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Arezzo/Citta di Castello
All Year: Not in winter or August
Area (ha): 32
Persons: Up to 5
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 4155
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: May 9, 2019

*** Handyman/woman or builder needed to restore an old bread oven which needs reroofing and pointing :-) There are also various other outside tasks which need doing. A week or two of help would be great, or possibly longer for the right people. Thank you! ***

We are two English friends (aged 51 and 55, a translator and a photographer/guitarist) who have bought a 32-hectare farm in the green hills above Monterchi, Tuscany (between Arezzo and Citta di Castello). That`s us on the left and right in the photo, having lunch at our local bar with one of our wonderful helpers.

Anyway, we need help! The site is gorgeous, peaceful, with great views and relatively easy access to the lovely towns and villages nearby. The old farm has been neglected for several years and we need help with the following: strimming (weed whacking) weeding, chopping down trees, general maintenance, helping to create a garden (garden design skills would be great), building pergolas and fences using chestnut wood from the forest... and lots more, depending on the season. We also love it if you like cooking, but no worries if not.

4 hours of hard work per day, 6 days a week, requested in exchange for accommodation and food. It`s fine to work more hours in a day to accumulate several days off, though.

I cook wonderful, real food which just happens to be vegan. You will be pleasantly surprised :) Good vegan cooks or chefs are always welcome. The accommodation is in double rooms in the main house or single beds in an outbuilding, a few steps up from camping :). Alternatively, feel feel free to camp in the fields (bring your own tent).

We are happy to do some driving about, picking you up from Arezzo train station when you arrive and dropping you off when you leave, or taking you to Monterchi to catch the bus to go to any of the other towns, for example, and you are welcome to use our bicycles. If we are driving to any of the nearest towns, of course, we would be very happy to take you along too. If you do have a car, you would find it useful here.

Guests absolutely MUST be animal lovers as we have 14 adored cats and 2 elderly rescue horses (not for riding). We love it when helpers are able to help with the horses, but it is not essential if you are not comfortable around them.

We have wifi, so you can check email etc. We have Italian CD courses you can use, so you can learn to speak the language while you are here. As for us, we speak English, Italian, Dutch, German and French, with varying degrees of success.

reviews (42)
Helper: Val and Mark Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: June 7, 2019
We had a truly memorable time with Lucie and Peter. The first few days with L... view complete review

Helper: Rebecca and Ricardo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Mexico Date: April 4, 2019
Lucie was truly the highlight of our 3 month trip! Our stay was lovely from b... view complete review

Helper: Inge Langwieser Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: December 12, 2018
It was a pleasure to stay with Lucie! She is very caring and definitely a res... view complete review

Helper: Dana Plucarová Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Czech Republic Date: July 16, 2018
I feel like the words cannot describe how amazing it was! You have to experie... view complete review

Helper: Adam Elliott Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 21, 2018
OH MY WORD! With the first few messages from Lucie I could sense a great char... view complete review

Helper: Ryane and Geoffrey Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 10, 2018
nous avons passé un excellent séjour avec Peter et Lucie ! Nous avons été acc... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: July 6, 2017
Heavenly place, lovely host, happiest animals you will ever meet, divine food... view complete review

Helper: Breanna Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 21, 2015
Although almost 6 months have past since my stay at Lucie's I still remember ... view complete review

Helper: Stephanie and Antony Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 29, 2014
So many thanks to Lucy for a wonderful 2 weeks. We made so many fantastic mem... view complete review

Helper: Ruggy and Ellie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 1, 2014
Lucie is a warm and welcoming individual; she has a huge heart and made our s... view complete review

Helper: Liz Haynes Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: June 6, 2014
WOW! What an awesome place to stay with wonderful, warm and generous hosts. I... view complete review

Helper: Margot McComb Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: June 3, 2014
Lucie and Peter are such generous and nice people, it was a pleasure to spend... view complete review

Helper: Lindsey and Cassandra Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: May 23, 2014
Cass and I got the honor of staying with Lucie and Peter. They both gave us ... view complete review

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From: United States Date: April 23, 2014
I'm sure a great poet could describe Lucie's kindness, her amazing home, love... view complete review

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From: New Zealand Date: January 6, 2014
Our stay with Lucie was by far the highlight of our Helpx experience. She is ... view complete review

Helper: Katy Marshall Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: November 7, 2013
I had the most amazing time staying with Lucie and Peter. Lucie is an amazin... view complete review

Helper: Alex Ardelean Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Romania Date: September 6, 2013
Lucie and Peter's place is beautiful and very quiet. The landscape in July wa... view complete review

Helper: Brooke and John Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: August 20, 2013
All the other reviews are true. Lucie and Peter are simply amazing. We planne... view complete review

Helper: Rob and Georgia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 19, 2012
Lucie and Peter...where do we start!? We both had such an amazing time stayin... view complete review

Helper: Peter and Hannah Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: September 5, 2012
I wish i could give more than five stars to Lucie and Peter. Hannah and I wer... view complete review

Helper: Kari Holloway Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 25, 2010
Staying with Lucie and Peter was, as other people have already abundently sai... view complete review

Helper: Robert and Susanna Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 17, 2010
Not surprisingly Lucie and Peter get another rave review. We intended to stay... view complete review

Helper: Bek Thomas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: September 5, 2010
well, i don't like to be the one to follow trends, but i do have to agree wit... view complete review

Helper: Nadine Azizollah Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: July 13, 2010
I don't think there is really much I can add to the already long list of glow... view complete review

Helper: Dawn Price Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: November 18, 2009
Brilliant! Extraordinary! Splendid! Lovely! Simply marvelous! All great words... view complete review

Helper: Steve and Michaela Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: November 1, 2009
I'm not sure there are enough positive adjective's in the English language to... view complete review

Helper: James Cooke Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: September 30, 2009
I spent a great week with Lucy and Peter, which really wasn't long enough. T... view complete review

Helper: Josh DeMarco Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Canada Date: September 30, 2009
I stayed with Lucie and Peter for almost 3 months during the spring and summe... view complete review

Helper: Lauren Harriss Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: September 29, 2009
Well, What can I say that will top the previous reviews!?!?! Lucie and Peter ... view complete review

Helper: Carolyn and Kevin Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: June 27, 2009
We'd like to thank you Lucie and Peter for a wonderful and memorable experien... view complete review

Helper: Steven Carota Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Canada Date: June 22, 2009
Spending two weeks with Lucie and Peter in May on their beautiful property in... view complete review

Helper: Heather fletcher Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: June 17, 2009
I have just returned to the UK following my first experience of being a helpe... view complete review

Helper: Trisha and Travis Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: May 30, 2009
We had a fantastic stay with Peter and Lucy for two weeks in May! Peter and ... view complete review

Helper: Alice Harbourne Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: May 27, 2009
I couldn't recommend this project more. Lucie and Peter were wonderful, welco... view complete review

Helper: Patrick and Norika Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Canada Date: April 23, 2009
Our 1st HelpX experience. Lucie, and Peter are great hosts. Not only that, b... view complete review

Helper: Jessica Vannucci Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: March 8, 2009
I really can't top the previous comments about Lucie, Peter and their home, b... view complete review

Helper: Anna and Elizabeth Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: January 9, 2009
We stayed with Lucie and Peter for about a month in October, and truly it was... view complete review

Helper: Clare Turner Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: October 23, 2008
My stay with Lucie and Peter was lovely. The work was varied and good fun. De... view complete review

Helper: Kathleen and Jo Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: October 14, 2008
We cannot say enough good things about our stay. Being new helpxer's we w... view complete review

Helper: Ursula and Alex Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: October 10, 2008
I can only add my heartfelt agreement to the things said above! Alex an... view complete review

Helper: Olivia and Marcel Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: New Zealand Date: September 22, 2008
Lucie and Peter were fantastic hosts. They are relaxed and easy going and mad... view complete review

Helper: Jack Williams Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: September 13, 2008
Lucie and Peter were a wonderful introduction to HelpX! The accommodation was... view complete review

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