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We are looking for a lovely workaway from June onwards.
A good level of English required.
We need help with the children, animals and garden. Someone who loves being busy, outdoors and a brilliant ‘can do’ attitude will be very welcome here. If you love horses that is a total bonus.
We are a family of five. Myself, my husband and our three children aged 9, 6 & 3. We have two lovely dogs, two ponies, a cat and several chickens. We live in the countryside in an old house with 5 acres of land.
We are in a very rural location yet still close enough to London for my husband to commute everyday. We are fun, friendly and very busy trying to keep everyone entertained and the house and garden in good order.
The village is tiny and has no amenities. The nearest shop and pub is 1mile away in the next door village. The nearest town is a 45min walk and has lots of facilities including a huge supermarket, bank, butchers, bakers, post office and a few other shops.
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
You will be able to see the change of seasons in beautiful England. You can improve your English if necessary. You can explore London, Cambridge and surrounding areas.
We would love to have help with the garden - it’s really growing fast and there is lots to do. Someone strong would be perfect!
In the garden there is work to mowing the grass and tending to the flower beds and generally keeping everything tidy. You need to love being outdoors. You need to be excellent at working on your own although I will try and help if I can.
Beyond that helping keep everything tidy and helping clear up after us and definitely yourself is hugely appreciated and quite necessary to the smooth running of the house.
In the house there is always ironing, cleaning, tidying to be done! If you help keep things in order without being asked it would be hugely appreciated. Tidy, tidy, tidy makes for a more relaxed house.
Our children are 3, 6 & 9. The little one is mainly at home with a bit of nursery. Some days I like to leave him at home in the afternoon when I go to pick up the children from school. He is very active and you need to be fast, strong and love playing outside. The older two love playing games after school. There is also babysitting in the evening. Any help getting supper for the children and tidying up behind them is always much appreciated)
The dogs love to be walked every day. I try to take the children riding on their ponies as often as is possible or out on their bikes. Sometimes we all go together. Other times it is easiest to take one child at a time.
It would be great if you have a 'can do' attitude and are welcome to lend a hand at anything. Above all you need to be friendly, fun, efficient, incredibly tidy (especially in the house), trustworthy and easy to live with.
You to need to be fit and active to both look after the children and to enjoy and maximise everything we have here. Your mode of transport will be a bicycle or walking. We also have a tennis court.
In return, we will provide you with a lovely room in our house. You will have your own bedroom and bathroom. You are welcome to join us for supper in the evenings. You can help yourself to breakfast and lunch. We are surrounded by beautiful countryside which you can explore on foot. We are close to the town of Baldock which has a huge supermarket and other amenities including a train station (30mins to Cambridge & 45 mins to London). We are in a great location to explore these cities easily.
For you to fit in easily you need to love being in a busy family environment, adore children and the noise and chaos that comes with them and like animals & be very happy living in a rural location. You need to be happy to go off on your own sightseeing and visiting other parts of the UK in your time off.
You need to have a good level of English. I will try and help you correct your grammar and improve your vocabulary if necessary.
In our family house you will have your own bedroom with TV and bathroom and use of our kitchen. We have wifi although it's not always very fast.
During your time off you can walk or run for miles in beautiful countryside. Our lovely dog will always come with you. Baldock is a small town 45mins walk away. From here you can take the train to Cambridge which is a stunning university city with lots to see and lots of shops. London is just 45mins by train and is a wonderful city to explore. We are also close to Stevenage Station which is on the line which runs from London to Edinburgh.
We have had four workaways now, two of whom have returned and it's been a brilliant experience. We have also had several aupairs living with us to help with the children. They have found exploring the region easy with the train.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week