House-sitter, dog walker and animal care in Alderholt, UK


United Kingdom

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  • Description


    We have a 1 acre hobby smallholding including garden with vegetables, small orchard and paddocks.

    We keep chickens, ducks, quail, bees and have a small flock pedigree Poll Dorset sheep and pedigree Oxford Sandy & Black pigs. We are not a commercial business, but are living 'the good life' trying to be as self-sufficient as we can!

    We have 2 gorgeous dogs, a springador and a Border Collie.

    Situated on the edge of Ringwood Forest, on the Dorset/Hampshire border it is a beautiful area to walk, run or cycle in - and just a short drive from the New Forest National Park.

    We are looking for someone (or a couple) to house-sit, walk our dogs and feed & water all the animals on our smallholding when we go away. (We would of course be here to show you what to do before leaving you in charge!)

    Depending on the weather, some watering of the garden and plants in the greenhouse and pots would be great.

    Upcoming dates workawayers required:-
    November 2021 (1-2 nights)
    New Year’s Eve 2021 (1 night)
    March 2022 lambing assistance (1-6 weeks)
    June 2022 - (1 week-10 days honeymoon).

    Please contact us if you are interested. :)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Animal Care
    Farmstay help

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    For workawayers, being so close to Ringwood Forest and the New Forest National Park there is plenty of beautiful countryside to be explored as well as the medieval city of Salisbury and prehistoric Stonehenge to the north and Southampton and Bournemouth to the south.
    Animal husbandry.

  • Help


    We are looking for a responsible person - or couple - to look after our house and animals when we go away:

    Walking our 2 dogs (if you are a couple they can go together, otherwise would need to be walked separately), feeding twice a day, fresh water available all day.

    Looking after the animals as follows:

    The chickens, ducks & quail need fresh food and fresh water every morning, followed by egg collection (am & pm).

    The sheep need feeding twice a day, morning and afternoon. Fresh water in their troughs.

    The pigs need feeding twice a day, morning and afternoon. Fresh water in their trough. Poo picking, am & pm.

    We would expect this all to take up approximately 3 hours' per day; the rest of the time you would be free to explore the area and do your own thing.

  • Languages spoken

    Greek: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    A comfortable double bedroom in our home with en suite wet room.
    We have internet access.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located on the edge of the village without a regular bus service. Your own car is essential, there is an off-road parking space available.
    The nearest grocery/village shop is about 1 mile away. Fordingbridge town is about 3.5 miles and Ringwood market town is about 8 miles. Salisbury is about 11 miles.
    There is a direct bus service (X3) to Bournemouth and Salisbury from Fordingbridge and there is a National Express coach service from Ringwood.
    Salisbury has a mainline railway station serving the west county and London (Waterloo).

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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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3 hours a day

Host ref number: 634432349295