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I am a teacher, working during the summer holidays on a project to renovate my house. I live in the Cowal peninsula - one of the most beautiful parts of rural Scotland. My home is a much loved 19th century farmhouse where I raised my family, now in need of a fresh coat of paint. If you enjoy good food, good wine, good walking in spectacular scenery and good company, you’ll feel very at home with me
I love my community. It is small but strong, with so much to offer. The Cowal Way - one of Scotland’s National Trails - is on my doorstep. Lochs, mountains, wildlife and a very dry sense of humour are just a few of the experiences you’ll encounter. Being off the beaten track means avoiding mass tourism - so if you’re interested in an authentic, honestly Scottish experience, I would be so happy to host you. As part of my home, you will meet funny, eccentric, down to earth people who will genuinely want to welcome you into their lives. We are open minded, whole-hearted, and we don’t suffer fools gladly. We like books, films, banter, food, and the occasional kitchen disco.
Internal and external painting of the house, garden tidying, some clearing work to get rid of an old wall, some fencing. No specialist skills required, although if you can turn your hand to more complicated jobs such as dealing with a private water supply, fitting a wood burning stove, or swearing loudly at trespassing sheep, that would be appreciated.
Couples or single females only.
English, Gaelic, French, Spanish, German
The house is detached and just outside a small village. The two available bedrooms are private double rooms on their own upper floor, with an incredible loch view over the Isle of Bute and Arran. Shared bathroom between the two rooms. The garden Is lawns and shrubs and incredibly tranquil. Shared kitchen. Home-cooked catered meals will be provided unless you would prefer to share the cooking, or cook for yourselves. Good food is supplemented by local produce, grown through the community polytunnel scheme.
You will experience village life in a traditional Scottish community. The tiny village of Glendaruel has ancient standing stones, a neolithic cairn and a beautiful historic church. Colintraive is six miles away with an award winning pub, sculpture park and ferry to the isle of Bute. The beautiful village of Tighnabruaich is seven miles away with pubs, restaurants, a sailing school and a marina and spa, and the ferry to Kintyre. Passing public transport (buses) go along what has been called the most beautiful road in Scotland. Glasgow is 90 minutes away. In summer here there are fetes, highland games, seafood festivals and galas in the wider area. cycling is an attraction, we are next to a famed route which takes in Ayrshire, Cowal and Bute in a day’s cycle called the three ferries challenge. The Cowal Way is a 57 miles national walking and cycling trail, which passes on its way to Loch Lomond and is very accessible.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week