Help us at our House and garden in a pretty village in rural Dorset, UK


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  • Description


    We live in a detached property in about 5 acres of land in a small and pretty village in Dorset.
    I am a semi retired therapist/ teacher and am unable to do this work at the moment along with other charity work and end of life care because of Covid.
    I enjoy yoga and Pilates and normally run a chair based exercise class for some friends in my Studio. This has also been interrupted with the current situation.
    My husband John runs a comprehensive nursery/plant centre on site . He has a special interest in Hellebores,Delphiniums and Roses. Since lockdown I have been helping him with marketing and office work at the centre. i am enjoying writing articles for our village magazine on various plants.
    We have a rescue cat called Flash and a Yorkiepoo dog called Coco, now almost a year old. she would love more attention and occasional walks.
    We have two married sons who live in Singapore and Italy and two Grandchildren.
    We have a couple of large sheds that we need help with clearing out / recycling and renovating. Gardening around the house and Studio is always necessary and some help with general maintenance,painting etc. would also be helpful. Computer help would be good , organising files and photos.
    We live in a beautiful area with lots of walks and cycling routes and not too far from large towns of interest and the sea. We have always enjoyed showing workawayers areas of local interest although this might be restricted at this time. There is a bus route to local towns. We have plenty of parking space if you have a car.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Help with English language and exploration of the Dorset countryside and south coast.
    Learning about plants and general horticulture if interested and about complementary therapies etc.


  • Help


    We need help with general garden and house maintenance, decorating,painting if applicable. Spring cleaning and clearing out of cupboards ,sheds, recycling etc.
    Occasional help with dog walking.
    Possibly some basic cooking ,mostly for yourself .
    Help with computer.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Single or double bedroom and shower facilities etc. in a private area .Own kitchen facilities if needed. Wi Fi access available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are situated in a pretty village in rural Dorset with shop/ post Office ,school , church and pubs an Organic farm shop with cafe and art gallery and a trailway to local towns if you like walking/ cycling. Bicycle available.
    We are approximately 3 miles from nearest small town which has theatre/cinema facilities , a market , museum etc.
    We have a village hall and community Centre which hold regular activities.
    Limited bus service from the village to towns 6 to 8 miles away. Train station about 20 m by car. Airport about 20 miles away. We are about 20 miles from the south coast.

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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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours per day (max 25hours/week)

Host ref number: 225433556232