Help with renovations, restoration and gardening of an old Hammersmith in the forest in South of Bavaria, Germany



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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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    We began the conservation and restoration of our 300 year old home three years ago. The house was an active Hammersmith until 1907 this meant the smith used the river to power a hammer to do the metal work.
    It is an all round project with work needed on the building internally and externally as well as outside in the grounds.
    The Hammerschmiede passed though a number of hands over the last 110 years and was sadly increasingly negleged. So we have started to give it much needed TLC.
    The house has a traditional southern Bavarian alpine wood structure. So a great deal of the work is woodwork. But plastering, electrical and plumbing is also needed.
    Outside we are landscaping the grounds to suit the surrounding nature.
    I have a huge amount of projects on the go and Tom is away for a few days a week so we also need help with general support such as cleaning.

    Our home is situated at the end of a dirt track road in a valley by the river in a forest clearing. It is located in foot hills of the Alps. Austria 10 mins, Switzerland 40 mins and Italy 3 hours away. The only sounds are from the river and the animals. It is a very quite and peaceful place. The nearest ski resort is 15 mins up the road :-)

    We are a couple with two children 11 and 14. They are fun and bubbly and a lot of fun to be with. They go to the Montesorri school. We only speak English at home.

    We love animals and have an amazing dog, two arab horses, cat, ducks, geese, rabbits, chickens and goats.

    Alongside the renovations we are both setting up business: Tom does consulting. I am setting up a company in Tangiers together with a Moroccan partner also based in Germany focused mainly on training, vocational education and business development.

    Strictly No Smokers please.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have travelled a lot and are open. Health and Healthy living is important to us. We bake our own bread, when we have time make our own yogurt and cheese. We speak English at home.
    We are into History, read a lot
    You can learn all kinds of craftsman skills, herbs, planting, about horses and animals

  • Help


    Woodwork e.g. Building stairs, laying floors.
    Plumbing and electrical
    Building furniture
    Some work outside
    General support with cleaning

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and German

  • Accommodation


    You would have a room for yourself

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The area is very beautiful. Very rural. We are only a few km away from the austrian boarder and close to Lake Constance.
    There are many beautful towns and sites and stunning nature. It is great for walking, bycicle and riding.

  • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 185742484742