Help to renovate an old house in a mountain village near Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

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  • Description

    Description

    I am a friendly English guy who loves travelling -I've been lucky enough to visit many countries and especially over the last 15 years with trips to India , S.E Asia, South/Central America , Russia,Mongolia and Europe .I decided to buy a house in beautiful Bulgaria and am now looking to renovate it with the help of workawayers ! I've been a Workawayer and had a great time with my hosts and got some nice feedback. I've also done other volunteer work in Ecuador and Spain.

    The house is approximately 100 years old, has some nice original features ,a large garden with stunning views out to the mountains and would make a really nice hostel/retreat centre .It's in a lovely mountain village only 16kms from the old capital of Veliko Tarnovo - I have fantastic neighbours who are helpful and friendly and kind enough to keep me supplied with home grown vegetables and rakia during the year!

    There is a lot of work to be done at the house -building work including plasterboarding , plastering ,insulating ,flooring ,putting in windows, gardening,painting,varnishing,roof/ceiling work etc etc . I am also in the process of clearing an old barn that has collapsed and in an attempt to rescue as much useable material from it that I can.

    There are apple,pear and walnut trees as well as grape vines .I'm also planning to grow some veggies on the land this year .

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    At the moment I'm looking for a hard working volunteer to help with a variety of tasks including:

    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Painting and decorating (must have at least some experience and be able to help with care and attention to detail).
    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Re cobbing a barn (clay,straw and sand mix) and painting it with lime wash.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Applying timber treatment to barn .
    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Dry stone wall repairs.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Gardening (Digging, planting,weeding etc).
    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Collecting tinder wood for fire,also cutting logs (Chainsaw experience is helpful).
    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Concreting.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Carpentry.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Cooking.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Building.
    *️️️️️️️️️️️ Help with creating a website.
    *️️ Animal care

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish,German and very basic Bulgarian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The house is only partially renovated but is liveable with a new kitchen fitted and modern cooking facilities.

    Volunteer guest room is clean ,dry and comfortable with view to the garden and mountains although it's quite basic at the moment as needs painting .

    Good hot showers are available and there's a log burner for chilly evenings . Camping is also possible during warmer weather with access to showers and kitchen , I can supply tents if required.

    Meals will be taken together and will be healthy and simple ; salads ,pasta ,delicious local cheese,seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh eggs-maybe the occasional home made curry. If you can cook too that's a bonus!

    I am able to collect/drop off individuals (I have a van with one passenger seat) from/to Veliko Tarnovo which is a 25 minute drive away and has good transport links to Sofia,Varna and Burgas as well as international rail/bus links to Romania and Turkey.

    Good WIFI Internet has now been installed at the house !

    If all this appeals I'd love to hear from you so please get in touch detailing your skills/experience and availability and I'll get back to you.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The surrounding countryside is very beautiful , ever changing and with an abundance of wildlife -great for photographers, nature lovers,walkers,artists and birdwatchers.

    The village itself has a population of about 150 people , there's a small shop where you can buy basic provisions and beer,community centre,post office,doctor and a bus service that runs most days (3 times per day) to Veliko Tarnovo .

    A taxi to/from Veliko Tarnovo will cost a very reasonable 12 to 15 Levs (6 to 8 Euros)

    Veliko Tarnovo is a great town with a large university , there are many good restaurants bars and clubs as well as a good selection of shops and a fantastic fruit and veg market . There are some interesting sites and attractions around Veliko Tarnovo -the sound and light show is spectacular and shouldn't be missed . A visit to Tsarevets Fortress , the many churches,monasteries and museums in the area are also worth seeing.

  • 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?

    One

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

December 2016
December 2016
Me starting to renovate a fireplace.
The beautiful town of Veliko Tarnovo -just 20 minutes drive away.
Building fire pit , stone table and benches.
Chain sawing reclaimed wood from demolished barn.
Spring in Bulgaria -beautiful time of year.
View from garden
Spring 2009 - A few dandelions that year !
Some of the delicious local produce
After rain .May 2015
Sunrise from house
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