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Rugby
All Year: Not hosting at the moment
Area (ha):
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 21173
Country: England

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Last Updated: October 26, 2019

WE ARE NOT HOSTING AT THE MOMENT. We live in Rugby, a safe and traditional old English market town in the West Midlands where the sport was born and near the river Avon. We are only an hour from London by train.
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ ABOUT US, TO THE END, AND OUR PAST HELPERS' TESTIMONIALS BEFORE EMAILING ME.:)

We speak English, Spanish, and Italian, lived in Italy for more than 30 years running a villa rental, recently retired in UK.

I welcome helpers who can work on their own initiative, strong and willing.

Helpers stay in a bedroom, sometimes sharing a twin room with another helper.

All meals provided, also bedding and towels.

Mature Helpers welcome, also young helpers with experience and self motivation. Must be polite, caring, thoughtful and friendly.

I can pick up at the local bus or railway station, in Rugby or Coventry.

Over the last years we've enjoyed having really lovely Helpers who injected happy vibes into our lives. See their comments below. Unhappily, we also had a few unsuitable people whom we had to ask to leave.

I'm very tidy, and have a lot of sincere friendship to give when help is done well and our characters are compatible.
We are not excessively structured, but busily relaxed, we keep going and time wasters don't fit in with our style!

I am a young minded oldie,75, with an active mind, too much to cope with, old bones, a bad back and a weak heart. I enjoy the company of both young and older people.

At the end of your arranged help time, you can stay on and enjoy, to make up for extra time during the Help Exchange period, or take a longer break mid stay. Visit Birmingham, Coventry, Cambridge, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick.

We eat at table, with cutlery and plates, no boxes or cartons. No mobile phones at table, sorry. The time preparing simple meals and clearing up, is not considered as help time, this is something we share. Early rising is not an issue, no fixed time table to keep to, each day may be different. I appreciate 5 hours daily help from fast workers, and longer if the output is snail pace. The rest of the day is free. Two days a week off, (accumulative) to be taken at mutually convenient times.

I welcome Helpers as friends we haven't yet met; presentable (dress, general appearance and language); able to tackle the tasks which we all set out to do as needed ! We do get dusty with some of the tasks, so bring spare clothes for working.
Sorry, no smokers, no heavy drinkers and no pets or babies.
Helpers are treated as family.
We like to talk about music, films architecture, travel, world news and enjoy banter and laughing.

LAST PROVISO (We've learnt from experience!) WILL YOU TRULY FINISH WHAT YOU'VE STARTED AND CLEAR UP ? Will you offer to help if you see one of us can't cope? WILL YOU PLEASE KEEP THE KITCHEN TIDY?
Arrogance and sponging are a no no.

Some Helpers have come back for a second and third stint, you can read their comments, and see happy times below.

Thank you for reading this far. :)
Hope to hear from you!

reviews (26)
Helper: Daniel Robertson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: March 10, 2017
I helped John and Lilian move house for two weeks, so my review is more about... view complete review

Helper: Benjamin Turner Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: March 10, 2017
Wow! What a wonderful 10 days filled with fascinating stories and superb hosp... view complete review

Helper: Thomas Davodet Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 13, 2016
I spent more than ten days with John and Liliana and it was a great pleasure ... view complete review

Helper: James Ziv Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 22, 2016
This Helpx is above and beyond any 5 star rating, and the experience is more ... view complete review

Helper: Capucine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 19, 2015
Yet another 5 star review for a 5 star stay at Lili and John's :) In my eyes... view complete review

Helper: Dylan VanDrimlen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: December 16, 2015
To try and simplify a review in so few words is usually not a momentous feet ... view complete review

Helper: Daniel Potter Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 12, 2015
This was my first helpX experience and it was Amazing. La Preghiera is such a... view complete review

Helper: Julián and Betina Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: October 28, 2015
We were at La Preghiera for two weeks. What we could say? Lili and Jhon ma... view complete review

Helper: Christie Jelaine Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: October 26, 2015
I highly recommend you volunteer in ‘La Preghiera’ mansion because I felt lik... view complete review

Helper: Aileen and Blake Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 5, 2015
We cannot fully explain just how much we loved our stay with Liliana and John... view complete review

Helper: Melanie Feito Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: September 7, 2015
This was my first time doing Helpx in Italy. I stayed in La Preghiera for a... view complete review

Helper: Kristina Kristina Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 16, 2014
For me it was a big pleasure to work on La Preghiera, one of the greatest res... view complete review

Helper: Kiersten-Anna and Erena Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: November 7, 2014
Absolutely wonderful! One in a million hosts and a magical place. Liliana ... view complete review

Helper: Diane Damico Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 25, 2014
I worked at La Preghiera for three weeks in June 2014 and it was a great expe... view complete review

Helper: Eduardo Coradini Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: September 18, 2014
It's been a year since I left here, but I completely forgot to leave a review... view complete review

Helper: Caroline Braun Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: August 4, 2014
I just arrived home from my wonderful two-week stay with Liliana and John at ... view complete review

Helper: Stephanie Stone Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 18, 2014
I stayed with Liliana and John for almost three weeks. Liliana took me in l... view complete review

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Helper: Eartha Austria Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 28, 2013
I had such a memorable experience working at La Preghiera. First of all, the ... view complete review

Helper: Petra brower Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 3, 2013
I loved my time here and my time with John, Liliana, and Giulia. Some of my ... view complete review

Helper: Nikolai and Philip Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 29, 2013
We stayed with Liliana and John for a week in early August, helping them prep... view complete review

Helper: Jack George Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 26, 2013
I spent two weeks here and was welcomed into a special place in Umbria. I... view complete review

Helper: Aaron Holloway Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: July 27, 2013
I had a pleasant stay with Liliana and Jon during the last two weeks in July.... view complete review

Helper: Paul Gifford Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: July 25, 2013
I had such a good time with John and Liliana the first time I returned for an... view complete review

Helper: Paul Gifford Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 29, 2013
La Preghiera is an amazing place to be a helper and I really enjoyed my stay.... view complete review

Helper: Rich Styles Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 27, 2013
Liliana & Jon are wonderful hosts, full of stories, support, and good humour.... view complete review

Helper: Yuri Isakov Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Russia Date: June 17, 2013
I stayed in this beautiful place in first half of June 2013. Accommodation wa... view complete review

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