We have a lovely 4 roomed house with 2500sq metres of good land that needs someone to care for it. We'd like someone to live in it from March next year 2012, rent free in exchange for some basic DIY and an agreement that the land will be used. Its a big field and we dont expect you to work the whole thing so we'd be interested in getting a couple of lambs to keep the grass down and then we could share the meat.
The agreement would ideally be for a year but we'd understand if you didn't want to spend the winter here - although hibernation has a lot going for it! The temperature range here is +45 to -35 - lots of snow, blue skies and sunshine all year round and no wind. Spring is wonderful - all the fruit trees in blossom and aces of wild flower meadows, summer is hot, autumn is glorious with miles of orange, red and yellow forests and winter is cold,, sunny and lots of snow - 4 real seasons. Thats reflected by the food for sale in the market - its seasonal and local so you wont get tomatoes in January or turnips in July and you wont see an avocado!
There's plenty of room to grow vegetables and there are good vines plus a load of fruit trees and about 6 walnuts.
Bulgaria is a wonderful place to live - people have traditionally lived a subsistence economy which is limiting, economically but interesting to learn from. Depopulation is the biggest social issue in these villages as young people opt out of the hard work for a life in the city. But its case of the 'other person's grass is always greener' because more and more people are wanting to leave the crap life of the 'developed' consumerist economy, for a life that is harder but with a richer quality of life.
Property and land here are very cheap but not everyone has even a few grand so this is an opportunity to try out this lifestyle with no capital outlay.
Its a great place to bring up kids so families are definitely welcome.
The house belongs to my son who is currently in England. The only other thing to add is that he will be wanting to come to the house for a couple of weeks in the year - this would be the opportunity for you to have a little holiday in the rest of Bulgaria.
The ideal person or people for this would need to have:
masses and masses of common sense - this is far more important than a load of farming skills
after that, any kind of experience would be a bonus
also, if you're from an EU country, you need to ensure that you have the right to stay in Bulgaria
The things that need doing, workwise, over the year would be, apart from the land, mud plastering the lovely old barn, rendering and insulating the house, making an outside living area, making a clay oven and barbeque area, painting, tending all the trees and the vines, using all the fruit, tending all the fences, thinning and felling some trees around the perimeter ....stuff like that. we would provide any materials needed.
There'll be no money exchanged so you would have to cover the bills - water and electric which would be about 20euros a month plus you'd need to get your own wood.
The deal would initially be for a year, it could be longer but it wont be indefinite.
If you are seriously interested and you know (not just think) that you have common sense coming out of your ears, then please contact me - initially via this site but please give me an email address. Also you can look at stuff about my life here at www.stjamespark.biz.
sorry i cant put photos with this right now - rubbish connection but i'll send them if you're interested
Look forward to hearing from you.