Favourited 31 times
We are a family living in a beautiful, big place. We moved here five years ago and have done all the basic renovation in the main building since. It's located peacefully 300 yards off the village right at the edge of the woods, surrounded by 6000m2 of property ground. We (try to) grow vegetables, keep hens and cats while always having some minor or major to build, renovate or create in the house and outside. Apart from the generous house there is another big building which we intend to renovate to create community living space sometime. We have two children: Jette, four, and Enno, two, the younger one needs special care as he is what you call a "slow developer".
Our home feels like being on holiday already. In our "free time" we experience and explore nature, relax, meditate, play, excercise, are creative or just have a bonfire. The woods are vast and you can walk for hours, house and garden are peaceful and calm. And that's what this place offers. We love to have people around and friends on visit (far too little since the pandemic).
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Marieke is actually a wilderness educator at heart but she earns money being an English and biology teacher. She has also worked as a baker and pastry cook for some time. Anders knows a lot of our local plants and mushrooms, but he could also teach you how to play the piano. We are both self-trained in several DIY and arty fields like sewing or painting, we have equipment for pottery, enamel, a library and of course a big and well-equipped workshop.
At the moment we would appreciate help with the children most! The help we would welcome in general is various: Beside general maintenance, gardening, cooking family meals or childcare, you could bring in more specialized skills: We are thinking of house building skills, metalwork or paving, but also tree felling or fruit tree pruning. Someone experienced in curative education for our son would also be wonderful.
This host offers a language exchange
I would like to advance my French and Spanish, I am a professional English teacher and have experience in teaching German as a second lanuguage.
In the main house we have a generous guest room with a double bed, a big sofa and a desk. Next to it there is a simple but private bathroom and also a sauna. The room is on the ground floor, while all other shared rooms are above, so it’s very private if you want it to be. The large kitchen for everyone is up the stairs on the same floor as the living room and the library. There is a small garden house with a bunk bed and a veranda in the garden, it would need some attention and work but would make a private tiny house then. We receive our groceries mainly from a local organic farm delivery and like to cook freshly, if time allows. We rarely eat meat (Marieke not at all). During the week family dinner is the classic German “Abendbrot” with bread, cheese and a fresh salad.
We both work (homeoffice as well as real office) and the children are in childcare during the week. Public transport to Kassel exists, but it is rare and slow. We have bikes, pedelecs and cars for closer and further exploration and for your use as well. Kassel offers some cultural attraction as does Melsungen a smaller town nearby offering ice cream parlors and a weekly market. Groceries are available some kilometers away.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a decent WiFi and have also been able to work online ourselves including many video conferences. We will also soon upgrade our Internet access.
This host can provide space for campervans.
Dogs are very welcome to scare off the fox and racoon but should not kill cats or hens itself ;-)
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
These are extra optional ratings when members leave feedback. The average rating left for each option is displayed.
Accuracy of profile: