Great Pyrenees, home and garden care in a village near The Hague, Netherlands

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  • Description


    Accommodation Only* - 15 hours per week. Accommodation & Meals - 25 hours per week.
    *If you provide your own food/drinks, there is access to a fully fitted kitchen, utensils, porcelain etc.

    Duvets, sheets and towels are provided. The bedrooms are in the house, all with garden view, no accommodation is in a shed/barn/tent/caravan.

    Nearest train stations:
    1. The Hague (Den Haag) Holland Spoor
    2. The Hague (Den Haag) Centraal Station
    3. Rijswijk.

    Important points to know before sending a message:

    1. Location - Not for City Slickers:

    Village location near the beach on the west coast of The Netherlands - NOT suitable for those who prefer city life.
    (Travel - 10 minutes drive/20 minutes cycle from the beach, 20 minutes drive/40 minutes cycle to The Hague centre, 15 minutes drive/35 minutes cycle to Delft.) Nearest Tram Stops: Tram 9 - De Dreef or Tram 4 - De Uithof.
    (See for public transport information and timetable)

    2. Tasks Requested:

    Due to a spinal injury and cancer treatment, a mix of help looking after Ralph, a Great Pyrenees (see photo), chickens, housework and gardening.

    3. Accommodation Offered:

    Accommodation Only* - 15 hours per week. Accommodation & Meals - 25 hours per week. *If you provide your own food/drinks, there is access to a fully fitted kitchen, utensils, porcelain etc.

    4. Ability & Experience:

    Please specify that you are happy with the tasks listed and that you can perform the tasks (i.e. do not have an illness or injury that prevents you from doing these tasks). Please also specify whether you have experience with dogs, housework and/or gardening.

    5. How many hosts have you stayed with?

    6. Share one sentence as to why you would like to stay here and which task suits you best.


    Description of Tasks

    Gardening: Strength, ability & experience required.

    Great Pyrenees Ralph: Strength is required to walk this breed, please read up first before you apply! Brushing his fur and gentle short walks locally - not too strenuous exercise for giant breeds while they are still growing. He does go to the beach or park for off leash exercise. Experience with dogs absolutely essential for this task.

    House: Cleaning, including emptying/loading dishwasher, mopping the floor, other household duties. Some fun DIY projects that might be happening or which might interest you. General tidy up.


    When applying, please specify that you understand points 1- 4 above and point 5 should explain what appeals to you about this workaway project. Thank you!


    Other information:

    Over the last 16 years, I have restored a period villa in a little village near The Hague. Previously, I have worked in many different countries and for more than a decade for NGO's. Now I volunteer but, unfortunately, I have hurt my spine. This means that I am currently struggling to look after my beautiful garden and do little maintenance jobs. As this is such a wonderful location, near beautiful cities of culture and glorious beaches, I thought someone might like a holiday in exchange for some help. You can also enjoy wonderful, wholesome, local produce in this magical place. Al freso if the weather permits! I am a native English speaker but also speak Dutch. Location is 40 minutes cycling to The Hague or Delft, it is also possible to cycle to numerous trams and buses in the area. Collection from tram/bus possible.

    With my injury, I still volunteer for an NGO, so I often need to do work online every day. Sometimes I might have visitors and guests related to this NGO work but this will not impact your stay in any way. My background is as a tax consultant for a bank but I also have a degree in Psychology and Finance, which I use for my current volunteer work.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am a native English speaker, so I can help you improve your language skills - also if you wish to learn Dutch. The period villa is located near beautiful beaches and parks, and bikes are available to borrow. So, for those who wish to enjoy the outdoors, there is plenty to do. For those who love culture, musea and shopping; Delft, The Hague, Rotterdam are all relatively nearby. There is something for everyone, this is a beautiful, tranquil place. I have lived in several countries and love meeting travellers to share stories of adventures and experiences, looking forward to hearing yours and creating some new ones?

  • Help


    A mix of looking after the garden, house, Ralph and the chickens.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Private bedrooms, all with garden view, private bathroom for workawayers with rain shower and view of the garden. Use of living room and kitchen in the villa; and the terraces in the garden, of course! No smokers, no parties, no drugs, no bringing other people to stay.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is so much to do and see here. Apart from the villages and beaches nearby, sightseeing in Delft, The Hague, Rotterdam is also easily accessible by bike and public transport. You can cycle to numerous trams if you wish to visit other cities and villages.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Only on prior agreement.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    15 hours/week- Accom only * 25 hours/week - Accom & Meals

Host ref number: 314731442272

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