We are a couple with 2 daughters and a son - grown up and now living mostly away from home. We miss having them around and greatly enjoy the interaction as part of the hosting experience as well as sharing our special home.
We live in a beautiful old house with spectacular views overlooking the Sperrin mountains.
We have around 5 acres of garden which includes flowerbeds, vegetables and woodland.
Our location is 2 miles from the village of Claudy and a 20 minute drive from Derry/Londonderry which is Northern Ireland's second city so although we enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside we also have the benefit of easy access to the city. There is a regular bus service to both Derry and Belfast from the village and we are happy to give lifts to and from the bus stop.
My husband Tim works full time manufacturing food for animals and is involved in renewable energy. I work part time managing tourist accommodation on the North Coast.
We enjoy the outdoor life - gardening and sport - despite the Irish weather!
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
As a former Speech and Language therapist I am enthusiastic about helping visitors with English. We like our Workaway travellers to feel part of the family during their stay with plenty of interaction eg at mealtimes and inclusion in our family social activities.
We encourage exploring of the local culture, history and scenery on days off and will provide information and help with transport. As I work in tourism on the North Coast I can give lifts to visit the Giant's Causeway (UNESCO world heritage site) and other many popular tourist attractions in that area.
We need help mostly with the garden. Tasks will include weeding, pruning, planting and clearing. Inside on a wet day general help around the house and a hand when we are preparing meals is always appreciated. We are hosting our daughter's wedding at home in July 2020 and will need extra help to prepare for that event.
Workaways will stay in our house, living as part of the family. We can provide single or shared bedrooms as required, we have a large house with plenty of space.
We have 2 sitting rooms so Workaways are welcome to spend the evening with us or have time to themselves if they prefer. We have a 'smart TV' with Netflix etc and for those who like to be more active in their free time we have a tennis court, table tennis table, pool table and snooker.
Breakfast is usually between 8 and 9am, it will be available to 'help yourself'. Lunch will be around 1pm and is usually soup or sandwiches, salads etc.
We have our main cooked meal In the evening which we will eat together usually around 8pm. We enjoy cooking and have a varied diet which includes the fresh produce from our garden. We are meat eaters but happy to accommodate different diets and will provide ingredients for those who are keen to cook during their stay.
There is always tea/coffee and toast available for snacking between meals.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week