Hello Fellow Travelers!
We are a young married couple (28 & 30) that said goodbye to our previous lives in Brooklyn and moved out to the Swedish countryside to start a small farm and restaurant. Sure, it was a bit of a crazy idea, but we have found fulfillment that we never thought possible back in our cubicles at home. We are still building up the property at this stage, with plans of opening mid-July, and we'd love to have a great group of like minded people to share in this experience!
Our property is not a large one, just a bit over an acre in land, with about a quarter of it used for growing vegetables organically. It has an absolutely stunning view over neighboring farms, and is a short 1 hour bus ride to the center of Stockholm. We have done most of the work to the grounds ourselves over the past year (thank you YouTube!), and have learned a great deal in the process. This year, we hope to finally be able to open for customers on the weekends, serving food made with our homegrown produce and all our love :)
Outside of work, we love to spend our time traveling, and have been to about 50 countries. We have two friendly and slightly weird dogs. We spend most evenings listening to old records, cooking together with a glass of wine in hand, and enjoying a night cap by the fire pit. On our days off, we tend to go hiking, swimming and camping. Sometimes, we even venture into the city, but for the most part, we prefer to stay in the countryside.
We'd love to host creative types, with a keen sense of adventure, and an interesting story to tell. Hope to hear from you soon!
Tim & Christine
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Because our property is very well located, you will get to experience best of both the Swedish countryside, with it's typical red houses, sprawling farms, and forest land, as well as Stockholm city life and all it has to offer. You will have the freedom to make the most of your time here independently, as you will not have to rely on us to get around. And, because we will be operating a restaurant, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with our many Swedish customers.
Our tasks from day to day vary greatly based on the project we are focusing on at the moment. As we are still renovating the property, and building the business, there are countless things that we could use help with.
1. Organic Gardening -- if you have experience growing vegetables, we could really use your help!
2. General Renovation & Maintenance Work -- sanding floors, painting, wood work, plumbing work, etc (something always seems to need a little love around the house)
3. Yard Work -- weeding, mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, watering plants
4. Creative Help -- we would love a fellow creative person to help with design features, perhaps painting a mural, or adding some other form of artistic interest to the space. We have a barn full of different building materials and antiques that we'd love to recycle into something special.
5. Carpentry/Building -- We have an old camper from the 1960s that we'd really love to have refinished into a guest cabin using recycled wood from the property. We also have a 200 year old barn that needs a bit of restoration, again using recycled wood from the property.
6. Everyday Household Chores/Tasks/Cleaning
English, Swedish, Turkish and a little Greek
You will be staying in your own private room downstairs, with it's own private entrance from the outside of the house. You will also have access to your own private bathroom and shower, located about 20meters away from your room. The room is small and basic, but clean (just renovated a year ago), with a new bed and clean linens provided. You will have access to the kitchen facilities for the restaurant. We think this is an ideal set-up that will give you privacy when you require it. We do not plan to host more than one volunteer at a time, the only exception being for friends/couples traveling together.
As we mentioned above, our property is an hour bus ride directly into Stockholm City Center, and the bus picks up right outside the house every 2 hours. This means you can easily explore Stockholm and travel during your free time without relying on us for rides. We will also have a bike that you can use to get around locally, there is a great lake for swimming about 3km away, and a full grocery store about 7km away.
We will provide 3 hearty meals per day. We bought a restaurant, because we love to cook and share our food!
Breakfast - You will be responsible for making your own breakfast in the morning, we will provide eggs, bread, yogurt, etc.
Lunch - Usually consists of leftovers from dinner. Many days we do not eat a real lunch as we are usually working, but we will provide pantry staples and food for you to make your own meal if we are too busy.
Dinner - This is our big meal, and it's how we like to wind down a relax after a hard day's work. We tend to eat late, and there is always plenty. We usually have some form of meat (fish/chicken/pork/beef) and a couple of side dishes. Tim is a cocktail master, therefore dinner is almost always preceded with cocktail hour! If you are a vegetarian, please let us know and we will make arrangements to cook a heartier vegetable side every night to accommodate!
There is plenty to see and do during your time off:
You can go into Stockholm via the bus outside our house
You can visit one of the many castles dotting the countryside around us
You can play golf at one of the many courses locally
You can go swimming at the lake down the street
You can go camping literally anywhere you like, as Sweden allows you to wild camp on both public and private lands
You can chill out at the house, have a beer, read a book and play with the dogs
You can go on hikes and explore the woods behind our house
You can go to the beach, which is about 25-30 minutes away
We're happy to offer you rides around the local area, and you're welcome to tag along whenever we leave the house.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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