We are Brian and Jane and we have a smallholding in the Kent countryside, about one hour from Central London by train. It is about 3 1/2 acres and we have (depending on the time of year) sheep, pigs, geese, chickens, quail and guinea fowl, plus two terrier dogs. We have been running the smallholding for about ten years and are in out late 50's, early 60's, but hope we have a young outlook on life....
They could learn about animal welfare and running a smallholding, plus if they are interested in horticulture and gardening there are many world renowned gardens close to us, such as Sissinghurst and Great Dixter, plus numerous National Trust houses and gardens.
We would prefer a couple or two friends travelling together. We would like some assistance with things like (depending on the time of year): hedge trimming, laying paths, looking after animals, building animal housing, gardening etc.
Basic French and a little German
A self contained studio apartment in our grounds that travellers can use if it is not rented out as a holiday let whilst they are with us - this has a double bed, shower room and kitchen. If you are two friends travelling together but not wishing to share a double bed, we could possibly offer another, separate, bedroom in our home.
There is a bus service through our village, plus we would be happy to give lifts from here within a reasonable distance, including to local train stations serving London. There are numerous historic National Trust sites in the area, together with a steam railway and a boating station that runs ferries to Bodiam Castle. There are also many lovely walks from our home, plus the towns of Hastings, Rye and Winchelsea are nearby. There is also an excellent old English pub in our village serving local beers and good food - this is about 2 minutes walk from here!
We would expect volunteers to be respectful of our property, but we are very relaxed and friendly and enjoy having a laugh!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week