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Cortona
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 3 farming
Persons: 2 max
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 2052
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: August 20, 2019

LOOKING FOR A COUPLE WHO CAN HELP OUT WITH SPRING CLEANING (2 or 3 WEEKS IN APRIL/MAY 2018) IN PREPARATION FOR THE SUMMER SEASON : GENERAL TIDYING, CUTTING GRASS, WORKING IN VEGGIE GARDEN, PAINTING WINDOWS & DOORS etc.

WILL ALSO NEED A COUPLE TO HELP WITH THE SUMMER SEASON (JULY&AUGUST). NEED TO HAVE EXPERIENCE IN HOSPITALITY AND GROUNDKEEPER SKILLS.

We are an Australian Italian couple living in the hills above Cortona with our two boys (14 & 16) some goats, a cat, a dog, and some chickens.

Tasks vary according to the seasons.
In spring and Autumn we need help with general work about the property as well as with bigger projects. Tasks may involve any of the following...... fencing, paving, digging trenches, cutting grass, clearing/cleaning woodlands, woodcutting, childminding, painting, gardening, helping out with the goats and chickens.

The summer season is when we rent out our three apartments and the work involves general tidying and maintenance........sweeping paths, cutting grass, cleaning pool, weeding BIG veggie garden, helping with change over day.

We can accommodate up to two people at one time. Accommodation in spring/autumn is in one of our rental apartments and in summer it's either in our house or in a big tent in a shady paddock with a real bed.

Winter is generally our hibernation period but we do occasionally require responsible house-sitters.

Anyone who feels comfortable taking over kitchen duties for a bit is always welcome! We eat lots of pasta coupled with in-season produce. We're not vegetarian but most meals contain more legumes than meat.

You need to be flexible, energetic, outgoing and friendly.

We have found that we prefer helpxers that can stay for at least 3 or 4 weeks or more (especially in the summer period).

We live in a really pretty quiet corner of Tuscany 12km from the beautiful lively town of Cortona, 1.5 hours by train to Florence and 2.5 hours to Rome.

We have electric bikes to ride to town on and the possibility of the use of a car (dependent on experience and insurance).

reviews (25)
Helper: Letesha and Madeline Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: May 12, 2019
Maurizio, Margaret and Elliot were very friendly and welcoming. They gave us ... view complete review

Helper: Patrick and Giulia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: April 20, 2018
We had a fantastic stay with Margaret, Maurizio and family! They were absolut... view complete review

Helper: Erin and Menios Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: May 8, 2016
Love these guys! We stayed here in 2013-14 when Erin was pregnant with our ki... view complete review

Helper: Donna and Nigel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: June 1, 2013
From the moment we 'skidded' down the hill into Margaret and Maurizio's place... view complete review

Helper: Jody Dodds Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: September 8, 2011
A slightly belated review, but very heartfelt. Margaret and Maurizio were abs... view complete review

Helper: Carmel Connolly Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: August 24, 2010
Wow! This was my first Helpx experience and I truly landed on my feet.I spent... view complete review

Helper: Jennifer and Dominic Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Malaysia Date: April 30, 2010
This has been a delayed review. Memories are still so fresh and vivid in my m... view complete review

Helper: Elena Neibaur Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: February 8, 2010
I'm writing this way too late..I was there in June 2009 for about a week and ... view complete review

Helper: Elizabeth and Timothy Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: September 10, 2009
We stayed with Margaret, Maurizio and the boys for three weeks in July/August... view complete review

Helper: Talina and Craig Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: June 29, 2009
We can't say enough good things about this wonderful family! Margaret and Mau... view complete review

Helper: Mairead Veitch Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Ireland Date: December 20, 2008
What a great family and what a beautiful part of the country. I had such a go... view complete review

Helper: Paul and Hayley Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: September 18, 2008
We had a wonderful time staying with Margaret, Maurizio and boys. They made u... view complete review

Helper: Thomas and Anna Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: September 8, 2008
Ciao! Spending 5 weeks with Maurizio, Margaret, Elliot and all the animals... view complete review

Helper: Mary Modrich Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: June 6, 2008
What more can I add to the reviews below. My first helpx experience c... view complete review

Helper: Grayson Sherritt Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Canada Date: April 21, 2008
Margaret and the boys were terrific hosts. I felt absolutely comfortable from... view complete review

Helper: Vanessa and Mathew Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: April 16, 2008
Sorry submitted our review before we had finished. We wanted to say how much ... view complete review

Helper: Vanessa and Mathew Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: April 4, 2008
We spent just over a week with Margaret, Maurizio, Tom and Elliott in March a... view complete review

Helper: Laura and Phillippa Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: April 1, 2008
We stayed with Margaret and Maurizio for ten days in March, 2008. They are a ... view complete review

Helper: Jesse Guasco Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: March 17, 2008
I had the pleasure of staying with Margaret and Maurizio for two weeks at ... view complete review

Helper: Evan and Amber Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: September 30, 2007
We staryed with Margaret and her men for a week in September and highly recom... view complete review

Helper: Deborah Saunders Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: June 26, 2007
I stayed with Margaret and Maurizio and their two boys for just over a week i... view complete review

Helper: eric parthum Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: April 25, 2007
We don't even know where to start writing this review. :) Alycia and I had a ... view complete review

Helper: Nikolas Franks Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Virgin Islands (U.S.) Date: December 31, 2006
I spent two and a half weeks with this family and had the most wonderful time... view complete review

Helper: Trevor Thompson Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: November 14, 2006
I worked for a couple weeks in Nov 06 for Margaret and Maurizio, and had a... view complete review

Helper: Gordon Ehrensing Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: September 12, 2006
Margaret and Maurizio hosted me for a week at the end of August and beginning... view complete review

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