The stone built house is situated in farmland in a lovely peaceful part of County Mayo near lakes, mountains, bog land and forests and about half an hour's drive from the coast. The nearest village is 15 minutes walk away and there are a couple of bikes you can use to get around and explore the countryside. I am English but have lived in Mayo for some 45 years. I am retired and my three children live away from home now so I'd welcome some help in maintaining and further developing the medium-sized garden and starting an organic vegetable patch again. There are also several other building and renovation projects waiting to be done. I have a friendly cat and may get more hens - a mink/pine marten got the last three.
County Mayo is the third largest county in Ireland and is wild and beautiful. The local mountain area, the Nephin Beg range, was once described as "the loneliest place in Ireland" by the naturalist, Robert Lloyd Praeger and recently has been officially designated a 'Wilderness Area'. There is plenty to see and do: including hill-walking, woodland walks, beaches, bogs, ancient neolithic sites, the Wild Atlantic Way, fishing, surfing, diving, horse riding, historic houses to visit, music, Irish dancing, and artistic and cultural events to enjoy.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
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I believe in fostering goodwill and mutual understanding between people and will aim to make your stay pleasant and informative. I can help with improving your English if you wish and I speak a little French. I am also happy to give you lifts to town when I'm going, or to places of interest and cultural events that you may want to visit.
I would appreciate help for 3-5 hours per day/20 hours per week, on a flexible basis, depending on the weather, whatever else is going on, and on your own own travel plans. It would be great if you already have some gardening and/or building experience or skills.
There is a comfortable double bedroom with desk and an adjacent bathroom for your own use. Meals are provided but you are welcome to cook also. No smoking is allowed in the house.
There is much to see and do here, especially if you are interested in the outdoors: for example, flora and fauna, painting or photography, walking, mountain climbing, cycling, swimming, fishing, music etc. Within 20-60 minutes' drive away are various beaches, Ballycroy National Park, the Ceide Fields, Foxford Woollen Mills, seaweed baths, the North Mayo Heritage Centre, the National Museum of Country Life, and much more.
As already mentioned, there are bicycles you can borrow. The village is 15 minutes' walk away and has a church, supermarket, 2 pubs, a takeaway, and is starting a small Whiskey distillery. The nearest town is 10 km distant but public transport is limited. I will happily take you on my trips to town - as well as further afield to see local sights and cultural venues.
Knock Airport is 45 minutes away and bus and rail stations about 25 minutes distant.
When actively farming, I enjoyed having occasional volunteers, mostly agricultural students from Brittany. My neighbours and friends are pleased to meet visitors from other countries and are proud to share their Irish lifestyle and culture.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week