We are a family of three children, 16 year old Daniel, 14 year old Josie and 12 year old Thady, and myself Cathy, the mum. We live on a 15 acre farm right down to the sea on the beautiful rugged, isolated Beara peninsula, two hours. by bus from Cork City. I have the children half of the time and I'm an artist setting up artist's residential studios and workshops. I want to revitalise two studio buildings. I am often away to college in Cork, one or two days a week. We have dogs and horses.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
Travellers will learn about rural Ireland, setting up an artist's studios, caring for animals, horse riding, eat good vegetarian food, socialising with young Irish teenagers, practising English and having a great space to stay. As an artist I can cater and accommodate for their own projects. They will be in a landscape where there is amazing scenery to explore by hiking or biking. Nearby towns and villages are accessible by bus.
I welcome practical, independent and motivated, physically able, responsible and fun-loving helpers. I would like your help with painting and refurbishing farm buildings to studio spaces and preparing spaces for art projects, getting studios ready of artist's residencies. People with carpentry, painting, gardening experience are welcome and so is anybody willing to learn. An interest in making and creating through artistic practice is a plus.
There is independent accommodation available (when not in use) and there are bedrooms inside the house for when guests are in the studios. As the children are here only half the time, the house oscillates between full and chaotic and empty and calm.
There are wonderful local natural history sites, stone circles, standing stones and views of the Skellig Islands. There's a vibrant, friendly local fishing and farming community with artists and eco-and alternative minded people around. Kenmare, Bantry and Cork are only a bus drive away with many locals happy to offer lifts.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week