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We are very lucky to live on a farm in the beautiful Lake District, just on the edge of the National Park in Cumbria; the farm dates back to the late 1600's. Over the years parts of it have been renovated and added to and some parts are looking a little sorry for themselves! My mother, myself, my sister and my 8yr old nephew live and work on the farm. We have big plans for the place in the future, however for now we could do with a little help with day-to-day living.
We are on the outskirts of the lovely village of Cartmel which is home to a small racecourse, several very good restaurants and it is famous for it's Sticky Toffee Pudding. You can walk into the village from the farm in just under 20 minutes and there is a local grocery store and several pubs where you can meet friendly locals and visitors from all over the world. The nearest town is Kendal which is about a 20 minute drive away or you can get a bus from the next village along, Grange-over-Sands.
The scenery here is stunning and we have a fantastic view from the farm as we sit high above the Cartmel Valley. The wonderful green pastures are down to the weather which can be sunny and dry, or wet and windy, yet both contribute to the soothing and therapeutic atmosphere of the countryside.
We are looking for a volunteer to commit to staying with us for at least 3 months so that we can all get to know each other. We are a relaxed yet hard working family, we like to make our guests, visitors and volunteers welcome; we very much appreciate those who can take instruction as well as carry out tasks on their own initiative, as we may not get much time to spend with you. Please note that the only animals on the farm are horses, sheep and dogs, although we let our neighbour graze his cattle on the land.
If you love horses you'll love being around our 14 Friesians!
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
The Lake District is a truly beautiful part of the world and we are well placed for those wishing to explore. There is a limited bus service through the village and we are happy to drive you to the next village along where there are busses and trains you can catch to take you further afield. Grange-over-Sands is the nearest train station to us and is a 10 minute drive away.
We only speak English I'm afraid, although we can remember the occasional sentence in French!
We’d really appreciate someone’s help with day to day cleaning, washing, making beds, organising laundry & food for us. We’d like someone to stay for a minimum of 3 months + Being a farm there is lots of mud that gets walked into the house along with dog hair from our two little guard dogs!
If you love horses and are confident around them we would love your help around the yard with mucking out stables, collecting horses from the fields and grooming - we wouldn't be able to guarantee riding. We currently have Friesian horses and a miniature Shetland pony.
We provide a static caravan that sleeps up to 5 people. There is a seating area, shower and toilet and cooking facilities. We also have a touring caravan suitable for a couple so you will be in either and sharing with others. During the coronavirus pandemic we aim to provide a safe and sanitised working and living environment and you will be working independently for at lest the first 14 days.
We provide basic food for you to cook in the caravan and once a week we'll invite you to join us for dinner and breakfast. 2 of us are vegan and 2 are meat eaters so we cater for all tastes. We also provide all bed linen and use of the washing machine & tumble dryer and it is worth mentioning that being on a working farm it can be very muddy, so sturdy footwear, water proofs and gloves are a must if working outside! We do have unlimited broadband (although a little slow at times) in the farmhouse which you are welcome to use - there isn't any internet access in the caravans.
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We only invite those who are trustworthy, reliable, willing to get stuck in and positive in everything they do - life is too short to be miserable. Saying that, we are happy to encourage those looking to improve their take on the world and those who may need a little encouragement in coming out of themselves. When contacting us please give as many details about yourself as you can along with any relevant experience you have had. It will be useful to know what you would like to achieve during your visit and why you would like to come and stay with us specifically.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
We are happy for you to bring your pet(s) if you are travelling in a campervan.
More than two
Minimum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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