Garden and home help with our small family near beautiful Outer Hebrides, UK


United Kingdom

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  • Description


    We are a very small family based in a beautiful location, among croftland, on the east coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides about 10 miles from Stornoway.

    The house is slowly being renovated and we have just under an acre of land which is slowly being developed to increase food production and productive woodland. A poly tunnel has just been installed.

    We would like volunteers (would also consider a small family) to help with a mix of things depending on preferences, but main requirements are painting, joinery work and ground clearance and path installation (quite heavy work). We have several chickens and a re-homed cat also. Help for 2022 is very much outside labor on paths and hardstanding but there also may be painting and sanding inside the house too. Confidence with power tools, basic woodwork or other DIY skills would also be very handy. Medium to long term stays preferred (3 weeks plus).

    You will have lots of opportunity to enjoy everything the Hebrides can offer including the amazing landscape, wildlife (eagles, whales & dolphins) surfing, climbing, biking, learning Gaelic and the beautiful beaches.

    We can provide a large double room in a large house with WiFi etc. Volunteers will have their own large fridge/ freezer and shared kitchen, and almost exclusive use of their own bathroom.

    The house is in a sparsely populated village, but it is VERY isolated in the sense that there are no shops or any facilities nearby, however we are 5 minutes walk to the beach with seals, and paddle boarding, kayaking and fishing opportunities are also within walking distance as well as some amazing surf and climbing further afield. I would recommend that volunteers bring their own transport to fully explore the island as public transport here can be very limited, and it is very difficult to reach some of the most beautiful places on the island without one.

    Our home set up is extremely busy, and we cannot directly supervise volunteers. Helpful, preferably more mature volunteers who can manage their own time and help on their own initiative are welcome.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Ideal for a quiet, remote getaway for outdoor lovers (wildlife, surfing, kayaking, climbing, walking) opportunities to learn Gaelic in town and one member of family educated in Gaelic.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    A mix of the following depending on preferences, priority is on outside path work for 2022:

    General help in house (cleaning cooking, painting, sanding, entertaining a child);
    Gardening, ground clearance, cutting grass, tree cutting;
    Building work (pathways);
    Looking after chickens and cat.

    At the moment there are a number of tasks that would benefit form having someone with good woodworking skills.

    Freedom to create outdoor art projects with wood,shells (or anything else!)

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation: large double bedroom with own bathroom (not en-suite).

    Food: happy to discuss what might work best for specific volunteers. We have had volunteers provide most of their own food and we have also provided every meal for volunteers. There is a separate fridge freezer for your own use if needed. We enjoy swapping recipes and rota cooking.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    I work from home myself and have extra office space and desk. There is a good internet connection.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Layby adjacent to house available or on driveway for hook up.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    17.5 hours a week

Host ref number: 737911576592