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Area (ha): 1
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 46725
Country: Belgium

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Last Updated: July 6, 2018

Our house
We live in a nice and small town in Belgium called Maaseik, which is _6__km from the Netherlands and _12__km from Germany. Our house is our dream home with a big forest-like garden. We grow lot of fruits, vegetables and herbs, all of which we try to eat every day. We also have chickens and ducks which we keep for eggs and sometimes meat. In the middle of our beautiful garden, and separate to the main house is a Holiday Cabin, with sleeping space for up to 3 people and its own toilet and shower. This will be your own private living space while staying with us.
About Us
Iím Marijn and I am an artist (writing and painting), chef and bartender and work different hours each week, but am home often to work around the house. My partner works full time for UPS and is away from home from 5am-7pm therefore access to the main house is only until 8:30pm so he can get a good sleep. We are a gay couple, open minded, and non-religious. We have 2 dogs and 3 cats which are very friendly and love to be played with.
Help we want
There is always a lot to do at our house as we are slowly building our dream home and garden. We are very passionate about our home and would love people to help us with our projects. Specific projects depend on what we are doing at the time, the weather and whether we have helpers with specific skill, so if there is something you are good at doing please let me know so you will enjoy what you are doing. At the moment we are working on weeding and tidying garden beds, renovating the toilet in the main house, building an outdoor kitchen, and veranda.
What we can give you
Helpers have sole use of our Holiday Cabin, which can cater for up to 3 people. There are 2 couches that can be made into a double and single bed to suit your needs, and all linen and towels are also available. The Holiday Cabin is in the middle of our garden with complete privacy making it your own little tropical oasis home. Inside the Holiday Cabin you will also have your own toilet and shower with hot water, tea and coffee facilities and a desk and chair. We have also fitted the main house and Holiday Cabin with Wifi, therefore you will have excellent access to the internet wherever you are at our house.
There is plenty of delicious food available, including what we grow, and I will cook you three fresh and healthy cooked meals a day. We are not vegetarian, however can cater for different dietary needs- please let me know.
You can also have access to the facilities in the main house including kitchen, washing mashine and lounge room (8:30am-8:30pm) and in addition to your Holiday Cabin, have full access to our garden, outdoor eating area, and sun lounge deck 24/7.
On weekends or when we are not working, we can take you to our favourite local places to get a drink, or if you want you can come with us when we do our grocery shopping in Germany. We can also give you advice on walks, day trips or bicycle rides in nearby towns, for you to explore on your own. Being in Belgium and with Netherlands and Germany so nearby, there are lots of places you can go to from our house.

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