We (Graham and Saranne) live here with our two daughters who go to school just across the valley in Colmurano. We live in this area of Italy mainly because of its similarities to Graham's home country of Ireland; from the landscape to the outlook of the local people. We love everything that Le Marche and its people represent: the Marchigiani are hard-working yet have a relaxed approach to life, a deep-rooted sense of tradition and a strong community spirit. Above all, they are warm and friendly people who love a story over a glass or two!!
We are currently looking for people to help with the following:
Building a natural swimming pond
Building outdoor steps and fencing
Building an outside kitchen using wood and other natural materials
Preparing veggie plots
An art project with a caravan!
If you're interested - send us a message. Here's some more about us......
We moved here to take advantage of the beautiful peace and quiet that both this house and the surrounding area offers and to provide our children with a safe and yet also challenging place to grow up. It was our dream and it is now a wonderful reality. That's not to say it isn't hard work - it is a farmhouse after all! We spend most of our free time from our careers tending to the land and the house. (Graham works for the local wineries and Saranne's career is divided between a love of theatre, writing and being a full-time mum.) Our olive trees, veggie patches and vines need constant care and, of course, when the time comes to harvest it is all hands on deck! September is time for grapes, October/November is olive harvest and the veggie patch supplies us with delicious produce all year round which naturally means we are also planting most of the year to ensure a steady flow of food. Then there's making jams and preserves to make use of all the fruits growing on our land - figs, persimmon, pears, apples, elderberries, blackberries, walnuts, almonds, peaches to name just a few of a wide variety!
There are many ways to describe our interests and passions in life – but no specifics quite fit. We share a deep interest in wine, theatre, history and culture, slowfood and the wonders and adventures of the outdoors and that’s why we live here as they are all in abundance in this area of Le Marche. It's funny - we love living life on the slow side but there's always so much to do!
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Helping with Tourists,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Over the years, it has been our aim to manage this farmhouse using a mix of traditional methods and permaculture systems. We are in the process of building a natural swimming pool, an outside cooking area with shower and also further stone walls, paths and veggie patches. Further to this, there is work tending, pruning and harvesting the olive grove that surrounds our land (over 300 trees) and work at the local winery throughout the year. Finally, when we have paying guests in our holiday accommodation, there is also an opportunity to help and entertain them during their stay.
Fluent English, excellent German, good Italian and Gaelic, basic French and Spanish
We fell in love with this farmhouse the minute we saw it as we emerged from the windy avenue of trees just above it. Blossom was growing just outside the front door and it all looked so welcoming. Once I went inside, I felt like a child again because of all the nooks and crannies there were to explore! Of course, at that time, it was a true 'rustico' without any kitchen or bathroom. It did have water and electricity but at a very basic level so our portable solar shower came in very handy for our first few visits! After many years of renovation, our home is warm and comfortable and retains the spirit of the original house and owners.
The house is made up of three different, yet connected buildings which have been restored by an amazing team of local builders and a fantastic geometra (surveyor/architect/planner and, in our case, now also a great friend). We live in the bottom third of the house and the top two thirds are rented out as holiday accommodation. We have tried to recreate the original spirit of the house and as a result there is a little bit of ducking to do! On the ground floor of the first house, the original cowshed, woodstore, olive oil and wine rooms have been renovated into a self-catering apartment including an ensuite double or twin bedroom, kitchen, dining and living space as well as a private terrace with beautiful views. On the first and second floors there are three separate bedrooms linked by a central staircase with an additional bathroom. Each has its own character – one has stunning views of the Sibillini mountains, another was originally the kitchen with an open fire and intriguing cubbyhole and the attic room, which was originally used for storage, is now wonderfully cosy and romantic. However, most importantly for us, is the fact that the previous owner, who tends his land on the opposite side and whose family had lived in this house for over 300years, is happy to see the house modernised and cared for and his approval means more to us than anything else.
During your visit, you will be able to stay in the apartment when it is free (giving you some independence) or in our spare room, caravan or tent when we have paying guests.
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Our farmhouse is in a rural setting - the nearest town is 2.5km away and public transport is very limited. However, we drive into town almost every day and, at least once a week, into the nearest city. In any case, the travel limitations are more than made up for by the spectacular, rolling hills of Le Marche scenery - punctuated by beautiful rivers, valleys, dramatic mountain ranges and over 150 km of coastline. Sublimely tranquil, the historical hilltop towns and stunning cities of this area are awe-inspiring. For those, like us, interested in art, history and culture, the churches, museums, galleries, theatres, shrines and roman ruins in this area are plentiful. It is a meticulously preserved treasure trove of times past. In fact, we find that travelling through this region’s countryside is best done off the beaten track. There is so much more to discover by leaving the map behind and getting lost!
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It was wonderful to have Kris as part of our team here. He blended in brilliantly and added so much to the group as well as the family (he was very good with the children - giving them time and measured attention when I was busy with other chores - and showed a great deal of patience with them and their antics!!) He was an invaluable help with all more
von Kristopher [27.04.2013]:
A Wonderful Workaway Experience!
This was my first workaway experience and I have a feeling it will be hard to beat. Saranne and Graham are gracious and fun hosts. They're welcoming and quickly this workaway felt like a second home. I really enjoyed feeling like part of the family and spending time with their energetic kids who often provided more
Crijn is more than excellent, he's FABULOUS! I cannot stress enough what a wonderful workawayer he has been – always happy, singing, telling stories, laughing and joking, and he still has time to work like a Trojan. He fitted into our family fantastically well, helped with all the household chores as well as cooking and entertaining the children more
von Crijn [20.04.2013]:
Dear Saranne and Graham,
What an honor to be a workawayer at your beautiful house in Le Marche! As it was my first workaway experience, I couldn't have found a better place to start. I've been here just over 4 weeks and indeed it was too short!! The family has been absolutely great and I’ve got to know them very well, what gave me a very more
von Grant [07.04.2013]:
This place feels like home. Could not of had a better work away experience if we tried. They are extremely welcoming and their daughters are little princesses. The accommodation was lovely, very comfortable and beautiful and the food was great, both great cooks. They introduced us to their very nice friends and really felt like part of the family. more
What a lovely, confident and commited couple. When they first contacted us, we had no work available but suggested they work for a friend of ours for 10 days while they "waited"! They were such a great help to her and she was immensely grateful for their hard work and company. They also helped her with her English!!! When they came to us, they more
von Dougal [28.02.2013]:
Graham and Saranne are top notch work away hosts. Had a magnificent time and really became part of their family. They have a lot to offer any prospective worker as they really enjoy being part of the Italian culture. Learnt an incredible amount about olive trees and oil and Italy as well as the history of the area. I really cannot recommend them more
von Dougal [13.02.2013]:
Graham and Saranne are fun, easygoing and a joy to be around. Having a great time working outside in the beautiful countryside in idyllic surroundings. Fantastic food, especially the olive oil, and great company with nights spent drinking a well earned beer or wine in a gorgeous and comfortable house. Graham, Saranne and their two daughters are more
Dougal has been fantastic and if he comes to your home, I guarantee you will not be disappointed! He deserves 5 smiles!! The work that he did had an incredible impact on our home – a stunning transformation in just 2 weeks and a great motivator for us. In fact, while he was with us it was often hard to stop him working and he kept saying “I'm more
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