We are two sisters who grew up on a smallholding in North East England. Our plan for the future is to make a small business from our farm. Our ideas include-BnB, Glam-ping, a cafe for passing cyclists/tourists, pop up restaurant evenings and selling ready meals made with ingredients reared and grown on the farm. At the moment however we are purely a homestead that provides food for ourselves alone. We currently have chickens for meat and eggs, a flock of rare breed Wiltshire horn sheep, a year round vegetable garden, 2 farm dogs and a Welsh Cob pony who is very friendly and available to ride (occasionally we use her for work such as hauling firewood). We are planning on getting goats for meat, milk and cheese. We both have a spirit of adventure and are fully prepared for many failures before success! Our farm house is located in the heart of the beautiful Dalby Forest surrounded by pines with plenty of cycling and walking trails on our doorstep. We are about a 30 minute drive to Scarborough (a seaside town). We try to farm in a wildlife friendly, low intensity way. Some of the work you do for us may be conservation related (such as making hedges). Ultimately we aim to live in the spirit of homesteading - for us self-sustainability, freedom from the rat race and city and harmony with nature are far greater rewards than any profit we may accumulate. Wifi is available in most but not all rooms of the house, we have solar panels for hot water with an immersion heater to use on cloudy days-but don't expect a power shower! All our heating comes from wood burning stoves-the house can get chilly so do bring lots of jumpers.
Currently we are just looking for workawayers to help from the 27th of September till the 4th of August (flexible dates) to help while our parents are away but within a couple of years we will be looking for year round help.
This help will ONLY involve parts of the farm not connected to any future business we may run from it and thus workawayer's will not be paid in anything more than food and accommodation. Both of us have part time jobs so sometimes we might be gone for part of the day.
Eventually, we would love to go on an American road trip as we are obsessed with freedom and the American wilderness. Therefore, it would be awesome to talk to Americans so we can learn more about their country or host other people who have gone or want to go. Ultimately, anyone is invited as long as you are enthusiastic and have good bants.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Here you can learn the value of good food and self sustainability as well as having the opportunity to explore one of England's most beautiful areas. We will definitely be having lots of bonfires over the summer with marshmallows, beer and good tunes; basically all you need in life. If anyone is interested you are welcome to ride Carys (the horse) and Winifred can teach you how to canter and jump if you are confident. Please be aware she is not a professional horse riding teacher, she might tell you to cling on and then send the horse galloping! We may have lambs still around the farm and sometimes we even have one or two that we bottle feed which is always adorable.
Most of the help required would be physical tasks. Examples could be: gardening, repairing fences and outbuildings, firewood gathering, sawing and chopping wood, clearing brambles away from fences and anything else that might need doing at the time. Work related to animals will include walking the dogs, feeding and checking the sheep, looking for eggs, mucking out the horse etc. Winifred (younger sister) will be dealing with most jobs related to the horse, however, if you have an interest in horses then feel free to look after her more. We'd love someone with experience in engineering and plumbing as we are both hopeless at these things but everyone with enthusiasm is welcome! We will always make sure you are well fed and have plenty of free time to explore Dalby Forest as it is incredibly beautiful.
We have a caravan that sleeps 4, however, there is no working toilet or bathroom, the house is a couple minutes walk away though so shouldn't be to much of a hassle. There are two rooms with double beds and one room with a single bed in the house. Only one of these rooms has WiFi, however, there is a large comfy lounge with WiFi which you are welcome to use whenever you want. Smokers welcome but we usually only smoke in one room so if you don't smoke it shouldn't be a problem. We only have one bath/shower and sometimes the water supply is limited so please be aware that a shower everyday might be unrealistic! That being said, if our water supply is going strong and our solar panel is working then have as many as you want! Our inside dog, Tess, will probably find her way into your rooms at some point so please make sure your comfortable with dogs, obviously if you push her out and say no then she will get the message, shes a good dog just a bit nosy. We will provide all the usual toiletries and provide meals. Anything that you would like us to provide you can always message us to see if its possible for us to get.
The farm is a great base to explore the forest and we would happily give directions to some of our favorite spots. Outside of the forest there is the coast and moorland nearby, plus Scarborough has all the facilities of most towns with a cinema, swimming pool, shops etc. We will happily drive you into town as it is only about a 30 minute drive.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
We have our own dogs and free range chickens as well as many other animals. However, as long as your pet is reasonably well behaved we have no problem hosting them.
More than two
max 5 hours a day 5 days a week