Hello! we are a family of two, Jeannette and Francesco, between 45 and 60. We live in a big house with our dog and cat. We live in a rural area, called Sabina, 40km north of Rome, very reach of forests and little medieval villages. The nearest village is 4 km from the house. The house is located perched high above the Tiber valley, down a private and quiet ‘no through road’ in one of the most picturesque unspoilt locations in the region Lazio.
We love sports and nature. My husband works in Rome and I'm a housewife.
We are very talkative people, we like humour and we are open mind. We live simply and genuine, out of the cities routine. During the day I'm at home alone and my husband come back in the evening. We live in a big house with plenty of space in and outdoor. In the summer, from June to end of September, we rent our home as holiday home and our guests come most of all from north Europe.
We have another house in the south of Tuscany, even in the countryside, where sometimes we go on weekends and where you are welcome.
We need to improve our English and we decided to start a new experience with workawayers. We have a lot of idea, we are very creative and we are looking for someone that help us to realise our little projects. For example, we want to build a large piece of furniture for our living room using old windows as doors.
We are looking for a girl/woman (may consider a couple) English mother-tongue to improve our English skills and giving hand with general maintenance. Volunteers should work five days a week (sometimes week-end included) at least 3 hours a day, gardening, painting, renovating and cleaning the house.
There is a comfortable living accommodation for you, one entire floor of the house, with your own kitchen and facilities. We treat all workawayers like members of our family and they are welcome to join in within we are doing.
We always try to take them on trips in the local area and introduce them to our friends.
We will welcome genuine and active people. Ideally we would like girl/woman or a couple who would like to stay for a few weeks or even months, assuming that we all get on. Compatibility is all important to us as is communication and to know that we will all get on well together.
We are two orderly people, our home is well maintained, we love people that take care to the house as well as we do, we expect the same for the provided rooms and spaces.
For the rest, we are not fiscal. It could happen that some days you are free and others we need help more than 3 hours. It depends on the weather and on the job. We always try to find the better solution in which both are satisfied.
If you are smoker remember you may smoke only in the outside area.
We eat everything, meat not every day, our is Mediterranean diet. We love cooking and share each other dishes. We will share dinner and sometimes lunch. You will have a beautiful kitchen for you, where you can have breakfast and storage your grocery.
A can do attitude and a sense of humour works well in our family.
So when you write please do tell us plenty about yourself, your likes, interests, reason for travelling and what skills and experience you can offer. Your photo is appreciated.
Help in the house
We give the opportunity our host to learn about Italian culture, if you feel like, to learn Italian cooking, to feel you a part of our family and you are welcome to join in within we are doing. We will drive you anytime you need at the village and visiting the surroundings and the unspoiled corners of this region. If you are bikers, we can bike together discovering the Sabina area.
Rome is also close to us, in not more than one-hour train, you are in the centre of Rome. So you have the opportunity to go there every time you want.
The most important thing is English practice. Our English skill is modest, we need speak for improve the language. We would like talkative outgoing person to laugh and chat with at the dinner table, someone able to teaching us with patience.
Regarding the help we need, it concern general maintenance of the house. Volunteers should work five days a week (weekend included) at least 3 hours a day, gardening (using machinery), painting, renovation, cleaning and some woodwork.
It could happen that some days you are free and others we need help more than 3 hours. It depends on the weather and on the job. In November we make the olive harvest, we sure need your help. the average will be anyway of 3 hours a day. We always try to find the better solution in which both are satisfied.
There is a comfortable living accommodation for you, one entire floor of the house, with your own kitchen and facilities. We provide a comfortable double room with your own bathroom, a large living room with TV, a big kitchen, washer and dryer.
We eat everything, meat not every day, our is Mediterranean diet. We love cooking and share each other dishes. We will share dinner and often lunch too, unless I’m not at home. You will have a beautiful kitchen for you, where you can have breakfast and storage your grocery. If you have some special needs, let us know when you write please.
We are two orderly and clean people, our home is well maintained, we love people that take care to the house as well as we do, we expect the same for the provided rooms and spaces.
We kindly ask to the volunteers the respect of environment. Please avoid wasting electricity and water at every time.
There is a beautiful walk with no traffic for reaching the nearest village, Poggio Mirteto, in about 20 minutes by walk. In the village you may find everything you need. There are some buses for reaching the Station. You can reach Rome in not more then one hour by train. There are train direct to Rome every one hour more or less.
We lend you a bike for the small trips.
If you want to discover the Sabina region, you will find a stunning land. Sabina is steeped in history and mythology. Untouched by mass-tourism, the Sabina Hills are the ideal location for 'slow travel'. Whether you are looking for peace and tranquillity, or discovery and adventure, you are sure to find it in Sabina. Trek across mountains, clear streams and picturesque olive groves.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 3 hours a day, 5 days a week