Experience farming life in an historic setting in Co Kildare, Ireland

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Ireland

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    18/02/2021

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  • Description

    Description

    8/1/21. We have availability from mid-April through the summer. Given that most of the projects at this time of year are to do with the grounds and maintenance, some hands-on experience of life on the land would be an advantage.
    We are living on a farm just one hour by bus from Dublin in the foothills of the Wicklow mountains in (South) Co Kildare. We are a big family and although our kids have all left home now, COVID has had the benefit to us of bringing them home more often. Normally though, it's just Karl and I along with dogs, cats, ponies, hens and Jersey cattle. Our agricultural industries are dairy, tillage and forestry, and we farm in an environmentally friendly way from a large 18th century house and garden which is open to the public for some parts of the year. We live just outside the village of Moone. We have a tennis court, lovely farm walks, bicycles. A couple of km away is the 11th century Kilkea Castle, home to the Dukes of Leinster. A great cycle for the day takes you on a tour of Round Towers and High Crosses, or perhaps take the bus to Dublin or Kilkenny (one of the smallest cities you'll ever see!). The peaceful monastic mountain retreat of Glendalough is 45 minutes by car.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You can of course practice your English and learn about archaeological and cultural heritage, farming, gardening, cooking and how life is on a busy farm in Ireland. We hope to learn more about your background and culture, as well as showing you ours.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    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.

  • Help

    Help

    Being on a busy farm and heritage property, we always have a different project, whether it be feeding calves, milking cows, a stone wall to rebuild, a flowerbed to weed, a shed to repaint or a window to replace. The farm animals often need to be moved or treated, fencing needs doing. The garden needs lots of care - everything grows so fast in Ireland.
    The vegetable garden is active but needs more loving help to produce to its best, overgrown shrubs, tangled fencing etc.
    In the springtime we are mostly occupied hectic with newborn calves to birth and feed and keep warm and healthy. Ireland can be wet - you really have to love animals and the outdoors!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner
    Irish: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodation depends on what works when you come. Usually our helpers will be accommodated in a self-contained apartment, and, very rarely, in a guestroom in the main house. We have internet access. We can accommodate couples and singles.

    We always interview our prospective helpers on Skype because its very important to us that we like each other: and we also suggest that if after a week you don't think that our home offers what you want, then you really should feel free to say so and move on, with no hard feelings.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We really enjoy having practical people with us, because the projects we need to work on are really for 'hands-on' people. It would be a help if you have worked on a farm or garden.

    Due to the fact that we take language students during the summer, and that we undertake that no other native speakers will be in the house while the students are here, we sometimes have restrictions on the nationalities we can accommodate.

    Look forward to meeting you.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Our download speed is normally about 30gb/mms, though it can get slow at busy times.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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