ABOUT US :
Our place is located in the village Red Mountain (Tsitelmta, Western Georgia, South Caucasus) exactly on a hilltop where the Chitaishvili or the Children of the birds, have lived for centuries and just like birds they have flown away and returned.
Our story is the story of three challenges and three returns; three times where the fires of the hearth were extinguished and then rekindled.
At the beginning of the 20th century, all of the children of the family had moved away and our great-great-great grandfather Lazare Chitaishvili found himself alone, after the loss of his wife, in our house at the top of our hill surrounded by tea bushes, vineyards and fruit trees. Lazare to preserve the house and estate decided to gift the house and estate to encourage his granddaughter, Marta. It was a rather brave and extraordinary decision to give household to a woman of the family! Almost 100 years from this time, Lika, my mother has decided to move back to her historical, wooden house from overcrowded Tbilisi.
This place means a family (or group of people) living in a village.
We love people, good conversations, good food, and some wine along with the music!
Our vision is to bring life back to the forgotten villages in Guria, West Georgia by building a place for a diverse community and agro-ethnic experiences, a place where you always want to return to. We invite guests to stay at our farm, eat fresh organic food farm-to-the-table, take part in agricultural activities: tea picking, taking care of kitchen garden, vineyard, and hazelnut plantation. And to engage in various recreational activities.
We have a historical house with a 1 hectare (10,000 square meters) farm that includes a kitchen garden, indigenous vines, hazelnut plantation, bamboo trees, tea bushes, and even a small rivulet Kikvata.
We plan to grow much more!
We are building various glamping places in the yard.
We need volunteers to help with:
☞ Help with Construction for the following projects: Eco house, Nalia hut, Shed, Storage for Goods, Wine Cellar
☞ General Maintenance of house and yard
☞ Cleaning & Housekeeping
☞ Improving water managment
☞ Helping with Guests
☞ Occasional Cooking
EARTH ARCHITECTURE WORKSHOP PROJECTS:
Imagine a floor that washes as easy as tile but is made completely out of earth! It’s energy-efficient and beautiful and oh it’s even a technique that our ancestors used and knew but that we need to rediscover in Georgia. Participants will learn the technique and help build a small test floor in our Nalia (clamping renovated corn cob)
You can build your own structures with your own hands from your own earth and straw and have it last hundreds of years and be more energy-efficient than concrete! In Georgia and all over the world we used to build this way: Why don’t we do it anymore? Because we don’t teach each other the technique! Come help us and in exchange we will teach you the technique so that you can use it in the future.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
You will have an opportunity to learn about Georgia and our culture. Guria is one of the least known regions of Georgia for tourists, that has subtropical nature, our house is on a hill with beautiful views, the climate is mild and it is only 30 min drive away from the Black Sea. There is a beautiful mountain river nearby where u can relax in the hot days.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We need help with
• camping sight construction
• Organizing yard for better holding master classes, and farm tour
• Setting up of organic garden and vegetable garden
• Development of authentic varieties of vines
• Arranging the cellar
• Tea tours - Increase family tea production (quantity, packaging)
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.
We have a campsite with two very large and one medium tent set up on wooden platforms. There is a bathroom and shower within a short walk. We will share food with you, we are vegetarian-friendly. You can cook your own food too. Free wifi and bonfires!
the closest city is Ozurgeti, 5 min drive, where you can find public transportation to all main cities of Georgia. Kutaisi airport is 1 hour and 20 min away.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
yes, with a different arrangement, if you would like to work from here, contact us for our offer
This host can provide space for campervans.
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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