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My husband and I recently moved to a bungalow and 17 acres in North Norfolk near the amazing beaches of Holkham and Brancaster. We are from London and New Zealand, are both 51 and retired with 4 dogs, 4 horses and a cat.
WE CURRENTLY HAVE AVAILABILITY FROM 24TH JAN, THROUGHOUT FEBRUARY, UNTIL 5TH MARCH.
Also we have availability from mid April to mid May.
The property is a modern bungalow, south facing with gorgeous views over the land and the adjoining common but there is lots to do in terms of setting up the land for the horses. Fencing, weed management, painting, tree planting etc. We bought a tractor recently and we hire in people with diggers and larger tractors for the big jobs.
We are aiming to create an eco property that is fairly self sufficient with rain water collection, solar panels, etc
The dogs are Hungarian Vizslas and the horses include 2 Arabs, an American Qtr Horse and an American Paint. We ride on the beaches regularly with the dogs running along. Also we can ride directly off the property onto the common and many bridleways and greenways.
We moved to Norfolk for the beaches, wildlife (barn owls, kites, hares, seals) and wide open spaces of rolling hills, big skies, marshland and numerous public paths and bridleways such as the Peddars Way and North Norfolk Coastal Path. The beaches equal anything in NZ or Australia. We regularly swim the dogs in the river at Burnham Overy where there is a busy sailing club and we walk to Scolt Head on a low tide. The beaches run for miles - about 8 miles ride from Brancaster to Hunstanton, mostly empty of people.
Getting here from London would be Stansted Airport by train (leaves every hour) to Kings Lynn and a pick up from there. Otherwise we can collect from London (City Airport), Stansted or Norwich Airport if it matches with our schedule.
We have just said good bye to our 4th workawayer, Maxime, from the French Alps and in early January we welcome our 5th workawayer, Lauren, from Paris. Our third workawayer, Rebecca, visited us from Milan and enjoyed improving her riding on my bay Arab. Before that we hosted Alice from Rome for nearly 4 weeks and she had a great time riding my Palomino Arab on the trails as well as training her. In August we hosted Chiara from Milan and she immediately fitted into the animal family - she was cantering my bay Arab on the beach on her second day with us !
Workawayers who apply to stay with us MUST BE CONFIDENT AND EXPERIENCED HORSE RIDERS (ideally 5 years or more) OR MUST BRING ACTUAL HANDS ON DIY, gardening, building, fencing or similar experience. Please do not over estimate your experience or capabilities.
We are looking for people with a positive, high energy, 'can do' attitude that add 5 hours of value per day. The ability to work as hard as we do is rewarded with the time made available to ride the horses on the beach and trails. Work hard, play hard. You have your own large bedroom and private bathroom, eat all meals with us and are treated as one of the family. We expect you to participate in household tasks such as washing dishes, vacuuming and cleaning.
We expect to continue hosting through 2020 so please get in touch if you are interested.
Help in the house
Travellers will enjoy a relaxed environment with friendly well cared for animals and a natural whole health approach to human and animal wellbeing. My husband is a great cook and a good mechanic and handyman. I'm into natural healing and natural horsemanship. The horses are barefoot, 2 ridden western and 2 in endurance saddles. The dogs are fed a raw diet of chicken carcasses, dog bones, offal etc.
North Norfolk suits our love of nature, beaches and warm weather. The sea has great healing properties for all the animals and for us too.
Travellers have the opportunity to learn about nature, natural healing, horses and dog training and care, mechanics, building, land management and lots more.
Most of our workawayers have been experienced horse riders who wish to benefit from the great horse riding (beaches and off road tracks and farmland) on our lovely well trained horses.
With our first workawayer in August 2019, we rode together most days on the local trails or on the beach. We spent plenty of time on teaching / learning English throughout the day. We discussed horses and horse riding because Chiara was a confident novice, still learning. Over dinner we discussed many subjects such as food and life in Italy compared to life in England. We had a visit from my animal osteopath for one of the dogs and the horses. Other activities included beach walks, swimming, visiting the vet and butcher etc, days out to Lincolnshire and to Sovereign Quarter Horses in Cambridgeshire.
The animals are our top priority and horse care tasks (taking 2 hrs per day) include feeding horses, lots of pooh picking from the fields with a wheelbarrow, pushing a wheelbarrow with water to the horse paddocks, sweeping up old hay, changing rugs on the horses, turning out and bringing in the horses. Also dog walking, house cleaning, washing dishes, handyman and DIY / general farm tasks such as fencing, planting trees etc.
WORKAWAYS NEED TO BE VERY FIT, ACTIVE AND STRONG as the work is physical in all weathers outdoors.
Our location suits people who love nature and have experience with horses and dogs.
We backpacked the world for a few years in our 20's and 30's so we enjoy meeting people from all over the world. With all the animals we now stay at home and enjoy having people to stay with us.
We would like help for 25 hrs a week per person for a minimum of 3 weeks on a flexible basis as the daily schedule changes but it does involve horse care 7 days a week. Time off is flexible - week days are best for train and bus travel to see the cities of Norwich, Cambridge etc. If you are staying longer, you might want to travel to other places for a few days at a time.
WORKAWAYERS SHOULD BRING waterproof shoes or boots for working outside, relaxed outdoor clothing, swim wear, sunglasses, warm clothing and rain coat, work gloves and horse riding clothing (helmet, boots, chaps, jodphurs, gloves).
Expect to get dirty, wet and dusty as you are working with animals on a farm !
We have enjoyed hosting individual workawayers and have a double bedroom with ensuite private bathroom for the workawayer's own use (no sharing required).
We will provide most meals. Other times just help yourself. Sometimes we just snack on humous and veg or have a tuna or burger salad but most days we have a hot meal of baked fish or fish and rice, chicken curry, lamb roast, spaghetti bolognese etc.
Breakfast is either home made muesli, or a fry up of bacon, eggs, sausages etc (an English breakfast).
We can buy your favourite cereals and foods with our weekly grocery delivery.
We are happy for a workaway to cook a few of their favourite meals !
Things to Do:
There are buses to Wells (seaside village), Fakenham (market town) and Burnham Market.
We can drop you off at bus stops for Kings Lynn and Norwich visits.
From Kings Lynn workawayers can take a train to visit Cambridge or London.
A car is a great help but a bicycle is a joy to ride - there are many cycling events held here.
The beaches (swimming, running, paddle boarding, kite surfing) and marshes are the big attraction plus there are lots of restaurants and cafes in Burnham Market and Wells.
There are lots of bridleways and public footpaths in our village, immediately off our property.
Apart from the animals, there are only the 2 of us, no kids. We enjoy the company of people with a 'can do' attitude and varied life experiences. We are constantly on the go and rarely sit down. We have good wifi and technology but never watch TV as we are too busy doing stuff outdoors in the summer. In winter we enjoy watching a few series on Amazon Prime with the wood burner going and 4 dogs on the rugs and sofas.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hrs a week flexible timing
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