Learn about renovation and help out at our farm house in Pikva village, Harjumaa, Estonia

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  • Description



    Update 2022

    We are Viktor and Kristiina and Grete and Birgit and Hugo.

    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? + Free time and socializing.

    The farm is not our main home. It means we spent time there during warmer months. We are there during the summer nights and weekends. We renovate hold houses and maintain the garden. As garden is huge, there are many activities. Planting salads and tomatoes and cucumber and other veggies. Grass cutting is my task and is done with tractor. Usually all work awayers have planted some trees. Pine and maple and oak have been most popular however this year we move to apple garden. This requires some ground works as well as planting and watering and protecting apple trees from wild animals.

    Besides gardening renovating and building is most time consuming activity for me. No, actually it is my hobby. We are currently building summer kitchen. It is basically a greenhouse, with kitchen function. Also children's playhouse is huge project. Wooden gates are next in line as I finished posts made out of stone. So woodwork is huge part of the works.

    As I mentioned earlier I do not live there. It means we cannot provide 24/7 companionship. Usually we are there 2-5 days during the week and time to time take our workawayer helpers to sight seeing. Maybe some other city or location which we visit ourselves. We can provide the ingrediencies , but bulk of cooking should be done by everyone themselves. There is no easy access to public transport. Railway station is 4km through forest.

    Accommodation is in sauna house. It has second floor for sleeping and first floor has dark small room for indoors eating and sauna for personal hygiene. Sauna is wood operated and requires fire. Most of people spend their time outdoors and in summer kitchen.

    Whom is it for?

    I don't know?...I can tell who has visited us during last 6 years. There were two set of people who stayed more than 3 months. Both of them came with their own caravan and stayed for several months. They helped us with garden maintenance and woodwork projects mentioned earlier. Of course they had convenience of their motorhome. One couple had children other one cats:). They worked remotely with their own projects and helped us for some hours each week.

    Other group of workawayers is solo traveler who likes nature and peace and relaxing environment. There have been several of them. And finally couples or friends who travel together.



  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    Woodworking; fieldstone works, woodpile construction, painting etc.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Estonian: Fluent
    Russian: Intermediate
    Finnish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Accomodation is in loghouse/sauna. 4 beds sleepingroom + sauna room + main room with small oven.
    Try toilet. Hygene in sauna or garden shower.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Transportation is by car. I will provide transfer from capital or near by town of Kehra. There is a train stop 4km from the farm. However it is trough forest.

    It is possible to travel to capital Tallinn for the day and enjoy the medieval old town and other sights.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Caravans are OK. Electricity available. Caravans are specially good for living there.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    All friendly animals are welcome!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Not determined. According to ones will and readiness. (25 hours a week, maximum)

Host ref number: 226621867425

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