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Hello! We are a little family with two kids- boys 6 and 9 years old. I (hostess) am 33 years old and my husband is 35 years old. We have a cat named Käpik and chickens.
We live in South-Estonia- just 5 km from city Tartu. Indeed we live so near to the city, we have very private place next to the forest and quite far from the neighbors.
We bought this place two years ago and now we are reconstructing the house and fixing up the garden.
We grow some vegetables and we have garden with apple trees, pear trees and some berry bushes.
We have a very quiet and beautiful place here. There is a forests around and we have a two lakes with sandy beach just 3 km far. We do have bikes, so you can borrow some, if you like to go to swim or just ride somewhere. Of course when it is hot, we can go all together with car.
We dry to rest also after working hard- then we grill or go somewhere with family. We like to rest at home the most, but if there something very interesting going around, then we go and take you with us if you would like :)
In winter, we go to skiing sometimes. There is a good ski trails near us.
If we have free time, we watch movies or play board games with family.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
You can practice a english, can learn about Estonian nature, culture. You can learn about living in the countryside- how to take care of chickens and how to grow your own food.
You can learn building and reconstructing the house from professional builder.
Mostly we need help in garden and building our first floor. It would be cool if you have practised building, but it is ok if you are not. You can learn everything about building from host, who is learned building in school and had practised it almost 20 years.
As our house is bigger the 400 m2, there is lot to do and we feel that we need some help :) We have reconstructed the second floor of the house just by ourself ( host and hostess). It took 2 years to do it :)
There is always some work to do in countryside- doing firewood, mowing the lawn, helping in garden :)
We also need help with building the sauna. There is always something build here :)
You can stay in the big and comfy room in first floor. We live in the second floor. You have your private shower and toilet (try toilet in first floor).
The meals are mostly with family.
The bus station is 2 km from us. Busses goes once in a hour and its free drive to the Tartu city. There is a lot of activity in Tartu. You can go to swim (with bike) to the Kõrveküla lake or just hang in the forest.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week