We're a warm, welcoming family of three. We've been hosting workawayers on and off for six years and we LOVE the cosmopolitan atmosphere and friendly energy that workawayers bring to our household.
You can check out our feedback below - we've made some really lovely connections over the years.
We enjoy good conversation, we're a creative, forward thinking household. I have two boys aged 8 and 13 who have been partly homeschooled, partly steiner educated and are now at local schools in Frome.
We eat wholesome food, lots of veggies and some meat. We can accommodate most diets, especially if you're willing to help with the cooking - we've hosted celiac and vegan workawayers already without any problems. Most people have really enjoyed our food!
Our house is a big Victorian Terrace with spacious airy rooms. You'll have a quiet single room at the back of the house. There is a small bathroom next door with a shower which we share.
We have three friendly cats and a lodger.
We always take the first week or so on a trial basis, during which either of us can say "this isn't for me" : as Workaway advise, you should always have a back up plan in case we don't quite fit (it's just good sense).
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We live in a fairly holistic, conscious way. We cook all our meals from scratch every day and I like to cook food from around the world.
We have tons of interesting books and I'm always happy to discuss ideas! We are happy to help improve your English and discuss the meaning of words, points of grammar etc.
Workawayers who have enjoyed us most have simply found the energy to be quite nurturing and loving and have felt very at home.
We're looking for a confident person with experience of looking after kids and running a house.
I primarily need help keeping the house running. Besides a list of daily/weekly chores you'll help tidy up the kitchen after supper (we have a dishwasher) and straightening it out after the breakfast rush. In addition you might help out with the children a little bit after school and I'll ask you to babysit once or twice a week in the evening when I go out to classes.
There will usually be a bit of laundry hang out/fold during the day, and you'll be hoovering/cleaning the bathroom/watering plants/tidying up the living areas on a weekly basis. There's also a list of simple one-off cleaning and maintenance jobs which you can work through at your own pace.
We have a good routine during the week, the house is quiet during the daytime and the weekends are free for you (I may ask you to babysit in the evening as part of your weekly hours, but this won't be the norm).
We ask for no more than five hours a day, including helping with supper/clean up. There may be some fluctuation in your daily hours, though this will always even out over the week and we ask you to keep track of your time.
You'll be free to manage your time outside of mealtimes/babysitting, including your household chores.
We ask for two things from our workawayers:
1. You need to have good conversational English
2. You need experience of travelling and being away from home by yourself.
Experience has shown that both these things are crucial for a successful workaway in our house!
We welcome applications from first time workawayers, as long as you meet the criteria above. We'll always ask to zoom or skype beforehand and this usually gives us a good indication of whether we'll be a good fit.
We don't host families or couples.
You'll have your own private room.
You'll have access to WiFi, washing machine etc etc.
You'll share all our meals, though lunchtime and breakfast is "self service" - you are welcome to help yourself to what is in the house, usually eggs, cheese, salad and what is left over from supper.
You can bring your own special snacks if you need them - but we're fairly boring about sweets etc so ask you to be discrete if you have a passion for "junky" food so the kids don't get frustrated/hound you for a share.
We have three sweet cats who are always up for cuddles.
Frome is a small, incredibly friendly, vibrant town set in stunning countryside. There are lots of lovely boutique shops, several choirs, and many classes, workshops and activities going on. There's a fantastic independent market once a month which draws people from all over the region. River swimming, ancient hill forts, and beautiful walks are all within fifteen minutes drive; the cities of Bath (beautiful architecture) and Bristol (great nightlife, galleries and museums) are under an hour away by train. Stunning beaches are two hour's drive away in several directions. London is 2 hours by train.
Bath and Bristol are an easy hop by train.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hours over the week max.