I am a writer and storyteller born in Scotland but have spent a great deal of time in Italy and I am currently living my lifelong dream of restoring the family's lovely old Tuscan villa and am looking for volunteers to help in exchange for full bed and board. We are hoping to be totally self sufficient here in this little homestead and to create an eco friendly food garden. I hope in the future to be able to host workshops here and enjoy visits from my very large and very busy family and group of friends. This is a rural and beautiful part of Tuscany, in the mountains, surrounded by chestnut forests and rivers but close enough to the beach and skiing resorts (45 mins) to offer the best of all worlds. 20 minutes from the fabulous medieval (and market) town of Pontremoli and just over an hour and a half from Pisa Airport with excellent rail service and under 2 hours from Parma, Milan, Florence, Lucca, Modena, Bologna and many other beautiful cities. It has everything including cheap and frequent flights to and from Pisa from almost evrywhere!
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
I'm looking for a helper (s) preferably over 25 yrs old, and must have experience of working outdoors, plastering or painting be able to help with general housework and cleaning and agree to do 5 hours work per day, 5 days a week with weekends off. All of the conversion work, e.g building, plumbing and electrical has already been done and now the work is purely manual labour but with some plastering and tiling. Lots of outside painting and gardening maintenance, doors removed, rubbed down and repainted. Very small garden cleared and planted eco friendly fashion (I'm still learning). Stone paving cleaned and relaid.
Villa, in a lively village, no shops but a bar which sells basic essentials! Beautiful clean bedrooms in a very old, modern inside, villa. There are 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms! To eat, there is an abundance of excellent produce, all food and wines from local growers. Along with free bed and full board, 3 meals per day. in exchange for the work. The house is very well equiped with a mix of rustic features like wood burning stoves and stone terrace to mod cons, Wi Fi, Satellite TV, large library of books, games, cds and dvds.
Your hosts are easy going the area is great and the natives friendly. Lots of other bonuses too. Work is definitely manual labour and experience is essential. Job will be painting, repairing broken cement and laying concrete. removing cleaning and repainting doors. Painting railings and outside walls. Clearing garden and replacing broken fence. Building a wooden pergola. In return there will be full bed and board including excellent food and a little wine or beer with evening meal. There will be plenty of free time to explore the magnificent rivers (fishing allowed with licence ) and chestnut forests surrounding the village. Or on weekends, take day trips to Florence, Pisa, Parma, Bologna and Lucca. A chance for a wonderful memorable Tuscan experience.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Travellers can expect to be able to improve their language kills, English and or Italian. Learn quickly how to cook simple authentic, Italian meals. see "old Italy" and experience the culture of native Italians who have never left their village.
See first hand the ancient building skills and craft skills of the local people which have, and are still, being handed down father to son, mother to daughter and sometimes nowadays, the other way round!
Enjoy the company of an experienced writer and storyteller and gain excellent communication skills from an accredited skills tutor and at the same time have great fun exploring this amazing part of Italy.
5 hours per day Monday to Friday from 8am-1pm weekends free