Help with family life on lively smallholding near Machynlleth, UK


United Kingdom

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    We are a family of five living on a smallholding with vegetable gardens, chickens, ducks, and two shepherd's huts. We also run a woodwork business making rustic furniture and composting toilets from a farm near our home.
    The family comprises Paul and Suzanne, our two daughters Ella and Olivia, and Suzanne's mother Irène.
    Summer 2020 we are especially looking for people who like spending time with children, or even have teaching / tutoring experience.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Art Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are a very active family and workawayers are encourage to join us in our various hobbies, including yoga, soccer, Tai Chi, mountain biking, canoeing and general socialising!

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

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    We are a lively family living on a smallholding in the countryside near the market town of Machynlleth in Mid Wales.
    We run various projects - from our woodworking business, Free Range Designs, to a vegetable market garden and hosting guests through an online rental site- and are always looking for a helping hand.

    Summer 2020 we are particularly looking for some help with our two children, aged 8 and 10. School has been out for a while and travel is off the cards this year, so we are particularly looking for fun-loving people who like to be creative and spend time with children. Maths / English tutors especially welcome!

    Besides helping out with the children, we are generally looking for a practically minded people - carpenter/builder/electrician/plumber/general handy people to help with our ongoing projects.

    Accommodation for workawayers is in a beautifully crafted wooden Shepherd's hut in a lovely spot by the river. We are very sociable people and like to include workawayers in family life, but it is also nice to have some family space at times, and the shepherd's hut provides a self-contained place to be in for some privacy.

    Please message us if you would like to come and help :-)

  • Languages spoken

    Afrikaans: Fluent
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Shepherd's Hut or Caravan

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in beautiful countryside surrounded by trees and hills, 4 miles from the market town of Machynlleth. There are plenty of outdoor activities in this area: some of the UK's best mountain biking trails, hill and mountain walking; the beach is 25 mins away for surfing or canoeing; and there are rivers and lakes nearby, too. The university town of Aberystwyth is a 30 min train ride away.
    We can lend you a bike and will provide transport.

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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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4 hours per day 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 634193875142