Escape busy life in our 17th century converted home near Dartmoor National Park, Devon, United Kingdom


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    Available NOW, Oct 2021:

    We are looking for some last minute help. Currently, Lucy is working overseas, and so it is just Rob and our lovely dog Maurice at home. Rob is really easy going and friendly, and Maurice will be your best friend for life - he is adorable.

    The house is really calm - a nice place to do a bit of mindful DIY and escape busy life. If you have some DIY experience, great. If not, and you are willing to learn - Rob is a bit of a pro so can teach you some really great DIY skills for life.

    The tasks mostly include painting walls and windows, a day or two of garden clearance (if you enjoy that sort of thing), occasional dog walking, and other small DIY tasks

    If you're interested, get in touch, and we can set up a quick Skype call.


    We live in a friendly village with great bus links and lovely neighbours, as well as lots of active outdoor groups that you can find on Facebook (just ask us!), to meet other people easily.

    And Rob can show you around the area too - mostly on hikes and trails with Maurice, on or around Dartmoor National Park (See wild ponies, sheep that walk down the road, and highland cattle.)

    We prefer to eat really healthy food, and like to host people who join in with meals and conversations, as well as have their own space when they want it. If you enjoy cooking healthy nutritious meals - the kitchen is all yours!

    You can reach us easily from any of the main UK airports, using National Express coaches, or the trains. We can usually collect you from Exeter, our nearest city, or for less than £5, you can get the bus which stops almost outside our house - it is a lovely journey and if you sit on the top deck, you will get lovely countryside views!


    More about us:

    Rob is a fire-engineer, DIY pro and Mountain Rescuer, and Lucy is a homeopath. Rob can teach you carpentry and DIY skills, and Lucy can teach you about sustainability, permaculture and natural medicine.

    We are looking for calm, tidy, happy individuals with a great attitude, who are happy to be an active part of the household. We like to think this describes us too!

    We ask that you tidy up after yourself as you go, in the kitchen for example.

    We have been Workawayers ourselves, and want to give back the experience, so we can show you round the area and send you off on adventures too.

    Our goal one day is to be self sufficient, with organic food and natural health.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We know all the secret and best spots on Dartmoor National Park, for walking, wild camping, wild swimming, kayaking, cycling and SUP boarding. So we can show you around and take you on some lovely tours.

    Rob is on the Mountain Rescue team so knows the moor really well - you can also learn a bit about Mountain Rescue and the Devon way of life.

    We can also take you out 'Dartmoor Letterboxing.' It is like the original geocaching, and it started here in Devon in 1854.

    Lucy is a homeopath and wilderness counsellor. She is into all things permaculture, natural, organic, composting and recycling and is happy to skill share with anyone!

    Lucy also helps to runs a large local, outdoor network, so there are always other people up for outdoor activities, if you want to make friends locally.

    Rob loves doing ultra-marathons, outdoor challenges, on bike or foot, running or walking, so would be more than willing to take you out on some adventures - maybe you could enter a local event with him?

    We don't have chicken's yet, but thats in the plan. There is a large chicken run, waiting to be uncovered from the wild garden and weeds...! And a green house and veg bed waiting to be loved. We have lots of organic seeds that need to be sowed. There are horses in the field next to our house, and plenty of wild horses on Dartmoor. In fact, wild everything on Dartmoor, including sheep, highland cattle, ponies and some pretty wild people too!

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    We live in a 17th century converted pub, (now our home) - the garden is wild, and we are restoring it bit by bit, as sustainably and traditionally as we can. There are lots of walls to be painted at the moment! But it’s a calm, relaxed house so a nice mindful task.

    We would love to host people with experience of DIY, gardening, building, architecture etc, as we think it will be a really interesting experience for them. However a keen helper who is not shy of the British weather will equally enjoy staying with us, and we can teach you load of great life DIY skills!

    We are very easy going, and aside from the work experience, we would like to welcome you as part of our home, as well as joining in with your share of cooking and washing up etc.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

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  • Accommodation


    Your own, sunny room in our lovely home. We live on a natural spring, which means the water is delicious to drink, but we have to keep showers really short.

    We enjoy eating meals together, and provide all your meals.

    Breakfast and lunch you can make as it suits you. And evening meal we tend to eat together, however we can usually either offer you a set budget to buy your own food for the week if you prefer, or we can share the cooking and eating food together.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Getting to Devon is really easy from all of the UK airports and cities. National Express coaches, or The Train Line website, list all the coach and train services, to get you to Exeter. There is then a bus directly to our village.

    We live in an amazing part of the world!

    Our village has a rural bus service, ideal for local day trips, or to get into Exeter city for onward travel. There are no buses in the evening, nor on a Sunday, but they do run to the next village, a short drive away. There is a pub in our village, and plenty more locally.

    It is easy to camp, wild camp or wild swim on Dartmoor, and there is so much countryside, public footpaths and beaches to explore (the beaches are further away, but would make a good day trip or weekend trip. The North Devon beaches are great for surfing).

    The small city of Exeter is about 45mins on the bus, with plenty to see and do - it is a university city, with a beautiful cathedral and a lovely quay to the mouth of the river Exe, where you can kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board and cycle.

    We have a medium-sized food shop in the village that sells everything, and a big supermarket and nice shops and coffee shops, in Crediton, about 6 miles away on the bus route.

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    • 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

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  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

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

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