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Area (ha): 2
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 16546
Country: Sweden

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Last Updated: September 24, 2015


We have just bought a beautiful old farmhouse and farm in the Vastantrask conservation area in northern Sweden. The house overlooks the biggest lake in the Vasterbotten area and has a 100m lake frontage.

In short, it is one of the most beautifully situated small farms in Sweden.

We are looking for someone to help us with our twins and for general household help. We lead busy lives and need another pair of hands.

In exchange we will offer bed and board and a rich cultural and recreational environment. In the summer this is a sensational area - from hiking and berry-picking to fishing and swimming in the pure waters of the lake, the leisure opportunities are legion. In winter, there'll be plenty of winter sport activity nearby including nordic and alpine skiing and snowmobiling.

Furthermore, we're both former national newspaper journalists from the UK so are lively and interesting company. Want to hear about how Paul sang Abba songs with Depeche Mode in a London pub? Pour him a glass of cava and he may tell you...

Also, as we'll be spending a lot of time together it's important that we get on. We enjoy popular culture, both highbrow and lowbrow, and we enjoy the occasional glass of wine. We'd be happy to head into Umea occasionally to see a film or a gig and for you to join us.

We have fibre optic broadband internet and satellite TV, which you will obviously be able to enjoy when you're not hiking/snowmobiling - we don't expect our helpers to while away their free time indoors by whittling animals from wood or making their own clothes from sackcloth and string. Unless they want to, of course.

On your days off you don't necessarily HAVE to hike or swim. Umea, 2014's European Capital of Culture and Sweden's coollest city, is an 80 minute bus ride away. You could also come with us on our visits.

Skelleftea, a smaller but nice town is 40 minutes away while our local town, Burtrask, is just 15 minutes away and is the place where the incredibly delicious Vasterbotten Cheese was invented and now made. There's even a museum dedicated to the lovely cheesy stuff, although you'll be seeing A LOT of it in our fridge.

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