Hi! We are an Irish/German family of four living in a small old farmyard in the countryside just outside Cork city. We have been rebuilding and renovating the house and outbuildings with care and respect for history and the environment. We have hens, chicks, bees, vegetable beds, fruit trees and bushes, 150 year old trees and ruins, wood stove, a cat and a beautiful garden. We would be delighted with someone who could help with some of these!
We are only twenty minutes by bike from Cork City Centre, which Lonely Planet picked as one of the top ten cities to visit in the world in 2010.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
We would love to include you in our family activities/ interests. Rob is a teacher in an intellectual disabilities school and sings in a choir, drums with a samba band and surfs when he can! Sandra is also a teacher and does yoga, beekeeping and gardening. Mia is 11 and loves Irish dancing, painting and camogie (Irish sport a bit like hockey). Elise, 10, is also a drummer, camogie player and loves baking and surfing.
We are happy to speak English, German and Irish at home and also speak some Spanish and French.
Current projects (Summer 2016): fencing for chickens and fruit bushes, reroofing an old shed & converting to workshop/ potting shed; building a pizza oven; repainting wrought iron gates; collecting honey.
You would have a 4 berth camper van with toilet, mains electricity, heating and hot water, but full access to our bathroom as well. We'll eat together in our living room.
Cork City is about 20 mins away by bike (you can borrow ours) and most of the route is a former train line which is for bikes/pedestrians only. There are also buses to the city (the bus stop is about 20 mins walk or 5 mins drive if we are available to give you a lift). We are also close to Passage West, Cobh and Cork Airport is about 15 mins drive.
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