Bill works as a General Manager in Research and Elspeth works as a PA.
We have some two dogs, one cat, some chickens and tropical fish. So someone who likes animals is a must.
The main home is a beautiful, private, period residence overlooking the sea in Cork Harbour, with extensive garden and this garden requires lots of attention. Also DIY and painting may be required.
The smaller house is a brick built 130 year old house with lovely trees and a small but private garden. General maintenance may be needed here.
Cobh is a very attractive, historic town. It was the last port of call of the Titanic and receives up to 70 plus cruise ships each summer.
There are lovely restaurants and bars in Cobh. Many tourist attractions in neighbouring towns i.e. Blarney Castle, Midleton Jameson Distillery, Kinsale Gourmet Food.
Cobh is well equipped with sports clubs i.e. tennis, golf, gym. It has a rail link to Cork city which is 22km away.
We are both vegetarians! So would prefer if you were too, but not essential.
Use of private wooden outboard boat is available but your need your own insurance.
Private large bedroom with beautiful sea view is offered.
Non smoker preferred.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
You will have the opportunity to learn new languages i.e. English, Irish and German.
See wonderful historic sights in the locality i.e. Titanic museum, Blarney Castle, Cork English Market.
Experience local culture i.e. traditional Irish music and local theatre.
Sporting events i.e. Irish Hurling and Gaelic football, etc.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
The project is to maintain the mature gardens over the summer.
General up keep of grounds, cutting back of shrubs, replanting flower beds, etc.
Indoor painting projects in the big house.
The gardens in main house are extensive and there are a lot of heavy projects, cutting back bushes and general upkeep of plants and grass. There is also an area to clear in the orchard and a project to make a workable compost heap.
So someone who likes gardening is a must.
There is a second smaller garden that could also do with some tasks DIY and garden help and indoor painting in that house too.
Some small tasks in the main house like painting and perhaps you can show us your cooking skills too (remember we don't eat meat).
This host offers a language exchange
French - Elspeth is totally basic, but open to learning. German - Bill would like to brush up his skills.
Private large bedroom with beautiful sea view is offered in large home.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided, but it is up to yourself to make it.
You will be working on your own during the day.
Evening meals will most likely be with one of us, except from Monday and Wednesday nights.
Weekends will be free to do as you wish.
Good local bus and train service in to Cork city and beyond.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Small camper van could be facilitated.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week