My husband and I have five adult children and seven grand-kids. We live on 10 acres in a rural part of Vancouver Island called Cobble Hill.
We live a rustic home surrounded by forest and mountain. We got chickens, ducks, a goose and a dog.
We are a friendly couple. We love to travel and meet new people. We are looking for independent self-starters who take initiative in helping around the house and helping also into my cleaning business.
I, Anita, am a trained Home Economics teacher originally from the Philippines. I have a small cleaning business. I love to cook, bake and go to garage sales. I know where all the good deals are. Rick is a logger who loves to hunt and fish. He loves to talk. So if you are looking for a serene place to stay, have good food and good company, we are the hosts for you.
We both work outside the home and need help especially for my business cleaning the help, I like someone energetic, hardworking, honest, reliable, trustworthy, good of organizing too, capable of seeing and handling whatever work that needs to be done, very thorough when it come to cleaning, and love garden work and tidying up the yard.
We know many workaway families in the area. A one week stay is optimal for us, however, if it works out, we could extend your stay to one, two weeks or month depend on your ability.
Non-smokers only, please.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
You will have a chance to experience living amongst the forest in our cabin and enjoy wholesome food.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We need help organizing stuff around the house.
We are open to any ideas you may have to help us improve our home renovations.
The yard needs some weeding and just tidying up.
We need you to help gather wood and cut wood for the wood fireplace.
If you like to cook, you are welcome to the kitchen. We would love to taste your homeland special food.
If you prefer to work longer days, you can have more days off.
I need help for my cleaning business, dusting, mopping, vacuuming, and whatever that to be done .
We have a spare room with queen bed with TV and bathroom beside it.
We also have a big yard, if you have a camper.
We live on an edge of a dairy farm on a 10 acre property on a rural country road.
The village centre is four kilometres away, 5 minutes by car or 15 minutes on bicycle.
A local mountain called Cobble Hill for hiking, biking, etc is 10 minutes by foot. Duncan is 15 minutes north by car. Victoria is 25 minutes south by car.
Here's more info on our village.
The slow pace and old-fashioned country life in this tiny agricultural village has attracted an influx in recent years of skilled winemakers, chefs, organic farmers, and artists and artisans. Several well-known wineries are located in Cobble Hill, including Glenterra Vineyards, Venturi-Schulze Vineyards and Cherry Point Vineyards, known for its fine blackberry dessert wines and summer concerts in the vineyard. Cobble Hill is also home to Merridale Ciderworks, producers of traditional ciders and distillers of a Calvados-style apple brandy. Visitors can spend a night in a yurt here, have a pedicure in the vinegar room and dine on fresh local cuisine on the bistro deck. Horseback riding is a popular pastime along the Koksilah River to the Kinsol Trestle. There is scenic hiking and mountain biking on the network of trails criss-crossing Cobble Hill Mountain, offering lofty views at the top across the Cowichan Valley to the Gulf Islands.
More info on the region:
The Cowichan Valley is nestled comfortably between two mid-size city markets-Victoria, with a population of 320,000 to our south and Nanaimo, population 80,000 on our north. We're located on Vancouver Island, on Canada's west coast and in the Province of British Columbia. There are mountains and the rugged, Pacific Ocean coastline and famed West Coast Trail of the Pacific Rim National Park on our west side; valleys with virgin forests in the middle; and on our eastern shore, some of the richest agricultural land in the province that rolls down to meet the sea.
With the highest mean temperatures in Canada, soil rich enough to grow virtually any crop, a full range of recreational and business services, the Cowichan Valley region is a favourite place to live on Vancouver Island. Towering forests, numerous beaches and unique marine hamlets, plus some of the largest and most popular fresh water lakes on Vancouver Island have made the Cowichan Valley a favourite destination for decades.
How to get to us....
FROM DOWNTOWN VICTORIA:
Take the BC Transit Commuter Bus 99 (only M-F) ($8) to the last stop called Cobble Hill Station and Fisher Road. Email us or text us in advance so we can meet you at the bus stop.
Alternatively, take the Greyhound bus (about $15) to Mill Bay or Duncan. Email us or text us in advance so we can pick you up.
BY FERRY - best route:
Coming from north of Vancouver, you can take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay (North Vancouver) to Departure Bay (Nanaimo) 8–14 times a day, depending on volume. ($15 walk -on) Then take Island Link bus ($28 one way) to Mill Bay for pickup.
**PLEASE TRY TO ARRIVE BY DINNER TIME ON YOUR FIRST DAY WITH US SO WE HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO VISIT WITH YOU BEFORE BEDTIME..**
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours a day, 5 days a week