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Vassara Peloponnese
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.6
Persons: No restriction .
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 11594
Country: Greece

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Last Updated: April 23, 2018

Hello from the Sunny Mountains of the Peloponnese

HELP with BUILDING and Renovation and Maintenance of TRADITIONAL ORIGINAL STONE HOUSES in all aspects always welcome .

We always try to accommodate Helpers who are competent Home fixers, Carpenters or wood workers, Plumbers . Stone or bricklayers ,Tilers, Plasterers or Electricians or Drystone wallers as there is always something that needs doing .

A chance to immerse yourself in Rural Greece and get to live in a different world .

We are a family of 4 our property is 20km north of Sparta in Lakonia, Southern Greece.We are in a scenic mountain village with a bus service and lifts with locals to and from town are quite easy.The surroundings are unspoiled with walking,hiking and cycling on traffic free paths and tracks with stunning views available directly from property which is in the heart of the village .
The location offers the chance to live in the heart of a traditional village on the edge of remote countryside but only 20 mins from a large town ,SPARTA . Home of " The 300 " and Ancient Sparta .Byzantine " Mystras " is 10 mins from town . Mystras, the 'wonder of the Morea', was built as an amphitheatre around the fortress erected in 1249 by the prince of Achaia, William of Villehardouin. Reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape .
We are only an hour from the sea and the beaches at Vathi ,Mavrovouni and the delightful port of Gytheio the eastern gateway to the " Mani " and go regularly all year round and welcome you along .

We always welcome self motivated and enthusiastic people who enjoy working independently or part of a group to help us move forward .We believe the basic fundamentals of HELPX are important, that is it should be a complete social ,cultural and work exchange to each parties benefit.

We are among other things renovating and restoring two old traditional stone houses using as many salvaged and recycled materials as possible , with a view to renting them , for people to come and immerse themselves in an unchanged village environment . We have finished an OFF GRID SOLAR PANEL installation to run one house totally independently .Finishing Paving part of the courtyards is another project .Anybody with some level of experience in CARPENTRY or STONE or PLUMBING or Electrical work is always welcome. I am a self taught woodworker and general builder happy to pass on skills and or be taught more .

There is always interesting work for any helpers in any field . We always have challenging new projects to be undertaken for long stayers but also the inevitable general property maintenance .
Then we have two GARDENS one for the vegetables and then we are beginning with the trees , shrubs and flowers so any experience in this field in particular veg and or Mediterranean plants is appreciated and of course the general upkeep as well .

We welcome any helpers all year round if we have space.

ACCOMMODATION is in SEPARATE building or even more independently in a studio in the Olive Groves and is of a very good standard. We have a good sunny spot in an olive grove for tents and CAMPER-VANS for those who prefer.

WORKING HOURS and days are flexible but will be agreed in advance so as to avoid misunderstandings but in general for a minimum 6 hrs per day we supply 3 proper meals on working days and take a longish lunch hour together,{A cereal breakfast and packed lunch on days off}, we cook all meals for you and we usually eat together .If you like to cook that is great too , we love to try new food and enjoy mealtimes .On days off we are happy to take you with us on trips around the Peloponnese .

THE VILLAGE has 2 bars and a restaurant within 150m of the house providing the chance to stay in a village environment but only 50m from mountain olive groves .The most notable sites nearby are Mystras and Ancient Sparta with Monemvasia or Nafplio a day trip away. We speak English and Greek,and poor French but we try.We go to the beach and sites often and we would happily bring you with us or help you to go independently if you wish .

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