Help restore an 18 Century house and garden in rural Westmeath, Ireland

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    18/04/2021

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  2021 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a married couple with four boys. The eldest is working in London, the second is working his way round the world with the horse racing industry, the third is married and living in New York with his husband and the fourth is working in Dublin.
    We found this house 25 years ago. Built in about 1760, it was a virtual ruin and we have restored the main block. The gardens, which include two walled gardens, are gradually being restored. Caroline is a keen and knowledgeable gardener (RHS qualified), while Patrick is an architectural historian.
    Our sons come home for holidays and we have students staying in the house at times.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If they want to learn English we can help them and Patrick is TEFL qualified and can give English lessons.
    We encourage them to explore the surrounding beautiful countryside and take them with us for walks and visits to local sites if they want to come. We teach them about the Irish legends of this area and Irish history and architecture.

  • Help

    Help

    At this time of year there is always help needed in the garden. When it is raining, there are plenty of things to do in the house. This building is an ongoing restoration programme for us. There is always some painting help and there some housework. This is our fifth year of hosting workawayers and, as you can see, people like staying here.
    We make a point of treating our workawayers as part of the family and every night we all sit down to dinner together. We really enjoy it if a workaway cooks for us sometimes - particularly food from their country.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Full board. We have a double room and a single room with a bathroom next to them.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This area, largely unknown to tourists, is situated in the North Midlands of Ireland and is rolling country with beautiful lakes. It is 100kms northwest of Dublin, close to Mullingar, with good transport links: train, bus and main M4 close by, (75 mins. driving). There is good fishing in the lakes. The village has a good pub with music on occasions and restaurants nearby (driving). The house is very much in the country, surrounded by farmland (though we are not farmers). As such it is not suitable for people with allergies to animals. The local village is 10mins. walk away. There is a daily return Bus Eireann bus to Dublin (about 2.5 hours each way). There are, however, other faster methods of getting to Dublin by bus and train.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours maximum

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