Help with general maintenance and in the garden on my little island in Shepperton, UK


United Kingdom

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    I live on a beautiful island in the Thames and have the river at the bottom of my garden. This is a unique environment and great for those that enjoy being on or near the water and being very close to nature in a peaceful and relaxing environment. Uniquely, Central London with its bright lights is only 18 miles away and easily accessible by train. The Surrey countryside also offers so much and I have bikes which you can use to explore the surrounding area. I also have kayaks which you can use and a gym in the Summer House in the garden with a rowing machine, weights, bench etc. The house is always needing a little loving maintenance throughout the year I am looking for two people to help me with such tasks from painting and decorating and garden upkeep to maybe even small building projects. Anyone with a practical mind and hands on skills, with energy and (importantly) self motivated, will be welcome for a week or a month. I live in Shepperton, Middlesex, UK.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I can offer a lovely home environment with use of bikes. The Surrey countryside is well known for its amazing cycling opportunities. You can cycle to historic castles and palaces and spend days on tow path cycle routes.
    I have kayaks in the garden for use on the river at the bottom of my garden.
    If you are experienced you may be able to use my boat Evita (20hp motor River Cruiser) to enjoy a leisurely cruise to one of the many local waterside pubs of an evening!
    There is a gym in the garden with rowing machine and weights and an outside gym station.
    London is accessible within an hour into the centre from the nearest station at Shepperton or 30 minutes from Walton On Thames.
    Hamhaugh Island has a unique community feel, where we gather regularly throughout the year, particularly in the summer, to celebrate events and enjoy our amazing environment. We love visitors and they are always welcome!

  • Help


    You need to be able to think outside the box and be self motivated with energy and a yearning to see your project through to completion.
    If you have experience working in and maintaining gardens, plus planting it would be great! I always need some hedge cutting, digging, fence maintenance and weeding, grass cutting etc. as well as sowing and planting at different times of the year and harvesting and storing.
    It would be great if you had experience in decorating as I might need the inside and outside of the house painting (walls, ceilings and windows). This will depend on the time of the year and would include sanding and filling, sealing and undercoating as well as top coating. To do it properly you will need to have had experience.
    If you are good on a Mac then you can help answer some of my tech issues too!!
    Cooks and food lovers also please apply....sharing ideas of food and recipes over a glass of wine is a great way to spend some time.
    I would prefer 4-5 hours per day in the mornings/early afternoon and then you are more than welcome to go and explore. Really happy to negotiate timing flexibility if you have plans.

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  • Accommodation


    You will be staying in the house or in the cabin in the garden which has a small double bed, shower room and kitchen (see photos)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are unique towns and villages and islands and waterways and hills. There are pubs to access by boat or on foot. Historic landmarks all around. London 1 hour away.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week - I'm flexible on days

Kayaks to use and keep clean / maintain
Veg bed created by previous WorkAway. Veggies to plant and harvest and hedges to maintain
Fences to maintain or replace. Spare wood to up cycle - containers for plants?
The cedar wood hot tub in the garden
The peace and tranquility of island living
The mist rising at the lock on the way to the island
Pathway to island
The Lock at Shepperton
Getter cleaning and roof maintaining - window cleaning etc
Early morning view across the Weir Bridge on the way to the island

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