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, amongst croftland, on the east coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides about 10 miles from Stornoway.

    The house is slowly being renovated & the land comprises just under an acre of land which we hope to develop for greater food production and productive woodland. We have just installed a poly tunnel which will need to be developed for good production in 2021 and have a small summerhouse with electricity that we are renovating too. There’s plenty to do in the house and are are flexible depending on skills and preferences of potential volunteer (s). Volunteers with art skills are welcome to create own outside project! There is lots of spare wood to use.

    We would like one or two people (would possibly also consider young family) to help with a mix of duties depending on preferences and skills to include gardening (vegetables, polytunnel, ground clearance, tree felling), painting, household and childcare. Help for 2021 is very much woodwork based so confidence with power tools, basic woodwork or other DIY skills would also be very handy but there are plenty of other tasks that need done too! Medium to long term stays preferred (3 weeks plus).

    We have several chickens that need checked and looked after. We also have a cat.

    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 share kitchen.

    The house is in a village but 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 surfing, kayaking and fishing opportunities are also within walking distance. If you have your own car this would be beneficial to you to fully explore the island but not essential.

    Our home set up is very busy, and we cannot directly supervise volunteers. So helpful, and mature volunteers who can manage their own time and work on own initiative are welcome.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • 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. Opportunities to learn to surf and equipment to free for use.

  • Help


    General help in house, garden and summer house. Lots of different tasks to suit preferences & skills. Woodwork skills / confidence with power tools and gardening skills particularly helpful! Freedom to create outdoor art projects with wood (or anything else!)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Large double bedroom with own bathroom (not en-suite)

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 737911576592