Extra pair of hands welcome to help us with our cottage in Donegal, Ireland




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    * Looking for someone from 26 November to 13 December 2020.

    Following tasks would include painting a barn which is being converted to an art gallery and creative workspace.
    Customising am ice cream trailer to give it a more traditional look.

    Other tasks will involve helping to install a wooden frame inside a small restored traditional stone cottage in order to fit insulation and appropriate wooden cladding.

    I am looking for someone who is keen to be involved in practical projects. No particular building skills are required.
    The Workaway person will have their own private accommodation and excellent food provided in return for a Maximum of 4-5 hours help per day. No help will be required at weekends.

    We are a very friendly and approachable Irish couple who are extremely fortunate to own two cottages at Malin Head, co Donegal, Ireland.
    We reside in England most of the year but our Irish cottages form a very important part of our lives.

    These cottages are traditional Irish cottages which we have restored by ourselves over the past 14 years.

    They are located in one of Ireland’s most beautiful and scenic areas which is part of the wild Atlantic Way.

    As part of the ongoing restoration process we are planning to renovate/ convert two existing stone buildings into an Art Studio / Gallery and interior decoration of restored bird / whale watching facility.

    I would greatly appreciate an extra pair of hands to help me with the tasks involved.

    You do not have to have specific building skills or knowledge; just need to be keen and enjoy physical activity and learning new skills.

    If someone is interested they will get the opportunity to stay for free in lovely accommodation with superb food in one of the most iconic parts of the Wild Atlantic Way.

    You will have a very memorable experience in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland and you will be helping to create something magical for future guests to see when they visit this unique part of Ireland.

    On a personal note we are both teachers who took early retirement in order to pursue other interests; of which the restoration and development of our Irish home is an important part.

    I look forward to hearing back from any interested people.

    Kind regards

    Vince & Oona

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    They will certainly learn new skills about restoring an old stone building. They will also be learning about a unique part of Ireland from someone who has taught all their professional life.

    They will experience living for a short period of time in one of Ireland’s most beautiful and iconic landscapes.

    They will also have the opportunity to be part of creating something special and I guarantee that they will want to return.

    They will leave with a Malin Head Memory they won’t forget.

    Our cottages are form part of Ireland’s most northerly Clachan - they are located at Banba’s Crown, Ireland’s most northerly point. Made famous recently as one of the sites the movie “The last Jedi” was filmed here but more importantly it is the kingdom of the Tuatha De Danann the mystical little people of Ireland.

    It is also one of the most iconic parts of the wild Atlantic Way.

    They will also have an opportunity to be given a personal tour of the most interesting parts of this incredible place.

    They will experience a real Irish welcome!

  • Help


    Two main tasks requiring help. Dig out 12x 12 foot soil based floor and fill with concrete. Build up stone walls and erect wooden A frame to support metal roofing sheets.
    Fit one possibly two windows in stone building.
    All tasks are at ground level and does not involve building expertise or risk.

    The tasks will be made easier if there are two people helping.

    I'll provide the skills and knowledge, tools and any safety clothes, gloves, etc required.
    I just want a keen person who is reasonably fit and likes physical outdoor projects.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Irish cottage. Own living quarters. Normally, the cottage is on a rental site They will have the cottage to themselves. It is fully self contained and private.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    When helper is not helping I will offer to take them to the key local sites of interest. They can also have the use of a bike to cycle to local places of interest. There is a local bus that passes the door 4 times a day which also goes to local places of interest.

  • 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

  • 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

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