My name is Beth, I live with my husband Chris and we have six grown up children. We live at the south end of the beautiful Isle of Arran, It’s very accessible from the Scottish mainland, only 50 minutes by train from Glasgow to the ferry port for Arran.
We brought up our large family here, even though our six children, aged 18 - 24 years have all ‘flown the nest’ they always come back as much as possible to catch up with their family and friends and to enjoy life at the slower pace that Arran offers. James and Tom are home from uni for the Summer and our daughters will be coming and going over the summer too. Sometimes the house will seem quiet other times it will be busy.
Help in the house
You will be living as part of our family and sharing meals with us. We are happy to help teach any skills we might use while renovating the cottage or in the garden, we can share other knowledge we have gained from our past renovations. We also have a lot of hobbies that we would happily share like baking and jewellery making. We live in a very quiet rural location in a very beautiful part of the world, don't expect nightlife! we have wi-fi and we are on the bus route so not too uncivilised.
We have a large garden which needs looking after and lot of gardening projects. We are in the middle of renovating an old farm cottage on our land, we have builders to do some of the work but need help with some of the renovations, decorating, kitchen and bathroom fitting, woodwork and tidying up the area around the cottage which includes some land clearance and moving remains of some old buildings. We have too many projects to list but the workaways we have had so far have never be bored as there is lots of variety of tasks and plenty of new skills to learn.
Ideally we are looking for two people, but we are happy with one person.
The type of help is mainly outside,
Maintaining gardens - weeding and planting
Assisting with some cottage renovation.
Clearing materials from old farm buildings
A large bedroom in our house with two single beds with fantastic views. Breakfast will be 'help yourself' cereal, toast etc. Lunch is at 1pm on working days homemade soup and/or sandwiches, evening meal usually around 6pm, we eat meat but can cater for vegetarians . If you are going exploring on days off you can make yourself a packed lunch.
Our home is surrounded by open farm land and beautiful sea views. One of Arran’s most popular sandy beaches is a five minute walk away and in the other direction there is a secluded rocky beach. Spend enough time here and be rewarded with otter and seal sightings. Arran has a maze of forestry tracks to explore easily reached from our home.
The nearest shops are 8k away but our village has a campsite shop and a pub. there is often a craft market or a coffee morning on the weekends in the Village Hall
Arran is steeped in history, places to visit include Brodick Castle, Lochranza Castle and Arran Heritage Museum.
Recreational facilities include golf, cycling, pony trekking, gorge walking, kayaking, sailing, fishing, para-gliding, snorkelling and swimming. If you are keen on walking then Arran has a wealth of varied walks and climbs for all abilities.
There are a variety of places for eating out and plenty of local crafts and gift shops. For natural history lovers there is an abundance of flora and fauna. Arran can offer all year round entertainment with live music, family ceilidhs, drama and village events.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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