I'm Maria, and I live on a family run hobby farm in the middle of Virginia horse country.
I am a retired educator, and enjoy our quiet farm life tremendously!
Our farm used to be a commercial horse farm, be we run it just for us and our own animals.
It has all the fixtures a large farm would have... large barns with stalls, outdoor and indoor riding rings, jumps and trails.
A visit here would be pretty relaxed. We have things running fairly smoothly so the daily rhythm is repetitive but fun.
On a normal day, I wake up early and feed the chickens, dogs and horses, usually around 8am. Then we do regular farm chores like weeding the garden, fixing fences, tidying the barns, or whatever needs to be done. That takes a couple of hours at most. Then, just before dark, we feed and do animal checks again.
For fun I like to hike with the dogs, go birdwatching/photographing, kayaking on the James River or horseback riding. We are in a rural area, so there are lots of outdoor things to do. A guest would be welcomed to join us in our adventures, or head out on their own.
I am looking for someone enthusiastic and animal friendly.
I prefer a non smoker and experience with dogs and horses would be great.
I have a small, but cute, apartment in the barn that can accommodate 1 person, or 2 really close people (it's a queen size bed).
If you're interested don't hesitate to contact me for more information.
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I am a retired educator and my partner is retired forest service. We live in a rural area of Virginia. Horseback riding, hiking and birdwatching are available on the property. The James river is nearby and we have kayaks and a SUP available.
We would like help with the animals and the farm, but mostly we enjoy meeting people from other areas.
This host offers a language exchange
I would love to learn Spanish.
Small, cute, one bedroom apartment with kitchenette is available. The bedroom has a queen size bed.
Workawayers are welcome to join us for all meals. We try to eat healthy with locally sourced foods as much as possible. We are able to eat eggs from our own chickens and vegetables from our garden. We are not vegetarians.
We are 3 hours drive from Washington, DC for those wishing to explore the city. Also, about 3 hours drive from Virginia beach for seaside exploring. The Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian Trail are about 20 miles away. We are in a very rural area with many outdoor and horse riding activities.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We do not have cable wired internet, but cell phone access is excellent so we use that and have wifi in the house.
We live on a 50 acre farm and have plenty of space, plus bathroom facilities in the barn.
Only on a case by case basis. We have 4 dogs who are well socialized.
Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week