Samuel Diggins is a remote-working UI/UX designer and developer from England who spent a month with us in August. Here’s what he had to say about his stay with us:
“Driving through the rural Serbian countryside, I had no idea what to expect from Mokrin House. I was relying purely on information I’d scoured from the Internet, after a last-minute change of plans required me to find a home and workspace for the proceeding month. This would also be my initial foray in to Serbia, and co-living proper.
Upon arrival, any doubts I had were instantly allayed: I was greeted with a warm welcome by the team, and given a tour of the separate buildings. The space is immaculate, architecturally impressive and highly contemporary within its rural setting – every detail has been considered. In addition to the working and living spaces, there’s a chlorine-free bio-pool, jacuzzi, bikes, a pool table, projectors in almost every room…and an underground bar in the crypt of the main house. I immediately felt at ease and settled in to my new home.
Mokrin House’s vision of co-living is quite different to anything else I’ve encountered. It’s about as all-inclusive as you can imagine, with a permanent staff continually available to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The chef cooked me three truly delicious meals a day (all from local and/or home-grown ingredients), while his sous/pastry-chef would sneak me salt-caramel pastries prior to trips out. The waiters kept me well-stocked in espresso and catered to any need I had. The management team would organise events and excursions and ensure everything was taken care of. Better still, this was all very informal, and we’d spend our down-time hanging out or playing frisbee.
This attention wasn’t overbearing, but quite the opposite; it freed my mind from the mundanities of everyday life. As I didn’t have to think about planning meals, buying or cooking food, washing or ironing my clothes, cleaning the house, or anything else, my work could take precedence. This new-found mental space meant my only other concerns would be what time I’d take a dip in the pool or go for a bike ride.
The result of this was a highly productive month working in beautifully designed, air-conditioned spaces alongside people from all over the world, with whom I shared ideas and experiences. I swam and ran daily, found time for meditation, sunbathed, played pool, cycled through endless fields of sunflowers, and ate like a king.
Mokrin House far exceeded my expectations and I very much plan on returning.”