Join us for up to 2 weeks late September/October in Italy, renovating a house that has beautiful unspoiled views and is great for just chilling out in the evening
We need helping hands to help us rescue our house and garden! H and I are an energetic and easy-going retired couple. We used to live full time in our house in Le Marche, but had to return to the UK for several years. In the meantime, mother nature has done a good job of reclaiming the garden and the house looks a tad unloved whereas it used to look very smart. We have two small elderly dogs.
Help in the house
I'm an ex-Cambridge ESOL employee and EFL author and teacher and would be happy to informally help you improve your English, if desired - all levels, from beginner to advanced, business English, academic English, even IELTS. There are some beautiful places in the local area - Urbino, the birthplace of the Renaissance; Gubbio, and the coastal resorts. We are approx 30kms/35 min drive from the beach at an altitude of 350m. Good for walkers and nature lovers. The house has beautiful unspoilt views and is great for just chilling out in the evening. It's fully equipped and within a five-minute drive of 'civilisation.'
Externally: no digging, but help with strimming, tidying, tree and brush clearing, beautification etc. It’s physical work, but the views are worth it and we all pull together and make it fun. Internally: a small amount of remedial plastering, some beam oiling, wall painting, furniture repair, door rehanging, deep cleaning and general maintenance. Ideally you'll enjoy working outdoors or cleaning indoors (there’s a lot, so if you enjoy this, we’re for you!), used to working with tools, not fazed by spiders or insects, and quite hands-on. So people with any of the above skills with a happy, flexible outlook are most welcome between 28 September and 9 October ONLY !! We are looking for strong team players who have good appetites, get up early, and eat everything! Sadly, we cannot cater for food allergies.
NOTE THAT WE CANNOT ACCOMMODATE YOU AFTER 9 OCTOBER. Please do not expect a response if your dates do not match.
English, Italian, German
We can accommodate up to two helpers in one or two separate bedrooms (one double bed; two single beds which can pushed together if required.) You will share the same shower room (we have our own separate one).
We will provide breakfast, a pasta lunch, evening drinks and evening meal with meat and wine. If we are going into town in the afternoon, we are happy to take you with us - otherwise it’s a fair 4km walk downhill.
We are asking for your help for five hours x five days a week or equivalent. After that you are free to sunbathe, go cycling, sleep, go down to the beach or whatever. We have one mountain bike but can give you a lift to the local bus or train station, or you can come with us if we are going out. We are fairly easy going on this and are happy for you to do all your work within a few days and then take a few days off for sightseeing etc. We do all we can to ensure a happy, lively environment for our workawayers!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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