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Serre di Rapolano - Siena
All Year: Yes, except Jan and Feb
Area (ha): 3.5
Persons: 1 or 2 or more
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 7586
Country: Italy

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Last Updated: October 22, 2018

We need help immediately Pruning and picking olives

We also need helpers with experience;

* gardening: strimming (bushwhacking/whippersnipping)

* carpentry work
* repairing wooden shutters


We are a small family living in an ancient ex monastery built in 1354. It later became a farmhouse with an olive grove and 400 pigs. My mother bought the property in 1982, when it had been abandoned for 16 years. She then developed the place in a rustic fashion and rented out to tourists. In 2004 she stopped renting to concentrate on the gardens. Unfortunately she left us in 2012.
I am a 40 year old chiropractor (English). I live here with my Italian wife and 2 children (13 & 9). We are very easy going.
We are looking for helpers who enjoy being in nature. We provide a room and food in exchange for about 5 hours work per day
Creative helpers needed for the garden, planting, Olive pruning, strimming, cooking, looking after the animals and cleaning/general maintenance.
Minimum stay for one or two weeks. If both parties agree, the stay here can be extended.
We prefer longer stays, as it takes time to learn the place.
Helpers need to have experience

We need help with
* the garden & veggie garden -strimming, weeding, cutting the lawns- prior experience needed.
* Woodworker - painting and sanding the shutters. Fixing the terrazzo door & shutters. Finishing touches to the treehouse.

* olive picking in October and november


Secluded location in the hills of Tuscany 30km from Siena. And only a 20 min. walk to the nearest village.
With its beautiful large garden (which needs always more landscaping), the house is surrounded by woods, olive groves, a vegetable garden and a swimming lake.
In exchange for circa 5 hours' work a day for a self-contained en suite bedroom and food.

This place was once a monastery. The winding woodland paths lead one to wondrous hidden places, mossy glades and sunlit spaces, wonderful for meditation.

Furthermore we have cats, rabbits, ducks, chickens and tortoises.

There is 10Mbps wifi

We would love to hear from you if you are interested in supporting this place.

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Helper: Olivier Pacholik Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 26, 2018
Ray and Ilaria are two very nice and hosting people. I felt very good in both... view complete review

Helper: Katherine Field Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 25, 2018
Hi I`ve tried to email but unfortunately not had a response. Is there any oth... view complete review

Helper: Samuel cortes Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Colombia Date: April 11, 2016
Hola ! Grazie Ray y Ilaria Este es un lugar increible, ademas de poder ver... view complete review

Helper: Matthew bancroft Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 7, 2016
I have stayed with Raymond,Ilaria, Sam and Luna on 2 occasions and hopefully ... view complete review

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From: Canada Date: January 19, 2016
I stay for two weeks in november 2015 and that was amazing. The first week we... view complete review

Helper: Bettina and Mathias Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 24, 2015
This is a magical place.the time there was great but sometimes we were althou... view complete review

Helper: Andrew Sharpe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 17, 2015
I stayed here for 2 weeks in late May. I had a great time. It is a really bea... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: May 3, 2015
It has ben a great two weeks that I spent here in April 2015. What really set... view complete review

Helper: Andrew and Georgina Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: April 18, 2015
Our stay here was quite relaxed and calming. Ray allows you to do the work th... view complete review

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From: United States Date: August 9, 2014
UNREAL experience! This is exactly why I signed up for Help X. This family is... view complete review

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From: United States Date: July 7, 2014
I stayed with Ray and his family for a week and felt at home after the first ... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: May 30, 2014
Thanks Ray and Ilaria! This was our first helpx experience and we loved it.... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: May 23, 2014
In short- We had an amazing time here. Stayed almost 5 weeks. Thoroughly enjo... view complete review

Helper: Stephanie Noel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 5, 2014
I spent about 3 good weeks there during April. It's an amazing property with... view complete review

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From: France Date: April 27, 2014
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From: Korea, South Date: November 14, 2013
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From: United Kingdom Date: October 25, 2013
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From: United States Date: June 30, 2012
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From: United States Date: June 19, 2012
I came here expecting to stay 2-3 weeks and stayed for 5 and I fully expect t... view complete review

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From: New Zealand Date: May 23, 2012
This is a beautiful place and full of beautiful people. I stayed nearly 2 wee... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: May 2, 2012
I was helping here for 2.5 weeks, most of that period while William, the prev... view complete review

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From: United States Date: April 28, 2012
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From: Canada Date: February 26, 2012
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From: United States Date: October 8, 2011
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Helper: Alice De Sao Joao Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: South Africa Date: July 30, 2011
Dear Rosamond aka 'Lady of the Manor', Being here made me feel like I'd jump... view complete review

Helper: Jean-louis Haworth Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 3, 2011
Even after many months away from Rosamond and this place, I still feel Rosamo... view complete review

Helper: Leonard Krylov Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Sweden Date: May 27, 2011
Out of over 70 places visited throughout 4 years of volunteering, this is onl... view complete review

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From: United States Date: May 24, 2011
My stay here was a life changing experience. I met some wonderful people dur... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: March 23, 2011
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From: Germany Date: January 12, 2011
We had a very good time here, a wonderfull time. We came just to stay for ab... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: October 14, 2010
Definitely the best helpx I have ever done! Rosamond is a fantastic host with... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: September 24, 2010
Rosamond and this place are fantastic, she is such a great interesting and lo... view complete review

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From: Israel Date: July 18, 2010
We both stayed with Rosamond for two weeks. We had a great time. Very recomme... view complete review

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From: South Africa Date: June 6, 2010
Joey & I both enjoyed our 2 week stay here. Rosamond was a very kind and inte... view complete review

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