Beautiful Georgian townhouse in Pembrokeshire. Help needed with carpentry, limestone walling and housework, UK


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    If you contact me:
    Tell me what you can do.

    I keep receiving requests which are simply copies of emails sent to multiple hosts and when the Workawayer realises where I live, they then don't want to travel or they have no skills (sometimes enthusiasm and a will to figure things out is fine). Please don't waste your time or mine. I respond quickly, usually the same day.

    I live 250 miles from London; If you don't mind a long journey, you can get a coach from London Victoria for as little as £10 single.
    Heathrow 227 Miles; Gatwick Airport 258 miles; Stanstead Airport 270 miles. Bristol 99 miles; Bristol Airport 138 miles. Birmingham Airport 165 miles. Cardiff Airport 97 miles.

    My home is a wonderful 250 year old Georgian townhouse in Pembrokeshire where I offer bed and breakfast in a few of my rooms mostly in summer. The house is large so always something to clean, tidy, repair or paint.

    Availability from 14th to 26th March and 6th April - 12th May. Plus most of the summer.

    I especially need help in the garden soon, getting the kitchen garden area ready for planting, general pruning and tidying etc..

    Mature workawayers are especially welcome (many Workawayers apologise for being older, I welcome you) I regret it is unlikely that you have the skill sets needed if you're under 23.

    Someone able to do DIY, wood repairs, paint a wall and door, garden etc needed. If you are able, I will consider a longer term stay doing general maintenance.

    Those with good levels in Carpentry, lime stone walling, plumbing etc especially welcome.

    The house takes a lot of upkeep and decorating but there is also a large garden which always needs work though I am most concerned to repair the old limestone walls and brickwork.
    The garden has improved with the help of Workawayers last summer, a push this year will get it back on its beautiful track which is why I am now hoping for help fixing the walls not just clearing vegetation, but that is necessary too. I am happy to have two people working on the garden at one time, if you are happy to share a room.

    Help also wanted organising and sorting out the house, I need to put lots of things on ebay etc. I'm downsizing.
    I regret, I cannot make food for vegetarians, you would need to cook for yourself though of course I will supply the funds for your shopping. Gluten free is fine.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Wales is beautiful. This house and the area are steeped in history. Pembroke Castle is an ancient monument as are the town walls. There are many castles nearby. The marine life along the coastline is diverse and would be of interest to those so inclined. The nearest beach is 4 miles away, others 7-10 and many more further away. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path was voted No. 1 in the WORLD by Lonely Planet.
    Fantastic walking, hiking, fishing, coasteering, canoeing and surfing, all within easy reach.
    Not sure what you can learn from me but you can certainly learn from the area.
    These days, I am semi retired and my business just covers some household expenses so you will not be earning money. But I will be offering excellent accommodation and food and you will have lots of free time to explore and take advantage of the area. I promise I'm no slave driver but would expect happy help for the times agreed.
    I would consider having you stay for several weeks, usually only once we have met, but if you have good reviews I will consider longer. You might want to get a paid job nearby and stay a while, we can see.
    I will do my best to assist you in your spoken English language and will take time to do so.
    My main interest is in WW1. I enjoy making things, especially millinery, beading, simple sewing, reading. If you are creative that will be great. Sharing knowledge and interests. If you can use a sewing machine, this could be useful. I really admire creative people and those who are good at something, whatever that may be.

  • Help


    If you are younger than 23, please do not apply. Thank you.

    March and April gardening but also:
    Someone able to do basic home maintenance immediately.


    I have availability for up to 3 Workawayers.

    The house is historically listed so painting etc has to be done well. Little and large repair jobs are always waiting in a house like this and someone who is observant and proactive will find an appreciative host.

    The garden is about 1/3rd acre. Someone who knows which plants are weeds and which aren't would be very welcome.
    Old limestone and brick walls to be repaired.

    A small mural needs finishing and I'd love one in another room.

    Cleaning, ironing etc and in help to tidy the house is always welcome. I really want to declutter. If you are a neat and tidy person, you may be able to help me achieve what I alone have not.
    Man or woman, whoever has an orderly mind. Also knows how to sell on eBay.

    My business is tiny, I offer informal personal service, you won't have to be invisible while here. I particularly need help in the house in July and August and would be happy to arrange a 2 month stay.

    Your work and effort will be appreciated, you will be treated with respect and I expect honesty and decency in return.

    Please don't contact me:
    If you are lazy, will take days off without telling me and are passively aggressive, please do not come here or be prepared to be asked to leave. This has happened twice and I no longer intend tolerating such behaviour which upsets the household and makes everyone miserable. Sometimes we just won't like each other, but we can tolerate each other if we are kind.

    My reviews are excellent, if you are fair with me, I will be more than fair with you, I like to have a happy home so we all have a positive experience.

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  • Accommodation


    The arrangement is that you work 5 hours for 5 days and have 2 off. I will do my best to take you out at least once during your stay. I understand that many hosts only offer a caravan or a tent or an outhouse. My offer is of a beautiful room inside an exceptionally beautiful house, quality food and I will treat you with respect and appreciate your help. Quality work in exchange please.

    Own room or shared if a couple, possibly sharing a bathroom/possibly private bath, depending on business. Rooms are large, nicely decorated, comfortable, most have tv, all have kettle, hand basin, quality linen etc.. Wifi. The house is beautiful. There is an AGA in the kitchen which is ever ready to make food and the kitchen is always warm.

    I cannot make separate meals and I definitely eat meat, you can have the money to shop and cook for yourself, I want you happy.

    Generally I do the cooking for dinner, but you can show me your signature meals if you have any.
    Make your own breakfast and lunch.

    I'm quite extrovert and happy to chat over meals but often by evening like to read or watch TV without much conversation. Netflix and chill! I would not want you to feel lonely, but you might be alone quite a bit if only one Workawayer here. Conversing in another language can be very tiring so you may be glad for the silence! I prefer helpers who are confident enough to venture out, use buses and trains without needing me. I don't want you to be unhappy and bored always waiting on me.

    I will supply: a dressing gown, bedding, towels, shower gel, soap, bubble bath, shampoo, conditioner.
    I supply gardening gloves, and goggles and a hard hat if necessary and tools for jobs.

    If gardening you will need sensible shoes/boots and or wellingtons and clothes which can get dirty and a jacket or coat which can withstand showers.
    No smoking in the house nor alcohol.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I can offer advice on the cheapest ways to travel to Pembrokeshire, a hidden gem. It is 250 miles from London, please don't contact me if you don't know you will need to travel.
    There are 15 pubs in Main Street, few you will wish to frequent!! I like films, cinemas are about 15 miles away, I go if anything interesting is showing. A local pub shows old films on Mondays, you can order a pot of tea or nice coffee and watch free. There are nice cafe's serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, one serves dinner too. Several take-aways Chinese, Indian and Pizza. There is a nightclub open Friday and Saturday nights. Pretty walks by the Mill Pond and around the town walls.
    Pembroke Castle is well worth a visit. This area has many castles.
    Fantastic surfing beach at Freshwater West, lessons can be arranged. Many of my Workawayers have loved to surf.
    Tenby is a very popular, pretty, seaside town, 20 minutes away by train, or 50 mins by bus.
    There is a good theatre and cinema in Milford Haven, using the bus, you can only get to and from afternoon performances. There is a pretty marina and some nice shops, an art gallery and places to eat. On your day off, if you go early, you can look around, have some lunch, watch a film, get the last bus and be home for dinner.
    Historic area with fantastic Jurassic coast nearby. Buses within a minute or few minutes walk, local train 4 minutes walk away (Swansea to Pembroke Dock.) I can occasionally take you by car to nearby towns but I do not have the use of a car daily so I regret, you cannot rely on me for much visiting of the area.
    There is a theme park about 8 miles away with one of the few remaining wooden roller coasters in the world.
    Nighttime and winter public transport is frankly pathetic. In summer, daytime public transport around the coast is good.
    If you have transport or can get a lift, you can go further west. St David's is the smallest city in the UK but has a spectacular cathedral and some nice shops and good places to eat. Yet more wonderful coastline. I love the Pentre Ifan stones which are near Fishguard, a mini Stonehenge.

    Cardiff is just under 2 hours away by car or 3 1/2 hours by train and a bus at 9am daily a few yards from the house. London = 2 trains 5 1/2 hours. There is a coach which takes 7 hours 20 mins (Megabus to Pembroke Dock) and if you book ahead can cost as little as £5! Leaves London Victoria at 5pm daily. I can collect you at the ferry terminal in Pembroke Dock. (Pembroke and Pembroke Dock are two different towns about 2 miles apart.)
    If you surf, Freshwater West is a great place, or you can get lessons and use of equipment for about £35. Great rock climbing and beautiful coastal and inland walks. If you're energetic and live the outdoors, this is a wonderful area.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Rob cleared and turned over the kitchen garden. Great work.
That area had been a meadow which Rob tamed.
Canan, ironing goddess.
At the National Arboretum. A service for VC winners commemorating those born outside the UK for the Centenary of the start of WW1.
Sadly, I love Magnums!
Pentre Ifan. Wonderful bluestones like the ones which top Stonehenge. (They were taken from the Preselli Mountains to Stonehenge. ) I love this place. About 50 minute drive away.
Tenby, pretty little seaside town nearby.
My home and part of the main garden terrace.
Part of the slate terrace overlooking the ruin.
Part of the kitchen terrace with ruin to the left and cellars on right. Against the ruin is a large fig tree.
Pembroke Castle.

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