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Kocenu Novads
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 1
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 93724
Country: Latvia

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Last Updated: September 24, 2019

I am a retired (63 y.o.) intellectual from french culture who has chosen, by personal desire, to live in the Latvian countryside.
I live mostly alone, except when I have friends, relatives, guests, or helpers visiting me
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.
I plan to make an eco-cottage and organic garden ... it is on the way ...

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. While I do need help with restoration works, I am also looking for cultural exchanges, sharing stories and experiences. We will quickly learn about each other, and from this, discover a way to work and live together.
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 need help restoring the house and its outbuildings, but also help around the house itself.
My future goals include making a beautiful organic garden.
If you have interest or knowledge in these areas then your help would be greatly appreciated.
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.

My property 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 can welcome guests either in a room in the main house, or in one of my guest cottages, according to the seasons and desires.

I live in one of the most beautiful regions 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.
I can help to organise excursions for / with the helpers. I have bicycles that you may borrow, 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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