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Kocenu Novads
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 93724
Country: Latvia

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Last Updated: June 27, 2020

I am a retired (64 y.o.) intellectual from french culture who has chosen, by personal desire, to live in the Latvian countryside.
My lifestyle is ecological, and very close to the nature.

I speak french ++++ (native language), english (+++), latvian (+++), dutch (+) and german (+).
My property is an old wooden cottage built in 1925, typical of nothern countries, that needs renovation/being renovated.
It consists of several wooden buildings, a well, a cellar-fridge, an outdoor toilet, two ponds and an outdoor wood fired bathtub.

The building style and my way of life is in keeping with that of life as it was in northern / eastern Europe until the 1960s, set in the countryside of Latvia.
It is a fairly basic way of living, compared with that of modern western Europe, and this is by personal choice.
I live in a minimalist non materialistic way, but don't worry I have electricity, WiFi, internet, stereo system, microwave, tv, etc ...
I'm not radical about my way of living in the simplicity.

But what my place has to offer is the location here in the peaceful Latvian countryside, where you can truly enjoy the beautiful scenery and experience true peace and quiet.

I am happy to welcome guests, listen to their life stories and share with them the specifics of Latvian life and culture mixed with my culture of french origin.
I have experience restoring houses and I will help with the work where I can, but I am not as physically able as I used to be, so I need some extra help.

I expect from the helper 5 hours of real work per day/ 5 days a week, in return for your own private room in a guest cottage, meals, teaching you a practical experience in house renovation, full weekends off, free internet use, meeting with local latvian people.
I have also bicycles that you may borrow, and I can also help to organise excursions for / with you.

In addition to the 5 hours / day mentioned above, I expect a free sharing of time for housework: cooking, going to the store, cleaning the dishes and vacuuming the common rooms.

I can teach all aspects of any the renovation jobs that have to be done, so don't worry if you feel you don't have any specific or extensive experience or knowledge in these areas.
I can also teach French or Latvian to the guests if desired.
And of course I'd would love to play music together if it is possible.

I'm preferably looking for French speaking guests, of the age group between 30 and 50 year old.
Je recherche de préférence des hôtes de langue française, de la tranche d'âge entre 30 et 50 ans.

I do not issue any invitation letter for obtaining visas.

I prefer, if possible, a fairly short stay project, of 7 to 10 days, which can extend up to 3 weeks maximum, depending of the affinities.
But do not hesitate to contact me, even if you are outside these criteria !

I live in a beautiful region of Latvia, close to the Gauja natural park, the old castles of Sigulda, Turaida, the Gauja river, the lake of Burtnieki, the towns of Cesis and Valmiera, the energetic hills of Zilaiskalns, Salaca river and its cliffs.
There is a bus stop at 600 m, and a shop at 2 km.
Helpers can swim in the pond in the summer, and ice skate / cross-country ski in the winter (I can supply the equipment needed).

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