Help us with various building and gardening projects at our smallholding near Hay-on-Wye, UK


United Kingdom

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

  • Description


    Based on the Wales/Herefordshire border near Hay-on-Wye and facing the mountains of the Brecon Beacons, we have several building projects on the go, furniture restoration and repair, outdoor crafts, as well as ongoing garden development with a polytunnel and lots of veggies. We live in a small cottage with big gardens and some land with woodland, along with three children and various animals (dog, cat, chickens, ponies, sheep).

    Any help you would offer is at our home and garden and not related to any business activities.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    Art Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    John-Paul is well-known for his eco-design work, and has a range of projects on the go, which include converting outbuildings into accommodation, renovating furniture, managing woodland, and developing the garden to provide more produce for us all. There is always lots going on here and lots to learn, and hopefully we can learn from you too. We can help you with English, and maybe you could speak other languages with the children.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    It would be great to have people who were keen to learn from us, and also contribute their own skills of carpentry, building, woodland care, vegetable growing or gardening. We have lots going on, and if you thought you could be of use we'd be very happy to hear from you. We prefer people who can be quite self-sufficient and flexible in both the projects they take on and in keeping themselves entertained.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    You will either be in a 5-berth converted bus with a king-size bed or a 5-berth touring caravan, with a compost loo, kitchen area with gas hobs and fridge, seating area, bonfire area. You are welcome to use the bathroom, kitchen, laundry facilities, tv, wifi etc in the cottage along with us.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in a beautiful area on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, so people who love outdoor activities - mountain biking, horse-riding, hiking, canoeing or kayaking especially - will love it here. The nearest town is Hay-on-Wye, renowned for the number of bookshops, and with a famous literary festival every June. We also have Hereford and Brecon nearby, with Cardiff, Bristol and the Welsh coasts being easy day-trips. There are some buses but not many, and as trains only come to Hereford or Abergavenny, we would prefer people coming to have their own transport.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have a good fibre connection in the cottage, summerhouse and surrounding gardens that you are welcome you use.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We have two acres, and a camper could be parked up either more privately in a field or on hard-standing near to water points, wifi, etc.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We would have to consider and discuss the possibilities for this with each application, but potentially would consider one well-behaved, non-sheep-chasing, quiet dog.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 634157382365