We are a large family living about 2 kms outside of a very small village in County Wexford, Ireland.
*️*️*️What we really need help with at the moment is housework: laundry, ironing, washing dishes, cleaning floors.*️*️*️
There is Ulick Snr, the dad and me, Teresa, then there are 5 kids, ranging in ages from 13 to 19, the eldest moved out already and the second eldest is moving out this summer, after he finishes school he is going travelling. There are also 6 alpacas with 2 more babies due summer 2019, 4 dogs and 2 cats.
We host with other sites, we enjoy meeting new people and spending time with them, hearing about their travels and learning from different viewpoints. Because we are so many and both Ulick Snr and I are so busy, we thought that it might be nice to still host people who would like to learn a new skill from us, practice their English, experience life in Ireland……. And maybe also help us out. There are many areas we could use help with, some chores are regular, ongoing like housework and feeding the dogs and cats, others are more once of things like fixing or building new fencing for the alpacas or fixing a dog kennel. At the moment, we would love to have help in our garden, there is a lot of digging and planting to be done.
I am a chef and work in The Candied Hazelnut in Waterford City. It is a gluten and peanut free and plant based restaurant so there’s an opportunity there for anyone looking to gain some skills in a kitchen, although I have a full staff and am not looking for help in the restaurant, I think it would be a good opportunity for anyone interested in that area.
Ulick Snr is a chemical engineer and commutes about 1.5 hrs each way to work. Ulick is very hands-on around the house and land, he tends the animals, the fruit trees, berry bushes etc
Conn is the eldest, he is 19, and lives in Wexford town. Fergus is next, he is 18 and will be finishing school this year and travelling for a while. Muireann is 16 and Lassy is 15, they both go to the same girl’s school in New Ross
Ulick Jnr is 13, Ulick Jnr is on the autistic spectrum and his behaviour can be challenging at times.
The house is about 2 km outside of Adamstown, Co Wexford.
About 22km from Wexford town.
20 from New Ross and 45 from Waterford City.
There is no public transport near our home but we can drive you to get buses or trains if/when you want to go sightseeing.
At the moment we are hosting our visitors in the sitting room on a very large and very comfy sofa (it is leather so might not suit vegans), this room is not used by the family when guests are staying with us, we have a large kitchen and living room to gather in. We sometimes have a bedroom available, however the sitting room is very comfortable and our visitors all comment on how comfortable the sofa is to sleep on. We have had visitors who prefer to sleep in their own tents which of course we have plenty of space for.
I've clicked that we can accept more than 2 and also families because I don't want to exclude anyone and we will always try to work around things to make it happen if someone really wants to stay with us.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
The area in which our home is located is a very beautiful rural area, there are endless country walks to be enjoyed and it is a very peaceful place. Any visitor to our home is always welcomed like a member of our family and we truly hope they feel at home with us. We are happy to impart any skills and knowledge we have. With so many people in our family, visitors are bound to find things in common with us!
We really like the idea of having visitors from different parts of the world sharing everyday life with us.
I am a chef and so food and gastronomy are of great interest to me, I will enjoy cooking traditional Irish food for visitors and hopefully get to experience some of the dishes from their native lands. I am a good vegetarian and a not so good vegan, a lot of the food I prepare at home is vegetarian but there are 5 meat eaters in the house so there is always meat on offer at meal times.
We don't have any set length of time for visitors to stay but I think if a week was agreed on to start and we could extend if everyone was happy. Having said that, obviously I'm open to hearing visitors' ideas.
We always have things that need doing, a lot are once off or not very regular and the others are daily things. It would be great if we had visitors staying with us who really like the tasks we need help with, we wouldn’t like to have anyone feeling forced into doing tasks they don’t enjoy.
Making sure kids get to the school bus on time.
General housework. (Tidying and cleaning kitchen, hanging clothes to dry, ironing, washing dishes....)
Seeing to the animals, feeding dogs and cats, walking dogs.....
Helping kids with their Spanish, French and German languages.
Building additional fencing for the alpaca pastures.
Improving a dog run.
Establishing a new vegetable patch.
Pruning apple, plum and pear trees.
Sanding and painting some old furniture.
Foraging wild foods to preserve, make jams, pickle........
At the moment we are hosting our visitors in a sitting room on a very large and very comfy sofa (it is leather so might not suit vegans), this room is not used by the family when guests are staying with us, we have a large kitchen and living room to gather in. I hope to have a bedroom available soon, however the sitting room is very comfortable and our visitors all comment on how comfortable the sofa is to sleep on. We have had visitors who prefer to sleep in their own tents which of course we have plenty of space for.
There is a main bathroom which is shared with some of the kids, it has a shower and large bath.
The rest of the house is shared, anyone staying with us is welcome to use the kitchen, washing machine, TV etc as they wish.
None of us smoke and we don't want anyone smoking in the house, however, you are welcome to smoke outside.
There are lots of things to do in the area and public transport to areas further away.
We live just outside Adamstown, Co Wexford in a rural area, however, both Ulick Snr and I commute to Waterford and Clonmel respectively for work and visitors can always get a lift with us if they want to do some sightseeing.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week