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Your resort style room with its own bathroom opens onto the garden ! There is potential to earn some money in the vineyards next door too ! Wake up to a spectacular view of riverside mountains and have a cool morning swim or sauna to start your day !
We are looking for one or two easy going people who would like to join us on our award winning property close to Canberra in exchange for some help around the place. We love great food and wine and our guests are treated to a varied and tasty menu that changes from day to day. We have a great wine cellar and bar where our neighbours and friends often join us for fun! (You can test your musical talents too...)
We prefer fun loving , willing people to help with a lot of different activities on our substantial riverside property. There is always plenty to do but there is a lot of fun too ! You will see from our reviews that we care about our guests and ensure they enjoy being here! The weather is cool this time of the year but the open fire and heated floor makes it bearable !
Close to the National Capital we are lucky to be on the beautiful Murrumbidgee River which is popular with all the horses and other animals. Right now the Red Angus cows and calves are ready for tagging and drenching.
You can learn an awful lot about the Australian way of life and the environment is a natural Haven, especially if you love photography, trekking, swimming, canoeing, cooking , and observing the abundance of wild life.
Our guests often do a range of different things which include..... gardening, cleaning, painting, house keeping, laundry, (looking after our big beautiful Maremma dog Sophia and Oscar the cat), cooking, domestic maintenance, carpentry, driving the tractor and trucks, maintaining the pool, irrigation repairs or fencing...you can plant trees and vegetables in the garden ; maybe you can teach 5 year old Jack Piano or guitar or get the internet to work better !
The estate is a property on 80 Hectares (200 acres) of land and is only a 3 hour drive to Sydney and enjoys vivid colours, beautiful views and spectacular countryside. It is a 2 ½ hour drive to the beach in summer and the snow fields in Winter time. It is now Bon Fire time and we are clearing a few piles of timber in readiness !
The homestead was awarded the Master Builders House of the year in 1994 . Since then it has been continually developed and we are constantly working on maintaining the irrigation system and gardens . We enjoy having friends and family occasionally coming for holidays and birthday parties. Accommodation is in a beautiful state room with bathroom facing North to the garden .
We have numerous horses here with opportunities to ride, hundreds of kangaroo, deer, wombats, Murray Cod and many more wild animals and birds to see and photograph. There are motorbikes, quads, canoes and even a flight in our aerobatic aeroplane to see the countryside for those adrenalin junkies. We encourage our guests to do nature walks, or generally relax in the garden when help is finished and they have days off.
This is a 'one of a kind' place in Australia and many of our guests become close friends and come back to stay with us numerous times. We like to think of them as our extended family and our main interest is the cultural exchange and experience.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
It is a great place to relax with many places to sit and read a book or listen to your favourite music. You can learn everything from gardening (dead heading roses, trimming trees, using mowers, chain saw, whipper snipper, weeding), painting, farming, cooking, driving the club car, a postie bike, farm machines, fencing tools, cattle mustering and many more activities. You may also get to fly in an aerobatic plane. Our guests enjoy swimming in the heated pool , kayaking, walking , photography, cooking and many more activities....or just relaxing and listening to the birds. But you can also learn a lot about yourself and enjoy solitude if you want......
It is a big home so there is some cleaning, ironing and general maintenance plus farm help. We usually cook dinner together so it is a great shared cultural exchange and it is not a part of the daily help routine. There is often gardening (planting, weeding, mowing, leaf blowing) and fixing timber and electric fences . it is a property of 80 ha with a veggie garden, orchard and a beautiful rose garden. We have also a number of more specialised tasks for people who may be more interested in higher skilled activities such as fencing, mechanical , building, painting, farming tasks and so on. You can also learn to operate a range of machines if you like and perform other tasks that will help you in later ventures. We prefer our guests to have had some 'life' experiences.......if not you will still love this peaceful and beautiful environment.
We offer our guests a beautiful King or Queen size bed in a large room with bathroom adjoined . Some nights we watch movies on the big screen after dinner, play cards or pool, tennis (under lights) or table tennis downstairs in the games room. Whichever, our home is warm and inviting.
The neighbouring vineyards and cellar doors are a popular destination on weekends to sample heavily discounted wines and food....from time to time they also offer paid work to our guests.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
Cats and small dogs are ok subject to personality....
app. 5 hours a day, 5 days a week (flexible)
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