Looking for renovation/maintenance help at my property close to breathtaking coastline & beaches in Wales UK

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  2020 

 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

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  • Description

    Description

    -{ Ideally looking for workaways from Europe or Russia/Ukraine }-

    Hi there, my name is Seth and I'm a middle-aged British guy with a professional background in I.T, English language teaching and photography.
    I bought a large detached countryside house with my brother & sister. I need help with renovation and maintenance of the property, mostly exterior including the garden areas.

    My brother and sister are not living at the property this season, although they will be visiting sometimes, so mostly I live alone here while doing the renovations (currently two girls are living as tenants in my sister's cottage next door to my house, so we meet up and have table-games nights sometimes, which is fun).

    I love playing tennis, squash, badminton, windsurfing, archery, mountain climbing, camping/hiking, computers, guitar and photography. I'd be happy to do (or teach) any of these sports with any workawayer who is interested. Also I have a passion for philosophy, spirit and metaphysics and looking deeper in the world's secret mysteries and I'm currently writing a book / thesis in this field.

    The property is up on a hill and surrounded by nature, fields, small wild woods and there is breathtaking coastline & beaches the other side of the hill (3km).

    Our local town (Cardigan) is a peaceful picturesque historic town with part of an ancient castle and a beautiful river running through it to the sea nearby. It's a quiet area, far from the noise of any cities. I have several bicycles, you can cycle into town in just 20 minutes or to the local beach or coast walk (also 20 minutes).

    Also I have 2 friendly and affectionate young cats (2 years old) who live out in the stables and love to be stroked and given some attention (they only live outdoors and don't come inside the house).

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This exchange will really be only suitable for person(s) who is quite independent, knows how to occupy themselves (with books/internet/walking in the nature/cycling/swimming etc). There are buses from the local town and I have bicycles you can use, so mostly you can explore this area alone in your free time. A couple of times each week we will go out on an interesting excursion or for some sport somewhere (paid for by me).

    I am around to socialise for about an hour in the evening on most days and on some renovation projects we will work together, so you will have good language practice if you wish. I'm happy to go with you by car to some cultural events happening around (such as live music gigs in the local pubs). Also I can play sport with you such as tennis, badminton, squash, table-tennis, archery).

    I am a qualified English teacher, so I can give some help each week with English (and photography lessons or computer software lessons such as Photoshop etc).

    So mostly this is a Workaway exchange of:

    - experiencing local Welsh cultural events (when they occur) and life in the local Welsh towns and villages
    - free nutritious food and good accommodation at a house in the countryside near the sea
    - a calm, quiet, cosy space that is ideal for your private studies, yoga, meditation, relaxation, coastal walks etc
    - some help or practice in: English, photography, computer software or in sports such as tennis/badminton/squash/tabletennis.
    - bicycles available for you to explore the beautiful nature and coastline
    - An excursion or two each week, to visit, for example: castles, iron-age forts, waterfalls, hiking on the hills or cliffs, secluded beaches and caves, seals or dolphin watching, Lagoon aqua park, St David's cathedral, canoeing on the river).

  • Help

    Help

    It would be nice to have somebody here to stay at the place who loves the peaceful countryside, sea and nature and who is rather independent and able and happy to occupy their own time, because I will be rather busy and only able to spend one or maybe 2 days each week to drive you to some excursions / good sightseeing places / attractions in West Wales.

    The schedule is quite flexible and you can usually choose which parts of each day you wish to do the tasks..

    Examples of tasks to help with (some are optional and depend on skills and abilities):

    - cutting up various branches, logs and planks into firewood
    - tidying up the dance studio and taking up it's floor boards
    - Sanding and varnishing the bamboo floorboards from the studio
    - Moving blocks & building a small & very simple retaining wall from concrete blocks
    - raking some earth areas to make them flatter
    - Building a mini greenhouse for plants
    - digging up some weeds in the vegetable garden
    - making a bonfire to burn some old wooden stuff
    - digging a short narrow water trench 5m in length for drainage.
    - cleaning some windows
    - painting the house exterior with white paint
    - Painting wood preserver on the eaves just under the roof of the house
    - Feeding the 2 cats
    - Managing the recycling
    - Cooking a meal each day (generally vegetarian (nothing difficult required)
    - Washing up the dishes
    - Keeping the kitchen clean

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Russian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Initially it's preferred to take on a workaway volunteer for a short period (up to 2 weeks) - however this might be extended to 3 weeks if sufficient work projects are still available.

    It's a detached rural house a few km from an idylic small seaside town. Very peaceful and quiet with pure water from a spring source, lovely nature around and fresh air (can be rather windy here at times though).
    Our guest volunteer(s) will have own smart, warm, clean private bedroom and smart bathroom nearby and shared kitchen, living room.

    The house has amenities to a high standard: such as washing machine, cooker, good electric shower, bath, Fibre broadband fast internet WIFI etc.
    The living room is cosy with a large woodburner for evening relaxing. We have here a table-tennis table and also badminton net, and various table games too. There are also tennis courts in Cardigan with a leisure centre/gym/swimming pool less than 4km from here.
    The house has central heating and also extra electric heaters. Electric shower gives hot water 24/7. Your room has a brand new renovation, new carpets etc and is dry and warm with a proper bed and good mattress, duvet etc.

    I try to buy all organic and natural food products too. So there will be always plenty of good quality food for a tasty breakfast, lunch and supper each day for you. (Mostly semi-vegetarian eg: soya/quorn/beans/cheese, also eggs, some fish) with grains/vegetables etc. Cereals / porridge, toast / yoghurt / fruit for breakfast. If you need meat, that is fine - you can eat prepared meat here, but cannot cook meat in the house.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    19 hours

Mwnt beach - our favourite beach for picnics and sunbathing. It is 15 minutes by car from our house. The coastline here is beautiful for walks, and the waves here are sometimes great for surfing
The coast path looking north. (4km from our house)
Ceibr bay - hidden cove on the coast of the Irish sea. Beautiful walks around here!
Cilgerran castle ruins 5km from our house. You can walk inside and up to the top of the castle - amazing view across the valley
View of the historic bridge and Cardigan castle in the background
View from the top of the hill behind our house (400m walk) which looks across our valley to the estuary where the river Teifi meets the Irish sea.
Our house, front view (spring)
This is the room where you will stay
It's our kitchen
Our living room - view of one half of it
One of the many amazing local sculptures at the wildlife park nearby (it is made from a planted tree that is still living).
Seth
It's me. On a mountaineering expedition in the Caucasus that I just returned from a few months ago.

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