Help to renovate an old stone cottage and grow organic produce near Pontremoli, Italy




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    We have had a cancellation for November 2019 if you are interested in joining us for some or all of the month then please contact us now You will be joining both of us Tess the giant poodle and another workaway We have a huge woodburing stove so you will not be cold

    We are an English couple who have now relocated to Italy and started renovating an old Tuscan farmhouse with a view to it being used as a home and a heritage project for antique organic fruit and vegetables varieties of Tuscany
    We have started on the building project. The first phase which is mostly structural has been completed We are trying to keep the house very rustic, authentic and restore it to it's older form so every thing will be natural and hand made. Over the summer the main tasks will be, working on the house and see hard landscaping and looking after the vegetable garden and fruit orchards We are at the beginning of starting up a collection of antique fruit varieties of all sorts and hope to eventually use it for educational and leisure purposes to include processing storage and the preserving of Italian fruit and vegetables. We are vegan and very much into food and cooking !!
    If you can stay for at least two weeks that would be great and much longer if you can. There will likely be 3-4 volunteer from around the world so lots of stories around the lunch table . This is a fantastic rustic area with wonderful culinary traditions and the locals are great I am sure you will love it.
    We work for 5 hours per day in exchange for board and lodgings. All food is included We only cook and prepare vegan food
    We have an existing cottage on the land which we renovated several years ago and is our home until house is finished You will have your own bedroom in a separate apartment with its own kitchen and bathroom During the week we all eat together at lunch time We have wifi and a beautiful terrace with views of Apennine and Apuane mountains .
    We prefer volunteers with some building/ land/gardening skills and who are happy to get involved in this type of work. Couples are very welcome as much help his needed in kitchen and garden.
    We are only 30 minutes from the sea and 'Cinque Terra' and it is an hour from Pisa/Lucca and two hours from Florence .We love walking and would love to show you an undiscovered part of Italy famous for food and foraging and porcini mushrooms. Come and join us on our 'great escape' in an undiscovered part of Tuscany!!
    We are looking for couples who might like to stay long termed if that was the case we would give you preference.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Group of international helpers, house building , organic gardening skills, Italian life style

  • Help


    Renovating old stone house, building work of all descriptions , clearing land , vegetable gardening

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English Italian

  • Accommodation


    Tuscan farmhouse, own bedroom, shared kitchen and living room plus terrace Meals with hosts on working days

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    • 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 (8am -1pm), 5 days a week

'I'orto' 2017
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View of Apuane from house
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Harvet 2017
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