Help restore an 18 Century house and garden in rural Westmeath, Ireland

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    20/07/2019

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  2019 

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a married couple with four boys. The eldest is working in London, the second is working his way round the world with the horse racing industry, the third is married and living in New York with his husband and the fourth has just finished his third year in Trinity College, Dublin. with one more to go.
    We found this house 25 years ago. Built in about 1760, it was a virtual ruin and we have restored the main block. The gardens, which include two walled gardens, are gradually being restored. Caroline is a keen and knowledgeable gardener (RHS qualified), while Patrick is an architectural historian.
    Our sons come home for holidays and we have students staying in the house at times.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Jardinería
    Construcción
    Mantenimiento / bricolage
    Cocinar / compras
    Ayuda en casa
    Ayuda con animales

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If they want to learn English we can help them and Patrick is TEFL qualified and can give English lessons.
    We encourage them to explore the surrounding beautiful countryside and take them with us for walks and visits to local sites if they want to come. We teach them about the Irish legends of this area and Irish history and architecture.

  • Help

    Help

    At this time of year there is always work in the garden. When it is raining, there is plenty of work to do in the house. This building is an ongoing restoration programme. There is always painting and there is some housework. This is our fifth year of hosting workawayers and, as you can see, people like staying here.
    We make a point of treating our workawayers as part of the family and every night we all sit down to dinner together. We really enjoy it if a workaway cooks for us sometimes - particularly food from their country.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Full board. We have a double room and a single room with a bathroom next to them.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This area, largely unknown to tourists, is situated in the North Midlands of Ireland and is rolling country with beautiful lakes. It is 100kms northwest of Dublin, close to Mullingar, with good transport links: train, bus and main M4 close by, (75 mins. driving). There is good fishing in the lakes. The village has a good pub with music on occasions and restaurants nearby (driving). The house is very much in the country, surrounded by farmland (though we are not farmers). As such it is not suitable for people with allergies to animals. The local village is 10mins. walk away. There is a daily return Bus Eireann bus to Dublin (about 2.5 hours each way). There are, however, other faster methods of getting to Dublin by bus and train.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours maximum

Party time in our garden, May 2015
One of our hens wanting to come in!
We dont usually dress up like this but this was the last time we were all together as a family
Our vegetable garden
















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