Help create an oasis of self sustainability in rural Italy by managing our 4 hectare woodland



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    Our priority is to clear and manage our woodland, create raised vegetable and fruit beds, build chicken coups, bee hives and workshops for artisan crafts including metal and woodwork. We have outbuildings that have sadly fallen into disrepair which we are now breathing new life into and would love the help and company of like minded and creative folk who want to help us return our piece of paradise to its former glory.

    We are a fun dynamic couple living our dream with our lovely and lively two dogs within a 4 hectare farmstead on the edge of the beautiful green heart of the Gran Sasso National Park near Villa Celiera, Abruzzo, Italy with amazing 360 degree views including the magnificent Maiella mountains and with it's very own waterfall (where deer regularly come to drink).

    We believe in having fun and eating well and showing you beautiful Abruzzo in reward for your amazing talents and work!! Sooooo if you have lots of enthusiasm and happy energy and are self motivated please come and join us this summer!

    The property has its own walks, but there are also beautiful mountain walks literally a few metres from the house.
    Abruzzo is a primarily rural region with the beautiful Adriatic coast and its long sandy beaches to the East and magnificent mountains to the west, with fields of olives and vineyards dominating the lower areas, and an abundance of beautiful nature in the mountains including eagles, chamois, bears and wolves.

    Rome 2hrs away and Pescara 1 hr, historic Penne and Medieval Bisenti about half an hour...for all planes/trains and bus routes...really happy to collect and show you around after a cappucino e dolce in the piazza. Nearest town is 15/20 mins by car for bars/osteria/pizzeria/shops. Buildings are medieval but shopping is very modern Italian!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learning about the local foods/pasta/wine and cheeses.....all made on local farms and vineyards and country life in rural Italy first hand from our neighbours!!

    We are 100m from 500sq km of National Park with Marsciano Bear, Wolves, Eagles, chamois and breathtaking landscapes.

    Mountains to climb and trails to follow, waterfalls to explore ..and also the Adriatic sea with ancient trabbochi and working fishing port.

    The Medieval castles and towers and monasteries and architecture are also a photographers dream whilst relaxing with a Cafe and dolce in a piazza in the Italian sunshine....even in the winter!!!

  • Help


    Help Required
    Initially we would love assistance from those who are fit and strong (who do not have allergies or suffer badly from we live close to the wilderness and much flora and fauna!

    • clearing scrub from the land in preparation for raised vegetable and fruit beds and new fruit and hazelnut tree orchards
    • Doing some much needed wood management, including sourcing timber from our expansive woodland for
    ◦ building the raised vegetable and fruit beds and rebuilding the barn.
    Sourcing stone from a derelict ruin to create a walled garden to house herbs flowers and fruits
    ◦ rebuilding the barn to be used as an artisan metal and wood Workshop....eventually!!
    ◦ building our own beehives
    • Installation of surface water collection tanks and redirection of surface water drainage to tanks for irrigation
    • Restoring the chicken coop and re-fencing although the chickens will be free roaming.....and making trails down to the waterfall.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English Italian

  • Accommodation


    We can accommodate 4-6 people in 2-3 double or twin bedrooms ..... authentic Italian meals (we eat mostly vegetarian) from local grown produce provided in exchange for help

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Campo Imperatore is immediately behind us with its wild horses and mountain trails and the Medieval Castle of Roccca Calascio with views towards the Adriatic and Rome.....!

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 158212761721