We are now accepting volunteers for 2017.
Apologies to those of you who have already applied since we closed for winter in early Nov and did not receive an answer. I'm afraid this is due to a combination of factors which have now been addressed so I'll be replying first to those.
We have a B&B, 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 B&B/Hostel 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
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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