We, Nicolette and Simone, are best friends, and 3 years ago we bought a very cool property, Cockagne. We live and work here, and we have many friends that enjoy the place with us. Nicolette is a successful social entrepreneur, that comes up with new inventions or businesses all the time. She lives in the big house, together with her daughter Djenna, her almost grownup-son Luca and Frommel, the Cuddling KillerCat. Simone lives in the white house with Ms Pepper, her medium sized princess-dog. Simone just can't make up her mind whether she's an artist, a business lady or an inspirator/supercharger for entrepreneurs and free spirits.
At Cockagne, no day is the same, but it's relaxed, fun and sometimes quite funny!
Come help us out with the garden, there's a lot of work to be done. Next to that, there is plenty of other things that you could help us with, depending on your skills and your preferences; things like painting, building, carrying, planting an organic vegetable garden, doing stuff in and around the house, assist Simone with her art work, preparing food. There's always stuff to do, it also depends on what your skills and interests are.
We'll be happy to welcome you in our midst, and introduce you to the wonderful, nice & interesting people that often stay with us. Or, go to Amsterdam, or any other city, it's easy! Our place is located close to both Amsterdam and Utrecht, and not too far away from The Hague and Rotterdam.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We share our place with inspiring friends. It’s a fantastic place to meet new people from different walks of life, be inspired and increase your international network. Especially for a Workawayer who is entrepreneurial, this would be a fantastic opportunity!
We would especially need help with the big garden around our houses, and help in and around the houses. But there are way more possibilities, like planting an organic vegetable garden, or helping with art projects, and we do have spontaneous projects, so let's see what is happening!
We have 2 camping cars on the terrain, one with shower and toilet, the other without. Furthermore we have an outside kitchen and a huge fridge. The place offers enough opportunities to withdraw yourself in case you want some me-time.
Our refrigerators are always filled up and if we have no guests to take care of, you are welcome to prepare your own food. You won’t be hungry. We would love to have a food lover!
If you like sauna: Cockagne has one, (in a messy barn :-) and you are welcome to use it!
The surroundings are typical Dutch, with a lot of farm-land. You can swim or fish in the water around our house, make campfire and have long nights playing music in the garden together with our friends.
We live very close to Amsterdam and Utrecht. You can use the bike to go to the train station (8 minutes ride, or 20 minutes walk). From this trainstation, Breukelen CS, it's only 20 minutes to Amsterdam, and 15 to Utrecht.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week