Help need on Tuscan farm with ponies, vines, olives and woodlands, near San Gimignano, Italy



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    Our family bought San Martino in 2001 and it is a lifelong project to create a peaceful paradise in the middle of nowhere. We have restored all the properties from virtual ruins and are starting to build a small organic farm. We are passionate about realistic organic methods (think LEAF) and sustainability, animals and children. there are many hidden secrets on the farm such as our roman roads and heritage and it would be amazing to have the people to help us explore these. We have adopted rescue and retirement ponies from the IHP and are now training them in natural horsemanship which is extremely fulfilling and exiting. Our vineyard is very new but should start to produce in 2018, our olives are very old and produce amazing olive oil. Last year we started the kitchen garden which produced oodles of tomatoes, courgettes, melons, salads and more we are looking to increases this and build an area where everyone can come together around a fire to enjoy the fruits of the farm... In the summer we run a family orientated holiday let business so that we can keep striving to restore and maintain San Martino. We live and work in London coming to San Martino with our two children every moment that we can, we have a team helping us who are there everyday.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Workawayers will be taught new skills or can share their experiences in practical vineyard management, pruning , planting training, olive pruning, education in natural horsemanship horse & pasture care, shelter building, artisan painting skills such as use of the local calico paints and distressing techniques, general gardening and planting, fence building and repair, indoor activities such as sewing, furniture and floor restoration. we have also some sections of roman track which we would love to expose & restore. Our accommodation is lovely as it will be guest accommodation, and is in the heart of all there is to see & experience in Tuscany, and we hope to work as a team in the morning with free afternoons, trips to local markets can be arranged. Workawayers should be able to drive as our farm is quite remote it may be possible to share a car.

  • Help


    San Martino is a family run farm and holiday let business in Tuscany. As well as having 3 holiday lets with gardens, we also have rescue ponies who are being trained in natural horsemanship, a fledgling vineyard, 400 olive trees, a rustic kitchen garden and c 45 ha of woodland and tracks to manage. We are looking for people wanting to help, learn or share their experiences working with us to improve and maintain the farm, animals, gardens and properties. If you are looking on your own or with friends & family for experience working and of the culture and surrounding in Tuscany please do get in touch with us. We are keen to receive people to work with our team from October though to May on the farm. We look forward to hearing from you. Lisa

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You can stay in one of our client properties its set in private gardens which lead directly into the surrounding woodland. Double entrance doors give access to a light and airy living room. Comfortable lounge seating is arranged around a traditional fireplace, ideal for autumn and winter evenings. The locally designed travertino-topped kitchen is comprehensively equipped to a high standard and well suited for self-catering. A large dining table comfortably seats 8 people. Further double doors lead out onto an attractive patio area, ideal for dining al fresco, then directly into the gardens.

    The three double bedrooms (one en-suite) are simply furnished in traditional style and can easily be converted to twin-bedded rooms. Both bathrooms are finished to a high specification. The en-suite bathroom includes shower, WC, bidet and sink. The main bathroom includes a bath/power shower, WC and sink.

    As we don't actually live on site the team will organise breakfasts & Lunches and we can also arrange dinners or some hosted dinners we are thinking that in general workawayers would work with us 8-1.00 weekdays then have free time, weekends it would be just checking the horses if needed.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Time off could be spent in a multitude of ways, we have a tennis court and gym and pools ( seasonal), keen riders could do some riding on our ponies ( if experienced ) or locally , cyclists are welcome to borrow our bikes. Local towns include the amazing San Gimignano, Volterra, Certldo and a little further away Florence , Pisa Siena. There are many markets, vineyards, galleries and other attractions to enjoy.

  • 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

    we have professional level WIFI and host CEO's etc using Bloomberg so can offer decent connections.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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