Autumn & Winter Help with B&B/Holiday Cottages & Family in Keswick, Cumbria

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  • Description


    WorkAways to help with guests, on-going renovation, gardening and in family home.

    My children and I are looking for conscientious volunteers to join a happy team to help with our holiday accommodation business right in the heart of the English Lake District about 2 minutes walk from the centre of Keswick. The house is both our home and business with B&B and self-catering accommodation.

    We have about 3 acres of woodland, garden, river (with fishing rights) and vegetable garden. Two dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, guinea-pigs & geese. Jeronime a qualified and experienced EFL teacher and naturally will support your language development.

    Our house is ALWAYS a very busy. Jeronime is a busy single mum busy with 4 kids living at home and a business. Our family loves walking the Fells, sailing, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, fishing & BBQs on the Lakeside....and the rain!

    Basically, if you can do it outdoors... you can do it in Keswick, the Adventure Capital of the UK.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Art project

  • Help


    We are looking for help with the following although everyone needs to be able to clean guest cottages to a high standard!

    - Gardening, grounds maintenance, vegetable garden, help with chickens & ducks.
    - House maintenance / DIY / Painting & decorating.
    - All WorkAways need to be able to help with cleaning the guest accommodation, help with laundry and help clean our family home.

    We need WorkAways who are independent, conscientious, who think for themselves and are happy starting at 9am!

    We love WorkAways who would like to stay long term, this gives you more opportunity to make real friends, and really become part of a community.

    We are really happy to be flexible regarding hours/days per week and if you have the right UK work permit, we can help you find part-time work in Keswick. However I need you to help me on Saturdays and Mondays which are our busiest guest days.

    Applicants need to be 21 years old or over to be included on our insurance.
    If you are applying from within the EU please ensure that you have a EU health card AND that you have dental insurance as this is NOT covered by the NHS in the UK.
    If you are applying from outside the EU you must have an appropriate visa and health insurance in place.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, some German, some Japanese, Arabic

  • Accommodation


    You will be EITHER sleeping in a small twin room which you will share with another WorkAway - it is above the kitchen in our house and is visually private HOWEVER you will be able to hear the noises from the room below so it would be good if you are happy getting up early.


    We can accommodate you in a big tent


    A really cute treehouse which we will renovate to make it a really lovely bedroom in a tree


    An old caravan that is basic but which we will gradually renovate to rent on Air B&B.


    A small separate cottage

    When you apply I'll be able to let you know where you'll be living.

    I am sorry but we cannot have your friends to stay overnight - I hope you understand.

    As you will be sharing with other WorkAways or in our own house and be part of our family - team players are essential. You need to be very tidy, clean and very considerate. Because its quite a small house it just wont work with people who treat it like a hotel.

    We are vegetarian so all your food will be veggie plus fish. We take it in turns either cooking / laying the table & clearing up. Family and Workaways are expected to help out here each meal. If you are living with our family we all eat together at the same time and as I'd prefer that the children don't eat junk food, you will need to supply this for yourself if you want it.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Keswick has a large international community who are very welcoming

    In addition, there are many thriving small community groups which are free to join and very welcoming to newcomers: theatre, street theatre, knitting, walking, climbing, chess, archery. We have bicycles, canoes, kayaks for you to borrow. The River Greta runs through our garden. Just 7 miles away is Scarfell, the highest mountain in England plus lots of other fantastic walks and climbs.

  • 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?


  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    An opportunity to spend time with a busy, fun family. The best way to learn English is by using the language everyday. Jeronimé is a qualified and very experienced EFL teacher. We are always out and about enjoying life and are happy to have you jump in our old LandRover and come with us.

    You will be living with us in one of the most important literary houses in the UK and we host many visiting professors, university departments and writers of English Romantic Literature. The Lake District is home to Beatrix Potter, Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ruskin and many more.

    A great opportunity to really enjoy life in a classic Georgian English country house in the most beautiful part of England, improve your English and learn new skills that will be great for your CV.

    Our family is big (7 children aged 24 - 9), the house is always full of other peoples children, friends and paying guests. All of our children play instruments: piano, violin, cello, guitar and my eldest son is on the way to becoming a composer. we love art, being outdoors, watching movies together, cooking and basically love life!

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    25hrs per week


Our place

Me and the kids
View back towards Keswick from Catbells
Half way round one of our favourite walks
A great walk just down the valley from where we live


Host ref number: 964952339343