Currently looking for a spacekeeper/house sitter for the long, hot Summer.

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  • Description

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    Thanks for dropping in on our listing Workawayers!

    We are Greg and Laura, a much travelled couple from the UK and Italy, respectively who finally left the road after many years exploring and bought their own little place to call base camp!

    We live in a forgotten corner of Europe in the North West of Bulgaria surrounded by nature.

    We are looking for a person to act as spacekeeper for extended periods, preferably the entire summer end of April to mid october but will consider two separate people coming for 3 months each and overlapping.

    You do need to have a drivers license, be an impeccable communicator (you'd be surprised how difficult it is for some people) and diligent in what you do. Although you'd want to be exploring every day, you'd have to make sure the place was clean for any arrivals.

    Tasks would include cleaning of the guest rooms if and when we get a booking and doing the linen probably totalling just a few hours on check out/in days.
    We may have no bookings all summer, on the other hand, we may have many and so if we get inundated, we can compensate your extra time.

    If we have no bookings, then we just ask you to keep the home tidy and clean.
    Maybe you'd need to be handy if something breaks or keep the grass down (next door neighbour will bring the horse over for dinner!).

    Our little place is advertised on a website and we offer just a twin and a double room so you'll never be too busy.

    If you love the outdoors, then you'd be at peace here with forests, hills, valleys, canyons, unexplored caves, climbing and hiking and a traditional Bulgarian way of life to learn.

    A note for rock climbers.
    A 2016 article on none other than climbing.com, the writer claims the Vratsa region of Bulgaria as having the 'coolest crag I've ever seen' amongst every possible types of climbing. The area is a little known, but growing in popularity climbing region. We are located just a 30 minutes from that Prohodna or 'Eyes of God' cave so why not come help us out and spend two days straight climbing on your days off ;)

    We will leave you with the use of our Volvo diesel estate car which is convertible into a basic camper for you to get around and explore.

    We imagine a climber would be interested in this placement as you could climb most days, using the car to access local crags, then be back home for our guests arrivals and to enjoy your time in the house.
    In 3-6 months, you could really claim to have climbed everything Vratsa has to offer! There is much, from easy to extreme, google our area :)

    Our home has such a wonderful peaceful feeling which we fell in love with immediately. The sunlight penetrates the whole South side and bathes the garden all day long.
    Directly from the front gate are trails to the lake and the forests with endless hours of exploration to be had.
    It has three bedrooms, one of which would be your private space, a lounge, kitchen, bathroom and summer conservatory.
    There is internet, although not super fast, and a large private walled garden with a few hammocks.

    Location of the house sits at the top of a wooded valley, on the outer perimeter of Drashan village, with about 180 mostly elderly, friendly residents.
    It is only a 1 1/2 hour drive from Sofia, the capital if you need a few days in the big city at any point.
    A nearby village is on the train line from Sofia and takes about 1 1/2 hours at the cost of about €3. We would collect you from there if necessary.

    The nearest large town is a 40 minute drive away (bus takes about an hour) and has banks, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants etc.

    The village itself is in a time warp. People still drive horse and cart, work the land, make their own cheese and fresh milk which is occasionally offered to us....people here are relatively poor but always offer a smile. The neighbours have welcomed us into their lives with unbounding kindness and joy. To see young people return to their village fills them with hope for the future.

    The cost of living is one of the lowest in Europe. A bottle of good wine is €1, bread is 50c, super cheap offers on seasonal fruit and veg too. An amazing meal for 2, three courses and beer can cost as little as €10. It could shock you how cheap things are, it does for us everytime we go shopping.

    Help us turn our little piece of paradise into a welcoming, fun place for others to visit.

    Bring with you a smile, a good attitude, willingness to chip in with the mundane daily chores, and a good peaceful energy.

    Don't bring your troubles, your cigarettes, your emotional baggage, negative attitude and your aggression...there's just no place in this world for those things anymore.

    This is a peaceful house, in a peaceful village, in a peaceful country and if we can all respect not only each other, but the environment around us and appreciate our time and space on this earth then we will all be doing our part to make the world a better place. :)

    Namaste
    Greg and Laura

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project
    Other
    Teaching

  • Help

    Help

    In the coming year, we would like to make repairs to the house, some minor and some major in order for us to open our doors to other travellers, hikers and rock climbers on a hostel/retreat level. Somewhere weary travellers can rest a few nights in the company of other good people, have deep conversations, put the world to rights, watch the sun set from the garden.

    A skill we could really use this Spring is helping with cob as there are some important projects that require this and we know nothing!

    Some projects we've got in mind that you may be able to apply your skills to;
    Repairs to (or replacement of) a small portion of roof on the house and the barn.
    Laying a floor in the upper portion of the barn to act as a meditation/yoga platform.
    Outdoor pallet lounge for those wicked sunsets we get from our raised garden.
    Cob pizza oven...(Laura, being Italian makes tremendous pizza)
    Building a dry stone wall from local rock
    BIG project, we want to insulate and repoint our brick house, preferably with cob
    Murals - We have a lot of white wall inside our house that we would love any artists to leave their mark and add to the ambience of the house.
    SOLAR + WIND - A tricky one to approach but if there is anyone with this knowledge, we'd love to meet you as we need to get away from the grid!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Italian, French, Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Our home has such a wonderful peaceful feeling which we fell in love with immediately. The sunlight penetrates the whole South side and bathes the garden all day long.
    Directly from the front gate are trails to the lake and the forests with endless hours of exploration to be had.

    Location of the house sits at the top of a wooded valley, on the outer perimeter of Drashan village, with about 120 mostly elderly, friendly residents.
    It is only a 1 1/2 hour drive from Sofia, the capital if you need a few days in the big city at any point.
    A nearby village is on the train line from Sofia and takes about 1 1/2 hours at the cost of only a few euros. We would collect you from there if necessary.

    The nearest large town is a 40 minute drive away (bus takes about an hour) and has banks, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants etc.

    The village itself is in a time warp. People still drive horse and cart, work the land, make their own cheese and fresh milk which is occasionally offered to us....people here are relatively poor but always offer a smile. The neighbours have welcomed us into their lives with unbounding kindness and joy. To see young people return to their village fills them with hope for the future.

    We can provide collection from nearby transport links, three meals a day, with vegetarian a speciality, access to a car for day trips, your own room to sleep...or space in our soon to be acquired beautiful bell tent! I offer you my knowledge on wild foods as I regularly go hiking and foraging and Laura can help with languages as she is fluent in 4 and teach you how to make dreamcatchers and draw mandalas.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We feel time alone is important so we only ask 4 hours per day with two days to yourself.

    If you love the outdoors, then you'd be at peace here with forests to get lost in, forage, or just meditate in, hills, valleys, canyons, unexplored caves to lose yourself in, unlimited top class climbing opportunities (bring your own gear), a lake to lounge beside or fish in and of course there is ultimate freedom and wild hiking abound and a traditional Bulgarian way of life to learn.

    We have some of Bulgaria's top natural attractions not too far away;
    The Eye's of God cave (Prohodna Cave)
    Ledinika Cave
    Iskur Gorge (especially wise to take the train to us, from Sofia as it passes through this magnificent place)
    Belogradchik Fortress
    Belogradchik rocks, reminded me of the red rocks of Utah!
    Vratsa waterfall

    A note for rock climbers.
    A 2016 article on none other than climbing.com, the writer claims the Vratsa region of Bulgaria as having the 'coolest crag I've ever seen' amongst every possible types of climbing. The area is a little known, but growing in popularity climbing region. We are located just a 30 minutes from that Prohodna or 'Eyes of God' cave so why not come help us out and spend two days straight climbing on your days off ;)

    Don't bring your troubles, your cigarettes, your emotional baggage, negative attitude or your aggression...there's just no place in this world for those things anymore.

    This is a peaceful house, in a peaceful village, in a peaceful country and if we can all respect not only each other, but the environment around us and appreciate our time and space on this earth then we will all be doing our part to make the world a better place. :)

    Namaste
    Greg and Laura

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If you want to learn a way of life that is being lost in this fast paced, money driven world then this place could be right up your street!
    The neighbours still tend their sheep, make their own cheese and milk and guide their horse and cart through the village.
    We are away from the modern world and it can offer you a perfect space to relax, let your perspectives shift and re-focus on your own journey.
    We hope to make that possible for all our volunteers :)

    With our projects this year, if you come with no knowledge, don't worry....we'll use the internet, trial and error and learn together!

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    Volunteering hours expected

    20 hours per week


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The view from our garden out over the rolling hills and forests.
Our travel inspired volunteers room.
The bright, sunny entrance hall/summer room.
Your hosts, Greg and Laura.
Never forget this mantra!
Words from the big guy himself!
Belogradchik Rocks are not so far away from us and a beautiful place to explore and climb.
Host ref number: 625936398989

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