Come and help with idyllic Swedish cottage renovation in Vattuvalla, Sweden




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  • Description


    It’s an old Swedish school from the 19th century, full of charm and history. I am renovating it in its original style staying with traditional building methods. It is located on a peninsula in the middle of Sweden with endless forests in it; four hours north of Stockholm.

    This is my second year on workaway, I am fixing things as I go along. This summer I hope to finish painting the windows & some walls, build a floor to ceiling book shelf, fix some broken wall panels, clear the yard of bushes, and renovate the kitchen. Last summer, me and my workaway guest had a blast of time. Looking to have a similar experience this summer as-well.

    I live and work in Stockholm, this is my getaway place. Love for baking, restoration, photography, bird watching and interior decoration.

    Prefer the guests to be non-smokers. Love the quietness in the nature and would encourage the guests to do the same.

    I am looking for guests with positive attitude to problem solving, as things could go off plan as we renovate and we might have to think on our foot. Any prior experience in carpentry would be a welcome plus.

    Help in the yard would not be easy, be sure you are up for an approximately 5 hours of outdoor help a day.

    To beat the heat we would start early, around 07:00 and plan easy afternoons.

    PS: Looking to host between 15 July & 15 August 2020
    PS2: There is a fluffy ginger cat who will help with the renovation 🐈

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You would enjoy the Swedish summer dream. Working on the cabin, swimming in the lake, going fishing and just relaxing at the nature.

    The house is far from all urban commotions and gives us a chance to disconnect from work life stress.

    I will gladly show you the surroundings. Tell you all about the Swedish culture and you will have the chance to eat typical Swedish food.

  • Help


    The house is being renovated. This summer I hope to paint all the windows with a traditional linseed oil based paint, replace some worn boards on the outside of the house, clean out the yard of bushes, plants and some small trees and renovate the kitchen.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Tamil and OKish Swedish

  • Accommodation


    There is a spare room with a comfortable double bed and one more spare room in the attic with two single beds. Please do note that while the rooms have doors the house is built in a way where you have to walk through rooms to get to the other rooms.

    You would share the shower and toilet with the hosts.

    We would cook our meals together either on the wood fired oven or out in the BBQ.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Second time hosts.
    I will pick you up and drop you off at the nearest train station.
    There are opportunities for bathing in the lake, and hiking around the woods. Spotting elks, foxes, birds and hearing stories about brown bears.

    PS: I am looking to host between 15 July & 15 August 2020.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 619994293569