A rustic nature retreat in the Etruscan hills of Tuscany's coastal Maremma region, Italy

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  • Description

    Description

    **February Update: We are mostly full until the beginning of summer. But we are looking for a single person to help us for the weeks of high summer. If you are great at cleaning and organization, have an eye for detail, and work well in a team, drop us an email. We'll share our love of seafood, our quirky mix of Italian, Canadian and Dutch culture, and our arts practice! You'll be mostly working together with a Dutch couple, Bas & Esmee, who are taking care of the guests this season.**

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    Welcome to our little slice of heaven - a rustic retreat in the green hills of Maremma, Toscana's wild and unexplored coastal region. We are located on the outskirts of a small Etruscan hill town that offer endless views and an authentic cultural immersion. Andrea is a fabulous cook and Chandra (that's me) is a working artist

    We enjoy welcoming volunteers from across the globe who share our love of nature, who want to live sustainably, and who are enthusiastic about what life has to offer.

    We are looking for people who are adaptable and hardworking, who like to help with guests, gardening, maintenance, cooking, cleaning, and who work well in teams. We're also looking for people who are willing to stay for more than a month. Let us know if you're interested!!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Improve your Italian, learn to cook local Maremmana specialities, learn a variety of art forms, immerse yourself into Italian way of life - and (in the summer season) interact with our guests from across the globe who appreciate the "refugio speciale" we created.

    Our agriturismo is nestled into an olive and oak grove on the outskirts of an authentic Tuscan hill town with amenities (alimentari, café bar, restaurant, post office and Etruscan museum) & limited public transport into neighbouring towns or to the coast.

  • Help

    Help

    Ciao, from Andrea and Chandra and our team Bas and Esmee! Come help us at our nature retreat, a labor of love project founded in 2012 on a steep piece of land with endless views of nature.

    We initially restored two ancient stone structures, rustic sheep shelters nestled into our vast tree grove, turning each small structure into a minimalist guest accommodation for our slowly growing agriturismo. Over time, we added three more structures to the agriturismo, building/restoring each cottage ourselves, using locally sourced, sustainable materials. We now host guests in five self catering cottages.

    We feel fortunate to share this special place with people from all over the world who appreciate its natural beauty and embrace its rustic simplicity.

    During the guest season (April to October) we welcome help around the agriturismo and during the winter months we are grateful for helping hands around the upkeep of the property, from repair/restoration/building projects to landscaping and construction.

    In exchange we offer accommodation on the property, along with all meals and an authentic cultural immersion into family life in a Tuscan hill town.

    You'll get to meet Andrea’s 86 year old mother in law - Rita - who has had an interesting life, but now struggles with dementia. 4 (outdoor) cats - La Mama, Grigia, Cuoricino, and Mouse - live in the grove and love up our guests. Gina and Stella are our resident mom and daughter donkeys who roam the property (and sometimes the village) and are adored by all guests. Our sheep, Billy and Alba are two of our newest family members, together with our bunnies Carolina and Eduardo (and their new babies). And George, our rooster, keeps his brood of chickens and chicks in order, and they in turn keep us in eggs!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Your own room in our tower or your own little cottage called Il Pecorino, which is more private but further away from the common area and house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    On your days off you can explore the Maremma, Toscana's wild coastal area, with untouched natural parks, coastal preserves and enchanted hill towns.

    Castiglione della Pescaia is the closest seaside town, a charming port town 20 minutes away with historical center and access to beautiful beaches.

    Massa Marittima is the region’s capital, a beautiful medieval city with a striking piazza and beautiful duomo, but without the tourist crowds of other Tuscan towns.

    Siena is just an hour away - and Rome, Pisa and Florence make for great day/overnight trips.

  • 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 a spacious common room with quiet places inside and outside to work. The wifi isn't superfast, but it's more than adequate for most digital working.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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