We are a couple (Jan and Rupert) and we live in a beautiful location in South Shropshire, about 7 miles from the historic town of Ludlow. Our cottage is on the side of a valley with stunning sunsets and views over the surrounding countryside. We have a large, partly wild garden with vegetables, fruit trees, soft fruit and a small woodland area. We have three horses and a very friendly spaniel. This is an ideal location for anyone who loves animals, wildlife and the countryside and who doesn't mind working physically hard and getting muddy! There is no public transport here, so helpers will either need their own transport or be content to spend a lot of time in a quiet rural location almost a mile from the nearest lane.
We usually take helpers for one or two weeks initially, but if we get along well and your skills fit in with what we need at the time then it may be possible to extend your stay to a month if we don't have another helper booked in.
Please contact us if you are interested and you have gardening and/or maintenance/repair skills. You must be willing to work physically hard outdoors whether it's sunny or raining and you will need to have a reasonable level of competence in spoken English.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We're looking for people to help us with various projects around the garden, orchard, house and field. The exact tasks we'll ask you to do will depend upon the time of year, the weather, what projects we have on the go and your skills/experience. Examples might include weeding, digging and planting, chopping logs, poo picking in the horse paddock and yard, helping to build and weed paths and raised vegetable beds, and/or helping around the house with cooking, maintenance or cleaning tasks. We could also use someone with computer/IT skills on occasion.
We try to live in harmony with the environment and wildlife here by using organic and permaculture techniques wherever we can and exploring ways of keeping our horses in a more natural and holistic way.
We generally ask all helpers to assist with the animals for an hour or so early in the morning each day. This includes poo picking in the field/yard and filling haynets. After that, we eat breakfast and then start our main projects for the day. You need to be prepared to work independently as we are often busy on independent projects or work, so we may need to show you a task and leave you to get on with it. At other times though, you'll be working alongside one or both of us on a bigger project and there will be plenty of time for socialising at meal times etc.
We would be particularly interested to hear from you if you have specific gardening, landscaping or construction skills. You need to be fit and strong as our garden is steeply sloping with heavy clay soil, and everything is uphill from the muck heap!
You MUST be over 20 years old and you need to like dogs and be comfortable around horses. Also, while we are happy to help you improve your English you MUST already have a moderate to good fluency in spoken English.
We have a cosy 2 berth caravan which can accommodate a single person or a couple/two good friends. It is comfortable and warm and is parked right outside the house. It has a small bathroom but you are welcome to use the house bathroom and you will eat your meals with us in the house.
Ludlow is a beautiful and interesting small market town, located about 7 miles away. It's famous for good food and has lots to interest visitors, including a beautiful medieval castle. Please note there is NO public transport between here and Ludlow and there are no shops within walking distance so you will either need your own transport or we may be able to give you a lift into town once or twice a week. We are in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which is a lovely area for walking, hiking and other outdoor activities, and we also have a bicycle which you are welcome to borrow. Shrewsbury and Hereford are the nearest cities, both about one hour's drive away or you can catch a train from Ludlow. Birmingham is about 2 hours. We do encourage helpers to get out and about on their days off to explore the countryside or local towns and cities and we do ask that at least one day per week you go out all day so that we can have a quiet day to ourselves.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours a day, 5 days a week on average