Language assistance/take care of my pets and home/art studio-in-progress in the Sabine Hills, Italy

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  • Description

    Description

    Please note that because of a recent bereavement I have not been able to reply to the multitude of messages, the late replies sending the host rating down. Moving forward I should be able to reply with a reasonable response time - 2020 what a time of chaos 🙄

    Most important thing right now - Italian speaking guests are much appreciated 🎊🎊🎊

    Please note that whatsapp is the fastest way for me to respond!

    I'm building a series of art studios in the Sabine Hills one hour North of Rome by car or train. In time the studios will provide a residency for artists to visit and use in the form of an award where the facilities and time spent will be free for chosen groups and individuals. I have two houses and a series of agricultural buildings to convert.
    At the present time one of the houses with two double rooms is perfectly fine for accommodation, the other house needs more work but this is predominantly aesthetic. My main challenge is to convert the agricultural spaces into suitable studios. I have a large plot of land with around 800 olive trees and 40 walnut trees.

    This listing is best suited for an individual to stay at the property and help predominantly with translation. At other times, I will change the listing accordingly, there will be building and carpentry work, feeding my two dogs, cat and duck etc. All animals are very friendly, Vincent is a sensitive but energetic young dog, Jaco still a puppy and Bella is my cat. There is one duck - Frank, and a number of eggs in the incubator due to hatch November. The ducklings will require a feeding and also locking at night, away from potential predators.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    My property is situated just above the town of Torri in Sabina, it's incredibly beautiful.
    10 minutes drive in one direction takes you to the small hill town of Vacone which takes it's name from Vacuna the Sabine goddess of leisure after work and where the word vacation comes from. There, lay the ruins of one of Horace's villas and an ancient woodland. 10 minutes in another direction takes you to either Cantaloupo or Casperia, beautiful hilltop towns and near lay the ruins of one of Cicero's family homes. We are very close to Rocchette where there is a castle and waterfall to explore and also near Vescovio which is fantastic for good food and wine at a very reasonable cost. In fact, almost everywhere in the Sabina is very cheap for delicious food and drink.
    Each year many people gather at Casperia or Montasola to watch the NYE fireworks.

    The people here are very friendly and there is so much to explore, whether in the Sabina or on a visit to Rome. The main benefits of staying here are of a quiet and beautiful location with close proximity to sights of nature and history. My neighbour is a truffle hunter and each day brings back a selection of truffle and mushrooms dependent on the season, these can be purchased at a low cost, and it's certainly worth doing so!

    Should you want to experience the baroque splendour of Rome or do nothing more than drink wine in the hills, this location is a delight.

  • Help

    Help

    At this time help with interaction between myself and Italian speaking business/workers is the most important thing, and my Italian is very limited. So the predominant help will be be translation 🙊🙈 Potential spots available for travellers to help with building projects or animal care, things are changing quite rapidly at the moment

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Italian: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    There is a nice sunrise facing double room available for a workaway individual or couple. Like most of the houses in this region, the heating is wood stove, wood of course will be provided. I will provide a fridge full of vegetarian food.

    The selling point is it's airy design, fantastic views/location, a good plot of land and a great roof terrace for popping off corks should you wish!

    There is now internet access at the house.

    Smoking is permitted in the house although I do not usually smoke myself.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    My land is linked to other plots and makes a nice walk. This area is really amazing for trekking or hiking and the views are to die for. There are far too many historical site nearby to list but if you wish to go a little further - 40 minutes drive will take you to Cascata delle Marmore while a cheap train journey of an hour will take you into Rome itself. To take the train you must first arrive at either Gavignano, Stimigliano or Poggio Mirteto, all of which are around a 15 minute drive. It's my recommendation that a car is hired to see all this area has to offer although there are buses from the town to the train stations.

    You will find this area, like much of Italy, has delicious food and drink to offer - try a selection of locally made liquors from nearby restaurants and you will be glad you did so. Nocino is one of my favourite liquors and I will leave some of my own making at the property for your pleasure. Vacone and Configni are great places to see the area from a height and driving to Montasola to catch the sunset is worthwhile - there is also a great restaurant there!

    Casperia is a popular destination, 10 minutes drive away, where you will find a couple for wine bars, a great view and a friendly reception. Casperia is one place you are most likely to meet foreigners who have been seduced by the Sabina. Americans, Canadians, Dutch and English have exchanged their busy lives abroad for the communal and jovial environment of this beautiful town.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There is enough parking space should anyone need it for a campervan etc

  • Can possibly acccept pets

    Can possibly acccept pets

    Pets are fine but we have young ducks and the suitability of bringing pets is dependent on being able to cohabit safely!!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Edie, Babs and Frank
Rocchette
Nice neighbours
Start of the olive groves
Vincent trying to be sneaky
View from Vacone
Roof view towards Vacone
View from the kitchen

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