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Area (ha): 1
Persons: 1
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 23237
Region: Mountain

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Last Updated: October 6, 2019

Hello potential helpers! Looking for a peaceful stay in Colorado`s Rocky Mountains in exchange for some help on our property?

We would be thrilled to find someone with stone and/or brick masonry skills, experience with concrete, tile setting, cabinetry, or carpentry skills. Or engineers of any kind - you engineers are always amazing!

Another area in which help is needed: previous experience with WooCommerce stores, integrating them with an accounting system, and social media marketing, SEO, would make you Rona's best friend.

We may be able to use your help in landscaping/general labor shorter term, on a last minute basis only, April through October only.

We will provide very comfortable accommodation, great meals, and side sightseeing trips.

We`ll be doing things like building a flagstone patio, stucco walls, and closing in a carport. Also, we`ll be putting up cedar fencing, and doing some interior renovations as well as an addition to our house.

The maximum length of stay that would make sense will depend on your skills and, obviously, how much we all enjoy each others` company.

You would stay in our guest room, which has its own bathroom and is on its own level so you`ll have complete privacy. The bedroom has a view of Mount Evans, a 14,265` (4,348 m) peak. The photo of the mountain in our profile is the view from "your" bedroom! The room has an extremely comfortable queen sized bed.

You will be very well fed. There's no problem accommodating most food restrictions or preferences you may have.

We will ask you to work about 25 hours a week.

We are surrounded by wildlife, including elk, deer, foxes, and dozens of species of birds. There is no TV here, but we do have good wifi. We have lots of books, and the library`s not far away. Although we are not in a town, we get excellent mobile phone reception here. It`s very peaceful here, and we want to keep it that way, so this won`t work for someone who wants to party.

Nothing (other than nice walks/hikes) is in walking distance. If you do not have your own vehicle, you would have limited independence as far as getting around. With a car though, you are an hour away from several world-famous ski resorts, and closer to an unlimited number of spectacular hikes. We are only 40 minutes away from the large city of Denver, which has museums, sports arenas, etc. etc. If you are a winter visitor, we have snowshoes you can borrow. In summer, you can rent a canoe to enjoy the nearby lake. We`re happy to give you lifts to nearby places. There are several pubs, etc. nearby, but the roads are curvy mountain roads, often well-monitored by the local highway patrol, so in more ways than one it is not safe to drive home after having a few drinks. We also do not really want anyone who has more than a few drinks in an evening here anyway. Drugs are a deal-breaker. Even though it`s legal in Colorado, that includes marijuana. We like to enjoy life in healthier ways. If you smoke tobacco, that would be outside only.

About us: we are a very well-traveled couple, and really enjoy meeting people. We both speak fluent Spanish, and can communicate in several other European languages. Some of our many interests include conversation, history, politics, international affairs, and learning new things. One of the activities we spend our time doing is mentoring refugees from Darfur and South Sudan, so they often visit our home. We enjoy helping our helpers improve their English.

Rona was a helpx volunteer in Australia in 2014, so we really have an understanding for what it`s all about.

Please contact us with any questions you have.

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