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Arezzo
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): .75
Persons: 1 preferred
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 1685
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: October 18, 2019

My name is Jenny. I am putting out a challenge. I am looking for an experienced interior designer interested in ergonomics to help optimise a very unusual barn and house conversion. It is an interior winter project.If not possible for you, maybe you know of someone.
The house is in a national park area in the Apennines in Tuscany - wild and largely untouched by time.
Apart from this project I have a big house and garden to care for and am generally looking for helpers of different types.
The dates available are;
20th December 2019 into 2020...
The helper categories are;

HANDY 'man' with skills of all types -
electrical, plumbing, tiling, carpentry, computing, electronics, etc.

MOSAIC MAKER to prepare studio with me to work in together over winter. Possibility of exhibiting in craft festival in May in local hill town.

INTERIOR DECORATOR. Big, unusual house built into the hillside waiting for ideas to help lighten and brighten it (in a discreet way)

EXPERIENCED CARPENTER for treating exterior woodwork like doors, and for restoration of pieces of old/antique furniture.

GARDENER - especially with experience of fruit tree pest control. The trees have huge crops but the fruit is mostly damaged and difficult to keep. It is a mature terraced garden with lavender and olives -loved by wild boar.
A little Roman-type plunge pool is on the point of completion and I shall need help finishing it off. Could be heavy work - but its all to be decided and needs to stay simple.

I am English woman who trained as a sculptor many years ago, fell in love with the Tuscan countryside and bought some derelict farm buildings to convert. After 30 years the finished result is too much to look after alone.

Part of the house is let for holidays (www.villasimonicchi.com) and there is also long term accommodation that might suit someone with internet based work or with a project needing peaceful surroundings.
....But sorry no smokers or drinkers, and I should like to have a photograph and references.
I hope to hear from a lot of you....and if it doesn't work out now, it may sometime in the future.


reviews (17)
Helper: Anthony ravelo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 4, 2019
My Italian adventure was wonderful and It would not have happend without Jenn... view complete review

Helper: Adam Elliott Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 19, 2018
I stayed with Jenny for a month this year. As a host she did everything she c... view complete review

Helper: Andrew Meade Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: November 19, 2016
Beautiful breathtaking views combined with Jennys seemingly endless depth of ... view complete review

Helper: Liz Haynes Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: October 16, 2016
What a glorious summer Iíve just spent with Jenny in Simonicchi, I loved ever... view complete review

Helper: Tenzin and Cristian Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Romania Date: October 9, 2016
We stay a month to Jenny in a wonderful place in the middle of nature. Jenny ... view complete review

Helper: Ryan McFadyen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 2, 2015
Well, where does a person start? Tuscany, the absolute heart of Italian cu... view complete review

Helper: Robert Graham Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 21, 2011
A healing place in the hills- wonderfully enjoyable and comfortable stay;a p... view complete review

Helper: Michael and Anita Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 15, 2011
Cannot recommend a stay with this fantastic lady and her equaly fantastic Mum... view complete review

Helper: Robert Graham Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: January 21, 2010
Jenny was very understanding and kind when I could not make it to her home la... view complete review

Helper: Thierry eymard Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: April 1, 2009
I stayed for 3 months in 2007 and had a lovely time and a fantastic room doin... view complete review

Helper: Claudia Figueiredo Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Portugal Date: January 1, 2009
I had a bad experience in this place. The day after I arrived, Jennifer (the ... view complete review

Helper: Michael Greer Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: December 1, 2008
A warm and relaxed welcome awaits the helper here. Whether that welcomes from... view complete review

Helper: Sarah and Clive Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: November 9, 2008
We had a wonderful time with Jenny and Hilda in July 2008. We tended the gard... view complete review

Helper: Colleen Gorman Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: February 25, 2007
I stayed here in November of 2006 for two weeks - it is a beautiful/colorful ... view complete review

Helper: Olwen Steel Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: February 20, 2007
What an amazing six weeks! Jenny and Hilda were very forthcoming in saying... view complete review

Helper: Judy Wressel Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: November 23, 2006
I spent two wonderful weeks here in October. Jenny, Hilda & Fred (the dog) ma... view complete review

Helper: Victoria Arkell Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: July 24, 2006
I spent 5.5 wonderful weeks at Simonicchi. Breath-taking scenery, luxurious a... view complete review

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