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Update for 2022.
We will be pruning 300 olive trees in spring (march-ish) so will need strong hands for sure. (no experience needed, just great enthusiasm for the day, afterwork outside fire and sharing wine and stories)
As of now, our next big adventure is Wine harvest in September so if you are out there, wondering what to do in Autumn, now is the time to get in touch with us!
Due to Covid regulations, we currently only accept couples, preferably with their own transport.
Chefs, or those with strong cooking skills are especially welcome this coming year as we will be putting a lot of focus on creating plant to plate dishes and creating a new food and wine experience for summer guests.
If you love to laugh a lot, love music and wine, and have a real zest for life, then it will work out just fine here at our Organic Eco farm!
A quick note to all who are interested in joining us.
As a result of Covid, we follow the rules set out by the government to the letter. This means that all official rules set out by local government need to be applied to ensure maximum security and safety for everybody.
We will explain more about how this works when we talk.
We are fully vaccinated and can only accept couples wo are also fully vaccinated.
Apart from all the fun, if there are any couples out there who are close to setting up their own smallholding, land share or Eco building projects, or are looking to relocate to Italy for a new start, we would love to hear from you so we can share as many of our experiences as possible with you and maybe develop something together.
We are ready to jump to the next level on our adventure here, so if you are an experienced gardener, chef, or simply looking to get out of the rat race and into country living, then lets talk!!
We (Graham and Saranne) live here with our two daughters who go to school just across the valley in Colmurano. We make high grade olive oil, natural wine, grow our own food, play music, are wine professionals, cater for guests, and try to get the best out of every day, from sun up to sun down. We live and work according to sun time, no watches! We also live in this area of Italy mainly because of its similarities to our home country of Ireland; from the landscape to the outlook of the local people, which is very organic and agricultural. We love everything that Le Marche and its people represent: the Marchigiani are hard-working yet have a very relaxed approach to life, which we follow, a deep-rooted sense of tradition and a strong community spirit. Above all, they are warm and friendly people who love their food and a story over a glass or two, and so do we, sometimes more than 2 glasses depending on how long the campfire keeps burning!!
We are always looking for fun loving, easy going, artistic or musical people to help with getting the best out of life. Our work ethic is simple, "the day will give you back what you put into it" What do we do on a daily basis? The following (in no particular order - the work is decided depending on the type of help you can offer, the weather and what needs doing at the time!):
Jobs we have in mind for 2022 include, in no particular order:
Cheffing and sharing recipes and dishes
Exterior woodworking. (weather permitting)
Work in the vineyard and planting new trees etc. (Spring-Autumn)
Pruning olive trees (and other trees) and wood harvesting (Spring and Autumn)
Working in the vegetable garden
Maintenance of and swimming in our natural pool.
General land work/maintenance including (re)building outdoor steps, paths and fencing around vineyard, olive grove etc.
Building a clay pizza bread oven (skilled workers needed)
And, of course, plenty of other fun to be had as well!!
If you're interested in learning, or have a lot of skills and love a challenge - send us a message and lets get it on! Here's some more about us......
We moved here to take advantage of the beautiful peace and quiet that both this house and the surrounding area offers and to provide our children with a safe and yet also challenging place to grow up. It was our dream to find peace, freedom and happiness and it is now a wonderful reality. That's not to say it isn't hard work - it is a farmhouse after all! We spend most of our free time from our careers tending to the land and the house. (Graham, when he's not busy on the land, works for the local wineries and Saranne's career is divided between a love of theatre, writing and being a full-time mum.) Our olive trees, veggie patches and vines need constant care and, of course, when the time comes to harvest it is all hands on deck! September is time for grapes, October/November is olive harvest and the veggie patch supplies us with delicious produce all year round which naturally means we are also planting most of the year to ensure a steady flow of food. Then there's making jams and preserves to make use of all the fruits growing on our land - figs, persimmon, pears, apples, elderberries, blackberries, walnuts, almonds, peaches to name just a few of a wide variety!
There are many ways to describe our interests and passions in life – but no specifics quite fit. We share a deep interest in wine, theatre, history and culture, slowfood and the wonders and adventures of the outdoors and that’s why we live here as they are all in abundance in this area of Le Marche. It's funny - we love living life on the slow side but there's always so much to do! if you are not worried about time, then this is the region of Italy for you!
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
Aide dans une ferme
Cuisine/repas pour la famille
Aide informatique / avec Internet
If you are keen to downsize from the ever stressful lives that you live in, then this experience will be very beneficial to you.
We have downsized from successful high pressured lives and careers to what some people call "living the dream"
Let me tell you, "Living the dream" is a lot of very hard work but well worth it at the end of the day.
It was a long, difficult journey and we like to share our experiences of this journey with like minded people.
The personal impact of downsizing is something that is very seldom spoken about, therefore we share the story as much as possible with all our guests.
Ce projet peut impliquer des enfants. Pour en savoir plus, consultez nos directives et conseils ici.
Over the years, it has been our aim to manage this farmhouse using a mix of traditional methods and permaculture systems. We have completed a natural swimming pool, restored an abandoned olive grove, planted a vineyard, got raised veg plots up and running, chicken coop, pathways, outside playing areas, alongside outside cooking and grilling areas with shower, compost toilet, an upcycling project with a caravan and extention and further paths, and other small to medium building projects. The grounds are fairly extensive, therefore there is always something that needs attention.
Gaelic (Scottish): Intermédiaire
During your visit as a workawayer, you will be given a fully equipped self catering apartment, next to ours, for the duration of your stay. It is a large space, very comfortable, en-suite, double bed, fully equipped kitchen etc and has everything you will need for a great stay. Either way, you will be part of our family and welcomed as such.
We fell in love with this farmhouse the minute we saw it as we emerged from the windy avenue of trees just above it. Blossom was growing just outside the front door and it all looked so welcoming. Once I went inside, I felt like a child again because of all the nooks and crannies there were to explore! Of course, at that time, it was a true 'rustico' without any kitchen or bathroom. It did have water and electricity but at a very basic level so our portable solar shower came in very handy for our first few visits! After many years of renovation, our home is warm and comfortable and retains the spirit of the original house and owners.
The house is made up of three different, yet connected buildings which have been restored by an amazing team of local builders and a fantastic geometra (surveyor/architect/planner and, in our case, now also a great friend). We live in the bottom third of the house and the top two thirds are rented out as holiday accommodation. We have tried to recreate the original spirit of the house and as a result there is a little bit of ducking to do! On the ground floor of the first house, the original cowshed, woodstore, olive oil and wine rooms have been renovated into a self-catering apartment including an ensuite double or twin bedroom, kitchen, dining and living space as well as a private terrace with beautiful views. On the first and second floors there are three separate bedrooms linked by a central staircase with an additional bathroom. Each has its own character – one has stunning views of the Sibillini mountains, another was originally the kitchen with an open fire and intriguing cubbyhole and the attic room, which was originally used for storage, is now wonderfully cosy and romantic. However, most importantly for us, is the fact that the previous owner, who tends his land on the opposite side and whose family had lived in this house for over 300years, is happy to see the house modernised and cared for and his approval means more to us than anything else.
Our farmhouse is in a rural setting - the nearest town is 2.5km away and public transport is very limited. However, we drive into the local village almost every week day and, at least once a week, into the nearest city. In any case, the travel limitations are more than made up for by the spectacular, rolling hills of Le Marche scenery - punctuated by beautiful rivers, valleys, dramatic mountain ranges and over 150 km of coastline. Sublimely tranquil, the historical hilltop towns and stunning cities of this area are awe-inspiring. For those, like us, interested in art, history and culture, the churches, museums, galleries, theatres, shrines and roman ruins in this area are plentiful. It is a meticulously preserved treasure trove of times past. In fact, we find that travelling through this region’s countryside is best done off the beaten track. There is so much more to discover by leaving the map behind and getting lost!
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
We can work with Digital nomads depending on their schedule and needs. We have hosted quite a few Digital nomads in the past, usually as couples, whereby 1 works with me outside while the other works online to a pre arranged schedule. As we are very flexible, the digital nomad can make up time or pick up jobs to be done at a time that suits them during the working week.
There is parking outside for campervans and motorhomes. We have had 7m campers here in the past, no worries.
Flexible hours - we need you to be open to change!! Rain or shine. maximum 25 hours a week
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