A selection of our feedback from hosts and workawayers
I have no words, really, there's a lot to say about this place and Tor and Mad. It was an amazing experience, great work to be done, awesome activities and of course, marvelous people. I already miss them.
Tor is a great man and so interesting, he has a lot of knowledge and I enjoyed all his talks about everything, Mad is a great woman and interesting, I had very nice talks with her also and of course she is an amazing cook :D.
The activities there were fantastic, from painting, gardening, carpentry, cleaning, spliting firewood, to some work in the forest, and when not working we were having barbecues, hikes, camping, SAUNA!!!!, hot tubs watching falling stars, swimming in the lake, NORTHERN LIGHTS, just fenomenal!
I can say it is a PERFECT place to go help and have great experiences at the same time. I also met incredible workawayers, I had a lot of fun with them, it was good to make new friends. I am really thankful for this time I spent there. Surely I'm returning!!
Jake taught my son to cycle in one day. Jake and Russ also taught my son to swim. My son was fearful of both swimming and cycling. They have been such great inspiration that he now loves to cycle and adores them. To me Jake and Russ have been God send. Not only my kids learnt from them, they have taught me new perspectives in life and I continue to learn. I am amazed by their aspirations at such young age. They are one of the most simplest persons I have met. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to host them.
I stayed almost a month with Marie, Patrick and Alina and have nothing but praise for this family.
The profile is honestly written and the work is very fair. An example of the jobs we did while I stayed would be ironing tablecloths and tea towels for the restaurant, for which there is a proper linen press making it extremely easy. Juicing vegetables and fruit - a previous workawayer had left instructions and simple recipes plus there is a proper juicing machine which makes it all very simple - wash, chop and juice! Strimming in the garden - for this they have a proper strimmer with a harness and helmet with ear defenders and wellies you can borrow. Marie is keen for you to work safely. Chopping back bushes for the winter, weeding etc. It is a very large, old, country house with a big garden so there are lots of jobs that can be done depending on your skills.. When I arrived the two other workawayers were midway through taking down, sanding and re-painting all the wooden window shutters. Removing paint with the heat gun is strangely enjoyable!
The best job of course is walking the three dogs first thing each morning - Cassie, Oreo and Ziggy are all gorgeous and have completely different characters. I fell in love with each of them and will miss them greatly. Of the two cats Charlie is very funny and likes to be involved in everything - when I was pushing the wheelbarrow he chased me up and down the garden, he hid in the plants I was trying to weed and sometimes falls asleep in the laundry! Scarlet is very pretty but keeps to herself.
Work is five hours a day for five days (plus helping with setting the dinner table, emptying the dishwasher etc - which is always easy as so many people are helping) then two days off.
The house is situated outside the village of Boulogne Sur Gesse which is a nice walk along country lanes taking around 30 mins. Before you get to the village there is a pretty lake which you can walk around and feed the ducks and swans. In the village there are two supermarkets, a chemist, a corner shop and a few cafes. There is a market every Wednesday morning which is definitely worth a walk around.
Leaving the best til last... This is a great family! You are included in everything as part of the family and as such it doesn't really feel like work. They work hard (Patrick works many hours at the restaurant and Marie works long days from her home office), even Alina has very long school days so they do need the workawayers help and as such they value them and treat them well. They are fair and clear on what needs to be done - all they expect is for you to be fair as well and do an honest five hours work plus help at dinner time etc. Dinner time is an event in itself! The food is delicious and with so many people around the table it's loud, crazy and a lot of fun. That in itself was a new experience for me! It is clear from other reviews and the amount of thank you cards around the house that most people enjoy it and have a very good experience. I certainly did and will keep in touch, hopefully to return again!
It takes special people to invite strangers into their home and a lot of trust on both sides. I enjoyed being treated as part of the family and now consider them all as friends. I have really valued the experience and I also feel privileged to have met three other workaway girls during my stay and look forward to keeping in touch with them as well.
Rosie and Chris are amazing hosts that embody the true spirit of Workaway!! From the moment we arrived they ensured we were comfortable and had everything we needed. We had a lovely cosy and clean room and their entire trullo is a work of art! They worked together with us on our jobs, we did a bit of gardening, painting and put up the structure for a carport. They always ensured we were well-fuelled with food and drink and insisted we took plenty of breaks. They enjoyed a good chat, had a great sense of humour, and were very willing to share their vast knowledge and experiences of Alberobello and the surrounding area. They took us to their favourite bars and restaurants and gave us great recommendations for nearby towns and areas to visit. We very rarely felt like we were actually working! At the end of the day we looked forward to the yummy dinners Rosie would prepare fresh every day. She is an amazing cook! We learnt so much during our stay here and felt like we had a truly italian experience!! Thank you once again for having us and ensuring we left with the most amazing memories, this was definitely a highlight of our entire trip around Italy!!! We wish you all the best with your future endeavours and would love to visit you both again in the future :)
Hi Suzie and Laurie ! How are you ? Hope you are good. Thank you for giving me an excellent feedback. Both of you are very amazing, easy going, and so patient when you teach the students. You give us an amazing time and experience. We were so happy to have you here. it can be memorable moment for us. And what did you teach for the students was very useful, they hope you could visit us sometime and I hope so, it was so really much fun. So we will do miss you so much. We will keep in touch very well.
Thank you xx