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All Year: From April 2020
Area (ha): 2
Persons: Couple or 2 Friends
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 51763
Region: Victoria

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Last Updated: December 3, 2019

We are an art-orientated happily retired non-smoking couple, living on a 5 acres country/bush property close to the township of Macedon, Victoria. Macedon is located about 65km north from Melbourne amongst the picturesque hills of the Macedon Ranges and nearby Wineries. From Melbourne, catch the country Bendigo V/Line train from Southern Cross Station to Macedon. This will take approximately 50 minutes.

Prior to retirement Jeanette was a retail manager and Alex was an academic and Director of the Photographic Department at the RMIT University in Melbourne as well as lecturing in Photography for the past 30 years.

We have travelled extensively overseas mainly in USA and Europe and have for the past 21 years conducted Art/Photography tours to Paris France. See website:

In Macedon, we are in the heart of the tourist region – close to 'Hanging Rock' Reserve (a distinctive geological formation), Daylesford (Mineral Springs regional town) and the historical 1850’s gold rush-mining towns of Bendigo and Ballarat.

Our property is located only 5 minutes by car or 20 minutes walk from the Macedon township which includes our local Macedon train station. Car owners would have the advantage to fully explore the near-by regional areas on your free time. However we do have bikes which could be borrowed for the duration of your stay with us.

We are amongst plenty of wildlife such as kangaroos, rabbits, and the occasional koala roaming our property. There are many varieties of birdlife too that visit our verandas each day, which is why we don't have any domestic animals such as cats/dogs.

Our home is a large 2-level dwelling, with your living quarters (see photo below) is located in the lower level, close to your own ensuite – shower/toilet. Your room has a double bed, couch, writing desk, wardrobe and large TV monitor with a DVD/Blue Ray player. You will also have access to our huge collection of feature films & documentaries. We also provide free access to our home's Wi-Fi system. Please note that all internal areas of our home are strictly non-smoking.

We cook a variety of local and international dishes – meat, fish and vegetable meals. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary concerns so that we can cater for you. All meals are provided whilst you are on our premise. We cook all meals and usually eat together at meal times. We encourage you to take advantage of your 2 full day off by exploring the surrounding townships or Melbourne. On those 2 days off, we only provide breakfast meals. Sorry, we do not accept or cater for Vegans.

In exchange for your accommodation and meals, we ask you to help us with 4 hours per day over the 5 days working week on outdoor activities such as clearing fallen bark/branches, hand mowing, weeding, stacking fire wood or any other general maintenance work.

Please Note: All efforts on our behalf are made to provide you with the highest level of 'duty of care' so that you can have a safe and secured environment for you to live and work in.

Any negligence on your behalf in regards to personal injury due to careless behaviour or medical conditions as a result of not alerting us to any food allergies, we cannot be made liable. We can only accept helpers on our premises who can provide their own personal travel/health insurance cover.

We converse in English and are fluent in the French and Italian languages.

Please view our YouTube videos below that was made on our property & surrounding area by a HelpX couple – Georg and Klarika

We were also very privileged that we had another HelpX couple – Sophie Duprat-Caouré and Guillaume Roche, who wrote an article in their French blog about us. See website link

If you are planning to explore more fully Asia & Australia, then an absolute must to browse is another HelpX couple's 'Asian & Australia' blog 'Whynot' by Vytis & Evelina Kondrusevicius from Linthuania. We were again very privileged to be included in the 'Australian' section of their blog. See website link:

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Jeanette and Alex Syndikas.

reviews (12)
Helper: Larry and Janet Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: October 12, 2019
We could have happily spent the rest of our lives living at Alex and Jeanette... view complete review

Helper: Ambra and Tommaso Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: October 11, 2019
Alex and Jeanette,two beautiful souls. We spent 10 days at their place. The ... view complete review

Helper: Pia and Ingmar Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: April 17, 2019
We’ve had the luck to stay with Jeanette and Alex for a second month. Startin... view complete review

Helper: Pia and Ingmar Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 2, 2018
We stayed 3 weeks with Jeanette and Alex as our first helpx hosts and couldn’... view complete review

Helper: Mael and Aurélie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 20, 2018
We have just spent one month with Alex and Jeanette, and we had a very enjoya... view complete review

Helper: Jinling and Min Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: April 30, 2018
We strongly recommend everyone choose Alex’s family without any hesitation . ... view complete review

Helper: Alexis and Camille Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 30, 2017
Alex’ and Jeanette are such lovely persons ! It was our first Helpx and it wa... view complete review

Helper: Sophie and Guillaume Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 11, 2017
We can only recommended this Helpx because it's simply THE PERFECT place with... view complete review

Helper: Angelique and Lucas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 10, 2017
We stayed at their place 11 days. We were really well welcomed. Alex and Jean... view complete review

Helper: Patrick Olvera Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: January 22, 2017
This was my second HelpX experience and I had a wonderful time. Alex and Jane... view complete review

Helper: Svenja and Niklas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: January 21, 2017
Hey Alex and Jeanette a bit late but we had the MOST wonderful time with y... view complete review

Helper: Jiameng Yang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: November 30, 2016
My stay here was such a great, wonderful, gorgeous.... experience. I felt ree... view complete review

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