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I have been doing the workaway thing for quite a while now and while inviting someone to your home can be challenging at times it has mostly been a good experience, and I have made some great friends - read the feedback that has been left. I am a single friendly and easy going guy and am in the process of restoring my 500 year old cottage on Rathlin Island, which is situated off the coast of Co Antrim. I am well travelled and have lived in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and New York. I spent a lot of last year crewing a rescue boat in Greece helping with the refugee crisis. The inside of the house is almost finished and I finally have central heating, hot water and most importantly wifi. There are 3 gardens and most are in jungle state but the main one is getting better every day. There is a lot of concreting to be done and some dry stone walling.
It is important that people who come to visit enjoy themselves. People who are open minded with a relaxed and chilled attitude and of course a good work ethic will get on fine here. It would be good it you are sporty, like to run, practice yoga, meditation or massage. If you are a good cook then jump to the front of the queue, my favourite time of day is a late dinner with good wine and great company. Please have the good manners to respond.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Rathlin is an amazing and beautiful Island with a population of around 140 people, everyone is friendly and welcoming, you will know almost everyone within a few days. You will have plenty of time to explore the island and socialize in the pub in the evenings, The bar on Rathlin is the centre of Island life. We have 2 kayaks and 2 bikes for guests to use when they want.
I do not have lots of money but I do have plenty of ideas, the garden is currently a jungle and needs sorted and there is a little light building to be done but nothing too hardcore. Some concreting and some dry stone wall building. I want to build a pollytunnel to grow vegetables.
The spare bedroom is available for workaway guests, it is small but really comfortable. There is also a Caravan at the side of the house so we have plenty of room.The electricity in the house is powered by an off the grid solar system, soon I will be installing a wind turbine and back up generator and I finally have broadband and wifi.
Rathlin is an amazing place and home to an RSPB bird sanctuary and 3 lighthouses and beautiful rugged scenery Ballycastle is the nearest town on the mainland and is close to the world famous Giants Causeway as well as many film locations from the Game of Thrones series. If you are lucky enough you may get to see the Aurora Borealis aka the Northern Lights.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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