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Bellagio
All Year: No
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 3-4
Category: Other
Host ID: 40453
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: May 26, 2018

We are two Australian couples who have bought an amazing 1960s house designed by a famous Italian architect. It hasn't been lived in for many years. I, Barbara, and my son, Dan (very good at project management and building) will be living in and renovating the property. Deadline end date is 1 July 2018 so we're now in the final push to get the place finished.

I already had a flat in Paris (bought 2003) and speak some Italian. We love Italy, the food, people and friendliness we've found here. We had been looking for 3-4 years for the perfect place for us. We finally completed the sale of this house - the exact opposite of a frescoed villa we began looking for (something that doesn't exist in Australia!)! - on 20 July 2017.

The house basically drops off a cliff, has total privacy with lake on drop side and cedar forest on the other side, has incredible views over the Lecco arm of Lake Como.

It has three levels, including a flat roof we plan to turn into a sun deck, hot tub, infrared spa (all this in first half of 2018 if possible after we get planning approval) . All floors have panoramic views of the lake.

All the bones of the garden are there - terraced retaining walls etc We need some help tidying up the garden, pruning large cedar trees to let more light into the understory, making a vegie garden in spring. It hasn't been touched for at least ten years.

Hoping to find painters, carpenters, people with experience using tools, possible help building the new kitchens. We will have new quality tools to work with but anyone with their own tools very welcome.

We would welcome a single, couple or family if you come with skills, willingness to work and be part of our life for as short a time as you'd like to try. Even a week is fine. We don't like to commit to longer periods until we've met and experienced the workawayer. If we're all simpatico, a long stay would be welcome.

We provide gourmet type meals for dinner, wine and hot lunch every day in exchange for 5 hours work 5 days/week. People usual make their own breakfast. It's important for us that workawayers understand that we provide food, not cooking. We expect you to help cook and clean as any member of a household - over and above your working day (although obviously if you work more cooking can be part of your work day. We have had workaway people before who wait to be served food, not thinking of cooking themselves. I find the shopping and cooking for volunteers a big job in itself, if everybody doesn't jump in to help! If you can't cook, please say. If you have other professional skills, like carpenter or plumber/electrician, doesn't matter. If not, please only ask to come if you are prepared to cook and clean as in your own home:)

If you cook Asian food that would be amazing! Much as we love Italian food, and eat it a lot, as Australians, we miss Asian food which we have eaten 3-4 times/week for the past 30-40 years! Thai, Chinese, Indian, Korean, Indonesian - anything!

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