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Figline Valdarno
All Year: no - Feb-Nov
Area (ha): 18
Persons: 1 max
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 14802
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: July 8, 2020

*** Before you start reading, please note: only 1 person of age for a minimum of 2 weeks in the time slots listed above! We do not take on smokers! Thank you very much for your understanding! ***

Help appreciated in summer 2018 = June through August: both outdoor tasks as well as caring for our guests.

We are an agritourismo in Tuscany (Chianti region) south of Florence. On our estate we combine organic farming (production of olive oil, herbal products, jams and preserves) with sustainable tourism. No livestock farming.

In spring (esp February and March) the focus is on outdoor tasks: fencing, gardening, pruning trees, maintenance and all kind of repairs.

Typical tasks at our landhold are, depending on talent and necessity:

Gardening: e.g. planting, weeding, watering, pruning olive trees, mowing lawns, repairing fences and stone walls, chopping fire wood ...
Housekeeping: e.g. taking care of the pool (cleaning, laying out mattresses), help to prepare the daily meals, supporting the charlady to prepare the flats for new guests ...
Maintenance and repairs as necessary,
Harvesting of herbs and fruits from July to September, picking olives in October/November.

As we are taking in tourists (a summer cottage and 2 apartments, no BandB), support in taking care of our guests as well as housekeeping will also be appreciated.

Our 18 hectares/ 45 acres are on a hill side looking out on the Arno valley and comprise both forest and terraced areas with about 700 olive trees, around 300 rose bushes and other flowers as well as plenty of herbs, so don`t forget to pack solid footgear and a cap or hat for protection against sunstroke and sunburn.

Please be aware that a stay with us is not meant to be vacation but work. You don`t need any special skills but we expect a readiness to experience new challenges. We are sure you won`t regret it!

The daily workload will be reasonable but depends on the seasonal requirements as nature doesn`t adhere to a 9-to-5 schedule! What must be done must be done.

However, time can be made to visit Florence or others of the many points of interest in our region. The next village is about 1km downhill, the market town can be reached by bus in about 15 minutes. This is also where the trains to Florence (40 minutes), Arezzo or Rome (a day trip) leave. Upon your arrival we will pick you up at this station. Closest airports: Pisa and Florence.

The farmhouse was built in the 15th century but has been thoroughly refurbished. For your accommodation a single bedroom in a separate cottage with the basic mod cons will be provided: kitchenette, bathroom, WI-FI and SAT-TV. It should go without mentioning that you`ll be in charge of cleaning and tidying the place outside of your working hours.There`s even a bike for you to improve your mobility.

We speak German, English as well as Italian and look forward to welcoming international helpers.

Please apply with specific dates and let us know if you have confirmed travel tickets. We prefer longer stays of minimum 2 weeks but you may also stay for 2 or 3 months.

Looking forward to your supporting us!

reviews (12)
Helper: Yan ki Chong Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hong Kong Date: August 12, 2019
I stayed with Barbara for 5 weeks. It was a life-changing experience. I reall... view complete review

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From: France Date: April 15, 2019
I've spent 2 wonderful weeks with Barbara and Yu (for a week). I have learn s... view complete review

Helper: Xu Yu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: April 8, 2019
Two weeks was going so fast , Barbara is a great lady ,the farm has many Oli... view complete review

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From: United States Date: December 10, 2017
I sadly only stayed with Barbara for two weeks as it was a great experience a... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: December 31, 2016
I stayed with Barbara for 3 weeks in October and November 2016 and really enj... view complete review

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From: Canada Date: April 27, 2016
I stayed with Barbara for three weeks in March 2016. I felt more like a gues... view complete review

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From: United States Date: February 25, 2016
Barbara was the best host I could have asked for! I had an incredible time st... view complete review

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From: United States Date: November 17, 2015
I stayed at Barbara's agriturismo for almost 4 weeks for the olive harvest. I... view complete review

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From: France Date: November 20, 2014
I spend two months with Barbara, helping her in her wonderfull property. The... view complete review

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From: United States Date: January 24, 2014
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From: Romania Date: October 10, 2013
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From: United States Date: May 13, 2012
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