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We are a family of 4 creating our sustainable eco farm. We have just over 12 acres near Killorglin, Co Kerry nestled at the base of the McGillicuddy Reeks, below Ireland's tallest mountain, Carrauntoohil. We are in awe every time we look in any direction! We are also so excited to begin this new, lasting and nourishing phase of our lives and want to share it with everyone. We want to learn from our guests and teach our guests and share in the beauty of our world.
We have 2 daughters 8 and 5, a dog, cat, chickens (chicks right now!) , ducks and two donkeys. Darragh is working on the farm full time, building and creating for many years to come. Donna spends a lot of time in the gardens and greenhouses when she is not working or in the kitchen or in the health clinic in Killorglin. Together we vow to save the bees, grow food, live in harmony with the earth and plant as many trees as we can. We hope to share, educate, learn, nourish and treat guests on our farm along their travels. Come live the dream with us, work hard, play hard and make amazing things happen.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We speak english and are happy to help you learn English during your stay. We also speak some Spanish, German and French. Here are some of the skills and goals that we hope to share with our guests.
Donna works in a 'root cause' health clinic in Killarney offering bio energetic scans as well as being trained as a nutritionist, herbalist, massage therapist, birth doula, avid gardener, and aerial arts lover. We even have an aerial rig and practice aerial dance and aerial yoga.
Darragh is a former world traveller and now has retired from his job in the USA, to come back home, at the base of his favourite mountains in the world. Basically being skilled at almost anything he tries (he is amazing), he will be the brains and the builder of all things farm related, as well as stealing away to the mountains, offering guided hikes, surfing and riding a motorcycle any chance he can get.
Together we have built a home in Colorado, USA high in the Rocky Mountains, managed a small boutique hotel on Inch Beach in Ireland and run our own Air B and B in the past. We love meeting world travelers and providing accommodations. We are excited to venture into the glamping and camping side of accommodations now, going more sustainable, as well as someday hosting sustainable building courses, weddings and gatherings. We hope to take all of the best parts of our past experiences and meld them into the creation of our new farm. After making major changes in our lives, we have made the commitment to creating a fabulous farm.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.
Some of our goals on our new farm are to renovate our cottage, create bespoke glamping accommodations (two so far) on the property (octagon, yurt, bell tents and eventually a hobbit house or a double decker bus. We have big plans, for example, to fix our old stone building into a workshop, as well as turn one of our many stone separated fields into the "garden field " growing more than we can eat and sharing the abundance. We are planting an orchard and our own food forest (look it up!). We are lucky enough to have native Irish woodlands on the property and keep planting more trees each year! We plan to have bees (getting ready for this spring!), Sauna (done) , a wood burning hot tub, build various outdoor structures, build a tropical glasshouse for year round growing (this will be last, after we fix the house), build trail systems (DONE!), create a stream and pond system through a few fields to channel the water along the edge of the woods (DONE!), along with many more plans.
General building help would gladly be appreciated, as well as gardening, child minding, cooking, trail maintenance, and basically any form of art. We accept smokers and ask that you smoke outside only. We are open to teachers coming and offering courses eventually. There is WIFI at the Kitchen and Bathhouse and cellular data works in some areas, but not in the woods.
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
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Things are kind of primitive for the moment. We have power, water and septic and the blank canvas of a cottage. We have a 2 bedroom, fully equipped mobile home. The octagon is ready for guests and the yurt is up in it's new home in the Birchwood. We also have storage areas and dry areas as well as 2 greenhouses.
We can accommodate any number of guests on the property to CAMP (for now)
The yurt and gypsy wagon are available for sleeping until we start having guests stay in the accommodations (so free thru May)
The kitchen house and bathhouse are fully operational now, washer and dryer, two showers, two toilets and full kitchen
We will feed our workaway guests 2-3 meals per day, or alternatively can provide food for you to cook or a stipend for you to buy your own foods. The kitchen will always be open and you are welcome to eat what we have and make meals to share. We hope to have some help in the kitchen from time to time as well.
We eat organic, gluten free, dairy free and have a focus on trying to consume no processed sugars. We DO eat meat and try to source local and free range. We have chicken and duck eggs here daily! We will respect and accommodate any and ALL diets.
We live in the magical Kindom of County Kerry at the foot of some of the most amazing mountains and lakes in Ireland. The trailhead for Carrantoohil is 2k from your doorstep and an amazing mountain to climb. Darragh can even guide you up, as well as many other routes to peaks on both The Ring of Kerry (Skellig Islands are out this way!) and The Dingle Peninsula (another must see with over 2,000 historical sites). Kilorglin is our closest town, offering everything you may need along your travels. Killarney town (so lovely) and Killarney National Park are so close to home (25 minutes) and an absolute must. Also consider heading over to Rossbeigh beach or Inch beach for some play time in the surf and sand. We have friends that run the surf hire and surf school on Inch beach and it's a great place to learn how to surf. We have bikes and paddle boards too. There are Castles, Abbeys, abundant history and many lakes and forest glens to explore around the area as well.
We strive to be hard workers, nature lovers, wildcrafters, gardeners, sustainable livers, healthy eaters and outdoor enthusiasts, and welcome all who share in these joys.
We can provide rides to and from most places, as long as the flow of the farm continues and we would be happy to do guided tours when the time allows. The bus system is fairly good here as well.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Our WiFi conncection is in the Kitchen and Bathhouse and works well MOST of the time. We have a second wifi in the mobile home. If you are camping out on the farm, you will rely on cellular then and it works everywhere but in the woods! We hope to encourage our guests to tune into nature more when they are here.
We can accommodate a campervan, just write to us and let us know
With our farm animals, we would like to avoid dogs, if you have a farm friendly dog, you can ask
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week