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We are a small family of mother, daughter and son in law. Living in a stunning, rural part of south west Wales near the Brechfa Forest and moorland in Carmarthenshire.
A year ago we moved into a neglected 18 acre smallholding. We are looking for help to support us doing things like: decorating, repairing out buildings, clearing overgrown areas, field fencing, setting up and caring for a vegetable garden, building work, generally setting up and bringing back to life a smallholding. We would love help with any of these. If you have some experience great but if not we will happily teach willing helpers.
We have an extended family of pets including rescued or rehomed horses, ponies cats, dogs., hens and ducks.
There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy the copious wildlife. We often watch red kites and buzzards hovering above the fields. We can see foxes, badgers and sometimes glimpse a deer, or see the many rabbits close up. There are plenty of bats around too in the evenings.We love looking after animals and gardening, preferring a wildlife friendly garden approach.
Future projects include constructing a cordwood wall from our own timber, putting up a greenhouse, lots of new fencing and mending existing fences and hedges, planting up veg/fruit garden, constructing a blockwork wall, creating new veg beds and building a d.i.y. polytunnel. Any help would be greatly appreciated. In return we aim to offer a place to stay that benefits from a lovely location, share our meals with you and support you to enjoy the local area. 2 out of 3 of us are vegetarian so meals are veggie based.
The smallholding is amongst mature trees and hedges with wildflowers all around. There are good views as well as sheltered, private areas to enjoy, a pretty natural area of ferns, trees and flowers surrounding the house and stables area, many fields to explore including a wildflower meadow. There are beautiful walks to enjoy in the local forrest or adjoining 200 acres of sssi moorland. Mountain bike trails are close by too as are castles, botanical gardens,etc
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
I am happy to help with learning to speak English and enjoy meeting new people and chatting about a variety of subjects. Pleased to share my knowledge of plants and animals, local history and customs.
Ideally help is for 5 hours 5 days a week but can be flexible as to when. Looking for anyone who is good at DIY and odd jobs eg. new fencing and mending existing fences/hedges, making and fixing gates, doors (carpentry skills most welcome), building, gardening, decorating. However there are plenty of less skilled tasks to be done such as, clearing ditches, digging, making paths and steps, painting, weeding, clearing and reorganizing sheds and planting etc. There is plenty of general smallholding work such as helping with hens and ducks, ponies and horses.
We currently only have camping facilities available for workawayers. We have constructed an eco compost loo in a little wooden shed. There is a basic, outdoor, solar camping shower. and we are in the process of making a gas heated shower and second compost loo. A small van which works well as a sleeping ,area ideal for one person and a gazebo for sitting in, tucked away under an old oak tree and fairly secluded amongst bushes. Also a four person tent to sleep in, store things,etc There is a converted stable with electric point. kettle. fridge, microwave, chairs etc. (For the first couple of weeks we would require social distancing and only meeting outdoors)
There is wifi signal just outside the house, but doesn't reach the tent. Phone signal isn't fantastic here but can generally get one or two bars signal various places about the property with a fair few providers.
Three good meals a day are provided but breakfast is prepare your own.
We are on the edge of the beautiful Brechfa Forest with many hiking paths and mountain bike trails to explore. There is a 200 acre SSSI site next to us where wildlife abounds. There are a number of gardens to visit in the locality including the Welsh national botanical gardens , Norwood and Aberglasney. Castles are another fascinating feature.If you do not have your own transport it would be good to be aware that we are a mile and a half from the nearest bus route. Aprox 6 miles from a train station. This being a rural area the nearest pub is around 2 miles away! We do go out several times a week but our life is centered around home. Although we enjoy company and getting to know new people we we also need times of privacy and respect yours so there will be plenty of time for you to enjoy the lovely surroundings.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We would love to host travellers with their own vans too. We have a carpark with space for 1 van up to long wheel base size or luton.
Can possibly accept pets if good with other dogs and chikens and cats and horses etc.
5 hours a day, 5 days a week (25hrs max)
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