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UPDATE: We are welcoming workaways during Covid
We are: Anouk (52) Maarten (51), Hugo (21), Lily (19), both studying in Amsterdam, Jules (18) and triplets Nina, Chet & Miles (11), our 3 dogs (Bink, Kiki en Meiske) and some chickens who produce delicious eggs.
We're an Euregion (dutch-german) busy-buzzing family living on the Belgium french-speaking countryside next to 3 cities (Maastricht, Liege and Aachen).
We are non-religious (although we’ve adopted a lot of crucifixes from the thrift shop - Anouks hobby), liberal ‘Dutch’, humanistic and down to earth.
Our language at home is Dutch.
Anouk works fulltime for the city of Maastricht as a landscape architect (during covid from home) and Maarten has his own company: a 100% recycled stroller and works mainly at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.
We live in a small village in a charming beautiful big old 18th century house named Villa des Roses with a tower, congiergerie, orangerie, pigeonnaire, cabin in the woods, a big ecological style garden, vegetable patches and a forest with pathways on 20.000m2 of our own.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are a non-religious, liberal, open-minded, pro-active, positive, busy-buzzing and out-going ‘Dutch’ family.
We respect all religions/orientations/genders/race and nationalities...and would never try to convince/persuade/change a lifestyle or a person. We also respect nature a lot.
We expect the same attitude of you!
But we never mind a good discussion which ends in an agree to disagree or maybe an understanding and another perspective of how someone else lives their life.
Because Anouk & Maarten both work fulltime, a independant, pro-active attitude from the workawayer towards the required help is necessary.
We use an organizing app called Trello.
We have some daily weekdays chores, like help with the kids in the mornings before school, picking them up afterwards and driving them to their sportsactivity (fieldhockey in Maastricht); vegetable/flower gardening; animalcare; some cooking if your good at it (we have a huge woodoven outside): Anouk is a flex-vegan although the rest of the family isn’t. Small householdtasks are expected on weekdays. We have a nice cleaninglady who comes 3x a week, but it would be great if you help tidy up before so that she can clean.
Then there are some special projects depending your interest and skills like some inside/outside painting and vintage wallpapering in the house. Forest maintenance and clearing pathway. Removing brambles during spring (they always return). Cutting hedges. Helping rearrange/sorting out stuff’....
A drivers license is a must, because schools/sports are a 10-25 km one way distant drive. We have an automatic 8 persons minivan and a manual 3+ persons (fit the triplets + driver) Toyota iQ at your disposal.
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We have a guest room, you can use for yourself with two single beds available and you share the bathroom with the older kids when their in town. We’ll provide food and beverages, you can choose them in the supermarket if you have special requests. Happy to join us for meals or let us know in you have other plans.
During the weekends you are mostly off to do your thing, but off course you can stay! Sometimes we need to be ‘just the two of us’ and go on a trip for a couple of days, then you run the ‘menagerie’, this could be during a weekend, but we schedule this together with your plans and change it for days off during the week. Antwerp, Brussel, Köln, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin etc. are easy to reach by public transport.
During weekends/weekdays when the kids are off to school or the evenings you can visit the cities/areas/points of interest close by, go for numerous hikes around the Natura2000 valley surrounding our village, go urban exploring at the immense abandoned steelfactory opposite the river ‘Maas/Meuse’, the abandoned castles and colemines in the neighbourhood.
Furthermore, we have a yogaroom/gym and an indoor pool, meditate in our ‘cabin in the woods, or try out your creative talents in our atelier!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have excellent wifi and 4g connection, but when all the kids are online, it can slow down...
We have a beautiful area for a mobile home/caravan near our old 'congiergerie', with water and electricity.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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