Lots of help needed in Tiszaigar!

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    Born and bred in Australia, my family is grown and I've flown the coop instead and recently bought a property in Hungary to convert into a Lodge/Inn.
    I work online for income, am an avid traveler and desire to set up my 1/2 acre property to become a great little Inn/Lodge with 8 guest beds.

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    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet

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    Do you have a few free weeks to get your hands (and the rest of you ) very dirty?

    I am cleaning out, then renovating a 95 year old traditional type cottage in a 950 person village in northern Hungary from about the middle of April for a year or so.

    The Deal is This...

    I supply your food and a bed for the period of time with me...
    You supply willing hands (complete with body and mind) for the time agreed to stay
    I will meet you at the local train station and take you back upon completion of agreed time... if necessary
    ...and will pay your return train fares from Budapest to my place if you complete a full month of reno help
    Conditions will be roughish, but that's what adventures are all about.

    The place is sound inside, being renovated on the outside now, the attic is full of junk collected over 95+ years, so that will be fun scrounging thru and cleaning out piles of old village history and artifacts
    Power, water are connected and functional, with complete new power wiring installed in November 2014, replacing the original 1919 wiring.
    I now have the most awesome shower enclosure in Hungary...even with flashing lights and music.
    A new septic tank(for the loo) is being installed later on and possibly won't be in working order upon arrival, but
    I just had a brand new outside toilet built as of 15th May 2014.

    I will cook your meals daily, unless you want to... do your washing and supply a nice clean bed for you.

    Some of the Work expected to be carried out by all...

    Mowing the cleaned up yard

    Washing, then painting windows, walls, rubbing back old furniture to repaint

    Sealing/undercoating and painting wooden surfaces, plus special treatment when painting mud bricks

    Painters Tilers, Chippies (carpenters), sparkies needed now

    Also anyone who can speak basic English, with experience working on mud brick houses would be awesome

    Need a few doorways cut through the 15 inch mud brick walls now...

    Pruning and cutting out or digging out shrubs around the place

    Digging and edging a garden plot

    Planting herbs and vegies

    Getting very dirty

    Having heaps of fun

    Partaking of an odd beer or so after work finishes daily...the little shop that sells everything is 50 feet up the road!

    Lots of home made goodies and great farm house meals

    Feeling satisfied that you really have accomplished something worthwhile
    Sleeping really well at night!
    Basically, a lot of handy man type jobs to make the place sparkle and clean so basic reno work can begin in April 2015 for official opening in 2016...
    Am needing painters, sparkies, tilers, plasterers, plumbers, chippies and cement rendering tradies!


  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    The house is solid, so a private bed room is available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    As far as a cultural experience goes...I can only offer the experience of
    an Aussie Granny in Hungary :)

    There is a larger village, Tiszafured which is 8 klm away by bus, situated on Lake Tisza, with cycling, boating, bush walking, fishing etc.

    Tiszafured, being a natural therapy spa town, has spa baths, a good train to Budapest every few hours, with frequent bus services from Tiszaigar (my village) to Tiszafured.

    Tiszaigar is a village of approx 960 people, has basic shops etc and Tiszafured, a larger town, has a great SPA supermarket, builders co-op shop, PO, ATM'c, Banks, Solicitors, Doctors etc.

    I would like to offer anyone helping get the property in ship-shape order for renovations after a 6 weeks work effort here, a complimentary week at the lodge when it's ready for it's higher end guests...but obviously, that is in the future and I can't deliver that now, but would love to give that if all goes to plan.

  • 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?


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    Volunteering hours expected

    max 5 hours, 5 days a week


My Photo Gallery

One collapsed massive wine vat! We tried to put it back together to convert into a coffee table for the new deck in Summer. The deck will be shaded by a lovely peach tree which bears delicious peaches.
Found a poor little doggie.. cut, bleeding and abandoned outside a supermarket for days I'd noticed her. So on Xmas eve a friend and I rescued her. She is a sweet, obedient, little doggie, but I think she suffers happiness overload at times!
Did a complete about face with internal colours...Whoever would have thought of red?
Found this little gem in the Belgrade Park and want to build something like this on my other land next year for a B&B unique Boutique experience. More details coming later in year when I gain approval.
This is the type of front fence for the property...So, starting with a basic solid little property, hopefully it can be turned into a visual delight for the village to help uplift and improve the area. Hoping it can also give future employment to locals via hair and nail treatments etc for visitors to the property over time. That's the idea anyways!
This is an idea of what I'm aiming to do with this place. It will hopefully become a retreat type property where I teach sustenance living basics, where people will come for a week or two to learn how they can help themselves, their families and their environment.
This is the street frontage of the property. lots of cleaning up to do, but not that hard! I will include a few shots below of how I want the place to look when it\'s all done by May 2015.
A typical village street in the area. Outside the property there are sealed roads and a bus service to the next big town, Tiszafured, 8klms away, which has frequent daily train services to Budapest, about 100klms west of this area.
This is part of the Tisza Lakes which are a huge tourist attraction in the area. My property is just 8klm from here. Fishing, bird watching, walking, biking, swimming and boating are just some of the attractions in the area, apart from the big attraction...thermal baths and spas!
The property comes with all this household clutter in it. I need help to clean out the entire place, including the attic. All the furniture will be given away, including clothes and nic-nacs to the locals, as I want to convert this to a boutique lodge after a good clean-up.
This little treasure is so cute. I'm making it into a self contained Pad for helpers on the property. It has water and electricity now and also has a flu(chimney) for a wood fire/heater. An en-suite will be added, kitchenette and bed. I rather like the wonky look of it...it is structurally sound as is and I'm looking at keeping the wonky look!
There is an awesome cellar under the shed end of the property. I'd love suggestions on how to use it. A beer hall, a sauna room, a gym? All suggestions considered.
This is the property I need help to clean up!


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