We are a family of four grown up kids who all moved out and away from their mums home. It is a beautiful but steep and wild property of 2000 squaremeteres with a stunning lake view (as well as access for swimming) and on top it's only four kilometres away from the coast of the baltic sea and a buzzing touristy life. The house itself sits in a small and calm village with a forest and the lake only a few steps away. We have direct neighbours though.
The idea is to share this beautiful place in return for much needed help, especially in the garden, but also general maintenance. Our mother is the most lovely person you can imagine :) her English is good enough, but she'd for sure prefer to help you use your German.
There is a bus twice a day from and to the village. Also we might provide you with a bicycle if you can't bring your own. Train stations to Lübeck, Kiel, Hamburg and supermarkets, Cafés and restaurants are about 4 km away. In the week our mum can give you a ride to Lübeck, as she is working full time. Pick up upon arrival can be arranged for sure.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
If you want to challenge your body in the garden as well as relax the soul on a stunning piece of land you may have found the perfect spot. A warmhearted, curious, positive and active/busy host awaits you :)
A future dream would be to 'restore' the huge wild garden so that it becomes a paradise not only for wild life but just as much for people. To establish a permaculture vegetable garden is the longterm goal.
It may be physically tough work at times, as we prefer manual work over heavy machines.
This job is the absolute most urgent as well as the most annoying maybe, bring patience and consistency ;)
》cut and dig out the blackberrys/roots.
but there is more:
》dig out roots of previously chopped trees
》cut fruit trees back to a healthy state (only if you know how to do it correctly)
》general garden work: mow the lawn, cut back bushes, cut trees, chop wood
》prepare land for next years planting
》carry stuff/furniture with and for mum
》work up furniture
》do the shopping
You are expecded to clean up after yourself and to help with the cleaning in and around the rest of the house! This is not the main focus of your job though, still - depending on the weather conditions work may be mainly indoors at times. (And if you love cleaning then no one will stop you from it - ever!)
Also we welcome you to cook and share dinners (which will most of the time include only you and mum, depending on visitors and volunteers staying).
!!! You will have to be ready to spend your days alone*️️️️️️️️️️ and work self-resbonsibly most of the time during your stay, following the projects we plan together beforehand. *️️️️️️️️️️ depending on the number of workawayers currently staying with us. Also in the summertime I will be able to be there more frequently.
At the moment we can most probably offer you a private room. Linen and towels can be provided. The house is sometimes in a kind of chaotic state but very warm and lovely. Expect a countryside standard. The internet connection is very slow at times.
There will always be food in fridge and storage from which you can cook. Dinners will be shared when possible. Cooking preferably vegetarian.
Eventually there are rooms free in the 1st floor of the house, then we could also accomodate families. Otherwise the top floor may be rented out to holiday guests and we might need your help to prepare and clean.
In the summertime you may stay in a hut or a tent directly on the lake.
The basic rules of a good living together should be respected.
Smoking is only allowed outside of the house, no heavy drinking.
Be honest, if you break anything please let us know.
You should have your own health insurance and liability insurance.
We will ask to see your passport/ID and take photos of it upon arrival.
Best arrival days would be friday to sunday so I can be there to spend the weekend and give you an introduction to house and garden and plan your projects with you.
If you are allergic to cats or dust our house might not be right for you. We had a dear cat until lately and dust is collected since years ;)
Free time can be spend strolling around the beautiful nature, going to the beach, visiting cafés, bars etc. trips to Lübeck and Hamburg are worth a day too. Or you just chill and enjoy nature, meditate, read, cook or focus on that paper/ book/ letter you wanted to write ;)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week