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We are heavily occupied with kids and work. Therefore our farm house gets less attention. We do offer workaway experience, but with less social interaction from our part and also no daily catering. Our guest should have possibility to visit the shops and buy food from 15 km distance.
We are Viktor and Kristiina and Grete and Birgit.
Our place is a farm house in Pikva village, Harjumaa Estonia. It is located by Jägala River. Distance from the capital is 50 minutes by car.
History of the farm starts from early ages. Several owners are marked in Church books form middle ages. Current setup of houses were constructed between 1908 to 1933. We have two stone houses - grain dryer and stable. In addition wooden barn. Main house was burned 20 years ago.
Establishment is surrounded with Kõrvemaa nature reserve and Jägala river. Across the river are our neighbors - small summer houses. Nature reserve provides clean and healthy environment.
What to do in here?
Main activities are involved with renovating the houses or gardening. For me it is a perfect get away from daily office routine.
Houses are old and need a lot of work. Starting from fieldstone walls and ending with wooden roof. All together we have more than 1000 m2 of rooms..
Same applies to the garden. 8750 m2 of grass + small field 47 hectares. Garden is empty and need weekly mowing + trimming. In addition we have more and more flowers which need care.
In addition there are numerous other works...
River is 30 m from the house and fishing is the main entertainment. Forests and bogs nearby provide berries and nature products. This place would fit to nature enthusiasts. Hiking among trails is possible.
Internet is available with 4G. As there are no cities or towns near so by you may enjoy clear nights and look at the stars.
Sleeping rooms are in old grain house at sauna part. Cooking is done in summer kitchen. Washing and hygiene is available in Sauna or during hot summer days in the river. Toilet is dry:)
Update end of 2019.
In currents state country house is still our hobby. There are plenty of works to be done. However we have small children and they take most of our free time. We are not there most of the week and quest can decide more freely how to plan their day and actives. Downside is that if someone anticipates more social interaction, then we cannot offer that on daily bases.
If You are workawayer and value freedom and nature and time for yourself, then this is good opportunity.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Living here is suitable for person who would like to get away from city environment. Learn how to renovate old fieldstone houses/wooden roofs/ovens or gardening tips and tricks.
Woodworking; fieldstone works, woodpile construction, etc.
Accomodation is in loghouse/sauna. 4 beds sleepingroom + sauna room + main room with small oven.
Try toilet. Hygene in sauna or garden shower.
Transportation is by car. I will provide transfeer from capital or near by town of Kehra. There is a train stop 4km from the farm. However it is trough forest and the trail is not suitable for strangers.
It is possible to travel to capital Tallinn for the day and enjoy the medival old town and other sigths.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week