Peace, tranquillity and a little madness with our family in the Lake District, UK


United Kingdom


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  • Description


    **We are currently looking for volunteers to help with landscaping and/or general cleaning**

    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! On the farm are myself, my mother, my sister and my 10yr old nephew. We love living here and love sharing this special environment with others.

    We are on the outskirts of the well known village of Cartmel which is home to a small racecourse, several very good restaurants and it is famous for it's Sticky Toffee Pudding and ancient Priory. 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'd like volunteers to commit to staying with us for at least 6 weeks so that we can all get to know each other. We are a relaxed yet hard working family; we like to make our volunteers welcome and part of our family :-)

    If you love horses you'll love being around our Friesians!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The Lake District is a truly beautiful part of the world and we are well placed for those wishing to experience a traditional English cultural exchange.

    We can help you with learning the English language and we aim to give you an experience to remember in the rural English countryside we call home. Being in The Lake District there are many fabulous places to explore!

    As we are a household of meat eaters, vegetarian/vegan and flexitarians we welcome all different diets. You will of course need to try the local food, especially the Sticky Toffee Pudding!

  • Help


    Here at the farm we accept volunteers who like to spend time on a farm where they can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside and be around dogs, horses and sheep - all the things that we find therapeutic and beneficial to mental health.

    Our elderly mother used to look after our home but now struggles with a lot of day to day tasks, so we'd welcome Workaway visitors to help out a bit with these as our time is taken up working around the farm. We'd love to have your help with any or all of the following:
    *Clearing ivy and brambles, wood chopping & gardening
    *DIY, decorating and building work if you're experienced and willing to get stuck in
    *Help with cleaning
    *Cooking family meals for us and other Workawayers

    You will see from our Feedback that we love hosting and we have had volunteers from all over the world come to stay who have thoroughly enjoyed their time with us on the farm in this lovely part of the world. We are more than happy to give travellers a taste of rural English culture and we never ask people to do work that they don't enjoy!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    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 environment.

    We provide basic food for you to cook in the caravan and once a week we'll invite you to join us for a meal. We also provide bed linen and use of the washing machine & 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 helping outside! We do have unlimited broadband in the farmhouse and cabin office which you are welcome to use - there isn't any internet access in the caravans.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    *️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️Volunteering is considered Working in the UK and therefore you may need a Work Visa. This is something you will need to organise yourself*️️️️️️️️️*️️️️️️️️️

    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.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    You can park a camper van at the farm and we can provide a hook up to electricity if needed.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We can accept workawayers who have a camper van which they and their pets live in.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Minimum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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