About us

Bonjour, Dia daoibh, Hi,

We’re Charlie and Olive – an Irish couple on a French adventure looking to create space where things can happen…

The adventure started as soon as we began talking about taking time out – from the daily commuting from Navan and Naas to Dublin – from the long dark winter days, from the ‘to do’ lists which never seemed to get done.  And while we were each fortunate to enjoy our jobs, we also felt the need to reboot and refresh.

The idea of a French adventure came very easily. We’d done Leaving Cert French fadó fadó but left it at that.  We’d spent time in France as children but had never gone back for any length of time, so the idea of returning to the language and the country and immersing ourselves in both was very exciting.

The timing was right too, in terms of family and careers and the more we talked about it and thought about it the more space opened up – so much space in fact that we weren’t quite sure where to begin.

So we bought the largest map of France we could find, a few big black markers and circled all the airports with connections to Dublin.  That was our starting point as to where we might go!

In the months that followed, a whole new world opened up to us…the universe of house-sitting and care-taking.  We had no idea there were people out there actively seeking people like us.  It offered possibilities to use our skills and travel at the same time.  So over summer we knuckled down, dusted off the CVs and got to work in figuring out what people were looking for and what we could offer.  Eight months on, we’re on our third house-sit and loving every minute…

 

About Charlie…

Charlie grew up in Rathfarnham, has lived in Kildare for over 20 years and is the proud dad of Georgie and Jeff, his grown up children who have fled the nest but remain very close.  He has a wonderful love of nature and the outdoors having spent many years in the scouts. He was a salesman for over 20 years, retrained as a plumber and then went on to establish and grow a property management business.  He can turn his hand to pretty much anything from plumbing to gardening, fencing, logging, painting and decorating, car maintenance and more recently pool maintenance…handy. Charlie loves chickens, dogs, cats & fish and (above all) watching the rugby!

About Olive…

Olive grew up on a farm in County Meath. After college in Coleraine, she worked in banking in London for 10 years, came back to Dublin, did a Masters in Peace Studies and from there began working with Concern Worldwide, the international aid agency where she’s headed up the Advocacy department since 2012.  Olive loves the great outdoors too and is a founding member of Santry Community Garden – the best little community garden in the country! She’s inherited her mum’s cooking and catering skills, while her bigger passions are politics and all things Europe.  More recent and growing passions are the French language, white wine and blue cheese!

 

Contact Details…

Address: Aulagnes, 16250 Bessac, France

Email: agceangal@gmail.com