Come and help us to improve our garden near Totnes, UK


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    We live in a cottage 4 miles outside of Totnes. We are surrounded by fields and countryside views.

    We have spent 2018 traveling across Canada with lots of Workaway stays and we would now love to host Workawayers. We love to meet new people and hear their experiences.

    We both work full time – although we do work from home some days. We are looking for people who will be happy helping with tasks on their own once we have discussed the tasks. We want you to enjoy what you do and we can prioritise tasks to suit what you enjoy.

    We would prefer if you are happy to spend 1 day of the weekend helping with us on the house/garden and the other day we would love to take you site seeing. We would like workawayers to undertake 4-5 hours work daily, 5 days a week, if you want to do an 8 hour day and take a day off that's also fine with us. If you want to help in the morning, we could pick you up at lunch time so you can explore Totnes. Cooking dinner and cleaning your room would be in your own time.

    We are very happy to host workawayers who just want to pop in for a few days or stay for a long while. We are also happy if you want to find a part time job while you stay with us. We can collect you from Totnes train station or bus stop, or if you are on the Bristol flyer bus from South Brent.

    We are close to Dartmoor, Totnes Buckfastleigh, Ashburton, Buckfast Abbey, beautiful beaches like Bantham and Bigbury. The cities of Plymouth and Exeter are a short train ride away. From our house you can walk along many public foot paths, there is a cafe and farm shop within walking distance. We have bikes you can borrow.

    We have recently purchased our cottage and the garden was very neglected. We have a design in mind for the garden, it's constantly evolving but the gist is it incorporates lots of space for fruit and vegetables while also looking attractive. We would love to share our ideas with you.

    You will have a nice small double room which has recently been decorated. You will have free use of the rest of the house with us, bathroom, study, kitchen and living/dining room. In the summer we have plenty of outside space if you wish to stay in a tent or your own campervan.

    We can provide gardening gloves, it would be sensible if you can bring a pair of boots or wellies you don't mind getting wet and muddy.

    We are very excited to hear from you.
    Christian and Emma

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are happy to share with you any skills we have: cooking, decorating, building, gardening, architecture, surveying, language practice. We would love to take you sightseeing across Devon.

  • Help


    We are mainly focusing on getting hedge plants and trees into the ground at the moment.
    We are also starting to sow veg and flower seeds.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, a little French, German and Italian.

  • Accommodation


    Within our home we have a small double bedroom for Workaways, this will suit a single, couple or friends who don't mind sharing. We can also put a fold out bed up in the study if you would prefer separate rooms.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have a pet dog who comes with us with us everywhere and loves people.
    We have 4 pet chickens who are organically fed and have free range time in the garden.

    We eat mainly vegetarian meals but we are happy to cater for other diets just let us know what you like.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

view from the landing window :) rolling Devon hills
view from the house
Winter 2018 lots of snow :)
Garden spring 2018
Christian and our dog
home grown veg summer 2019
Garden party summer 2019
The garden summer 2019

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