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Peaceful mini farm near Vienna, Austria looking for long term or multiple stay farm-sitters/helpers for 2021

Austria, Klausen-Leopoldsdorf, Niederösterreich

Pets

  • Cat(s)
  • Horse/Donkey(s)
  • Chicken(s)

Duration

  • Period available: 3 weeks
  • Starts: 15 March 2021
  • Ends: 5 April 2021

Testimonials

They have 5 testimonial s (view below)

Facilities

They have WIFI

About this assignment

We are scheduling ahead for helpers/sitters for 2021. Although our farm is small, it is an active business with lots to do!

We prefer long-term stays of 3-8 months during spring/summer, helping with the farm work on a flexible schedule when we are at home, and taking full responsibility when we are away. The March-April dates dates listed here are just one of several times we may be away in 2021.

We are also happy to consider people who have commitments elsewhere but would like to experience short periods of farm sitting multiple times over the course of the year. Additional option for 1 or 2 people to take on a business partner role in building up the market garden in 2021.

Experience with gardening, carpentry, and farm animals is preferred. If you have an interest in things like growing and preserving your own food, regenerative agriculture, market gardening, homesteading, permaculture, pastured poultry, horsemanship, carpentry, eco-tourism and hospitality, we would like to hear from you!

We don't smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs and appreciate the same in others.

We need people capable of managing a busy small farm on their own when we are away. When we are at home we are very open to flexible scheduling so that you can travel part of the time, while using this as a home base. A good opportunity for people who want to tour Austria or nearby countries.

Accommodation is in a separate, recently renovated tiny house/cabin with a loft bed for 2 people, electricity, wifi, kitchenette, shower and compost toilet. There is a wood stove for heating during cold weather.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

We always need help with gardening, maintenance/renovation of buildings, and animal care. Prior experience with rural living, gardening, carpentry, and horses is ideal. The work may also include some domestic household duties, cleaning, organizing, food preservation, hosting guests and interacting with visitors. This is real farm work, not just housesitting, so you need to be in good physical shape and energetic! Enthusiasm and willingness to help with all sorts of tasks is necessary.

At times when we are away, you would need to be on site most of the time and take full responsibility for the garden, animal care, guest hospitality, maintenance and repairs etc.

A general guideline would be 25 hours work per person/per week in exchange for accommodation and food. Providing your own food and working fewer hours is usually an option during the winter months.

When we are at home, the work can be arranged on 3-4 consecutive days, leaving you free to go hiking, see the city of Vienna, or travel farther afield the rest of the time.

What are the good features of the property and location

We are an artist/musician American/Austrian couple, ages 49 and 62, living on a mini-farm in the famous Vienna Woods outside the city. One of the goals of our farm is to educate and inspire others towards more sustainable, creative lifestyles.

This is a beautiful scenic area; sort of the first baby foothills of the Alps. A rare combination of quiet peaceful seclusion where you can see the stars at night, surrounded by thousands of acres of public forest land for hiking, yet only 45 minutes from the city center of Vienna.

This is an ideal home base for touring the amazing city of Vienna, the rest of Austria and central Europe. The world class museums and amazing architecture of the city, plus medieval castles, historic monasteries and churches, quaint villages, and gorgeous mountains all within an easy day's drive by car, or by the slightly slower but very efficient public transport options.

We live in a historic 100 year old, traditional Alp style cottage and have restored the similar cottage next door. This tiny village of 10 cottages was originally an experimental homesteading community established by the Austrian government in the 1920's. Today the cottages are privately owned but still surrounded by protected land. We are working to improve the property with a modern twist on its origins, demonstrating sustainable small-scale food production.

The farm currently includes pastured poultry, a horse, cats, ever-expanding organic fruit and vegetable gardens, an honor system farm stand for selling our produce, forested hillside, our cottage, a guest cottage which is rented, several outbuildings, and a tiny house which is the primary accommodation for helpers/sitters.

What does the house sitter need to consider before applying for this assignment

Usually you will be responsible for preparing your own food with supplies provided; occasional shared meals are possible depending on our schedules. We mostly eat an omnivorous whole foods diet and try not to buy a lot of processed or junk food. If you have special dietary restrictions, this can likely be accommodated but please discuss with us ahead of time. Sometimes it may be an option to work fewer hours and provide your own food.

It's ideal if you can come with your own car, but also possible without a car. The closest village is about 5km from here and the train station about 10 km. The city boundary is a 10 minute train ride, 20-25 minutes to the center. We can provide bicycles for your use. We can sometimes offer rides to the train station or into the city.

Last updated: 17 October 2020
7 sitters have applied for this assignment

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Testimonials

Beautiful place and wonderful people

This is a beautiful place in the Wienerwald, only 30km away from Vienna! I helped out over a few months since spring 2020 (unfortunately forced to pause because of the pandemic in between), always for 2-3 days a week. Working with Wendy is an absolute pleasure! With her broad knowledge and her long experience in organic gardening and permaculture there's so much to learn from her and she gives you all the explanations patiently when asked for. The work is very diversified which makes it even more interesting. We weeded, planted seeds, replanted vegetables to different beds, moved the chickens, chicken house and the electric chicken fence, turned compost, cleaned out the pasture for Hamish, the Shetland horse, cleaned the stall, expanded a little pathway and so on. The cabin and the historic guest house are very charming and comfortable, the kitchen is well equipped and everything is clean and just perfect to relax after around 5 hours of farm work. The working hours are handled very flexible and I enjoyed it a lot to have the possibility to take some time after lunch until starting the second half of my working day. I appreciate Wendy's holistic and sustainable attitude and way of life and her consciousness about human interaction with nature a lot. I can only recommend spending time with Wendy at this amazing place and try to learn as much as you can take in. I hope I can go back there soon and wish Wendy and her very sympathetic husband Veit all the best!

Esther, Austria, 29 June, 2020

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Beautiful summer experience in Austria

My partner Ramiro and I we had a precious time with Wendy and Veit in Austria from August 2019 to the end of September 2019. We tried not to have imaginations or expectations (as it is a kind of learning process we’re in) but when we arrived, we truly felt like arriving at a piece of paradise. We lived in a small cottage apart from the house of Wendy and Veit, in the middle of their wonderful food growing garden. Every morning we could wake up with the sound of the chickens and birds living in the forest. The house offers everything that you need for cooking and feeling at home. When something was missing, Wendy and Veit did not hesitate to lend us their own things. Wendy had a big list of work to do in the summer months and she explained to us everything so that we could work on our own after a short time. With the good balanced working schedule we had the opportunity and time to discover the area of northern Austria. Wendy and Veit gave us helpful hints where to go and what to see, especially for the city of Vienna, Budapest (Hungary isn’t too far!), as well as amazing nature parts. They also invited us several times to explore great places with them, such as an old farm and swimming lakes, where great conversations took place. The two have very inspiring life experiences to share! All in all we learned many helpful things like gardening, building greenhouses, growing techniques for vegetables and fruits, irrigation techniques such as T-tape and information about the care and maintenance of chickens, horses and cats. Wendy and Veit gave us the feeling of trust and the wish to give us a lovely home for our period of stay and we highly recommend this opportunity to work and live with this two amazing people in the beautiful area of Austria!

Maike, Germany, 27 January, 2020

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Best experience

Living at Wendy's &Veit's mini farm was one of the best experiences of my life. Both are lovely, inspiring and interesting people, the setting of the farm is absolutely stunning, in the middle of beautiful nature but also close to Vienna, and the little hut I stayed in is very idyllic. The work was great,diverse and I learned a lot. I would definitely like to come back. Thanks so much, We du & Veit!

Lisa, United Kingdom, 03 October, 2019

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Wonderful people (and place!) to house-sit for

We stayed with Wendy and Veit for 3 months and had an amazing time. Wendy taught us everything we needed to help out in the garden and take care of the animals: cats, a horse, and 18 chickens. She is extremely knowledgeable about all things gardening and organic and we learned a lot! Veit is an accomplished artist, and his photographs decorate the inside walls of the houses. The cabin provided for us to stay in was very comfortable (and cute!) and the surrounding area is beautiful! Both Wendy and Veit went out of their way to make sure that we had a good stay. They are proactive in thinking of any questions that might arise during the course of a stay, and answering them ahead of time. If either of them mentions that they will do something, you can be confident that they will follow through every time. Communication with them is reliable and a pleasure; it's exactly the experience you hope you'll have during a house stay. Whether you're familiar with Austria or only a temporary visitor, Wendy and Veit will help you feel at home.

Annalisa, United States, 09 June, 2019

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Home away from home!

First of all thank you to Wendy and Veit for hosting us, it has been such a pleasure to be on the farm! :) We stayed with Wendy and Veit for almost 4 months. Helping them with projects around the property. They are both very accommodating and inviting. We had no issues during our stay. Often we would go into Vienna on our days off with the offer of transport to and from the train station. We had our own place where we could sleep and eat which was perfect for two people. Wendy and Veit are flexible on working days which gives a great opportunity to do smalls trips. Thank you once again and all the best with the adventures on the farm! :)

Rebecca, 10 April, 2018

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