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Puivert
All Year: March to mid-November
Area (ha): 2.5
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 17003
Country: France

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Last Updated: July 23, 2018

We have been living in the Languedoc, in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, for nearly five years now. With the help of family and volunteers, we`ve been working to transform the property into an organic smallholding with small-scale holiday accommodation, and to move towards a sustainable way of living.

With two-and-a-half hectares of woodland, meadow, orchards and vegetable garden, as well as sheep, chickens, cats and guinea-pigs, there is always plenty to do.

We welcome volunteers from March until October, staying for 2 - 3 weeks. In the summer season we have a small number of paying guests, and really appreciate volunteer help to look after them, and to look after the grounds, the animals and the garden. Out of high season, there is project work to do - small-scale construction, decorating, gardening, woodland management and maintenance.

We welcome people with practical skills and ideas to undertake new projects, but out of season, enthusiasm and commitment are more important than particular skills. In season we welcome people who have experience of working in the accommodation business and customer service, and are also happy to help with gardening and animal feeding.

Our lovely village has a brasserie (the social centre of the village) and a restaurant, castle and swimming lake. It is in the High Valley of the Aude, surrounded by Cathar Castles, organic vineyards, beautiful walks, rivers and lakes with kayaking and water-sports. We are about 45km from Carcassonne airport and the TGV line to Paris/Lille, or 60km from Perpignan for trains to Spain; both have good (€1 per journey) transport connections to Quillan - our nearest town.

If you’re happy to help us with the animals, the guests, the garden and orchard, and the grounds, then we can offer a warm welcome, comfortable accommodation and plentiful vegetarian food in beautiful surroundings in exchange for 5 hours` work a day (two days a week free). We are looking for people who are happy to work in more than one area - and on some days we will need everyone to pitch in with important tasks. For some tasks we will work alongside you, but for others you will need to be self-directed.

We have space for two helpers, and invite people to stay for two to three weeks. Accommodation will be in the main house in spring and autumn, and in the summer season in a cosy brick-built cabin which has 2 comfortable bunk beds and electricity (and heating), and full access to the main house for showers, wifi etc.

If you would like to join us, please let us know why you would like to stay with us, and what relevant experience/skills/enthusiasm you can bring to share. We look forward to hearing from you!

reviews (31)
Helper: Alice and Ollie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 9, 2015
We stayed at Green Horizons for a month, which was a good amount of time to w... view complete review

Helper: Arthur and Jade Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 16, 2015
Our two weeks at Green Horizons is a fond memory. The way the days are struct... view complete review

Helper: Fraser and Vicky Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 6, 2014
We spent two weeks at Ruths and carried out a variety of tasks, some includin... view complete review

Helper: Annabel Friess Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 20, 2014
I had two very good weeks with Peter and Ruth, who are very friendly, fair, t... view complete review

Helper: Craig and Alice Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 15, 2014
We loved staying with Peter and Ruth, they are very welcoming and in no time ... view complete review

Helper: George Middlemiss Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 18, 2014
I really enjoyed my stay here at Green horizons. The surroundings are so beau... view complete review

Helper: Aidin Beck Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: May 12, 2014
Great place! There was always something to do and the scenery of the area was... view complete review

Helper: Laurence Rose Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 23, 2014
The set-up here is really great. Work is done between set times which are ver... view complete review

Helper: Kata and Paul Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hungary Date: March 17, 2014
Beautiful region, huge forestgarden, great biketours around, the working cond... view complete review

Helper: Kata and Paul Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hungary Date: March 17, 2014
Thanx very much to both of you...we loved coming here to puivert....nice dail... view complete review

Helper: Alexis Tepelos Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 23, 2013
Ruth and Peter are absolutely lovely people. They are moreover very interesti... view complete review

Helper: Sophie Varnier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: September 27, 2013
I was lucky enough to stay with Ruth, Peter and the cat entourage at the beau... view complete review

Helper: Alex Wilson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 15, 2013
I highly recommend a stay with Ruth, Peter, and company at Green Horizons. Th... view complete review

Helper: Maja Christensen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Denmark Date: August 27, 2013
A host cancelled on me the day before I was supposed to come and I suddenly s... view complete review

Helper: Eliot Bianco Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 16, 2013
Green Horizons is a really nice place. Ruth, Peter and the cats are chilled o... view complete review

Helper: Annie Karlsson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Sweden Date: August 9, 2013
I stayed in Puivert with Ruth and Peter for one week and it was a very good o... view complete review

Helper: Aliona Makarova Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Russia Date: July 28, 2013
In the house Ruth and Peter I felt myself comfortable. At work, I always had ... view complete review

Helper: Elena Schultz Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: May 29, 2013
This review is long overdue!!! This was my first Help-X experience and it was... view complete review

Helper: Robbie Oliver Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 9, 2013
I stayed with Peter and Ruth for just under two weeks in March-April 2013. I ... view complete review

Helper: Chelsea Strickland Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 13, 2013
This review is quite overdue, I stayed with Ruth and Peter for three weeks in... view complete review

Helper: Raelani Kesler Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 10, 2013
I stayed with Ruth and Peter at Green Horizons for the month of March in 2013... view complete review

Helper: Joe and Matthew Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 23, 2013
Ruth and Peter are wonderful hosts and lovely people; warm, friendly and welc... view complete review

Helper: Julia and Katie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 13, 2013
Ruth and Peter were welcoming hosts from the very beginning. They make sure y... view complete review

Helper: Bobby Macdiarmid Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 26, 2013
I stayed with Ruth and Peter for just over two months and I really couldn't h... view complete review

Helper: Merlin Peters Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: December 13, 2012
Ruth and Peter were really one of the most friendley people I've ever met! We... view complete review

Helper: Joseph Horder Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 8, 2012
Well, what can I say? I stayed with Ruth and Peter for a month which disappea... view complete review

Helper: David Millet Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: November 9, 2012
I would like to give thanks and gratefulness to Ruth, Peter, and the whole st... view complete review

Helper: Robert and Katherine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 25, 2012
We had a great time staying with Ruth and Peter and their charming cats. They... view complete review

Helper: David Brewer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: October 21, 2012
I had a wonderful time with Ruth and Peter, I was there for 12 days but time ... view complete review

Helper: Khyla fox-gomez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 9, 2012
Ruth and Peter are absolutely wonderful people, my stay with them was my fir... view complete review

Helper: Evangeline and Ryan Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 1, 2012
Ruth and Peter were very accommodating and welcoming. Whilst we stayed with t... view complete review

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