach us to speak better French. This person would ideally (but it's not an absolute requirement) have teaching experience. My wife and I have very different levels of language skills and teaching us will require organisation and commitment. If you think you can help please do write to us, tell us what your experiences are, and we can see what can be organised.

If you think you can help us, if you have the skills we are looking for, we invite you to write to us and tell us a little more about yourself, describe your experiences and how you can help us...

Accommodation will be in a private double room, with en-suite facilities. You will be living and eating as part of our family. Food will be plentiful, and varied, and meals will be taken with us. One simple rule is, we all eat the same food, we do not cater for individuals. We enjoy many different cuisines, with Indian curries being a (Saturday night) speciality. Check out our helpers comments, we have nothing but very satisfied eaters... It will be greatly appreciated if you would join in with the clearing up and washing after meals. Would you have any special dietary or otherwise requirements? Please inform us right away...

Internet access is available, but very slow. Hours will be flexible, but we expect 25 hours (per person) per week.

Non-smoker is preferred (but not essential).

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