Help to renovate an old house on the foot of the mountain in the Abruzzi National Park. It is a typical mountain house surrounded by nature. The house has been abandoned for 16 years and we are bringing it back to life.
We are right between Rome and Naples, two hours from both cities but
the best connection is from Rome. Two hours by bus – there are more than 10 buses per day including Sunday and holiday. We offer pickup from the nearby station in Sora, which is 10 minutes’ drive. The nearest village, Campoli Appennino is 6km away and has a grocery store, supermarket, bars and a pizzeria.
Update: The work with the restoration is almost over. We have done a good deal. There is still some to do but now we mostly need help in the garden and in the forest - gardening, chopping firewood, olive picking in November. Also sanding old doors and windows and painting them.
Type of help.
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Cooking / shopping,
Work consists of gardening, building, helping in the house, eco project and general maintenance. Work inside and outside the house, to eventually turn it into a Bed and Breakfast.
Italian and English
You will be living in the house, volunteers have their own bedroom and we share a bathroom and kitchen. The house is quite big and we have a lot of space available, there is electricity and water. There is a fireplace and lots of firewood. We eat lunch together with my family every day and there is also a well stocked kitchen and cooking facilities available. There are two friendly dogs and a cat, who all live outside the house.
What else ...
From our mountain house you can go hiking in the Abruzzi National Park.
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Host ref number: 156344156891
Feedback left about host
by Jennifer [09/12/2013]:
We had a FANTASTIC time with Gabriel. He is a generous, hospitable, and accommodating host. The work is definitely strenuous and you're expected to put in 6 hours of work a day, but Gabriel is thorough in his guidance and is trusting when it comes to working on your own.
The location is remote so it's not for those who need social outings more
by Katrina [18/11/2013]:
We had a great week at Gabrieles, which included a delicious Italian lunch at his parents each day.
The work was tough but rewarding with food, wine and a lovely warm fire each night.
Gabriele is a very genuine bloke, he is clear with instructions, grateful and a good host.
Although Gabriele doesn't live at the house, he is very more
by DAVID [26/10/2013]:
I highly recommend working at Gabriele's house. I was there for three weeks and had a lot of fun with him and the other volunteers Ania and Magda. We ate very well everyday and his parents love to converse no matter how poor my Italian was. We also went hiking and saw some incredible views and landscapes of the Lazio area.
by Magdalena [25/10/2013]:
I spent two weeks in Gabriele's house and it was really great time! It was my first workaway' experience and I'm really sad that at this moment it's finished. We lived in mountains and everyday we were going to Gabriele's parents' house for really delicious lunch full of pasta made by Maria and hand-made wine. We talked and laughed with Paulo and more
by Katie [17/08/2013]:
Staying here was a pleasure we both enjoyed it for our first work away experience! Gabriele was a friendly and helpful host who was very easy going and laid back! The work was rewarding and fair :)
by Sylwia [05/08/2013]:
First of all - Gabriele and his family are fantastic and easygoing hosts and people. They are always avaiable to answer your phone or to help you. We worked and lived in his house for a month. A place is very quiet we had no internet access and no shops around but thanks that we had time to relax and to practice our italian and english. We enjoyed more
by Clare [03/04/2013]:
This was my first workaway experience, and I loved it! I stayed for a week and enjoyed working in the sun, learning some Italian and playing with the dogs. The mountain location is beautiful, the food was wonderful and Gabriele is a great host. I'm definitely coming back one day. Thank you Gabriele, Maria and Paulo, and see you again someday!
by Jonathan [28/03/2013]:
I spent quite some time staying with Gabriele towards the end of last year and on the whole it was a great experience. Absolutely breathtaking location among the woods and mountains, especially in the winter snow, great to get up to every morning. You certainly won't go hungry either, I reckon I've got a pretty good appetite but I often found more
by Xavier [11/03/2013]:
I spent three weeks with my girlfriend at this place. I wouldn't frankly say it has been an amazing experience(maybe it was a wrong period and bad luck as Gabriele explain..) as we didn't feel the "exchange part" at all, communication was really hard and cold; work has been very very repetitive, hard and during all day long(I actualy have been more
by Elena [13/10/2012]:
Thank you, thank you, Gabriele, Maria and Paolo! I had the most wonderful time with you at your home! I felt like I was completely welcome into their world, and our stay was too short! It was wonderful sharing dinners by the fire, and Maria's huge lunches were incredible. What a generous family, and a lovely place. I can't wait to return in a few more
by Sheena [04/10/2012]:
Gabriele was a fantastic host! We spent 19 days in his going-to-be glorious B&B with amazing views of the surrounding moutains. Many thanks go out to him and his family and friends that made our experience wonderful. We will remember volunteering here forever :)
by Hayley [26/08/2012]:
Gabriele is the perfect host, we spent 10 nights at his alpine like house and loved every minute of it. It is a tranquil place that is perfect to get away from hectic city life. Gabriele and his family are so welcoming, it is a good insight into italian life. His mamas meals were outstanding! Thank you for a fantastic experience, see you in more
by Bethany [21/08/2012]:
I spent two weeks in this beautiful old house surrounded by nature and mountains. Gabriele is a fantastic host, with many friends and a big family. Every day we would have a feast prepared by his mother and between 3 and 10 people could turn up for lunch. The work is hard but contributing towards the project is very rewarding. I worked no more more
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