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We (My partner Ruby and me (Ross) and our 3 months old daughter Harriet) live on a little property in Central Victoria about 2 hours from Melbourne.
We have been here for nearly 3 years and are slowly chipping away at different projects from house fix ups to garden projects. Ross's background is in horticulture and landscape design and construction so we will be putting in a lot of effort to the gardens. He also teaches three days a week online. Ruby is a social worker however is currently on maternity leave. We also have two gorgeous dogs and chickens.
Our place is set on the edge of an ephemeral creek on about 4 acres of land at the bottom of a ridge. We have an old tavern from around 1860 (now a house), a fairly new studio and a bungalow and workshops on our property.
Ruby and I are both vegetarians and really like food!
We are a 5 minute drive the closest town Newstead where there is a general store and a cafe/pub. It is about a 20 minute drive to Castlemaine where you can get a train to Melbourne. We require all our guests to have a drivers license and be confident to drive in Australia. This allows you to get the most out of living regionally.
We are happy to host solo travellers or couples. If you have any particular skills/interests we will try our best to utilise these. We are easy going and looking for like minded/easy going and enthusiastic people to share our home with and help us continue to develop our dream home.
Some of the the tasks you may do:
- household chores such as washing, cooking, cleaning for our family home.
- odd jobs such as weeding, mowing, watering garden
- veg garden set up, general gardening.
- building compost toilet
- building outdoor shower/bath
- other random projects and property organisation
All our tasks and projects are for our family/family home.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
I teach landscape design and horticulture and have a garden design and construction business with international awards so can pass on skills in gardening, woodwork, metalwork, irrigation etc.
Most of the work at the moment will be odd jobs, some days it will be cleaning other times it might be chopping firewood, help in the garden, cooking. If you have particular skills though we would love to utilise them!
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We have a bungalow which is set up with a queen size bed for guest to stay. It has internet access, running water, TV, fireplace and a small kitchenette. The main kitchen and bathroom is in our house which is just near by. We do shared lunch/dinner in the main house as it has a full kitchen for you to use.
We run the place off of tank water and gas for hot water.
We are in between Castlemaine (small town in the goldfields) and Daylesford (in the foothills of the great dividing range) which are two fairly popular rural holiday spots in Victoria. There are plenty of hikes/walks, swimming holes, antique/vintage bazaars, cute towns, great cafes, pubs, wineries, weekend markets and local events to explore. It is best is you have a car or a drivers license to be able to fully explore the region at your own pace, however if you don't that's ok too... we will do our best to show you around!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have good working internet and happy for work-aways to work online if they need to. We do however have poor phone reception. If you have a newer model of phone you can utilise WIFI calling which means your messages and phone calls work through the internet rather then on the phone reception. Happy to answer any questions if you need to know more.
This host can provide space for campervans.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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