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Area (ha): 0.8
Persons: 1-2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 27990
Country: Austria

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Last Updated: April 14, 2014

We (Arabella, 35 and Florian, 35) own an old farmhouse in the heart of Lower Austria. Our little Village is located in a beautiful surrounding with fields and apstures around us, 5 mins to walk to the village. Kilb itself is about 25 min (by car) from St. Poelten and 20 min from Melk. It's 1hour to Vienna, even less than that to the next mountains (hiking, skiing), so there is plenty to see and do.

We live here for 2 years now with our 3 dogs (2 golden, 1 mixed breed - they live with us in the house), 6 cats (they live outside), 10 chicken, 2 ducks... We plan on getting some sheep, and maybe a goose will join our flock soon! And - quite important - a little baby girl is expected in may, so our family will be extended!

We are looking for help with various projects. The main house is already in a pretty good shape, but there is still plenty to do. The range of work starts with some help in house and garden, maybe also some babysitting, and does not end with painting and reconstruction work as well as just regular maintenance.

Some of our plans to come within the next years: building a swimming pond, reconstruction of an old little house and building a guest house with sauna, revitalizing an old Vespa (1962), clearing the shack and building a sheep fence,...

We offer housing (as long as we have not build the guest house you will live with us in a guest room [one single and one queen size bed] with own bathroom and toilet) and food (we are NOT vegetarian but very interested in foreign cuisine and more than happy to learn what you eat. We also love to BBQ in summer.). Arabella is in maternity leave and will be at home most of the time - she is more than happy to get some company! We have internet at the house.

We speak German and English, willing to learn some Italian or Spanish, too - but good english is the basic requirement for communication! :) We are looking for one person or a couple staying with us - no idea for how long, maybe starting with 2 weeks or so? Your weekends will definitively be off - you can join us in our activities (working the dogs - we do SAR work with them, hiking, climbing, biking, or we also are happy to show you the beauty of our area, trips to Wachau [vineries!] or to Vienna where Arabella grew up) or be on the road on your own. During the week it depends on the weather and our ongoing project, but it will not be more than an average of 5hrs of work/day.

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