Help to renovate a charming mansion dating from 1680 near the beach in the small village of Stavenisse, Netherlands



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    Steffie (my girlfriend) and me lived in the centre of Amsterdam until recently, but felt like a new adventure, so bought a mansion in Zeeland last year and are renovating it since.
    This beautiful, characteristic mansion dates from 1680 and is located 1 minute from the harbour and 10 minutes from the beach of Stavenisse on the main street (across the supermarket).
    Stavenisse is a small, tranquil, peaceful village on the island of Tholen and part of the Oosterschelde National Park.

    Our financial position forced Steffie to pick up a job again (3 days a week) so mostly I am working alone now on the mansion and would really like someone to help me. The house used to be an inn and we are trying to get it back into shape since it has been neglected for years.

    Depending on what season you are visiting us we have a private room, or a shared big (new) apartment with a private loft.
    There is a large cosy livingroom with open kitchen, a super nice veranda and all necesities for living comfortably (like WiFi ;) ).

    We have a table football, pooltable, dartboard, Xbox, lots of games, etc to keep you from being bored on rainy days.
    but since Zeeland enjoys the most hours of sunlight in The Neterlands, you can enjoy bicycling, kayaking, swiming, hiking and much more!

    We have a nice cat called 'Loesje'. Also we have 4 chickens, so fresh eggs everyday!

    Oh and if you are fond of oysters and/or mussels: there are millions within reach from the shore for you to catch and eat!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Art Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn to do renovation
    Live in a Dutch community
    Enjoy the watersports
    Catch & eat as many oysters and mussels as you want
    We`ll teach you to cook typically Dutch meals
    Living far from the bustling Dutch cities with peace of mind

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    There are plenty of jobs which have to be done, so would be helpfull if you could help with at least one of the following:
    - Wall plastering
    - Painting
    - Roof renovation
    - Inserting new floor
    - Tiling
    - Building wooden structures
    - Assisting us with general renovation duties.
    - Etc.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Beginner
    French: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

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  • Accommodation


    Private room within mansion

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    What else ...

    Steffie works in Rotterdam so can take you to the big city if needed and also trips to Breda and Amsterdam are made weekly by Willem, so easy to join the ride!
    You can also visit many other characteristic Zeeland villages around here. Which all have their own charm and high-lights.

    We have a bicycle for you and there is public transport (bus) to Bergen op Zoom train station.
    There are many nice walks/bicycle routes in the Oosterschelde national park

    The Oosterschelde has an open connection to the sea allows tides to have free reign in Oosterschelde National Park. This creates a dynamic natural environment where salt and fresh water attract a very diverse flora and fauna. Whole tracts of land disappear under water at high tide, only to become dry again at low tide. The sand banks and plates are packed with food, attracting thousands of birds, in addition to the seals that come here for sunbathing.

    It has also a remarkable underwater world. Stavenisse has one of Europe`s top dive sites. The largest mammals in this area are the seals and harbor porpoises. The latter is the most common cetacean along the Dutch coast. There are several diving schools making it possible to examine the sea life of the Oosterschelde up close. If you take such a diving trip, you will be amazed at the rich underwater world with oysters, crabs, lobsters, clams, flatfish, shrimp and many other kinds of fish and shellfish.
    If you prefer to stay on land, the rare plants and mosses along the Oosterschelde are worth noting. Characteristic for the area are sea lavender, sea aster and glasswort. Don't forget to bring a pair of binoculars to admire the hundreds of species of birds, including oystercatchers, wigeon, eagles and gulls.

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    • 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

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  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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