Come and join the renovation project in the hills above the Soca valley in Nova Gorica, Slovenia

  • Slovenia
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  • Last activity: 25 Mar 2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    We are an English couple who are renovating an old farmhouse in Slovenia with 6 acres of forest and meadow. We live in an off-grid yurt nearby with a shower and a flushing compost toilet. When not in Slovenia we live near Bristol in the UK. We also have a 5 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. We are currently in the UK, but will be hosting again from June/July in 2023!

    We like good locally sourced food & drink, we love cooking and we like meeting new people. We have lots to do.

    Accommodation is either inside the farmhouse, or the recently renovated barn. In warmer weather, you could be in our 5m bell tent. Either way, you will have a good mattress and good quality bedding, access to hot shower and flushing toilets.

    We have a wood-fired hot tub and hammocks to relax at the end of a days work. (Hot tub usage is sometimes dependant on recent rainfall). We also have a small swimming pool. We have wifi. We ask for minimum 4hrs of work a day, 5 days a week, and in addition, we would also really appreciate occasional help with the day to day 'facilities', such as lighting the fire for the hot tub/help with food prep or washing up. We will only be a small team, so collaboration is appreciated. In return, we will provide accommodation and 3 good hearty meals a day. Please note our property is quite remote, set amongst the beautiful forest, mountains and tiny villages. It's 25 minutes drive to the nearest shops & the tourist activities of the Soca Valley. Because of that, a stay at our homestead might better suit a couple/friends, who are happy to entertain themselves/relax or hike in the countryside when not working, and people with a vehicle so you can explore further. We can offer some lifts when we are going into town for groceries/building supplies etc, but we try to be as self sufficient as possible to reduce these journeys. We are looking forward to hosting you.

    It's been a strange couple of years and our progress has been held up by covid, but this year we have lots to do, so anyone with these specific skills would be amazing:

    Construction and sympathetic renovation
    Staircase building
    Plumbing or Electrics
    Carpentry for doors, windows, benches, flooring, ladders all made from local wood
    Outdoor landscaping, gardening, building walls, forestry, chainsaw work,
    Bathroom or kitchen fitting
    Grass cutting and strimming
    Path making, into and out of the forest.

    Even if you don't have any experience doing these things get in touch. There is so much to do in so many areas, we are sure will contribute in your own way.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Slovenia is an amazing country. The people are very generous and hospitable.
    While you are here, we'd encourage you to go to other parts of the Soca valley and beyond for multi-day trips out into Slovenia. The scenery is stunning and very accessible.
    While here you would have the opportunity to learn other skills while you bring your own abilities to the project.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    We have the skills & equipment, we just don't have enough hands to do all the projects. If you have any of these skills then this is a bonus, not a requirement. We'd love to host you.
    Carpentry, plumbing, heating, electrical wiring, concrete construction, forestry chainsaw work, gardening, chef/catering, childcare. Even if you don't have any experience doing these things get in touch. There is so much to do in so many areas, we are sure will contribute in your own way. 

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    In the house, Bell tent or Barn. You will normally have your own private space for sleeping.
    You will always have a comfy mattress and good bedding.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This area is very remote and beautiful, theres lots of hiking or bike exploring to do.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Campervans are very very welcome! We can provide electric hook up.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 982915791784

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