Area: UmbriaWe, Willem and Edith, are two former Dutch judges who changed tracks in 2008. After 30 years working for the public interest, we wanted to dedicate ourselves to another passion, arts. We have always had a wide interest in arts. We searched more than 3 years to find the ideal spot in Italy and started a centre for creative and culinary courses. We are located on a historical site on a distance of 6km from the village of Ficulle. 4km white/dirt track. You can find the tracks of the Etruscans who lived here 3000 years ago. The caves which they scarved are still in use, for example as communal kitchen. Stunning views up to Orvieto's cathedral. No visible neighbours. Silence apart from sounds of nature: birds, frogs, toads are oly a few examples. You might see squirrels,foxes,porcupines, wild boars. Plenty of fruit trees(picking allowed). Dazing smells of lovely flowers, several ponds with waterlillies and lotus. There are loads of possibilities for your free time: 'dolce far niente',walking,rambling,biking,horsbackriding,sightseeing,swimming, sailing. Several swimmingpools in de neighbourhood. Lakes: Trasimeno,Corbara,Bolsena. Historical towns:Orvieto,Todi,Città delle Pieve,Perugia,Assisi,Cetona,Montepulciano,San Casciano dei Bagni,Bolsena,(città)Bagnoreggio. Etruscan necropolis+archeological sites. Sculpture parcs,Museums,wine,olive oil,delicious regional traditional food. Rome 1 hr. Florence 1,5 hrs. by train. Both coasts appr. 2hrs. by car. Living here for more than 5 years we got to know the area and the people pretty well. We are most willing to guide you to secret places which you would not have found on your own.
Area: Scotland North East AberdeenshireWE HAVE UNFORTUNATELY HAD TO PUT OUR PLANS ON HOLD FOR OUR WORKAWAY PROJECT DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. WE SHALL HAVE TO LOOK AT IT AGAIN LATER IN THE YEAR ONCE WE HAVE MORE TIME, PERHAPS AUGUST 2014 ONWARDS. Our Property is a Farmhouse with 60 acres plus land, pasture for grazing & silage, woodland, & two CF20kw Wind turbines. We are situated on the North East coast of Aberdeenshire, with access to many interesting places. We have an outdoor cat called Yum-Yum, who is adorable & friendly.
Area: Provence Alpes AzurI am a retired older woman living by the sea. I am an active person with many friends, having lived in the area for many years. Now I am getting older i am looking for a couple, non smokers, to live on the property for the minimum of a month.
Area: Rhône-AlpesHi I'm Peter and I'm 39 years young. In the winter, I'm working as a professional skipper in the Caribbean and in summer, I like to cruise with my sailboat in the meditteranean. Most of the time having fun with doing a lot of water sports and rockclimbing cliffs and sometimes having some charter guests on board. In the winter, my nice, comfortabel and safe sailing boat is standing on the dry while I'm working abroad. After two weeks of maintenance work in the spring the even nicer boat gets launched in the water and than all the fun starts. If you are interested to help me out with some painting, sanding wood, polishing, some general maintenance or some coocking if you like to cook, it would be much appreciated. In the meantime, I can occupy myself with the maintenance of the engine and the technical aspects of maintaining a sailing boat. If we work hard the first two weeks, I'll offer you a two week sailing holiday on the beautiful Southern french coast. The ideal time would be preparing the boat from mid may and to start sailing beginning of june
Area: ColoradoHello potential helpers! Looking for a peaceful stay in Colorado's Rocky Mountains in exchange for some help on our property? We would be thrilled to find someone with stone and/or brick masonry skills, irrigation/plumbing or carpentry skills. We also can use landscaping/general labor help shorter term, on a last minute basis only. We will provide very comfortable accommodation, great meals, and side sightseeing trips. We'll be doing things like putting in an irrigation system, building a flagstone patio, brick BBQ and pizza oven, and stone walls. Also, we'll be falling some large pine trees (with a chainsaw,) putting up cedar fencing, and doing some interior renovations as well as an addition to our house. The maximum length of stay that would make sense will depend on your skills and, obviously, how much we all enjoy each others' company. You would stay in our guest room, which has its own bathroom and is on its own level so you'll have complete privacy. The bedroom has a view of Mount Evans, a 14,265' (4,348 m) peak. The photo of the mountain in our profile is the view from "your" bedroom! The room has an extremely comfortable queen sized bed. We are gourmet cooks, so rest assured you will be very well fed with excitingly varied meals. There's no problem accommodating any food restrictions or preferences you have. Other things we have to offer in exchange for your help might be English lessons (one of us is a certified teacher of English as a second language,) and Photoshop lessons or photography lessons. We would ask you to work about 25 hours a week. We are surrounded by wildlife, including elk, deer, foxes, and dozens of species of birds. There is no TV here, but we do have wifi, and you could borrow a laptop if needed. We have lots of books, and the library's not far away. Although we are not in a town, we get excellent mobile phone reception here. It's very peaceful here, and we want to keep it that way, so this won't work for someone who wants to party. Nothing (other than nice walks/hikes) is in walking distance. If you do not have your own vehicle, you would have limited independence as far as getting around. With a car though, you are an hour away from several world-famous ski resorts, and closer to an unlimited number of spectacular hikes. We are only 40 minutes away from the large city of Denver, which has museums, sports arenas, etc. etc. If you are a winter visitor, we have snowshoes you can borrow. In summer, we have a canoe and a kayak to enjoy the nearby lake. We're happy to give you lifts to nearby places. You'll also be able to use our recurve bow and arrows to practice archery. There are several nice pubs, etc. nearby, but the roads are curvy mountain roads, often well-monitored by the local highway patrol, so in more ways than one it is not safe to drive home after having a few drinks. We also do not really want anyone who has more than a few drinks in an evening here anyway. Drugs are a deal-breaker. We like to enjoy life in healthier ways. If you smoke tobacco, that would be outside only. About us: we are a very well-traveled couple, and really enjoy meeting people. We both speak fluent Spanish, and can communicate in several other European languages. Some of our many interests include conversation, history, politics, international affairs, and learning new things. One of the activities we spend our time doing is mentoring refugees from Darfur and South Sudan, so they often visit our home. There is one more permanent resident at our home: a quiet and adorable dog. Rona has been a workaway volunteer in Australia in December - February 2013/2014, so we really have an understanding for what it's all about!