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



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    ***** We do not have overnight accommodation at the moment but if you live nearby and would like some English speaking practice and share good food with us in exchange for a bit of help in the garden/house then please get in touch. We are currently working on the spare bedroom and also working on getting accommodation sorted in the barn.*****

    We currently have space so if you would like to join us, help us with our small holding then please do get in touch. We have space for a campervan and we also have a room for 2 people.

    We are a family of 4; Aidan, Denise, Fraser (14) and Olivia (12). 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 works locally and Denise is full time at home. We have a dog and 2 cats 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 & 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. The village 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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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 is learning German 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.

  • Help


    There is building, barn clearing, gardening & other general help around the house. We also have a barn across the road that we would like to create accommodation for workawayers so if you have any experience with creating off grid electric that you can bring to the project then definitely get in touch. There is also help with the stone mason, installing heating and creating a new kitchen in the main house. There is digging, underfloor heating, stairs building and cement laying jobs if you have the skills or the will. Basically there is plenty to chose from that will all help us...

    Primarily we are looking for any 'handy' people that can help with maintenance and building but we are also looking for people that enjoy gardening as we have a number of fruit trees as well as 3 veg plots so plenty to do here too. Our daughter is learning the guitar so any musicians are also very welcome.

    Aidan can teach a little but is also open to learning from a skilled builder/tiler/plasterer. We are mastering this project day by day and alone so please, if you have any skills to bring then get in touch.

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

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

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    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 and have lactose free milk in stock all the time.

    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Wifi is available and you do have your own room which has a desk so you can work in privacy.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a large barn which can house a campervan. We do also have space in front of the house if you prefer to be outside.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

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