An organic (though not registered) 8 acre smallholding in rural Devon. We have goats, make cheese (and sell some), grow vegetables, fruit, pigs, chickens, geese, ducks, generate some of our own electricity with our wind turbine and photovoltaic panels, solar hot water and produce some of our own firewood. We aim to be as self sufficient as we can and are always starting new projects to make this more possible.
Mick and Ann have lived communally a lot in the past in a housing co-op in London and then in an intentional community in Devon until 16 years ago finding and falling in love with our home where we still live
We are a family of four Mick has a full time job teaching at university, Ann runs the smallholding and makes and sells cheese, Rowan is 17 and busy with school and his passion is rugby and his dog Charlie, Declan is 15 also busy at school and his passion is music especially drumming.
The smallholding is in a beautiful and quiet area though only 15 miles from the city of Exeter. We are near to a bus route so visitors can be met from and taken to catch busess so that you can visit more of the area. The landscape is small fields and lanes with hedges and woodlands. We are about 11/2 hours from the stunning north Devon coast and midway between the two National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor.
NB: We are currently hosting our last workawayer for the year. Please only get in touch if you are looking for a place in March 2014 or later
Type of help.
Help with Computers / internet,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Cooking / shopping,
In the winter the work becomes more manual with mucking out barns, fencing, hedging, wood chopping etc. Wet weather jobs would include defrosting and cleaning freezers, thorough cleaning of cheesemaking room, occasional decorating ,cooking/preserving.
Most of the work is on the smallholding ,looking after and feeding the animals, milking goats, mucking out animal housing, growing vegetables,harvesting and processing/preserving, chopping wood, fencing,hedge maintenance.
May also need help with cheese making if you have interest and with selling at local markets and events. NB. If you want hands on cheesemaking experience you will need an appropriate food hygeine qualification/certificate
Help with computers/internet always welcome as only semi-computer literate!
If you enjoy cooking then that would also be helpful ,not only meals but jams and chutneys,cordials and juices. Cleaning and general maintenance of the house and farm buildings also welcome
English, some German,some French and Arabic
Accommodation is the guest room in the house and you will live in with the family. It has a double bed so is fine for one person or a couple. You will eat and live with the family, We will provide all your food (so on your day off you can take a picnic) Breakfast is a serve yourself meal. Lunch is usually a light meal (often left overs) and dinner is the main meal of the day in the evening. Occasional help with daily cooking much welcomed .
Some more information
Volunteering hours expected
5 hours 5 days a week but some flexibility is needed because of the nature of looking after animals
Host ref number: 16165167244d
Feedback left about host
It was great having Aneira to stay. She's enthusiastic, interested in lots of things and a concientious and hard worker. Add on top of that pleasant company being happy to join in our various social outings and more than happy to help wash up and with the cooking and theres little more you can ask of a workawayer.
Thanks for all the hard work more
Jule and Fabio were a very pleasant couple to host. Very good concientious workers and tackled everything they were asked to do. The weather was not always so good but it didn't stop them making a very good contribution to the varied work of the smallholding. They were happy to chip in with the cooking and washing up which always goes down very more
by Fabio [02/10/2013]:
We spent almost 4 weeks with Ann, Mick and their two sons.
We had a good time there!!
It was a great opportunity to learn something about self sufficient farm management and how to make some tasty homemade products (Cheese, chutney..). We enjoyed to have around all those animals, mostly to two lovely cats and of course the goats, which were more
I agree with her previous hosts. Isabella is an excellent workawayer to host. She's interested in everything, has a go at everything asked of her, very positive attitude to work and life in general. We all enjoyed her company and it was great that she wanted to join in a few excursions and social occasions that happened while she was with us. She more
by Isabella [30/07/2013]:
It was such a unique experience staying here! During these 6 weeks I learnt a lot about self sufficiency, gardening, goats, pigs and poultry. I loved helping with the day to day routine from hand milking and feeding the goats, looking after the poultry, gardening to having a go at making delicious soft and hard cheeses and selling them at local more
by Michael [03/06/2013]:
Such a great experience staying with Ann, Mick, Rowen and Declan. The family is incredibly warm and generous. We learned so much about the area, working with animals and gardening. The food was amazing and the conversations very interesting. We enjoyed every minute. Thank you for having us.
We really had a good time hosting Michael and Margaret. they were only here a week but were a great help--quick learners and did good work in the vegetable and fruit garden --infact we got lots done because of their energetic input--Thankyou. Also we had fun chatting over meals with them so all in all a couple to be highly reccommended. We hope more
Laura arrived with a smile and left with a smile ! Such a positive person and great to have here especially as I was having a lot of health problems with the goats at the time. She fitted in well and her enthusiasm and interest in the smallholding was a real pleasure. It's hard to praise Laura enough actually. The veg and fruit gardens were more
by Laura [03/06/2013]:
I had a really great time here with Ann, Mick Rowan and Declan. They were hospitable, entertaining and really happy to share their knowledge about goats, cheese making, veggie growing, living in a community and all sorts of other stuff. The goats were charming to work with and friendly and the chance to milk them and help make cheese with Ann was more
by Martin Dario [27/03/2013]:
From 26/02/2013 to 10/03/2013
I shared almost two weeks with Ann, Mick, Rowan and Declan and of course Charly, Goats, Ducks, Geese and Chickens (someone else?) in their lovely cottage!
A beautiful cottage, rebuilt, refurnished and readapted for the comfort of a family and the practical use, which is an special location between two national more
Martin fitted well into the family. we were sorry to see him go--Declan especially would like to have done more drumming with you!
Martin was a very concientious worker and would do each job given to him very thoroughly--thanks so much for overhauling the electric fence -- it is working well. The goats did need a lot of attention so there wasn't more
What a star ! Mathias came here for two weeks and when he left we had a log shelter, a bike shelter and a magnificent field shelter for the goats. He is a bit of a workaholic, once he starts something he doesn't want to stop until he's completed--so you have to be careful what job you give him.
He was also good company and a good guest fitting in more
by Matthias [06/12/2012]:
Thank you very much for this extraordinary fantastic experience! Wow, I felt so welcome in this warmhearted family that the home sickness was blown away as fast as you can say hello! The old farm and the hole region of Devon is so beautiful. The very helpfull and friendly community in such a rural part of Btitain is awesome, too. It was so more
by James [23/10/2012]:
I had a fantastic two weeks in Devon with Mick, Ann, Rowan and Declan (and Charlie). There is plenty of work to do and I felt right at home upon arrival. Work duties involved feeding and taking care of the animals, some gardening, fruit picking and even milking the goats every once in a while.
Mick and Ann made delicious meals and some of the more
James was a very good house guest -- good company, good at helping out with the work and also good fun to have a game of tennis with or a bout of Monopoly (though rather ruthless !)
He settled in quickly and inspite of his lack of experience of rural living and farm work picked things up quite quickly.
It was always a pleasure to provide food more
We enjoyed having Alex to stay very much. It was like having a helpful friend around the farm. She taught us some things as well--yoga lesson was great and thanks very much. She was concientious with the responsibilities she was given and showed willing to help in general around the daily domestic chores. What was also great about Alex was her more
by alejandra [16/09/2012]:
I enjoyed very much my stay at riverside. the work was really interesting and the people (ann, mick, rowan and declan) were excellent hosts, making me feel like at home, and giving me a lot of freedom in my work. Ann and Mick are great cooks so I enjoyed every lunch and every supper. after so many delicious meals it was difficult to cook for more
Sue was a good guest and came laden with some of her beautiful handmade soaps as a gift. She was extremely keen to learn as much as she could while shes was here and clearly fell in love with the goats(quite easy to do ). She was a great asset at the market where I was selling cheese, encouraging people to taste samples and definately increasing more
by host [03/04/2012]:
Ruth has now been to stay 3 times and is thinking of coming back again-- and we are happy to have her here which is a good indication of how good a workawayer and guest she is.
We love her enthusiasm for the animals and the food we grow. We have spent many happy hours boiling up jams and chutneys or concocting lovely edibles with our produce.
by Josefine [03/12/2011]:
I spent two wonderful weeks on the goats farm. This time was truly amazing! All the family members gave me a heartily welcome and I felt very comfortable from the beginning. I especially liked the atmosphere in the house. Everyone is so kind and polite and there are a lot of family activities.
The work with the goats was really interesting and more
Josefine was a pleasure to have staying with us. She was interested in all the tasks, loved the goats and worked well alone or with Kathrin who stayed at the same time. In fact they were a good team.
I really liked the way she wanted to get to know the area and was impressed that she would happily cycle to have a look around.
Her music filled more
by host [07/06/2011]:
Sean and Silvia were with us for two weeks and we all felt at home with them straight away. They are sociable and good company. Silvia was on a learning curve with farm life but showed willing to have a go at tasks that were set. We were treated to two Korean meals while they were here-delicious!! Sean took to the work like a 'duck to water' and more
by Sean [09/06/2011]:
Excellent experience in sustainble farming and living! The family was so good to us and truly made us feel happy to be there. The boys are talented, fun and very bright, not to mention their openness to having new people around at home. All the animals have tons of personality as well, and you'll surely fall in love with many of them.
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