General building help and gardening in a beautiful village in Dorset, UK


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    We are a couple with six children, all but one of whom have left home and live either abroad or several hours away. Our youngest son and his girlfriend are living with us since 2020.. They completed their final year of university with us in Covid lockdown and are busy with projects here whilst they seek career opportunities. They take care of the swimming pool, built a chicken coup (we have 11 chickens), and they started a vegetable garden. We work from home in North Dorset and whilst we have UK clients, most of our clients are elsewhere around the world. We have a large garden which always needs attention, and a couple of paddocks. The nearest town Blandford. We've lived in our village for 19 years and love it.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    A typical English environment and family. There is a rich exchange of conversation, ideas and a broadening of the mind. On the physical level the opportunity to expand one's skill set and gain experience by carrying out tasks that one may not normally experience. Our principle driving force is kindness, consideration and integrity, all universal values, and wonderful for Workawayers to experience when far away from home.

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    We live in a beautiful village in Dorset with 4 acres; gardens, swimming pool and paddocks . The nearest town is Blandford and there are buses to other near towns - Bournemouth, Poole, Wimborne, Salisbury. We're looking for a positive and energetic person(s) to help with gardening; cutting the grass, strimming, weeding and everything else that goes on in the garden. We usually have maintenance projects, painting and decorating, repairs and other odd jobs. We work from home in our design business and are here most of the time. We are an outgoing family and live in a happy atmosphere of of people coming and going.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    It is always good to communicate and to learn to speak in other languages. Our fluency in French and Spanish is minimal and happy to learn any language.

  • Accommodation


    Bedroom with a single bed in the house, and a 2 bed rental when it is not occupied - which is October to March Shared bathroom with shower, use of other rooms in the house such as dining and sitting rooms, and of shared spaces.

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    What else ...

    We have had several Workawayers since 2015 and we all enjoyed the experience. They become part of our family and we share family occasions etc. We also have friends who occasionally utilise our Workawayers' skills and pay them for additional hours. We live in a village and the nearest pub is a short walk to the other side of the river in the next village. We have a village hall withof events and we are within 2km of our main town Blandford Forum. Our county, Dorset, is a popular tourist area, there are lots of places to visit, including festivals during the summer.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have a car park behind our maze

  • 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

Host ref number: 575431646424