My partner Dirk and me (Maria) have chosen to live in the North part of mainland Greece, Central Macedonia, Goumenissa at Mount Paiko region after traveling and living around the world. After Aug 2012, in our family, we also have our oldest son Achilleas and after October 2014 our youngest Arionas!
The small town is located at the foothill of mountain Paiko, our perception of 'heaven on earth'.
We are into all short of projects, on tourism promotion for this area, along with running a small traditional guesthouse ('home away from home' as our guests describe it!) and we are also renovating our home at a small village next to Goumenissa, called Pentalofo.
Goumenissa, the town where the guesthouse is located, is a 4.500 people town, at the foothill of Mount Paiko, where one can find five visitable wineries, a music culture of self taught brass band musicians and a few bars and tavernas, quite vivid during summer and less busy during the rest of the year.
Mainly we are interested in getting some help with preparing and working in the garden, and when the weather does not permit help with the everyday work we do at the guesthouse and the house maintenance...or our boys' maintenance! :-)
We are looking forward to receiving structured, visitors that
- share our passion for nature and working outdoors
- are willing to share knowledge and experience, teach us what they know, but also to learn from us
- are broad-minded, easygoing and appreciate the value of laughter and humor in life!
- are willing to help us around on our daily duties and plans
- take initiative and are self-motivated in contributing
- have ideas and positive energy to contribute to the development and marketing of this area we live in.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Your help could be offered along the week or in 4-5 days so that you get the time to jump on a bus and get to Thessaloniki (second largest Greek city) in an hour drive and from there access through bus service the beach resorts of Chalkidiki and Pieria region or spend some time in the nearby cities of Giannitsa, Edessa, Veria and more or...simply trek and free camp on magic Mount Paiko.
We would prefer not to commit on time schedules and plans until we first get to spend one week with you, to get to know each other better, and see how our 'chemistry' works out!
Also, please make an effort to arrange your travel plans in such a way so that you can reach our place by 18:00 hrs. Having two small children makes it a bit hard for us to pick up from the bus station and also be around for helping our visitors to orientate on their first hours with us, if these hours are late at night.... ;-)
Looking forward to your applications...
Greek, English, Dutch, German
What we can offer is private accommodation in the guesthouse service rooms (room for 1 or two people with private bathroom) or in our in our house guest room, use of all guest house common rooms and wi-fi internet access as long as...a place in our table and access to our fridge! If you are a good cook, then let's exchange recipes and take shifts in cooking!! :-)
We can only feel good with positive people around us, who are interested in getting to know us....so if you have some kind of huge mess you need to sort out....and you feel like spending most of your time here alone...please don't bother coming!! ;-)
We HIGHLY appreciate people who can take initiative and do not need to be asked all the time to do things. Our day routine is pretty much straight forward...we totally understand that people would have things to ask or that they might need to know a few things before they start really contributing....but after certain experiences we had with travellers, what we don't understand, is why people would get into all this trouble of entering the network and start arranging visits to people, UNLESS they have sth to offer or a contributing, mutually exchanging mentality!!!
ALSO, again based on our experience with travellers, in case you plan to spend your days off not in travelling, exploring, experiencing, tasting and you choose to just stay inside and rest please know in advance that on most of the 'day-offs' of our visitors we also make our own plans. You are of course welcome to stay and follow your needs, but you will also need to make your own arrangements for your meal plans since we are probably less around on those days! Thank you! ;-)
Directions on how to get here (GOUMENISSA, in KILKIS region AND NOT Igoumenitsa (PORT))
The closest airport: Thessaloniki (SKG)
From Athens : You need to reach Thessaloniki first, via bus, train or a flight, from there there is regular bus service
By bus from Thessalonik : Reach Thessaloniki Central Bus Station (KTEL) from there is a regular connection to Goumenissa (you get your tickets from the kiosk of KILKIS region, aprox 9 euros). It runs almost every hour and it's 75 kms drive, aprox 1.5 hour NW to Thessaloniki to reach Goumenissa, which is the terminal stop.
When In Goumenissa ; You may get of the bus at the 'ROXANI' stop (a coffee place that is now used as a bus stop). You may walk along this road, towards the same direction as the bus direction, and you meet the guesthouse on your left after 500m -it is the only one in Goumenissa, so ask for "HOTEL" any local- , right after the central square and the taxi stop you meet us on your left. It's max 10 mins walk to our place.
Alternatively , let us know on which bus you are on. We could make an effort to be at the bus station when you arrive if needed.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25hrs per week