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


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    We are a couple with six children, all of whom have left home and live either abroad or several hours away. Our youngest son started university last year, so we are what they call 'empty nesters'. We run our design business from our home in North Dorset and whilst we have UK clients, most of our clients are elsewhere around the world. We live in a beautiful big house in 6 acres with easy access to towns round about us, the nearest is Blandford. We've lived here for 16 years but have little time for gardening and maintenance which is why we are glad to have the help of Workawayers in the summer. We have two lodgers in the house and we all get along happily.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    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 in a large Georgian house within 6 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 are planning a couple of building 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 have a busy household with lots of people coming and going.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English (and happy to help if you wish to learn English)

  • Accommodation


    Bedroom with 2 single beds situated on the third floor overlooking the garden and swimming pool or a double room on the floor below. Shared bathroom with shower, use of other rooms in the house such as dining and sitting rooms, and of shared spaces. We already have lodgers and the atmosphere is happy, tolerant and comfortable.

  • What else ...

    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

  • 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