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.
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
UPDATE: we're currently looking for people with the skills below who could stay from mid-June (or early July) until the end of September, or into the winter. Check our calendar for more info.
We need a helping hand with gardening, forestry, building/DIY, and indoor tasks. Skills in carpentry, electrics, masonry, forestry and building 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.
English, French, Italian, Filipino
Volunteers will either have the use of a static caravan, or of a cottage. Both are comfortable and have recently been used by our helpers.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
5 hours per day, 5 days a week