Help with gardening, forestry, DIY/building, and indoor tasks at a historic house near London, UK

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a family-run historic house and estate near East Grinstead, Sussex (UK). Built by Benjamin Henry Latrobe in 1792, and once owned by rock band Led Zeppelin, the house is of significant architectural importance. Our family purchased the house in the 1980s when it was derelict, and restored it to some of its former glory.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists

  • Help

    Help

    UPDATE: we are currently looking for advance bookings from March and for summer 2018. Construction, carpentry and gardening skills particularly appreciated. Thanks for all your interest!

    We need a helping hand with gardening, forestry, building/DIY, and indoor tasks. Skills in carpentry, electrics, masonry, forestry and construction might be useful; but if you are enthusiastic and practically-minded then you'll do well here. Volunteers are nearly always under the supervision of our estate manager. Due to the size and complexity of the house and in order to make volunteering stays fulfilling and worthwhile, ideally we need volunteers who can stay for eight weeks or more.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, Italian, Filipino

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Volunteers will either have the use of a newly refurbished and warm static caravan, or of a cottage. Both are comfortable and have recently been used by our helpers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The house is set in beautiful English countryside. We're only 20 minutes from London Gatwick airport, and 40 minutes from central London by train. We'll pay for you to have free English lessons if you would like them. If you're over 25, qualified to drive, and are planning to stay for longer than two months, we'll insure you on a car (if not, we're only three miles from a large town, East Grinstead, and will happily drive you in to do your shopping). We'll give you good pocket money, and we'll regularly have you to lunch/supper to improve your English. During the summer, you'll be one of several volunteers - so you'll even have company! We have one beautiful dog, Lizzy, who can't wait to meet you.

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day, 5 days a week

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