We are a British/Serbian couple who left our London office jobs five years ago and started living simply and learning how to create an organic farm in the mountains of Western Serbia. We have two daughters in their mid-20s who still live in the UK. We now have an established orchard and grow many vegetables successfully. We bought a tractor last year and are starting on wheat in one of our fields - we have about 5.5 hectares of mountainside most of which is still wildflower meadows. We also make organic wine and fruit brandy, keep free-range chickens and bees. Our friendly dog, Banjo, is a big part of the family.
This year we want to expand our kitchen garden, build a wood store and tractor shed and start cheese-making using our neighbours' beautiful milk. We are largely vegetarian and most of our food comes from our garden and orchard.
Apart from farming we have some other projects: We run the local volunteer fire brigade and have built a fire station for our 1957 Green Goddess fire engine. We also teach local children to swim in our pool every summer and run a mobile library project for 16 village schools in our region. We have two properties, a large chalet style house and a etno wooden cabin, both of which we offer on Airbnb/Booking.com.
Our house backs onto miles of pine forests which smell wonderful in summer, the countryside here is stunning with lots of beautiful hikes and unspoilt nature all around. Local wildlife includes many birds (inc golden eagles and owls), hares, deer, wild boar, jackals, foxes. We are quite far from restaurants and shops if that's what you're looking for :)
Mantenimiento / bricolage
Ayuda en una granja
Ayuda en proyecto ecológico
Ayuda con animales
Ayuda de caridad
Learn about life in rural Serbia, meet local people and get involved in the community plus live in totally stunning countryside.
Learn about bee keeping, wine making (fermentation) and branding making (distillation), chicken care and organic orchard practice
General help is what we are after, depending on the season:
help in the garden and orchard - watering, planting trees, weeding, harvesting and processing produce
mushroom foraging (under guidance),
assisting with wine and brandy making
wood chopping, stacking, clearing woodland, help with small building projects (wood store, tractor shed, eco-hot tub)
English and Serbian
Depending on whether we have other guests, you'll either be in the main house - 4 double bedrooms - or in the cabin in the woods. In either case you'll have a good internet connection, private bathroom and kitchen access. I love to cook! Generally breakfast is 'help yourself', lunch is the main meal with local cheese, lots of vegetables and salads and we have a light supper (usually with wine).
Winter offers skiing at the small resort (Divcibare) at the top of the mountain, (8km away) as well as tobogganing on our hill. In summertime there are wonderful hikes and we have a huge low-chlorine swimming pool and plenty of sunbeds. We enjoy a simple life surrounded by beauty and try to live in harmony with nature,
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Más de dos
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week