Eco building and vegan cooking with our family in Chilson Common, UK


United Kingdom

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  • Description


    Jim and Karen have a large family with a dog, 6 ducks and a pigeon! We have recently bought a small holding and are building our first home. We are converting a cucumber and tomato store into a wooden friendly eco home.
    James is a sculptor and illustrator and Karen is a keen gardener and cook.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Some of our family are fluent French speaking and happy to help with spoken English. We live near the Jurassic coast which is a world heritage site and a fascinating place to explore. We can show you around this beautiful part of England and welcome you as one of the family.
    You will learn house-building skills as we are used to teaching friends, family and workawayers, and become a pro in no time!
    We run a bronze sculpture business based on English classic literature so there are plenty of stories to share!

  • Help


    We are looking for help to finish our eco house using timber frame and hempcrete insulation. We have started the clay plaster and cladding so we would be very happy to have some help with these elements and also the floor hopefully nest month!
    We live in rural South Somerset, 10 minutes from Axminster railway and 20 minutes from the beautiful Jurassic coastline. We are looking for one or two outgoing, independent people with ideally some DIY/building experience and vegan cooking, most importantly a will to learn - if you don't have this experience, send a message anyway and we'll see if we fit!
    We have a wonderful large family and have our own smallholding. We all eat together in the evenings and share cooking using our home grown veg.
    We would love help with cooking too, we eat primarily a plant-based diet, with a focus on local and seasonal foods!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    French: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    Some of our family are fluent French speaking and happy to help with spoken English.

  • Accommodation


    Two small double bedrooms in static caravan with shared kitchen and shower.
    Access to shared facilities.

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    What else ...

    Several members of our family drive and we are always popping into town or doing school runs. There are plenty of beautiful sights to visit in all directions, for walking, swimming & exploring.
    We are also on a bus route.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 387716194758