Looking for helping hand on the shores of the Irish Sea in the beautiful area that is Strangford Lough-Ireland.


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    Looking for help all year round

    I live in a rebuilt stone barn ( 4 years old) on the shores of the Irish Sea in the beautiful area that is Strangford Lough, a tourists paradise with many stunning places nearby waiting to be explored.
    Also a place of special interest for marine biologists and a photographers dream location .

    I am a retired teacher and artisan (having taught at university level in art and design to art and architect studends ) I still paint regularly,and exhibit my work in my home every couple of years.

    Music is my other great passion, I play the piano and organ and was accompanist to the area choir until a couple of years ago.

    Looking for heip both in the house and garden

    Contributing to the planning of meals , preparation of shopping lists and cooking of healthy meals and some other light household duties .
    I enjoy vegatables but am not vegetarian.

    --I have a holiday let which needs attending to between lets

    -- A new project this year is to create an organic vegetable garden for which large raised beds (boxes) need to be made.

    -- Ground works at my home are still in progress..a new garden area is being worked on at the front of the house.

    --Both properties need painted this autumn.

    I am somewhat curtailed in my mobility but still try to work and paint most days and have a lot of ongoing projects

    In return you will have pleasant accomadation in a modern,clean and comfortable home; surrounded by artwork created by myself and my late wife.
    double bedroom down stairs or twin room upstairs.( can accommodate up to 4 volunteers)
    Shared family bathroom down stairs..

    You are welcome to share all of the house including an extensive array of reading and art books

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Language practice
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Visitors will have the pleasuse of living in a beautifull home surrounded by paintings and sculpture created by the myself and my late wife.

    The area is one of outstanding natural beauty,while rural ,it is only 1 hour from Belfast 2.5 hours from Dublin ,and 1.5/2 hours from the stunning heritage site of the Giants Causeway on the Atlantic coast.( bus tours daily from Belfast ) good hostels in Belfast and on the North coast ( beside the Giants Causeway )
    Lots of coastal walks and historic sites to be explored.for enthusiastic walkers .

    walkers can spend time in the Mourne Mountains ,only an hour from here,and a fellow host ,willing to give you a bed for the night if you want to make a weekend break of your walking.

    ( if she has empty beds)

  • Help


    Mainly shopping and preparation of healthy tasty meals
    I enjoy vegetarian food but am not a vegetarian )

    Some light household chores

    If you are interested in art you will be able to express that here.

    Helping with the planting of the garden and general chores outside ,if you like being outdoors and want to be out in nature.

    Painting the outside of both properties


  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    A very comfortable ,bright double room in a newly rebuild cosy barn with every modern convenience and the bathroom across the corridor
    Or upstairs in the new bedroom ( twin beds )
    I can accommodate up to 4 volunteers)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are places of interest all around the lough with large empty beaches and a good chance to see seals basking on the rocks.
    A lovely light house nearby ,unfortunally not open to the public.but you can visit the area close by.
    There are 2 country houses set in parkland ,open to the public nearby; Castleward and Mount Stewart and a bird sanctuary/ wetlands park.
    A beautiful birdhide looking out over Strangford Lough for the bird watchers .especially interesting watching the birds who overwinter here.
    Being only 1 hour from Belfast where there is plenty to explore ,including the botanical gardens ,also the site for the very interesting Ulster museum ,beside Queens University, our lovely City Hall,the Titanic building with the history of Belfast and the shipyard ,where Titanic itself was built .
    A daytrip or weekend in Dublin might be of interest to you ,the Giants Causeway will leave you with an unforgettable memory of the wild Atlantic coast and the opportunity to visit Rathlin Island and the stunning Antrim coast.
    Daily tours go to the North Coast from Belfast visiting some of " the game of throne sites" aswell as the Giants Causeway,Carrick-a-reed rope bridge and Dunluce Castle among other interesting places.
    One of the worlds most scenic railway journeys is also accessible from the North Coast; Coleraine to Derry and brings you to the city of culture 2013 with lots of historical sites to explore.

    We are not on a public transport route,so someone who drives is very usefull as we are 3 miles from the nearest shop.( we drive on the left hand side here( something to consider)
    Bus from Portaferry to Belfast( 3 miles to the bus )

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 25 hours a week

A dip on Christmas day
Sun set at st.John's point
St.John's point lighthouse
View from the living room with Quinton castle in the distance
The barn :still work to be done

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