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** So now COVID is a little more settled and we sort of know what's going on, we're looking at starting taking visitors again. We've just had a change of plans and now have space over the next 6 weeks.
We will be unable to take people who come from quarantine countries, and there might be a few more things we need to do and a lot of things we can't (like big days out to certain places).**
We have a big 200-year old house on Dartmoor in the picturesque village of Lydford (Devon, England). We live deep in the countryside in one of the most beautiful areas of the UK.
The Macs have a young family comprised of two small super boys, one large empty-headed dog, one medium genius dog, one sinister killer cat and one friendly ginger bag of fluff lazy cat. The dogs need plenty of exercise and would happily go out ten times a day.
The nerdy Dad draws comics all day while Mum spends her time in the gym showing people how to pick things up and put them down again.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Any WorkAwayers would get to see a very rural side of the UK and experience what it's like to be part of a small village, its a very different way of life compared to the city; If your looking for nightlife and hustle and bustle...maybe look at another host.
We would love to help you improve your English and learn some of your languages.
Primarily we're currently fixing up our house and garden so inside we have lots of painting and decorating, woodwork and general DIY, we're also looking for someone who could teach our two young boys French (NOT essential but it would be a bonus).
Outside we have more woodwork, weeding, grass cutting, hedge trimming, managing veg-boxes, fixing/tidying/maintaining and such. We also have plans to build a patio, dig a plunge pool (we have a small sauna), dig a fire pit and rebuild our porch.
While the boys are in school (0900 - 1530) we like to fit in any jobs that need to be done. We usually relax on the weekends but we're very flexible and are happy to work out mutually acceptable times.
We have all the normal tasks that come with running a home cooking, cleaning, dog walking. We expect everyone to help with keeping the place tidy, clean up after themselves and help with preparing/cleaning up after meals.
In return, we offer a bedroom with a shared bathroom and all food/drink, including alcohol (although we only really drink alcohol at the weekends).
We have two large spare rooms in the house with double beds and a shared bathroom with a bath and shower. We have a washing machine and a tumble-Dryer and a large kitchen with a dishwasher and an Aga. Whenever the weather's good we enjoy having a barbeque or some smoked meat in the garden.
Our house is 95% finished so there are all the normal things you'd expect, hot water, heating, washing facilities etc.
We usually eat meals in the kitchen/dining room and plan to do most of the cooking but would love to try your special dishes.
There's a bus stop right outside the house that will take you to the two nearest towns (about 30 minutes away by bus) Tavistock or Okehampton. Tavistock is full of boutique shops, has a busy market, great coffee shops and cafes. Okehampton has some nice pubs, places to eat and a great little cinema. There are regular buses from both these places to take you to Exeter (a smaller city) or Plymouth (a big city). One of us will be driving into town most days so there's usually the chance for a lift.
We don't smoke, we're a bit geeky, we do drink, we exercise a bit too often we have a small gym and, living in a farming community, we eat a lot of meat (which is all ethically sourced from farms within 25 miles). Sometimes we get up early but most of the time it's pretty normal, we try to get the boys in bed by 1930 and get ourselves to bed at a reasonable hour.
We would be looking for 5 hours help a day, 5 days a week, as a maximum.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have good internet (30MBps) and completely understand that some people have their own things to do.
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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