Help us take care of our 200-year-old cottage, animals, garden, and eco projects in Eckington, UK

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  • Description

    Description

    We're a couple in our 40s who are lucky to rent a 200-year-old thatched, stone-built cottage. The house is big and beautiful with a large garden (2 acres / 0.8ha). We have several ducks, chickens, and Muscovies, plus a pair of nanny goats who live in their own house in the garden.

    We also have a small 1-acre farm plot in the woods nearby, which we're using to experiment with organic growing (vegetables, fruit, nuts, and other cash crops like lavender and even nettles). We love food, animals, nature, wine, music, and having a good time. Our twin girls aged 17 stay here some of the time.

    Non-smokers preferred (if you smoke it has to be outside).
    We're also omnivores, so would prefer meat eaters to keep things simple.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our historic home is 200 years old, the former gamekeeper's cottage for the local estate. It is the only thatched building in the town.

  • Help

    Help

    We're looking for one or two friendly French girls to help us out (Ben speaks good French and Sally wants to improve, so you can hopefully do two-way language practice).

    You would be expected to help with housework (about 3 hours per day), maybe help outside in the garden, and there's the option to get involved with farming/eco projects too if you're interested.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Generous double bedroom with its own bathroom. Need to be OK with dogs, cats, poultry, and goats!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Easy travel to Chesterfield and Sheffield by public transport. We are also happy to show you the local walks, our friend's local organic farm, and other sights.

  • A little more information

    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

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Kids gardening
Duck pond
Organic veg garden
Garden in sunshine
Our friend's local organic farm.
The house
Finishing our hand-made clay cob pizza oven
Chickens (only part of our flock of poultry!)

Host ref number: 832247144943