Help to make our 200 year old traditional cottage somewhere special in North Wales, UK

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  • Description

    Description

    *We will be accepting volunteers for the month of July*

    We are currently working on our old family home, it's a 200 year old traditional cottage and we hope to make it into somewhere special. Think thick stone walls and sheep fields all around the house.

    About the help : We are mainly looking for help in the old stable, where we have been building a kitchen and a bathroom and needs lots of finishing touches. There are also tasks in the garden, where we have an organic vegetable garden. Also have help working on a garden project at a nearby house with a large, interesting garden. Looking for help with digging, weeding, clearing land, renovating paths and putting up buildings. We can be flexible with the schedule, depending on what suits you, but preferably the bulk of the work is in the mornings from Monday-Friday.

    About me: I'm Harri, I've spent a lot of time over the past few years working in permaculture and eco construction and I hope to be using these ideas on the house. I speak fluent English, Spanish and Welsh and also understand French. I've been involved in many Workaway style projects and also Couchsurfing. My brothers will be working at the house with us sometimes, and the house gets the occasional visit! My mother (Nicki) lives nearby and she has work to do in the garden that she needs help with, please specify if this interests you more.

    About the house: *We are currently having to be very careful about the water use at the house, please ask about the current situation* The house itself has hot water, showers, clothes washing facilities, wifi, and a fully equipped kitchen. There are no shops in our village although there is one local pub. Buses pass from a bus-stop 10 minutes walking from the house, and it-s about 30 minutes to get to Bangor, the nearest 'city' which has plenty of stuff going on. There might be the opportunity to go together to different local social events, go to the mountains or beach, cold lake swimming, slacklining, cycling or climbing.

    The area is quite touristy nowadays, near to where we live you can go on a mile-long zip wire, wander in the mountains for days, climb in abandoned quarries and even check out the beautiful beaches on Anglesey. It'd be a pleasure to go out exploring the area together, there's plenty of swimming spots, beaches and things to do in the hills.

    Volunteer criteria - Please don't apply unless you meet at least 2 out of 3 o the following filters
    - Experience in either construction or other workaway type projects
    - Speak English well
    - 25 years or older

    Feel free to get in touch, cheers!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Although our mother tongue is English, we are also Welsh speakers who can teach you about the language, the Welsh culture, along with our knowledge of British traditional dancing and music - which you're welcome to join in with! We hope that you learn a lot about gardening, music, building etc. and we hope that you can teach us a thing or two as well!

  • Help

    Help

    We have many exciting ideas about what we would like to do with the house and its land, and we'd love some other people to come and share the project with us! We'd like to stress that this can quite heavy and dirty, and you should be prepared for rock moving, hole digging, concreting, furniture moving, and anything else that might pop up. We ask for around 5 hours help a day, 5 days a week but this has to be flexible to fit around the task and the weather. In rerturn you'll get a free bed and meals, and a chance to get to know the local area. Short stays work well for us - 1-2 weeks is fine!

  • Languages spoken

    Welsh: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The house itself has hot water, showers, clothes washing facilities, wifi, and a fully equipped kitchen. We have two beds available for volunteers in two separate bedrooms or a double bed for a couple.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are a couple of small shops in our village although there is one local pub. Buses pass from a bus-stop 10 minutes walking from the house, and so it's easy enough to get to Bangor, the nearest 'city' which has plenty of events, shops and a train station. Near to where we live you can go on a mile-long zip wire, wander in the mountains for days, climb in abandoned quarries and even check out the beautiful beaches on Anglesey (weather dependent).

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    We aim at maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. See above

Above the house
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Above the house





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