Learn about organic gardening, helping at our home on the edge of the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland

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  • Last activity: 03/09/2022



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description



    I'm Michael, my husband and I and our two children (12 and 13) live in an old house in County Wicklow out in the woods on the southern edge of the Wicklow Mountains, but only an hour from Dublin city centre. We're a family of four humans, two dogs, four cats, eight chickens, and some four alpacas.

    We try our best to live by organic principles and don't use any poisons or pesticides. We're surrounded by woods with lots of great hiking trails all around us, Glendalough is 5 km away, the Wicklow Way is very close by, Brittas Bay is nearby too. Although the nearest village is 5km way there's also a wonderful hike through the woods to the village, and if you want to explore locally we do have bicycles. Lots to see and do here but we are out in the country so its a quiet lifestyle.

    We're interested in hosting people who want to work out in the garden and generally help outside, or who like to cook, or who'd be interested in helping teach the kids Spanish, French or German.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We hope visitors to our property will learn about organic gardening techniques and principles including composting, making organic fertiliser from nettles, growing seed and using homemade non-toxic sprays to control weeds.
    We're keen to help any visitors improve their english language skills and perhaps even teach them some gaeilge (irish language), and show them some traditional Irish food and drink.
    The ancient monastic settlement of Glendalough is only 5km from our house. Visitors can explore the site and learn about a part of Ireland's rich history.
    Wicklow town is about 15km away and has a great exhibit in the old jail that showcases more recent Irish history and features some famous locals too.
    Wicklow is full of ancient monuments and standing stones and is right in the heart of Ireland's Ancient East. It's right here on our doorstep just waiting to be explored.
    Additionally we are surrounded by walking trails and hikes so visitors can explore the natural beauty of the country and see unspoiled Irish woods and rivers.
    We're hoping our family will learn from the visitors about their country, their traditions and maybe some of their native dishes.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Depending on the time of year we need help with different things. There's always a fence to be painted or repaired, a vegetable bed to be weeded, an area getting overgrown that's in need of love. Generally, we're looking for some help with gardening: weeding, digging, , turning compost, watering etc; But we always need help with general maintenance too: fencing, painting cleaning and organising sheds and garage; occasionally a bit of babysitting and some light house chores. It really all depends on the season.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Spanish, German, and French

  • Accommodation


    The travellers will have a bedroom with its own bathroom in the house, it's a large room with three beds (two double one single) and depending on how many people are staying the room maybe shared or may not. We eat together, family style. We provide all the food but encourage visitors to choose a night and cook a favourite dish or a dish traditional to their country or region that everyone can share.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There's a bus service to the local towns and villages of Wicklow town, Laragh, and Gleneally. From there you can get to Dublin etc. The Wicklow mountains offer terrific hikes, scenery, biking trails.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • 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.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 424872921366

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