We (Anne and Adam) live in a stunning coastal setting on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. There are wonderful walks all around, great places for sightseeing and an abundance of unspoiled nature to explore. We have a wilderness/garden-in-the-making that needs a lot of care, wood that needs cutting and a house that we are in the process of moving into (still, after years!) We have a dog and two cats.
The area is pretty remote - nearest village is ten minute drive away, but if you like fresh air, nature, wild Atlantic storms, a cosy fireside, coastal walks and star-studded nights and don't mind getting your hands dirty, this is the place for you. Also I'm a teacher of English as a foreign language so every work project is an opportunity to improve your English.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
I am a teacher of English as a second language and am happy to help guests improve their English as we get on with things, and informally during social time. I have English grammar and vocabulary books you can use while you are here.
We are very interested in literature, films and music and can tell you a lot about nature and the local coastal environment and local history and current affairs. We can give very good tips on what there is to see and do in the area and in other parts of Ireland. You are welcome to join us, (or not), for yoga, dancing, walks, badminton, drumming and any other social activities and we love to cook and swap favourite recipes. You will get to know our friends and neighbours and will hopefully feel right at home.
Also, I am a professional interculturalist and so can give you good insights into intercultural communication and Irish culture in particular. You will definitely learn all about the sea, nature and the shoreline, rural living and how to recycle, upcycle, cook and have a good time with very little expenditure!
And it's a two-way street so we'd love to hear your stories too and learn some of your languages.
Also, you'll learn patience! I am always late for everything... sorry.
Depending on the weather (and we get a LOT of weather!) we would be doing tasks outdoors (weeding, beach-combing for driftwood, sawing firewood, gardening, collecting seaweed for compost, doing light track repairs, stone wall building, clearing out out-buildings, lining a duck pond, planting, creating a living willow wall, building a bonfire pit, creating dead-hedges etc) or indoors (varnishing, painting, sanding, window washing and doing light house repairs and lots and lots and lots of clearing, cooking and cleaning. We love food (and Adam is vegetarian) so we are always interested in recipe swaps and filling the freezer with new kinds of meals.
You'd have be prepared to get dirty (we provide hats, scarves, wellies and practical clothes/ gloves) but the help is fulfilling (creating order out of chaos!), varied and interesting.
IF and WHEN it is available - your accommodation MAY be a very cosy wooden, grass-roofed cabin with kitchen/livingroom, electric shower and wood-burning stove just adjacent to our house. It is your own private space and perfect for couples or friends who don't mind sharing their living accommodation. (There's a double bed and a sofa bed). It's near enough not to be lonely but separate enough to give you some privacy and space. The views of the sea just a few hundred meters away are incredible.
NB: We do rent this cabin out, though, so if we get a booking we would expect you to move over to the house with us. During this time you would have your own room (our study/guest room) with a double bed and it's own entrance. There is an adjacent toilet/shower which is mainly for your own use. And of course you can share our kitchen/living room and downstairs living area.
[UPDATE: As the Cabin gets more and more popular on another listing site we are getting more bookings off-season, so you may well end up at the house more often than in the Cabin.]
Your own transport would be highly recommended as there is no local transport, but if you are happy to stay local there are a lot of lovely walks all around. We are happy to give you a lift if we are going into the local village or town for shopping etc, but we don't provide a taxi service. That said, you are welcome to join us for dancing, yoga, drumming or badminton which we go to most weeks.
However, we have lots of books, cds, dvds for you to borrow and we are happy to invite you for a game of cards or pool (billiards/snooker). There are interesting things nearby - ancient Celtic settlements and Bronze Age stone circles, a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Centre (Dzogchen Beara), art galleries, music in the pubs at night.
Depending on our own work or family commitments we may be restricted in how much time we can spend entertaining guests, so it would be good if you were pretty self-motivated. That's why we would prefer couples or two friends who could keep themselves amused if necessary! That might be curling up with a good book in bad weather...
As the accommodation is in use for paying guests from May - October we can usually only accommodate WorkAway guests off-season, but keep an eye on our short notice availability also!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a pretty good WiFi connection from a mast, but if there is a big storm (which happens a few times a year, usually in winter) we can lose connection on the whole peninsula. This doesn't last very long but can happen. We are happy to have people who work on their projects from time to time, but if you never take your nose out of a screen it will be boring for everybody!
I would need to know the size of the van first. Huge wouldn't really work. And you wouldn't have access to electricity though we are glad to supply water, showering/toilet/cooking facilities. Just get in contact and we can work it out.
We have a friendly, neutered male dog and three cats, one of whom has special needs so your pet would have to fit in with our menagerie (but it's something we could discuss). More than one dog, or a dog who tends to harass cats mightn't work).
4-5 hours a day, five days a week.
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