Looking for practical help in a creative household near the Peak District (England)


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    Come and stay in my caravan! We live on the edge of the Beautiful Peak District National Park, near the centre of England. Our garden backs onto a small lake that we have access to. We are a family who love people and experiencing new cultures. I have traveled quite a bit myself. I've spent several years in South America and a few in Holland.

    My name is Emily, I’m a 37 year old single mother and full time artist. I also write poetry and have a podcast. My boys love meeting new people. They are 10 and 11 and go to local schools. We have a beautiful dog who loves people even more than we do, she likes to hug. I like to cook. We eat as much healthy food as we can. Our house is cosy rather than immaculate, we don't have a lot of money - but that doesn't stop us doing anything.

    Building and maintenance experience is really useful as I have some unfinished projects, though creativity is good as I don't always have the money to do things in the traditional way. I really want help with the garden. Would love to create a vegetable patch to help feed workawayers. I would love someone to inspire me with sustainable ideas my outside spaces.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    If you are a creative person there is a lot of space for your creativity to develop further in our household. Music, art, education. If you come wanting to learn the opportunities are endless.

  • Help


    I want my house to be a magical space where creativity flows freely. I want to create a space which we can all enjoy. Caravan is old but in good condition, I love someone with great DIY skills to to help me make it into a wonderful space that future workawayers can enjoy.

    I really need someone with good house keeping skills to help me keep things in order. The garden needs a lot of work, and there may be some things you can help me with in my art studio. I am usually happy to cook, but will need help with washing dishes. As our house is small it gets messy and dirty quickly - so help with general household tasks is appreciated. What I basically need is an extra pair of hands :)

    Please don't apply if you are a European who only wants to come to the UK to find paid work. The people I want with us are those who are exited to be in England and want to enjoy what it has to offer. My primary concern is the positive energy that you can bring to our household. I want you to visit because you want to be part of our family for a while, not because you want free accommodation.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Caravan. Our house is not big, so for that much needed sense of personal space I have provided you with a caravan right outside the house. It has a comfortable small double bed, small table, wardrobe and storage space, small kitchen and a chemical toilet for use at night time. Shower and better toilet are in the house. Washing machine and tumble dryer at your disposal. Caravan is a little retro, but is clean and damp free. There is a heater for the colder months, and if it ever gets too cold you can of course stay in our spare room, although it is a lot smaller than the caravan.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our location is the best of both worlds: City and Countryside. There are lots of long walks or bike rides to go on. Public Footpaths mean that there is very easy access to the countryside. There are busses every 30 minutes that take you into Chesterfield which is 10 minutes away. From Chesterfield it is a 10 minute train ride to Sheffield. We are only 20 minutes away from Chatsworth house: and are also near the fascinating (plague) village of Eyam. The list of places to visit in the Peak District is endless... Matlock, Bakewell, Bolsover Castle

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

This is my art studio with the lake behind it. The walls need rendering and the roof needs finishing...
House and caravan. We have a lot of neighbours close to us, but the house backs onto some land which is great place to escape to. Especially in the summer and when it's not raining...
Picnic by the lake with workawayer
View of caravan. Panoramic may may it look bigger than it is..
This is a photo of the lake at the bottom of our garden. It has a pub on it.
These photos were taken in the village where we live
Ashover is a local village (2 hour walk away) with a lovely country pub.
This spot is only 5 minutes from our house and it is the start of a lovely walk
Eva loves sticks
When my friends from New Zealand visited I took them to watch the sunset at Curbar Edge

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