Join our family north of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

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  • Last activity: 23/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    We are based about 25miles north of Aberdeen, Scotland near villages such as Inverurie, Oldmeldrum, Daviot and Meikle Wartle. We live in a converted steading/barn and have 15 acres of land with 1 horse? 3 ponies and a guinea pig. We also have an 12yrs old son who just loves the outdoors. We are outside whenever we can be that in the fields, with the horses, or doing general chores.

    We love to be outdoors be that on horse back, cycling,, gardening, skiing, etc.

    We can accommodate a sole person (possibly a couple) at a time in our spare room which has wifi and we would be interested in short to medium stays. There is always something to do and there are many places to visit in the area. We also have a cottage that we rent out, 70miles away near Aviemore, so it depends on the time of year, but both set ups need help.

    As many people are attracted to staying because of the outdoors and the horses, please let us know what experience you have with horses from poo picking, mucking out, tacking up, changing rugs through to your ability of riding. Just so you know we aren't a riding school so are not insured to teach. We have a 15.2Irish Draught (not a novice ride) 14.2, and a 12.2h Welsh Section B and there is also a miniature shetland stallion!

    Please also note our son has multiple food allergies so if you have dietary requirements yourself, we will need help with cooking! We also confirm we do not offer paid work, just in case you are thinking we have that to offer. Finally, if you are going to ride or be around the horses we recommend you have your own personal liability insurance. Thanks

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • 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

    Plenty about scottish life and heritage along with some new life skills...

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Help


    We are looking for help with any of the following bigger projects
    1. Inside and outside painting
    2. Husbands DIY list which includes small amounts of joinery, plumbing and electrical tasks
    3. Garden and land management including maintenance of growing small trees, weedkilling etc. We have a quad bike and digger to hand.

    Smaller tasks and more regular daily tasks include
    - gardening (weeding, cutting bushes, hedge trimming)
    - cooking
    -household chores (floors, dusting and hoovering and just helping out)
    - sawing/wood.
    - general outside tidying
    - weedkilling, grass cutting, strimming
    - help with filing, and paperwork and we run small businesses and undertake a PhD
    - general tidying and organising

    and probably much more that we can think off.. ;-)

    You need to have the ability to crack on with a list, as although we work from home, we aren’t around all the time.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    we have a spare room for one or two people that has a bathroom shared with our son

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Aberdeen does not attract as many tourists as other Scottish destinations such as Edinburgh or St Andrews, and can feel more authentic. It is a great place to stop for a couple of days on a tour of Scotland, and especially good as a base for exploring the wider region to take advantage of the castles, golf, whisky distilleries, scenery, mountains (including skiing and snowboarding), coast and other attractions in Aberdeenshire and Royal Deeside.

    Alternatively, Aberdeen's remoteness yet comforts and cosmopolitan nature makes it an interesting destination for a short city break if you really want to get away from the stress. Aberdeen is a city of 220,000 people - smaller than Glasgow and Edinburgh, but larger than other Scottish cities. By UK and even Scottish standards it is remote and often the subject of "far away" jokes (the nearest city is much smaller Dundee 70 miles south). Despite this, Aberdeen is surprisingly easy to reach and is a modern and prosperous city. British visitors are often surprised to find a such a vibrant city so far north. Partly due to oil wealth and its status as the only large regional centre, it has the facilities of a much larger city. Together, all this gives Aberdeen an air of self-sufficiency found in few places in Britain today.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have space to park up.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 167662446858

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