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We are a family-run historic house and estate near East Grinstead, Sussex (UK). Built by Benjamin Henry Latrobe in 1792, and once owned by rock band Led Zeppelin, the house is of significant architectural importance. Our family purchased the house in the 1980s when it was derelict, and restored it to some of its former glory.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
The house is set in beautiful English countryside. We're only 20 minutes from London Gatwick airport, and 40 minutes from central London by train. We'll pay for you to have free English lessons if you would like them. If you're over 25, qualified to drive, and are planning to stay for longer than two months, we'll insure you on a car (if not, we're only three miles from a large town, East Grinstead, and will happily drive you in to do your shopping). We'll give you good pocket money, and we'll regularly have you to lunch/supper to improve your English. During the summer, you'll be one of several helpers - so you'll even have company! We have two beautiful dogs, Mabel and Lily, who can't wait to meet you.
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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: we are currently looking for two couples to come from September. Construction/building, electrics, plumbing, carpentry, forestry and/or gardening skills particularly appreciated.
We are also looking for less urgent applications from couples and others with certain skills. Construction, carpentry and gardening skills particularly appreciated. We are also taking advance bookings for winter 2021 and spring and summer 2022 (construction/building, electrics, plumbing, carpentry, forestry and/or gardening skills particularly appreciated). Thanks for all your interest!
We only use Workaway when we have a need for helpers, so don't log in to the site regularly. Unfortunately we can't always reply to all your fabulous (and hugely appreciated) emails.
We need a helping hand with gardening, forestry, building/DIY, and indoor tasks. Skills in carpentry, electrics, masonry, forestry and construction might be useful; but if you are enthusiastic and practically-minded then you'll do well here. We are currently without other employees so you will need to be a good self-starter who's able to take the initiative and work independently sometimes. Due to the size and complexity of the house and in order to make stays fulfilling and worthwhile, ideally we need Workawayers who can stay for eight weeks or more. Thanks for reading this!
Helpers will either have the use of a recently refurbished and warm static caravan, or of a cottage. Both are comfortable and have recently been used by our helpers.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5 hours per day, 5 days a week
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