In a very tiny village of northern Germany a single man is restoring an old farmers cottage for the last four years... It sounds almost like a fairytale but that’s me, Gernot - and not to forget my dog Gino, a mixed breed, young Border Collie (18 mth) from Romania.
I planned all the work myself and I’m very proud of my sustainable and eco-friendly restoration mostly done with clay and wood material.
Now some little finishing jobs in the house need to be done (building the kitchen and some closets) and the garden is waiting to be shaped to grow flowers, herbs and vegetables in the next season. Permaculture is my goal.
For 2022 it is planned to built a new fence, a tiny guest house and a small sauna on my property - all in a ecologically and sustainable way.
I am an open minded, friendly, caring and relaxed human who enjoys good food (mostly vegetarian) and a nice glas of wine in front of the fire place.
Beside my restoration and my part-time job I love to cook, practicing yoga, pilates and meditation. For more than 10 years I’m volunteering with cooking at a hospice in Hamburg twice a month.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
I traveled a lot myself and would love to share experiences - yours and mine with different cultures. In my younger age I did an exchange myself by working as an au-pair for one year in Maryland, USA. It was a great experience I don’t wanna miss in my life.
I’m very connected with my neighborhood with very open minded and diverse neighbors. You will meet and connect with some of them for sure.
You are able to learn a lot about sustainable construction work/ craftwork and I am happy to share my cooking experiences also - or we can exchange our cooking experiences.
You should be a handy man being interested in sustainability and organic stuff plus able to helping out with restoration and gardening including chopping wood.
A guest room with a single bed is available for your stay or you can choose a larger cottage bed (Koje) - very cozy under the roof.
I do consume organic food only for health reasons but mostly for ecological reasons. I am mostly vegetarian for ethical reasons. If I am fully sure the animal lived appropriate to its species I do eat meat once in a while.
I will buy all the food we need and since I love to cook every day a hot meal will be served. The rest of the day typical German breakfast and supper food like bread, butter, eggs, cheese, marmalade, honey and fruits will be available for the rest of the day. Cereals will be provided if necessary. Tea, coffee and milk will always be available, soft drinks on request.
The little cottage is situated in a very rural area 77 km east of the City of Hamburg. Geographically it’s in the very middle in between of Lübeck and Schwerin.
A bus is running 4 times a day -and that is on school days only unfortunately!!! We do have to plan transportation very well but I’m sure we are able to manage that…
Rather nature than city.
Rather human rights than stigmatism.
Rather sustainability than nonsense shopping.
Rather cooking than fast food.
Rather quality than quantity.
Rather home w/friends than clubbing.
Rather no meat than mass production.
Rather talk shows than soaps.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
Another dog in the house should not be a problem. A cat would be a little challenge but not impossible.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week