I run art holidays in the Spring and Autumn from my home/studio and am a working artist and printmaker, selling work locally and putting on exhibitions.
I love to cook and have been a wallpaper designer and manufacturer most of my life. I originally trained as an architect and have a great love of old buildings. I have decorated the house that I live in mostly myself and I enjoy the process of renovation.
The house has five bedrooms a large studio and a high kitchen plus a very comfortable sitting room. There is a wonderful large kitchen with an a AGA and all modern conveniences, including a dishwasher.
My daughter is an upholsterer and upcycles furniture and industrial equipment and lives near by. We both have online rental people staying most weeks and have a holiday cottage in the Bellanoch Yacht Basin near on the Crinan Canal.
There is always a lot going on, we never seem to be without a long list of projects and jobs to do.
This is a happy house that loves people and we have good parties.
DIY and building projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
This is a beautiful part of Scotland and is close to Islay which is known for its whisky. There are surfing beaches and kayaking opportunities. Lots of walking and gorgeous scenery for artists and painters.
Tarbert is the local village which has a lots going on including a host of various festivals during the Summer. There are cafes and pubs many of which host bands year round. The people are friendly and hospitable and there would be many opportunities for cultural exchanges.
The is large and the garden is an old walled garden so would value some help. The major task that I need help with is the garden and also a few jobs around the house. The garden is nearly an acre and I have only tamed half of it so lots of work need to make it beautiful. I have a ride on mower and use of a greenhouse.
Gardening - removing small trees and extending the vegetable garden, and bonfires. Mowing, trimming and planting new shrubs, and basic landscaping. The front garden needs some shrubs clearing and some grass seeded or turfed.
General Maintenance. - A fair amount of decorating - including inside and outside of the house and veranda.
Help in the house - general house cleaning, hoovering and cleaning windows inside - laying a fire - cleaning bathrooms.
Art project - I am happy to share techniques with those who are interested.
My daughter and I may also need help renovating furniture.
Private bedroom with a double bed or twin room and a shared (from time to time ) bathroom. I would supply the meals and accommodation including laundry. I like to cook, but would be happy to share this task occasionally and also learn another countiries cuisine.
There is a wonderful large kitchen with an a AGA and all modern conveniences, including a dishwasher.
The house is 0.5 miles up a farm track which is a turning off the A83 main road to Campbeltown. There are regular buses to Tarbert / Lochgilphead / Inveraray / Glasgow and Campbeltown.
The house that I live in is a part of a much larger house which was divided in four sections in the 1950's with five families living fairly close together (one in a new house on the old tennis court).
People are always coming and going and there would be opportunities to hitch a ride with some of them when they are travelling to local places. I have to say that most people here are retired but they have a varied social life with friends, and family visiting quite often.
The local community is mostly farming and fishing, but there are many people are involved in the tourist business and yachting as there is a large marina in Tarbert.
I have lived here for 10 years and have built up a circle of friends many of whom are artists.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
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Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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