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Teglio
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0,9
Persons: 1 or a couple
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 17035
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: January 17, 2019

--- IMPORTANT NOTE: If you just "like" dogs or if you are wondering if you would like to own a dog, this is NOT the place for you! You have also to consider that along the week you'll be alone at home, so what we ask all our possible future helpers is to be very honest with themself about this question: "can I manage to spend the whole day alone with 10 large dogs who, at least for the first days, do not know me?". They usually are very friendly, but they are dogs, and sometime could not be in perfect feeling with someone: if you're not prepared to deal with this, things can get really hard. ---

We are a couple, Marisa and Paolo (both 59 years old), who love Bernese Mountain dogs: we live in a small house in Valtellina (province of Sondrio), into the nature, with 10 of them and two cats. We also own about 6000 square meters of vineyard (not organic but we follow the Integrated Pests Management rules), and with a couple of friends make wine with ours grapes under the brand "Le Strie".
I, Paolo, live here all year round (usually during the week I work outside home from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm), Marisa from Monday to Friday works near Milan and joins us during the weekend.

We need help in the manage of the vineyard all year round (so Marisa can have more time for the dogs), and for all the work that the property needs to be better (gardening, cutting trees, chopping fire woods, build little stone walls, following the vegetables garden and so on . . .); we also could need some help in cleaning the house.
We usually don't ask Helpers to feed ours dogs (but the cat yes!), but sometimes we have to move from home for different reasons (our jobs, dog shows, etc.): in this case we could ask you to take care of them for some days.

Our house is also the big doghouse of our fourlegs family, so you MUST be prepared for the following:
- Dog hair -- you will find it EVERYWHERE regardless of how much we clean
- Dirt/Dust -- both on you, on the floors, and on the dogs... just a fact of life (again, despite how much we clean)
- Being licked -- Bernese are VERY affectionate
- Being sniffed -- everywhere!
- Being crowded -- both for your attention as well as to see what you may have, be doing, what you're wearing, where you've been, etc.
- Loud noises -- while they are fairly quiet as a norm, one can hear something and will alert the pack sending them all in a tizzy. Or they will get excited and start barking/howling. Or someone new will come into their space and they will all start barking. It can be startling when it goes from quiet to noisy in half a second.
- A pack type environment -- when you have this many dogs, it is a different type environment than a single dog in a family environment. We are constantly on the alert for dogs not getting along, dogs coming into season, dogs who may not be feeling up to par and more.

Working in the vineyard means that you'll be mainly outside, so better if you have a a pair of mountain boots / rubber boots to wear; for the stay at home we can provide you with a pair of slippers.
Our future Volunteers should have a good sense of humour (we are almost always having fun during our work... never letting things get TOO serious!), a good work ethic and a flexible nature (each day is different and we all have to go with the flow). They should also be ready to live a little isolated from the city: Teglio, the nearest village with post office, bank, shops and bars, can be reached in about 30 minutes on foot. But we DO have unlimited internet so you won't be isolated from the rest of the world!

Work time is about 25 hours a week: most of the work is carried out from Friday to Sunday, when we both are at home. The remaining hours may be distributed during the week or, if you prefer, be grouped in one or two days to get the others free. Anyway the timetable is very flexible (also according to the meterological conditions) and we'll talk about it.

We'll offer:
- home made cooking traditional italian food (usually breakfast and dinner, lunch should be self-arranged with what you find in the refrigerator or in the pantry), with a glass (ok, you can have also a second one!) of good wine;
- accomodation in our house in a room with your private bathroom (if you help us to finish it, ahahahaha);
- free use of all our house equipments (washing machine, WiFi internet, television, etc.).
In your free time there is plenty of possibilities to make beautiful walks in the mountain (we live in the vicinity of the regional park of the Orobics Alps and 45 minutes away from the Stelvio National Park). Public transports in the area are present, but they are not so frequent, so if you have your own car you can better enjoy the region.
Paolo is a maniac fisher, so if you like fishing for trouts and graylings I can help you to obtain the fishing licence, lend you a rod and we can go to the rivers or a lake together.
In winter you'll have the opportunity to go skiing to Aprica (20 minutes away by car) or Bormio (40 minutes away).

reviews (24)
Helper: Rosie and Kieran Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: August 27, 2017
We had a wonderful month with Paolo, Marisa and the Bernies. Most of the work... view complete review

Helper: Kayla Reno Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: July 25, 2017
Paolo, Marisa, their 11 dogs and Micia Pia welcomed my friend and I very war... view complete review

Helper: Sandra Piehl Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 13, 2017
I was staying with Paolo and Marisa for about 2 weeks and I had a real good t... view complete review

Helper: Yvette and Phillip Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: November 15, 2016
We stayed with Marisa & Paolo for the month of August, 2016. As many before u... view complete review

Helper: Kristin Wall Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: October 28, 2016
I spent two amazing weeks at Marisa and Paolo's home in April 2016 and couldn... view complete review

Helper: Rotem dekel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Israel Date: August 3, 2016
Me and my boyfriend Omri stayed with Paolo and Marisa for two and a half week... view complete review

Helper: Dmitrii and Irina Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Moldova Date: June 13, 2016
It was an amazing experience staying with Paolo, Marisa and their sweet dogs.... view complete review

Helper: Henry and Louise Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: December 30, 2015
We stayed with Paolo and Marisa and their family (11 dogs plus six puppies) f... view complete review

Helper: Kamila and Magdalena Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Poland Date: September 15, 2015
We stayed with Marisa and Paolo's family for a couple of weeks in August and ... view complete review

Helper: Katie Johnstone Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: June 13, 2015
This is really the help-x job of your dreams. If you are looking for a quiet,... view complete review

Helper: Paul and Suzi Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 23, 2015
I don't even know where to start. Paolo and Marisa were our first helpx exper... view complete review

Helper: Christina Swanlund Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: January 25, 2015
I had the opportunity to spend a small amount of time here in October 2014. ... view complete review

Helper: Emily and Amanda Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 20, 2014
We were blown away by our first ever helpx experience. We couldn't have asked... view complete review

Helper: Michael and Britney Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: August 5, 2014
Paolo and Marisa were amazing hosts! They made every effort to insure we were... view complete review

Helper: Mona and Kevin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 10, 2014
Paolo and Marisa were amazing hosts! We stayed with them in the fall of 2013.... view complete review

Helper: Kaya and Monika Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: May 10, 2014
Our stay with Marisa, Paolo, and their wonderful dogs and crazy kitty was abs... view complete review

Helper: Matthew Klassen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: December 28, 2013
I loved my stay with Paolo and Marisa in the summer of 2013. They are both w... view complete review

Helper: Jacqueline Glastra Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Sweden Date: December 15, 2013
I spent two weeks at Paolo and Marisas', and had a lovely experience and fina... view complete review

Helper: Emily Burtch Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 1, 2013
Staying with Paolo, Marisa, and the doggies was one of the greatest sojourns ... view complete review

Helper: Meggan and John Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 6, 2013
Marisa and Paolo were wonderful hosts. My girlfriend and I stayed with them ... view complete review

Helper: Trina and Hannah Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 9, 2013
Trina and my experience in San Gervasio was absolutely wonderful! Paolo and ... view complete review

Helper: Matthew Cantele Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: February 19, 2013
Staying with Paolo, Marisa, and the 'little' beasts was one of my best helpx ... view complete review

Helper: Lee Rice Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 12, 2012
I feel incredibly lucky and privileged to have just spent 4 weeks with Paolo ... view complete review

Helper: Caitlin O Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 23, 2012
Staying with Marisa and Paolo and the dogs was an absolute Italian treat! The... view complete review

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