We are Sophie and Marcus an English/Italian/ German husband and wife, living between the beautiful Umbrian country side and the busy city of London.
We recently purchased an abandoned piece of land in Umbria close where my family (Sophie) lives and where I grew up.
Our plan is to regeneratively restore the abandoned piece of land and turn it into a working/thriving Farm.
My parents Beatrix and Claudio and us when we are in Umbria live in a restored country side homestead with a vegetable garden, a pond, and 2 adjoining apartments for friends and family.
The nearest town reachable by foot is the lovely village of Doglio, it has a little Bar ( caffè) and a tiny grocery shop. The main town, around 20-30 min drive by car is Todi.
Our house is in the rural hearth of Umbria, it is really peaceful, we are surrounded by hills, woods and land, the only thing that can keep you up at night are the frogs singing in the pond.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
A chance to learn/ practise Italian/English or German, insides Into sustainable living, vegetable garden maintenance! Get to know the locals!
In exchange of accommodation and most food we would like open minded/ young people to come and help us with our project (clearing land, building, clear old farmhouse, build new vegetable garden, plant threes and so on) and also help a bit around the house (picking vegetables in the garden, fruit picking for jam, cutting grass, helping with little maintenance jobs around the house, occasional cleaning in the house and also possibly helping with sorting out areas in the garden)
Accommodation can depend on availability, your own private flat / or tent in the garden
Private flat: our house is made out of 2 guests flats on the ground floor and on the first floor is the area where Sophie Parents live.
Our 2 guest flats are :
1 bedroom with big living room/kitchen area, small bathroom,
2 bed flat with living room, separate kitchen (basic appliances) 2 bathrooms.
If there is someone already staying in the flats ( we have friends and beekeepers often coming to visit us) then we will put a nice tent in the garden next to the house, and you will have access of course to the kitchen and bathroom in the house.
Food is offered most of the time whilst you are staying with us, happy to have meals together but sometimes you might need to self cater, happy to provide basic food supplies for you to use, plus whatever is in the garden.
Beatrix (Sophies Mom) drives to Todi every day in the morning and comes back in the evening, so you are more than welcome to get a lift into town, from Todi there are 2 buses a day that go to Rome in 2h, if you fancy a week end in the big city!
Doglio can be reached by foot in 30 min, or you can borrow our bikes for a tour around the country side roads! There are also plenty of possibilities for walks around the woods and fields... your mind is your only constraint:-)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week