Extra help needed to keep house, gardens and our dogs running in England, UK

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  2019 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi Workawayers!
    We live in the stunning Unisef World Heritage area of The Lake District in North West England, UK.We live in a traditional stone built house,surrounded by some of the most beautiful walks in the UK. We are also only 10mins walk from our local line train,which connects directly to the mainline in 15 mins.Manchester airport is an easy direct train journey.
    We live just a 10 minute walk from Lake Windermere,where you can find all kinds of fun activities to do.Kayaking,sailing,windsurfing,wild swimming etc.Throughout the Lakes you can find all kinds of extreme sports going on,rock climbing,mountain biking,zip wire etc etc.But also,peaceful walks,art,historic museums,a theatre by the Lake,great coffee shops and restaurants etc etc.Our home is close to local facilities,bank,chemists,post office,supermarket etc.We have several well established tour companies and two very helpful tourist information centres.
    Our youngest daughter still lives at home,but there's no childcare needed. We also have two,young,fit and lively dogs,who need lots of exercise.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We would be particularly ( but not exclusively) interested in anyone who has been born and raised in Scandinavia. We love the culture, people,ethos,architecture and food and we would like to start to learn a language from this area.One of our daughter's is thoroughly enjoying living and working in Sweden at the moment and I have had several holidays in Sweden,many moons ago! We would especially like to learn how to stack wood artistically and how to prevent our holz hausen from falling down!!!
    All the jobs I will ask you to do will be a combination of jobs I have been able to do myself,before I had trouble with my knee.So STRONG CAPABLE WOMEN are very welcome to apply, as well as men.Or perhaps you are a self contained couple who enjoy traditional work roles.I will consider all applications.However,in view of your accommodation being within our home, ( and not at the bottom of our garden in a cold caravan) I suspect I will favour MORE MATURE EXPERIENCED PEOPLE,who have left their party animal days behind.

  • Help

    Help

    I am due to have a knee operation this year and we will need help,before,during and after this,to keep everything running! We will need help with some of the MORE STRENUOUS TASKS in our home and gardens I work in. General house maintenance,window cleaning,painting,some deep cleaning etc. Mostly we need help in all the gardens,which will involve wood stacking,possible shrub and tree planting,digging planting holes,woodland clearance,path maintenance,weeding,bonfires,mowing lawns etc.
    I will be working with you most of the time,but an ability to work efficiently and maturely,without supervision will be highly valued.A really good 'Can Do',positive mental attitude is needed.Being USED TO WORKING OUTDOORS IS VITAL.You don't have to have much horticultural experience,as most of the work is simply tidying up and I will be there to help and guide you.More importantly and most appreciated will be versatile,non smoking, PHYSICALLY FIT helpers, with plenty of PRACTICAL/MANUAL WORK EXPERIENCE,common sense,resilience and self motivation.
    We would expect you to work 5 hours/day,5 days/week.After a period of getting used to one another and settling into a routine,we would be flexible with these hours if you wanted to have a long weekend break,visiting other areas.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We are able to accommodate a couple or travelling friends in a bedroom with a double bed ,shower and basin.Or we could accommodate a single person in a bedroom with a single bed.There is a shared WC with one other bedroom on the same floor.Both rooms are clean, recently redecorated, with new carpet throughout.This is a very high standard of accommodation,which we will expect you to respect.
    With two dogs and muddy gardening clothes,its important we all follow a few house rules,when it comes to keeping the dirt outside! We eat very simply,mainly vegetables,fish and chicken.But, we would be happy to experience more exciting dishes,within reason and budget, if you have a talent and passion for cooking.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are plenty of places to visit within the Lakes,you will be able to get comprehensive information on this from our tourist information centres.Further afield you may like to visit Lancaster,York,Hadrians Wall,Edinburgh and the North West Coast of Scotland for example.
    Having your own transport would be an advantage,especially for the 6 weeks after my operation, when I will be unable to drive.There are good bus and rail links close to our home.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week





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