Tuscany Village Hideaway



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    We live in Motrone a hilltop ancient village in Tuscany it is 8km away (thank goodness) from Civilisation.

    Starting and finishing times depending on the seasons, planting and harvesting
    We reward financially those who work hard or longer hours.

    For days off we like folk to see the area and they can leave 7:30am on the bus and arrive back Sunday evening and I pick them up from the Railway station, we are a base for visits all over Tuscany, and with Pisa Airport and low airfares all over Europe.

    The help at the moment is watering, weeding,mulching and fertilising and replanting and cutting firewood

    But the exciting times are nearly here.., in March we are getting ready for Spring ! pruning olive trees, preparing the land clearing , ploughing and fertilizing.

    We are really looking for those with Building and mechanical experience or those who are used to manual work ..above all those who can work independently with minimal supervision and have practical life skills.

    The help requires someone who is reasonably fit and highly motivated and prepared to learn skills.

    We provide good accommodation sometimes we give you the food and you cook it for yourself ....free and very good WIFI .

    We have a small farm of nearly 15 hectare which we are redeveloping a old vineyard and orchards, with bringing in organic vegetable gardens on a permaculture basis...We eat food grown on our land and try and pass on the responsibility of self sustainability.

    We will show you how to make wine and cheeses and flour from chestnuts in season.

    The house is nestled in a small hilltop Tuscan village.
    Enjoy walks in the forest and the peaceful ambience of a small agricultural village steeped in history, whilst only a short drive from Borgo a Mozzano, Bagni di Lucca, Lucca and Barga.

    House rules are simple courtesy and respect your hosts and the adjoining neighbours.

    Please ensure and confirm that you have international health and accident insurance

    The water is from a mountain spring and is delicious!

    We prefer long term commitment for those who prove to be suitable.

    We give you a trial first to see if it will work for you and ourselves.

    We look forward to your enquiry, especially those with skills.

    #NEW# We are working on opening a small 12 person restaurant and need those who can set out a kitchen and restaurant.

    We are also looking for those who have been involved in forestry especially chestnuts and walnuts

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Self sufficiency, permaculture
    wine and cheese making, fruit preserving in season. In autumn making chestnut flour and maize flour.

    Learning self sufficiency

  • Help


    Mainly gardening and pruning

    Felling timber and sawing firewood

    Sanding and painting work available.

    Fencing work

    Mechanic farm machinery maintainence

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and very average Italian and Hebrew

  • Accommodation


    Normally private room and bathroom also when available two bedroom House with bathroom .

    WIFi available

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you are arriving by train get off at Borgo a Mozzano Station (see Trenitalia website for timetables) but first give me a ETA so I can pick you up.

    Walks along ancient trails with visits to Lucca and Florence by train or bus.

    There is a bus twice a week down to the valley departs 07:00 and returns at 11:00

    Access to the village is by car, however for those wishing to journey further afield during their visit they have the option of driving to local railway stations and taking regional trains to the larger cities such as Lucca, Florence and Pisa. This is especially a good option as you do not have to worry about parking and maybe straying into bus lanes or limited access areas. Most of the larger cities have numerous methods of getting around once you are their, including bike hire, this is especially popular in Lucca where you can hire a bike for a hour or two and ride atop the old city walls.

    Please ensure and confirm that you have international health and accident insurance

  • 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

    5 hours per day, 5 days per week

Host ref number: 696232461428