Help us with renovations of an old Blacksmiths in the Black Forest, Germany




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    We are a family of 4, Aidan, Denise, Fraser (13) and Olivia (11). We are a multilingual family. We are British but have spent 6 years in Spain and moved to Germany in June 2018 to the Schwarzwald. Aidan has a full time job and Denise is part time at home and part time at college learning German! We have a dog and 2 kittens to help keep us busy. We are non smokers and have a non smoking house.

    We purchased an old Blacksmiths which was built in 1840 which is heated by log burners and has very basic amenities until we can update more. We do have a kitchen, living room, a bathroom & almost 4 bedrooms upstairs (the floor we live on). Kitchen, living room and bathroom are shared with us.

    We have the most amazing views over the Schwarzwald and are 600 metres above sea level. The village is small but very friendly. We source our milk from the farm in the village - the one that Aidan milks at a couple of nights a week. We bake our own bread daily, getting our flour in bulk from the nearest mill and we immerse ourselves into the German way of life as much as we can.

    We are located 5 kms from Schopfloch towards Horb am Neckar. It does not have any shop or pub but we can cater for most diets with prior knowledge. The village has little in the way of amenities but is still welcoming and lovely. We have 4 buses a day each weekday leaving the village and a couple coming into the village. The nearest shop/train/bakery is about 5 km away and the nearest bar/restaurant is 2 km away. Transport from the train station can be arranged. The nearest are Schopfloch or Horb, but Freudenstadt is also good.

    We love cooking from all over the world so please feel free to share this with us. We try to lead a mindful, spiritual life. We are growing our own vegetables to provide a some of our own food. We have plum and apple trees and various berry trees. Denise practices meditation, spiritual connection and yoga regularly.

    You will have the ability to look at the stars with minimal light as the street lights are out from midnight to 5 am making the sky come alive and camping fun.

    We do have a blog of our journey from Spain to Germany. the ongoing integration into Germany and the House renovation. However the renovation and Housework make regular posting difficult.

  • Arten von Arbeit

    Arten von Arbeit

    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
    Sonstige Arbeiten
    Sprachen praktizieren

  • Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    Kultureller Austausch und Lernmöglichkeiten

    We are looking for people from different cultures and also Spanish speakers to keep our Spanish up. We are all native English speakers but Aidan speaks fluent German and basic Spanish, Denise speaks very basic Spanish and learning German (beginner) and the children are both fluent Spanish and German but we are always open to learning a little of your language or dialect.
    Now that we can't get to visit other cultures so easily then it would be great if you could visit us.
    We hold many interests between us and love hearing about other interests. We love to share food, drink and conversation so would hope you would join us in this.

  • Arbeit


    There is building work, barn clearing, gardening & other general work around the house.

    Primarily we are looking for any 'handy' people that can help with maintenance and building.

    We are going to be digging out all of the downstairs and laying a new floor with underfloor heating followed by a kitchen/stairs and living room so if you have any of those skills to bring then please contact us.

    We are also looking for anyone that can help in the garden or chopping wood. We have a large barn to clear out too so we can always find work to suit your ability. Aidan can teach a little but is also open to learning from a skilled builder/tiler/plasterer.

    We are looking for 4-5 hours work a day in exchange for free board, food and refreshments.

    We are mainly looking for English speakers just so we can communicate easily but Spanish speakers and German speakers are very welcome.

    Eventually we would like to build holiday accommodation and create a space to hold workshops within the buildings/barns but we need to get the basics covered this year.

  • Gesprochene Sprachen

    Gesprochene Sprachen

    English, German, Spanish

  • Unterkunft


    You will have your own room with a door which can be locked and can be shared with a travelling companion but you will not be expected to share with someone you do not know. The room is single or twin occupancy. The rest of the amenities will be shared with us.
    We have a few outbuildings and a plot across the road should you prefer to pitch a tent.

    Breakfast - You can help yourselves to what we have on the shelves. This can be fruit, cereals, homemade bread etc We have milk direct from the farm in the village but can also provide low fat milk if you prefer.

    Lunch - We try to have lunch together which can be pasta, salad, sandwiches

    Dinner - This is our main meal of the day which we tend to all sit around chatting, all preparing the food and relaxing. We regularly play a board game or cards or just chat after dinner and occasionally we have 'movie' nights. We do have netflix and wifi is also included for your stay. We encourage you to join us but of course it is your preference.

  • Was noch ...

    Was noch ...

    Being in the Schwarzwald there are many different things to do with your time and many things to see but if you wish to stay nearby then walking or cycling are great ways to see the forest and the countryside.

    Locally there is
    Natur Erlebnis Bad (natural water swimming) in Glatten which is the next village
    Toepferei/pottery in Dietersweiler
    Barfuss Park in Hallwangen
    Europa Park is within an hours travel
    Hochwaldstrasse is easily accessible and we can guide road users to other quieter but equally satisfying driving experiences.

    Stuttgart is 1 hour away with a variety of museums and monuments to visit
    is a great website to find more of what is available to do in the area

  • Etwas mehr Information

    Etwas mehr Information

    • Internet Zugang

    • Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

      Eingeschränkter Internet Zugang

    • Wir besitzen Tiere

    • Wir sind Raucher

  • Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal

    Kapazität - wie viele Workawayer maximal


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    Maximum 4-5 hours a day

The village
Pizza/bread oven in the village
A working progress
Hosting friends and workawayers that are staying in the village. Home made bread and pizza's by Aidan
Workawayers from New Zealand
Workawayer from from Hong Kong staying at another house in the village!
A bit of 'freetime' at the local Barfuss Park
workawayers in action!
cooking sausages on the fire pit...and marshmallows!
nearby walk in the forest

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