Nature lovers welcome to join us in our countryside home in the Highlands of Scotland

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  • Description

    Description

    We prefer short term helpers - a few days up to no more than 3 weeks please.

    We are Cathy (39 who mainly works from home) and little boy who is 6 years old and home-educated. We live in a beautiful little cottage slap bang in the middle of a nature reserve.

    We like to have 2 - 4 helpers so friends are welcome to apply, alternatively we are happy to take single travellers - but please be aware you may need to share a sleeping area with another helper (who we will ensure is the same sex and similar age to you.) Parents with children welcome but please no childless couples.

    We do not take helpers without seeing pictures, so if you do not have photos on your profile, please let us know your Facebook page or other.

    Our home is small and so unfortunately you won't have a bedroom but will be sleeping in the office during winter or in a tent in the garden in warmer weather. You will of course have a warm bed and access to the house 24 hours a day though.

    We have a big kitchen, sitting room (with X-box, Wii and internet TV) and big garden as well as of course plenty of amazing countryside so you are definitely not going to feel cooped up.

    All meals including picnics for your days off are provided and of course you can have access to the internet / games / books etc. just make yourself at home with us.

    Ideally you'd work about 24 hours a week.

    We need help weeding the garden, keeping the house clean and assisting with day to day running of our home. The other jobs we need help with are many and varied but could include:
    Dog walking
    Decorating
    Gardening
    Repairing outbuildings
    Cleaning out poultry
    Berry picking
    Beer / Wine making
    Jam / pickle making
    Laundry (lots and lots of laundry!)
    Or whatever needs doing that day, we need someone to fit in with whatever needs doing, often we don't know til that morning!

    This is a placement for a flexible, confident person who is fine spending time alone and does not need detailed instructions to get on with a task.

    We are a long way from anywhere, the bus stop is over a mile from the house and the buses are not all that regular so please only apply to stay if you like walking and the countryside!

    We have animals including dogs and cats who live in the house so you must be comfortable around them.

    Our house is difficult to get to on public transport, especially with a big bag, however, if you get yourself to Inverness airport, train station or bus station, I will pick you up and drive you home.

    If there is anything you'd like to know about us please get in touch, we look forward to hearing from you and you can add me on Facebook if you wish.

    We usually not take vegetarians or vegans, as we do eat our own free range, ethically reared poultry. However, if you are a vegetarian and not offended by this, please feel free to contact us.

    What you can gain from us (other than English practice): Country skills.

    We are trying to be as self-sufficient as possible and grow our own food wherever possible. There will be opportunities to plant, grow, tend and harvest foods. Poultry husbandry. Occasionally there will be the opportunity to learn how to prepare a small animal (rabbit, chicken etc.) for the table if you want - obviously this is not something you have to witness and for the most part our diet is vegetable based.

    We also forage and can share our wild food hunting skills, for greens, mushrooms and berries.
    We make jams, chutneys, beers, wines etc. and would love to share these skills.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Other
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Teaching

  • Help

    Help

    Ideally you'd work about 24 hours a week.

    We need help with childcare, keeping the house clean and other daily domestic tasks. The other jobs we need help with are many and varied but could include:
    Dog walking
    Decorating
    Gardening
    Repairing outbuildings
    Cutting wood
    Cleaning out poultry
    Berry picking
    Beer / Wine making
    Jam / pickle making
    Laundry (lots and lots of laundry!)
    Or whatever needs doing that day, we need someone to fit in with whatever needs doing, often we don't know til that morning!

    This is a placement for a flexible, confident person who is fine spending time alone and does not need detailed instructions to get on with a task.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Country skills. We are trying to be as self-sufficient as possible and grow our own food wherever possible. There will be opportunities to plant, grow, tend and harvest foods. Poultry husbandry. Occasionally there will be the opportunity to learn how to prepare a small animal (rabbit, chicken etc.) for the table.
    We also forage and can share our wild food hunting skills, for greens, mushrooms and berries.
    We make jams, chutneys, beers, wines etc. and would love to share these skills.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Our home is small and so unfortunately you won't have a bedroom but will be sleeping in the office during winter or in a tent in the garden in warmer weather. You will of course have a warm bed and access to the house 24 hours a day though.

    We have a big kitchen, sitting room (with X-box, Wii and internet TV) and big garden as well as of course plenty of amazing countryside so you are definitely not going to feel cooped up. We also have a bath with unlimited hot water at any time of day.

    All meals including picnics for your days off are provided and of course you can have access to the internet / games / books etc. just make yourself at home with us.

    We have animals including a dog and cats who live in the house so you must be comfortable around them.

    Our house is difficult to get to on public transport, especially with a big bag, however, if you get yourself to Inverness airport, train station or bus station, we will pick you up and drive you home.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are a long way from anywhere, the bus stop is over a mile from the house and the buses are not all that regular so please only apply to stay if you like walking and the countryside!

    There are some buses though every day except Sunday and Inverness, Glen Affric and Loch Ness are nearby. Inverness has a museum, theatre, lovely walks, shops, pubs and restaurants. This really is a placement for people who love nature and the countryside though.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    24 hours a week - flexible

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