We are retired farmers in our 70’s living in rural Co. Down. The third member of our family is Buff, our 11 year old cocker spaniel, who loves meeting people. Unfortunately, I have asthma so we are unable to accept smokers.
Co. Down is an area of drumlins (small hills), narrow roads and hedges making it both interesting and beautiful. Our farm has views of the Mourne Mountains, The Sperrins and Belfast. We have many local National Trust properties, including those used to film The Game of Thrones nearby. Our nearest seaside resort is 30 minutes drive; it is beside a long stretch of beach where you can usually see seals, as well as sand dunes with flora and fauna. Because of our drumlins we have spectacular views in al directions.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Ireland has many cultural sites, some of them dating thousands of years. We have a few archeological sites quite near us, but the Giants Causeway on the North Coast is too far for a day trip - some volunteers go for a weekend. Depending on the time of year there may be festivals, otherwise we can direct volunteers to cultural events and entertainments.
Belfast is now a vibrant city and is approx. 50 minutes by bus.
We have two recently planted woodlands and need help to establish them by pruning in the winter during the dormant season, tidying, providing for wildlife, etc. They are great places to practice meditation, yoga or tai chi.
Our garden always needs attention, especially our organic vegetable garden where we try to grow as much of our own food as possible.
As well we need help to tidy, paint and repair our farmyards.
English, basic French
We live in a small bungalow, so the accommodation would be in a caravan beside us. This has mains electricity and running water, toilet and shower though we would expect volunteers to share most of our main meals. We eat organically if possible and often make our own bread. As I enjoy cooking, I would be interested in exploring different foods, while providing volunteers with traditional Irish dishes.
Our small local town (approx. 10 mins. drive) has coffee shops, cinema etc. and we are willing to take volunteers there and will collect them up to 10pm. The narrow roads are unlit and do not have footpaths so are unsuitable for walking.
Our farm is a good place to “chill out”. But if you are interested in lively nightlife, we are not for you. Two people are ideal. If you have a clean driving licence and are comfortable driving on the left side of the road, we may loan you our second car (subject to insurance requirements) We are happy to take volunteers on outings, especially at weekends.
Two hours in a car takes you most places in Northern Ireland and many are areas of outstanding natural beauty. For anyone wanting to learn our history we have excellent cultural sites and many museums, places of interest, etc.
You would be living in a caring environment where we focus on others qualities and we aim to show love and respect to everyone.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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