Hi! We are a young (ish) English couple living in rural continental Croatia with our two rather ferel young children, three dogs and a grumpy cat.
We live on an old farm situated in a beautiful location surrounded by rolling fields and forests yet only 45 minutes from Zagreb and 2½ hours from the coast.
Our property consists of a large farmhouse, an old cottage, barns and outbuildings surrounded by 14 acres of orchards, vineyards and agricultural land.
We settled here 5 years ago with the hopes of renovating and creating our perfect family home and developing our timber reclamation business.
We came to Croatia to take a step back, to live sustainably, more in harmony with nature and raise our family in a simple rural environment.
Invariably the arrival of two small children has slowed developments somewhat and our need for extra hands has become increasingly apparent!!!
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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Enjoy a part of Croatia you would never usually see.... This is true rural Croatia, untouched by tourism.
Explore the wilderness we are surrounded by, listen to the silence (when the kids are asleep!), get lost in the fields, find peace and relax. Work along side nature and explore your creativity.
We are happy to pass on all that we know and have experienced but what we most look forward to is the knowledge, experience and ideas you can bring.
So here's where we are at.....
The main house renovations are nearly complete but there is a lot of finishing to do and character yet to inject.....
The beautiful original outbuildings...... All need major renovation work... oak framing, ground works, brick work, roofing, internal finishing, plumbing, electrics... We want to make this work as sustainable as possible and maintain the original 'soul' of the structures.
The grounds..... We have a lot of land, loads. This gives us a world of opportunities but also means a lot of maintenance.... One thing we are not short of is grass! General maintenance of the land is high on the list...
Other projects for the land include
:The planning and building of a vegetable garden.
:The design and construction of a kids adventure playground
:Fruit picking (and processing) when in season
:The ongoing design and creation of an outside social/party space.... Fire pit, BBQ, pizza oven, stone and timber seating
: The planting of trees to create a wild forest (we'd kind of like everyone who comes to plant a tree, to leave their mark here)
:Fencing, loads of fencing
: Building animal shelters to house all the animals we will no doubt rescue in the coming years
Our Timber reclamation business is based on our grounds to and there are workshop renovation works to complete there.
We have two children, three dogs and a cat, all rescues (the animals, not the kids :) ) Our daughter is 4 and our son is 18 months. We are keen for them to interact, learn and play with people from varied and diverse backgrounds. They are great fun, full of mischief and personality and demand more energy than any other 'project' on site!
We try to do as much as we can by recycling materials and working with what we have here. We have a full woodworking machinery workshop on site and a digger and all terrain forklift so skills in the use of these would be great.... They certainly make life easier and give us a world of opportunity.
So come give us a hand, bring your creativity and enjoy some time in beautiful rural Croatia.
We have plenty of land so you can pitch a tent/campervan as close or as or far away from us as you like!
We also have a cosy room in the main house set up with a bed with fresh sheets/towels etc. We can set it up to sleep 1or 2 people.
You'll have use of the family kitchen and are welcome to eat with us, cook or help out and hang out with us whenever you like. We have two bathrooms with showers so plenty to go around.
We eat well and love our food, particularly Asian and north African cuisine. All meals provided but you are also welcome to cook and share your recipes.
Unlimited WiFi so you are welcome to hook up to that.
We are located in Dubrava, near Vrbovec. The town has a bus station with buses running to Vrbovec (which has a mainline train station) and Zagreb.... Plus various other places.
Our daughter goes to kindergarten in Zagreb so we drive there and back 3 days a week so you can hitch a lift in whenever you want.
We often drive to the lesser seen parts of Croatia to source timber so you are welcome to tag along on those trips if you fancy an adventure.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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