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We are a family of 4, Aidan, Denise, Fraser (12) and Olivia (10). We are a multilingual family. We are British but have spent 6 years in Spain and now 1 year here in the Schwarzwald in Germany. Aidan has a full time job and Denise is part time at home. 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 toilet upstairs (the floor we live on), 3 bedrooms (until the 4th is finished) and a downstairs shower room.
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 and immerse ourselves into the German way of life.
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. 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.
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.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
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.
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.
Currently we are installing a bathroom on the first floor and then we will be digging out all of the downstairs and laying a new floor with underfloor heating followed by a kitchen/stairs and living room. We also need to be installing new windows before winter sets in 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.
English, German, Spanish
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.
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
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day