My name is Lizie. I live in a beautiful 16th century thatched cottage in a little village just outside the city of Oxford. I have a friendly rescue dog, Bonnie,a wonderful garden and a shed which I rent out during the summer months. My 2 girls are grown up and have left home. I love being outside, creative gardening and foraging for all the countryside has to offer.
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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You would discover what life in a beautiful, ancient, Oxfordshire village is like.
If you enjoy gardens and are interested in cultivating your own vegetable patch with a view to becoming self-sufficient, or partially self-sufficient… There is much to learn here. Also anyone who is interested in flowers and how to grow, harvest and condition them... and how to make bouquets to sell, you will pick up lots of handy tips.
I’d be happy to introduce you to other villagers and to take you to local events of interest.
Oxford is a vibrant city with much to offer culturally and historically.
The summer months are very busy for me, selling my cut flowers at the market and renting out my shed, so I’m looking for 2 friendly helpers.
Most of the work would be general garden and household jobs…
General garden work could include tying up and staking plants, grass cutting, digging and weeding. Also gathering hedgerow fruit...like blackberries...and jam making. In the house there would be a few odd jobs like cleaning and perhaps cooking a meal.
I’d be happy to chat with you about the sort of jobs you would prefer to do.
Then, from May to September , there would be some work connected to the renting of my shed, like cleaning and making the bed , roughly twice a week.
This work would be paid… And would be between 4 hours and 8 hours a week. ( between 2 hours and 4 hours each.)
You would have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the garden and the surrounding countryside.
There are several beautiful wild swimming spots locally, listed as the most beautiful in England and lots of other local sites to enjoy.
My workawayers would be sleeping in a small outhouse to the side of the main cottage which has a double bed and space for storing clothes. There is an outside toilet with handbasin just next door and facilities in the adjoining garage for tea and coffee making. Laundry facilities are also in the garage. Guests would have use of the sitting room in the main cottage… A lovely part of the old building with the oldest beams in the house, and great views of the garden. I hardly ever use this room during the summer so you would most likely have it to yourselves.
I may often cook a meal for guests… Otherwise you would have use of my kitchen with its lovely Aga stove to cook for yourselves. We would arrange this in a relaxed way as we go along. There are bicycles and helmets at your disposal for local trips to explore the area.
You can experience my hot outdoor shower, with views of the fields, when it’s available… I.e. when there are no guests in the shed. Otherwise you can take the occasional bath in the main house.
The nearest supermarket is about 5K away and I'm happy to take you there when I'm going.
We would be working a maximum of 5 hours , 5 days a week.I'd love you to have plenty of time to explore and enjoy Oxford and the countryside. Toot Baldon is a charming village with a Church and pub/restaurant a few minutes walk from the house.
The next village also has a beautiful village green and pub ( 15 mins walk) There are lots of local footpaths through the lovely Oxfordshire countryside all around. Oxford city, famous for its magnificent colleges, is 15 mins drive away ( about 10k). It's a very lively, university city with many leisure activities….theatres, cinemas, river cruises, punting, historic buildings and much more! A bus runs about every hour to the city. It takes about 20 minutes …the bus stop is 20minutes walk from the house, but you can use bicycles if you like.
There are beautiful wild swimming spots in the river a bike ride away.
There is also a very good bus service from Oxford to London…which takes just over an hour . So trips to London are easy on your days off! I'm happy to be flexible about working hours and days.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week