We are a family of 4 living up in the hills, just outside Llanidloes, mid-Wales. We live in a farm house, with beautiful views around the valley. There is a very large garden with vegetable plot and polytunnels. We have only been in the house for 18 months and so are working to bring the veg garden (which was very overgrown) into a good organic growing system and make a few simple improvements inside the house.
Workaway help is mainly needed in the gardens, but there are also odd jobs around the house for if the weather is too awful and at another offsite allotment.
This area is beautiful for walking and cycling. The town has a lot of independent shops (volunteer ran organic fruit and veg shop, bookshop, veggie cafe etc etc), there are a lot of alternative things to do, lots of musicians and opportunities to get involved in the community. Further afield, within an hours drive there are some of the country's most beautiful beaches, lots of walks, lakes and reservoirs, mountains.
Andy runs a small artisan bakery in the town and Leanne is a freelance graphic designer. We moved to this area to live more simply whilst trying to learn new skills, however somehow this has lead to us being very busy!! We are often not around, so you will need to be quite self motivated and able to work independently.
The accommodation is a double room in the house, or camping in the garden, so we can host singles/2 people happy to share or families. All have worked out well here so far! There is space in the room to put upto 2 kids on eg camping mats on the floor.
We have 2 children aged 7yrs and 3yrs who we are home-educating, so we welcome travelling families who would like to join in our home ed activities.
The house is a 100 year old farm house, we have only moved in late 2016 and the house could do with a bit of TLC (we are working on it, but certainly don't expect to be coming to a perfectly presented neat and tidy house, ha ha). Despite the element of mess, it is a great space with a large communal kitchen/dining area which you are welcome to hang out in.
Andy works very early (from around 4am) so we can be quite quiet in the evenings, on the days he bakes at least. We have a separate lounge which we usually tuck ourselves away in on an evening to get a bit of headspace before bed. On non baking evenings we might be more up for hanging out (and the odd glass or two of wine/cider) depending how exhausted we all are!
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We see workaway as a cultural exchange, not just free workers! So we are happy to help you out with travel plans, local information etc etc. We travel into or out of town most days, so may be able to give you lifts to places to explore on your days off.
Organic gardening and sustainable living. We are learning, but still have knowledge to share. We are well connected with people in the town who are skilled in these areas, so would be able to hook you up with people if you have specific interests.
If you have an interest in baking, some work experience with Andy may be possible, or certainly lots of talk about bread!
Home Ed families, or families thinking about Home Ed are very welcome to come join in our activities. It may be interesting to see how we manage to juggle home edding 2 kids, maintain a massive garden and both still work (part time - we are not magicians!).
Would suit anyone trying to work out how to to escape the rat race and create themselves a viable alternative Mid Wales lifestyle.
If you would like to apply to come stay with us, please tell us what interests you about our profile, no general copy and paste requests - we like to host people who have an interest in our situation.
Jobs are varied - in nice weather we try to do outdoor tasks eg
- preparing beds for planting
- wood chopping
- gathering kindling
Indoor tasks include:
- cleaning/hoovering etc
- help with meals/washing up
- preserving produce
- fun projects with children
English, French (Andy is fluent), Welsh (basic)
A double room in the family home, or camping in the garden if preferred - tent can be provided. The room is large enough to put sleeping mats on the floor if you are travelling as a family. The room is on the ground floor, so separate from our family bedrooms.
The house is a 100 year old farm house, we have only moved in late 2016 and the house could do with a bit of TLC (we are working on it!), but it is a great space - large communal kitchen/dining area which you are welcome to hang out in. Central heating and wood stoves etc. Beautiful garden with outdoor dining table. A bit chaotic with us juggling kids, work, gardening and general family life, but we are happy.
Llanidloes is a beautiful small town with lots of independent shops, a veggie cafe and events venue, The Old Mill.
There are local buses to Shrewsbury, Rhayader and Aberystwyth.
The nearest train in Caersws, we could pick you up from here.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day, 5 days a week