We, a couple, live in a village (4000 residents) in the Kaiserstuhl, a famous wine region in the very south of Germany, close to Switzerland and France.
It's a great place for walks or bicycle tours (you can use ours). Some people love going to the Europa-Park (something like Disney Land)
The next bigger town is Freiburg, a very nice town with a university, diverse cultural offers, embedded in the beautiful landscape at the foot of the Black Forest, another great place to hike. You can reach Freiburg in 45 minutes by bus + local train
We have a 300 years old house with a barn and a tiny garden, which is in the process of renovation - one room after the other.
As we both have jobs in town (Freiburg) we are usually commuting;
we try to take a holiday to coordinate and assist you helping us.
If you would like to come around in "yellow" months, just ask us - only we are not so much available, especially from Monday til Friday.
Due to the electrification of the S-Bahn / railways since February 2019, going on for about one year,
there is Bus-Line 729 A, B and C (taking different routes) - with destination Breisach - instead of the trains, that usually go to Breisach. All Lines, A, B + C, have a stop in Bötzingen.
The Bus takes off at Freiburg Central Bus Station - which ist right next to the main railway station -
going to Bötzingen; from there you can take the train (S-Bahn) to Bahlingen / Endingen
(Endingen is two stations/villages after Bahlingen; some end in Bahlingen, some end in Endingen)
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Talking in the evening, talking during "work", making trips / hikes at the weekend (if we are in holiday-modus), help with language learning, show around in the village,
A lot of different things to do on the building site, e.g. plastering, repairing holes in the walls, stone walling, tearing out old floors; making floors, renovationg wooden floors; cleaning, tiles, taking off old wall paper , putting on new wallpaper, painting, and of course cleaning / sweeping / tidying up ...
If you are experienced in building / restoring, or skilled in craft, you are very welcome;
we are just finding out if it works well for us if somebody is "only" doing the shopping and cooking + household, which we usually do ourselves - i.e. if somebody has no technical skills.
As we both have full time jobs in town, we take an extra holiday (green in calendar) to coordinate and assist you helping us. The other months (yellow) we only have time to be with helpers on weekends. If you like to be our helping guest anyway, the rest of the week you should enjoy your stay quite independently, and also prepare your own meals.
Here ´s in more detail what´s going on actually:
In spring we want to renovate the wooden kitchen floor in the future kitchen (sand it, smoothen it, put two layers of oil on it), and isolate the ceiling from above, in the first floor.
The doors and frames (in the future kitchen) need to be sanded and painted. The skirting boards still have to be made.
Also, on the terrace on the 1st floor, the floor - which is the roof of the room below - needs to be renewed + isolated completely.
Of course there are other things in and around the house that need some care:
Sometimes things in the barn need to be carried around, where you need two men.
The compost in the garden needs to be turned in march. A wall in the garden towards the neighbor´s land needs to be pulled up. Concrete needs to be broken away where there was an old toilet house. We could make endless lists - but the main focus is on getting the rooms done so we can live in them.
German, English, (a little Spanish, very little French)
1-2 rooms with mattress, 1-2 persons / room. the rooms are not renovated yet.
We ask you to not smoke in the buildings. If you have a (friendly) pet you want to bring, welcome. If you are a couple, and one of you can't work too hard in the building site, you can instead work in the house, yard or garden. Jens uses Whatsapp on his mobile.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week