A Georgian Farmhouse In county Offaly, in the heart of Ireland




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  • Description


    Are you a young person eager to learn more about gardening and vegetarian cooking? My wonderful Carer loves teaching others about these skills. But write soon: there’s only room for one!
    There will soon be room for a handyman who would love to spend the summer in the country, maybe with a partner and one or two nature-loving children. There is a well-equipped workshop and a variety tasks both in and outside the house that come with an old property. Gardening work is separate, unless of course you are keen on that too. Do ask for more details!
    To be a happy Workawayer at Bloomville, you need just four things: a full driving licence and to be 24 or over, (to satisfy my insurers); some knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, gardening; a willingness to enjoy vegetarian meals; and be happy to relax with a book. (But non-drivers are welcome too if they have special skills.)
    I hope too that my ten thousand deciduous trees and three thousand books will add to your pleasure, together with the log fires, piano and an affectionate cat.
    And if you happen to be a small vegetarian family with a real passion for gardening, and with one or two children who love both Nature and books, there is the possibility of a full year’s residency..
    Enquiries welcome! But remember: No meat ,no fish, and no smokers!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I have a large library of all sorts of books, fiction, environmental studies, biographies, etc.

    For families there are adventure trails, trees to climb, places for hide-and-seek and running around, library includes many books for children which I regularly review.

    There are log fires, musical instruments and various board games.

  • Help


    Some useful skills are general gardening - digging, weeding, chain sawing, pruning trees, repairs to old buildings.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Your vegetarian host enjoys cooking and is also happy to share that pleasure.

    All accommodation is in the house - and we have five toilets!

    Washing machine is free for you to use but we enjoy washing-up dishes by hand.

    Nearest train station has regular trains from Dublin and Galway.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Forests, organic apple orchard, Slieve Bloom Mountains, traditional villages, 2 bicycles available.
    There's an indoor ping-pong table and space for quiet reading.

    All of these facilities are available for visitors who are seriously interested in all the possibilities for the help available. Nobody is asked to do work they wouldn't enjoy!

    Many friends visit when Mr Covid allows!

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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Host ref number: 763284111711