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Hi There! We live on a beautiful quiet 3.5 acre bush property in Healesville, about 1 km from the shops. There is plenty of space and it is a lovely, peaceful environment here.
I am an architect and designed our mud brick house which was built by a Bavarian master craftsman. It was finished around eight years ago but there are still many little jobs to do and lots of gardening!
We have travelled a lot in the last few years, spending time mainly in France and surrounding countries and parts of S E Asia. Before children I also travelled through Africa, South America, USA, Europe, Middle East and North East & West Asia...I am very interested in other cultures!
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
Our bush property is a great place to experience the Australian bush without having to go too far from Melbourne. With beautiful big trees, there are many birds and even the occasional kangaroo!
Having travelled so much, we are happy to meet people from other countries and welcome them to our place. We are a quiet family though and need our family time :)
There is a lot of weeding to do in the bush. There are many invasive weeds such as blackberries and wandering dew. Also burning off may be needed. I can help sometimes too. Good gloves will be provided. The work can be a bit monotonous (or a form of meditation!) so it probably suits two people best to keep each other company.
Generally 1-2 weeks works for us.
English, un petit peu de français
A small independent cottage to yourself, with two rooms (kitchen/living and bedroom) and a bathroom. There is also an outdoor patio with bath :) At other times there are Airbnb guests who stay so it needs to be left in a super clean and tidy state.
Generally I provide food and workaweyers manage their own meals. There is a simple two burner hot plate, a toaster, jug and fridge. There is a fire pit outside where meat can be barbaqued.
(We are mostly vegetarians, prefer organic food where possible. We eat fish sometimes but can provide for other diets where requested).
Please ask if you have any questions :)
There are many attractions nearby in the Yarra Valley, such as wineries, cafes, interesting shops and galleries, bushwalking, Tarrawarra Art Gallery and Healesville Sanctuary with Australian wildlife.
Healesville is 60km from Melbourne CBD. It is easier with a car (about and hour) but you can also catch a train to Lilydale and a bus to Healesville (about 2-2.5 hours). Sometimes a lift can be arranged from the bus or train.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week