Come and join us, a menagerie of dogs, ponies and donkeys outside Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


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  • Description


    Nicky and her husband Robert live with their 5 children just outside Edinburgh. They embrace country life and all it offers and have a menagerie of dogs, ponies and donkeys onsite as well as their lawn mowers the shetland sheep. They are directors of a sculpture park (registered charity) set in the parkland surrounding the house.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    We are a Jacobean manor house within an 100-acre estate. The grounds house the wonderful sculpture park and anyone would be blessed to get the opportunity to stay somewhere like this. It has had the pleasure of working with many incredible artists, collaborating to make some of the most exciting contemporary sculpture in the UK. The challenges of melding art, nature and learning have been met and overcome, to create a place that is truly magical to visit.

    The culture of our home and estate is important to us and home, grounds, estate and charity teams get together weekly to enjoy a beer. We often work and play alongside the Workaway guests and we naturally exchange our interests in the world around us and are always interested to hear about their lives.

    To this end our place may be of particular interest to Workaways who derive joy from the sheer beauty of their surroundings.

  • Help


    We are looking for an eager and willing individual or couple to help with a variety of tasks from light building to gardening, animal care and general maintenance around the estate. We employ local staff to work on the estate/grounds -workawayers do not replace these locally employed staff.

    We also occasionally run an open day for the private garden for enthusiasts - this will be considered seasonal work and paid accordingly. No specific qualifications are required other than a 'can do' approach and an eagerness to meet and help alongside new people. Also, help with looking after the family dogs.

    Bed and board included. There is a local bus stop with buses running to Edinburgh and Livingston a local shopping hub.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Purpose built log cabin with 2 twin bedrooms. The accommodation is free. There is an allowance for food and usually our volunteers buy their supplies themselves or we go shopping together.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is a public bus stop at the bottom of the drive and this takes you directly to the centre of Edinburgh. We are only 10 minutes from Edinburgh Airport and the local tram stop so local transport links aplenty.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    There is wifi in the cabin with a decent speed.

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    Hours expected

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

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Host ref number: 222852952885