Come and have fun learning new skills, restoring history at our beautiful villa in the Soca valley, Slovenia

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  • Description

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    Built in 1906 as an Inn on a cliff overlooking the river with views of the two rivers that meet before merging into the beautiful lake.Most Na Sochi has varied diverse cultural experiences and deep history including the Romans that settled amongst many other nations that settled here and for good reason come and explore.So many tourists think of Ljubliana,Lake Bled and Bovec when they consider Slovenia.This gem is between Bled and Bovec 40 minutes either side so dont drive through without stopping .Refresh in the rivers , eat traditional eco farmed Slovene food next door or maybe homemade ice cream or great pizza the local bakery make tasty pastries fresh every day.Bring your smile arrive as a stranger and leave as a friend you will be welcome.Stay a day a week a month who knows ? Triglav national park is on our doorstep its pristine nature so well kept and proudly nurtured by the locals who take great pride in there envirement.I bought this place to give something special hopefully for the community and travellers alike.The photos and your research will help you decide your adventure and feel free to communicate . I was born in London and have travelled to many countries and lived for some time in many I prefer to live and emerge in the culture to be a little wiser with knowledge gained through time and real life experience. I have such a diverse working background it will take some campfires and mountain treks to share. I bought this place too share some more of life and create memories too cherish forever. My original plan was to have an artists retreat too honour my Mum who was an artist in her later years a beautiful lady who worked hard all her life too support her family she always said artists need space, wall space to exhibit . The Villa , Inn has 27 rooms with plenty of wall space walking and exploring the building I thought this could be a maze of art.The idea then moved on for an activity centre I had gained experience in an activity a centre in the UK and was the general manager of a holiday resort and YHA in Australia so practise makes perfect so the saying goes but it will never be perfect it will evolve and it will be the people that come that will decide the moments in time it will feel perfect.Being blessed with many beds we could have many guests with many new games,songs ,jokes ,events too learn something new everyday.Currently triathlon is my sport and planning to start a triathlon event to promote the region and as a charitable fund raiser the location is perfect for a scenic challenging race. I love the knowledge you learn through travel and want to help people have an experience they will cherish and one day laying in your bed remembering the fun and knowledge they gained in the Soca Valley. I have taught swimming on a summer camp living with and teaching learning disabled children it was looking back the most rewarding time.The children as they left were collecting contact details from us there new friends but they never did keep in touch they were onto the next adventure of life.I plan to become good in the rivers with my kayak and trekking in the mountains is right here on my doorstep.Life is short so new challenges are key for having no regrets. I plan the place to be eco friendly with some limits using firewood for heating which is sustainable in a country of highly forested land.I dont enjoy writing my profile but my brother said Im kind and generous so that suits me. Past girlfriends say Im a child at heart which definately suits me I want many fun sportsdays with the local children,there parents and workawayers ! I have no religion so yours is welcome bring your opinion and share it , have an idea and develope it , bring friendship and your sense of humour remember to look up in the city and appreciate the architecture. Take good care !

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    " Travel the best education " The Soca valley is the heart of activity sport in Slovenia , leisure and diverse cultural experiences located a short drive to the Italian border.Set amongst pristine nature with mountains , rivers , lakes ,forest in Europes best kept secret country a real jewell .I expect from the feedback to host many people from all over the world this should be the best part of the cultural exchange sitting around a campfire after chopping the wood and having jam sessions, sharing stories and songs. If you can teach something we can all benefit maybe .Share your language travellers love that,yoga,dance,singing,fitness ,meditate or maybe you prefer to paint I have several easles. The place is an open book so come and play , have fun , start your own business with classes who knows? contact me with your ideas. Bring a friend bring many friends , bring a dog or a pig or a horse we have 2 stables the inn needed these in 1906 . My neighbours have an eco restaurant growing and cooking traditional Slovene food its fantastic ( 8 euros 3 course meal ) I have 12 mountain bikes 20 beds ,wetsuits oh yeah and a grand piano.Im growing kiwi fruit and grapes but they need time. We have a pharmacy and local doctor several music festivals cheap wine and beer.If you want to project manage and stay forever we can discuss that also. Be a team player and build confidence at times leading/organising the activity. You will only ever be bored if thats your choice.Paddle up river through the lake and gate crash the reggae festival if you like thats fun theres no security in the river.They have SUP and Kayak lessons in the lake or take one of my inflatable beds and float around .Feel free to ask me anything you like ? Bled, Bovec,Kanal,Tolmin,Kobarid are all local towns with tourist information promoting too many festivals and events to list Kanal has a sand beach with cliff jumping into the river which is a beautiful bike ride and fun day out .Tolmin 20 min by bike around the lake and soca river has tennis,basketball,athletic track,football,yoga,dance,music,gym and endless activity with food,bars,cinema,restaurants from diverse ethnic cultures local and international. All the water sports and Triglav national park for mountain adventures.You will learn by coming.

  • Help

    Help

    Make it fun whatever you bring to the table I will appreciate any help and hope you stay longer if your happy and able too. During restoration we discovered fresco behind many layers of paint and this needs saving for historic and cultural reasons.The fresco is in many rooms check out my photos I posted a couple of the fresco. I would like to bring this art and skill back to life. Its a simple process but needs patience and time but its very rewarding chipping away and bringing back history to find what colours or shapes are hidden.The villa needs a face lift with white paint , painting outside is a great way to meet the locals and tourists that walk by on route from the station. Work as little or as hard as you like 2 hours a day minimum seems fair. I have beautiful old wood for tables and bench seats thats a rewarding project I found the wood in the loft. if I could find a couple or family or someone to manage the project that would be great I need some workawayers to be independent and use the villa as a home, base to travel from providing the neighbours are respected.Other workawayers may want the feel of a community of friends to stay and bond with as I say the place is an open book it will evolve in a spontaneous way and we will learn from mistakes and roll with the punches as my Dad would say. The villa is perfect for creative and active people . Maybe your looking to escape from where you are ? I provide an opportunity to stay and live with no rent or bills.I went to the national museum in the city and they introduced a local expert that restores the fresco in important buildings when he visited he explained the importance of restoring the fresco and to quote him " It is your moral duty to save this. The fresco was expensive when created and is rare to find" so thats it my destiny was changed so come and help and live some time in a historic location please research the region its full of events,festivals music ,food arts and crafts etc.The work can be diverse there are so many projects the building could benefit from. I want to support some floors with natural stone walls.I would like turquoise steel and gold flowers on the outside metal terraces, maybe you have some design ideas to share the facades in the city inspired me to create my own design with no rules.How about copper,mirrors and bright glass tiles on the front door ? I need to soundproof a room and plan future projects like a wooden terrace built on the cliff so people can sleep under the stars with the river flowing underneath safely. I dont want to buy the wood in the store I want to gather it and work it naturally. Restore the old stove and lets use it I will keep all the original features and use them. Create an activity and promote it for the locals they desire yoga thats for sure. Please help me with computer skills and promote with social media. Sing with the choir in the local church the locals would like fresh faces to smile with.The Grand piano needs some love too Ive got grand plans for that.I know the reward to build something special is fundamental to the project and its future you will be part of making "a home from home". Its good to know you have a safe haven and welcoming roof over your head in your future you never know when you may need it or want too come back.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    I have 15 rooms for sleeping singles and Doubles.The beds are brand new never slept in. Hammocks on the terrace or pitch a tent in your room or terrace. Feed your self the grocery store is accross the river.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    To quote the Lonely Planet " use the book as a guide and make your own journey " you are blessed with information to hand so make your plan or have no plan and chill but most of all laugh , love and create an atmosphere of wellbeing.

    Direct Bus and quaint railway from Most na sochi to the city Ljubliana about 2 hours.Lake Bled /Bovec 40 minutes pizza in Italy less.Most na sochi train station is a short walk to the villa along the river. Slovenia borders Italy,Croatia,Hungary,Austria so being a small country you can easily use the villa as a base and experience many countries.Trek a mountain in the morning and watch sunset at the beach in the same day if you choose? Stay as long as you like if you are happy ! the winters are cold but wood stove fires are comforting.

    I need to plumb the shower room but you can shower in the sun on the terrace , use a hot shower in the apartment which is far from ready or as I like jump in the river and wake up to nature. You can jump or dive from any height the river is deep over 20m below the main terrace. The villa isnt ready to pamper you it needs time and effort. I have great neighbours and need to respect there peace so outside noise after 10pm needs to be moved inside to the piano room.Yoga and Meditate on the terrace under the stars is cool the main terrace is the length of the villa its huge.

    You can buy great wine from local vineyards in a bar for less than 1 euro , cafe coffee for 1 euro Slovenia is great value the food is mainly eco farmed produce with so many diverse cultures from the many countries you can learn and eat new foods.

    Apart from bus, train and my mountain bikes hitch hiking is common and a great way to meet the locals . That feeling of safety being able to hitch hike is a good thing .Ljubliana is 9 euros bus or train so you can mix wilderness with city life.

    I look forward to learning from you and your culture.

    Pura vida !

    Rich

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Internet aceess is good in the villa and local bars / restaurants also have good service my neighbour has a terrace with a very old grape vine covering the ceiling and makes great coffee and tradional eco produce to eat so workaway overlooking the rivers that meet. 4 generations of local Slovenes own the place with knowledge some times kept secret to tourists. I can host anyone that brings something positive to the project.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    You can park accross the river its free and the bar has great coffee and cold beer

  • Can possibly acccept pets

    Can possibly acccept pets

    YES ANY PET

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 2 hours a day you can choose more if you like it.

Host ref number: 767583422688