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Experience slow-life surrounded by stunning nature in Piedmont, Italy

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  2024 

 Min stay requested: 1 month or more

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  • Description

    Description

    Experience italian culture in the countryside with a winemaker, a baker and two little girls!
    Slow-life, eco-friendly practices, outdoor activities, wine and good food!

    >> CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR:
    * CRAFTMANSHIP SKILLS {i.e. painting, bricks, wood, etc...} as we would like to do little things in the house during the summer...
    * AU-PAIR with experience and a bit of italian or Spanish for the months of September/october

    We live in italian countryside, in Piedmont. Alberto (1984) was born and raised in the countryside; he loves its rhythms and its traditions. Carla (1985) grew up between one city and the other, but learned to love the quiet life in Monferrato hills, ruled by seasons and Nature’s rhythm.
    We believe that "returning to nature", to a life in harmony with the wonderful world around us, it’s a priceless treasure and a message that is essential to tell to those around us and to those who will take our place one day.
    We have two daughters: Frida (2017) and Cora (2022); an Italian Spinone dog and a cat.

    We have a farm which produces organic wine and firewood. We have about 25 hectares of vineyard, a family vegetable-garden and woods.
    Carla also has a "Lab" specialised in cake-design, high quality catering, chef experiences and cooking lessons.
    We live and work in our country house where we also have a B&B room.
    We love to share free time with new friends and travel though different cultures by hosting foreign people.
    Nature around us is beautiful and wild; there are several trails suitable for bicycles or walking. We are close enough to big cities like Torino or Milano, so it's possible to reach them by train and spend the day away.

    IF YOU ARE LOOKING A PLACE TO FIX RESIDENCE in order to ask citizenship, our house is not the place. We are not available for this kind of hosting.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will have the opportunity to live rural italian life, surrounded by a stunning nature.
    You will have a private space at the house and be able to try new experiences in winemaking and Italian cuisine.

    From our place you can easily reach cultural cities like Milano, Torino and Genova, but also little towns with a lot to tell like Asti, Alba, Casale and touristic areas like Monferrato and Langhe.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help

    Help

    What we are looking for...

    PAID POSITION WITH CONTRACT: SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2024
    1. AU PAIR - €250/month
    We are looking for an au pair. If you are interested please read carefully the following criteria as we can accept applications only respecting them.
    - Age: 23-30
    - Country: EU citizens or any other country that DO NOT require to ask for a VISA
    - Stay: 2 months from September
    - No smokers
    - Driving licence (manual transmission car)
    - Contract: Italian standard au-pair contract for a max 30hours a week with a pocket money of €250/month

    NON PAID WORKAWAY OPPORTUNITIES:
    1. ANY TYPE OT CRAFTSMANSHIP
    - Our house is big enough to always give us something to do... we are always pleased to host those who have experience in maintenance (painting, cleaning, small projects) and any other type of task that requires to use your hands :)

    2. HELP IN THE HOUSE: CLEANING AND COOKING
    - We are always super busy so any kind of help with managing a home it will be appreciated.
    - We also have a vegetable garden (mostly in spring and summer season) and plants/trees to manage.

    3. OCCASIONAL CHILD CARE & PLAY
    - If you love kids and enjoy time playing and learning with them this is the right place. Our girls will be home in the afternoon/evening after school and we will love to have some help entertaining them.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will be hosted at an old Villa located very close to us (200mt).
    The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, one livingroom and kitchen.
    You might share the house with other guests. We are currently long-term hosting MATTHEW (53 years old from U.S.) who has been with us from the past one year and half so he is pretty familiar with the surroundings. He will be happy to be your guide to the area!

    Type of accommodation we offer do not include food/meals. You will be asked to cook your own meals and manage your groceries; if you need a car and you have driving licence, you can use ours. We will organise few meals together but with our businesses and the kids we are currently not able to organise meals for everyone, every day.
    15 hours/week- no food, 25 hours/week- food/ingredients

    There is no internet connection at the accommodation house, but wifi at our place is always available and there is also a free wifi point in front of the house (at the town church). There is NO TELEVISION (not even at our place)!

    In summertime our vegetable-garden offers zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce, eggplant and peppers. There is a tiny grocery shop in Alfiano Natta (10mins walking) and supermarkets are 10mins by car away.

    We do NOT host SMOKERS. We can't host DOGS or other animals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    In Cardona there are no shops or Bars. The nearest Bar is located in the main town Alfiano Natta, just a few minutes by car or around 10 minutes walking. There are also a small grocery, a post office and a pharmacy.

    Asti is 20 km away. You can go there by public transport (not working in August); a bus stops here two to three times a day and arrive to Asti train station. Ticket costs € 2.30 one-way.
    From here you can visit Torino, Milano or Genova in the day. There are a lot of beautiful natural places to visit and ancient churches or towns.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    The garden can be used as a parking area for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    15 hours/week- no food, 25 hours/week- food/ingredients

Host ref number: 376254257858

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