We are currently closed for winter and re-open for business on 27th Mar 2018.
We would be delighted to accept volunteers for the period 15th Mar to 31 Oct 2018... but please bear in mind that the minimum volunteering period with us is two months.
We have a B&B, former Tourist Hostel, Camping and Glamping site on the northwest coast of Donegal which is close to five beautiful beaches, the Horn Head sea-cliffs, Ards Forest Park, Muckish and Errigal mountains, Glenveigh National Park and Tory Island.
Our 2 hectare (5 acre) property, a pre-Celtic site, is located alongside a main bus-route and two miles (3km) from the nearest village ... Dunfanaghy (Co. Donegal). We are right beside New Lake Nature Reserve, with sea views over the Atlantic to Tory Island.
There are small shops and some pubs with traditional music in the nearby villages of Dunfanaghy (3km) and Falcarragh (8km) . Letterkenny, the nearest town, is 45 mins away by car or bus.
The property and the buildings are renowned for their "quirky owner", their tranquility, warm hospitality, recycling policy, organic garden, meditation sanctuaries and the sound of the Mill stream by day and the crashing of waves on the beach by night. We have no TVs or Radios here for entertainment. We don't need them!
The work includes looking after our guests, ... answering the telephone, helping/making and putting out breakfasts, cleaning bathrooms/toilets/common rooms/kitchens, etc.
The season develops slowly from Mar to June, gets busy during Jul-Aug and starts getting quiet again thereafter. We close for winter from about 01 Nov to Easter.
The hours of work depend on the amount of guests staying but usually, the housework will be in the morning... (1-3 hours, cleaning the building after the guests leave). If there is little or no work in-house we work in the garden ... weeding, cutting grass, looking after the flowers, chickens, etc. After that, or if you really need a break at any time, you can go exploring the wonderful landscape, beaches, forest park, etc..
The evening work requires one person to be on call... answering the telephone or receiving, briefing and booking guests into the accommodation. Everybody has a day off every week to go for a longer trip.
If you like the countryside you will love it here. We need somebody who is friendly, reliable and not afraid of work. It is important that you have some English, (to take bookings, answer the phone and have a chat with our guests).
We give free accommodation to our volunteers, in a little annex to the Mill House (or in the upstairs of a converted Kiln House, above the Campers Kitchen ... as you prefer) and €50 per week towards your food. We provide free Internet and WIFI (which is sometimes limed because of our rural location) so bring your Laptop if you wish.
Many, many thanks to all the wonderful helpers/workers/volunteers who came to stay with us down through the years! You helped us through difficult times and brightened up our lives.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
Best wishes and looking forward to hearing from you.
Helping with Tourists
The hours of volunteering depend on the amount of guests staying but usually, the hard tasks will be in the morning... (1-2 hours, cleaning the rooms after the guests leave) and helping set out the breakfast in the morning. If there is no help required in the house we have tasks in the garden ... weeding, landscaping, cutting grass, looking after the flowers, chickens, etc.
The evening help (1600-2200) requires one person to be on call... answering the telephone or receiving, briefing and booking guests into the accommodation. Everybody (except me) has a day off every week to go for a trip or just rest on the property.
If you like the countryside you will love it here. We need somebody who is friendly, reliable and not afraid of work. It is important that you have some English, (to make bookings, answer the phone and have a chat with our guests).
We give you free, shared accommodation in a little annex to the Mill House and €50 per week towards your food. We provide free Internet and WIFI so bring your Laptop if you wish.
English, Irish, Lithuanian, Russian
Little private annex to the Mill House (ensuite bedroom) where helpers share accommodation. We also have another annex, above the Campers Kitchen, in an old, stone, Kiln House, where some volunteers may stay.
The area nearby is a rambler's paradise with lots of lovely scenery, walking routes, forest park, sea-cliffs, and beaches. We are located on a main bus route so there are easy, daily services to and from Dunfanaghy, Letterkenny, Derry, Belfast, Galway and Dublin.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
We are located in a very special area, between an old all Gaelic-speaking community with predominantly Nationalist and Republican connections and an old English Plantation village where the latter population have long-term historic, cultural and tourism connections with the Unionist community in Northern Ireland.
Within a 5-mile radius of Dunfanaghy there are seven times the national average of ancient sites dating back 6000 years and whereas, with a village population of less than 500 people one could expect one church, we have six within the same area and a very special ruined church which dominates the village and its history.
Many renowned Irish and English writers and artists, revolutionaries and statesmen have visited or made their homes here over the years but one in particular, George Russell (AE) made very vivid connections, in verse, story and paintings, to the Faery world and the pre-Celtic people which, being a major feature of our business profile is very much enjoyed by our guests and their children alike.
Within the village there are several traditional music pubs, which are also an attraction for guests and Workaway volunteers alike and we avail of every opportunity to introduce our volunteers to local cultural events and performances.
I have been involved in village life for many years and have created the local map for tourists, the local historical and walk guide booklet and have written a book about a WW2 commemorative monument and event, with which local people helped to fund, despite the political correctness which I was assured prevented any official funding, facilities or involvement. That monument, carrying the flags of Britain and Ireland together (as well as that of the US and Canada) is now a Hidden Gem on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week