Help with our organic vegetable garden project and our woodland project near Farnham, UK


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    Come and spend a fabulous Summer here in Surrey.



    Love dogs? Chickens? Being outside? Great - please read on!

    If you like being outside then this would be a great opportunity for you and your 'other half' or friend. We live in a an iconic village, a really beautiful part of Surrey, surrounded by countryside and our own 12 acres of garden/woodland and in any weather, it's absolutely GLORIOUS!

    We have five dogs that love the attention of our Workawayers & we might ask for you to walk them, brush them or feed them for us. We like help to keep our house clean and there will be a little bit of ironing. We also have two furry cats (that tend to live outside) & 10 chickens! A love of animals is a MUST! Our dogs ADORE having Workawayers here :-)

    We often have puppies and helping Liz with them is a popular task! :-)

    We are developing an organic vegetable garden and a wildflower meadow ( Where Mable is situated) and a woodland needing care.
    Along with the normal garden maintenance. In the summer it grows like crazy so using the ride on mower becomes a relaxing regular task.

    We are within a short walk of two great pubs The Barley Mow pub on the cricket green (a leisurely ten minute stroll from us) and the Duke of Cambridge, which serves great food. We are also on the edge of a vast common which is wonderful for walking (we have dogs we can lend you!) or mountain biking (you will have your own mountain bikes to use). There are tennis courts at the end of the lane which can be available if you like to play.

    This is quite a remote spot so bring someone who you get on well with, ha ha!

    We look forward to hearing from you!


    We (Rory and Liz) are property developers and work from home so we are usually around for a chat. We like to laugh and have fun - life is too short not to! We love travelling (in a 'normal' year!) and hearing about other countries and cultures.

    We live in a lovely village, an hour from London by train or car & 90 minutes drive from several seaside resorts including Brighton. Our nearest town is Farnham, quite a pretty Georgian market town. Our nearest City is Guilford which has a lot to offer.

    If you need to escape, our previous Workawayers have sussed out the local busses although if you have your own transport, that would be even better. We are of course happy to give a lift into Farnham or to the station to catch a train, our Workawayers often go away for the weekend from Friday mid afternoon to Sunday night to places such as Brighton, London or Oxford. Please note that this is country living! We have one village shop which is a 12 minute walk away - this is slow paced living but all the more lovely for it!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can offer a real sense of space and tranquility rarely found these days. There is something quite magical about our place in the country :-)

    We have really enjoyed having Workawayers here since August 2017 and look forward to meeting new people and having lively conversation over dinner :-) Please don't apply if you are shy and don't speak English very well - we love having Workawayers here and the more interesting they are, the more we like it :-) We are widely travelled ourselves so love to chat about that along with the differences between our cultures.

    We tend to find that this opportunity works best for Workawayers who have experienced the workplace and living independently. People who are used to following instruction, having responsibility and managing their own home.
    Life skills basically - so that’s what we look for when selecting from our applicants.

    Pre Covid/lockdown we have in the past taken Workawayers on day trips to the seaside or the New Forest, StoneHenge or the cinema. We keep them advised of local events such as farmer's markets or food fayres, & take them with us if we are going.

  • Help


    We would love your help with some of these projects:

    - maintaining our grounds
    - organic veggie patch
    - clear some woodland and create wildlife areas & woody walks
    - create play area in our garden.
    - create wild flower meadow
    If the weather is wet we try to find indoor tasks, there's always something that needs doing as we have a large house, lots of animals & 12 acres of land.

    We tend to use WhatsApp for communication when not face to face. It works well :-)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We can now offer accommodation in our beautiful & cosy mobile home - ‘Mable’, She has a double bedroom plus a second bedroom, an open plan living room with dining area fully kitted galley kitchen with oven hob and microwave, bathroom with toilet, basin & shower. She is double glazed with central heating. Good WiFi and TV. We have located Mable in a tranquil part of the grounds with no immediate neighbours - just you, the meadow, the foxes, the badgers and the birds.
    There is a table and chairs for alfresco eating and a fire pit with a good stock of logs to enjoy the summer evenings.

    It is your responsibility to keep Mable clean in your own time. There is a no smoking rule inside.
    You are likely to get a visit from Atticus one of our cats, he's particularly partial to our Workawayers & Mabel:-)

    Half your day will be spent doing tasks & the other half of the day is yours to explore the local area, go up to London or simply chill & do nothing. We are very flexible over hours. - if you want to juggle things so that you can have a three day weekend, that's fine with us. What I'm saying is that this experience is what you decide to make it - if you think it's luxury living then you will be disappointed , if you think it's something completely different - very rural, basic, heaps of nature, adoration by our animals, good food & lots of fun, then you won't be disappointed.
    We hope we have given you a good flavour of what it is like here the good the bad and the ugly and hope you read the profile throughly, please quote Atticus in your email so we know you have, thank you.

    You are welcome to join us for a meal one evening a week but we often have a cuppa or a drink together. We tend to 'eat clean' (Liz is vegetarian and likes to eat plant based meals) and we prefer to prepare fresh wholesome meals. We will ask you each week for a shopping list or drop you at a supermarket with some money so you can fetch your own groceries. You will fix your own breakfast/lunch and evening meal six nights a week. If you ever fancy cooking and eating with us, that's cool! Or maybe make pudding one evening .... We do spend a lot of time chatting with our Workawayers as we love to learn about their country, work experience etc., the cultural exchange is of great interest to us.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Hopefully we've covered everything but don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions. It goes without saying that we want you to love animals as much as us and to fully appreciate this opportunity, you'll need outdoor boots, wet weather gear, be pretty fit, have a desire to be active and a sense of humour. A good standard of English both verbal and written is necesssary. Minimum stay is 5 weeks,. We may ask you to take a Covid test before your arrival.

    We look forward to hearing from you! 😬

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    • 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

    Many of our Workawayers are digital nomads and have been able to continue with their paid work outside of the Workaway hours. The internet connection has been good for them all.

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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