Join a family on a hobby farm, help with small building and gardening projects in beautiful Connacht, Ireland



Favourited 159 times

  • rating

    Host rating

  • feedbacks



  • last activity

    Last activity


  • Last email replied

    Reply rate

    100.0 %

  • Last email replied

    Average reply time:

    within 6 days

  • Badges

    Super Host
  • Description


    Hi all, my name is John. I live in a beautiful part of Ireland on an 80 acre farm. I've 3 girls. They're good-natured friendly girls who keep busy at their ponies, musical instruments and hopefully, their homework.
    It's a very picturesque farm. The river Deel runs alongside so basically we live in an a river valley, an ecological niche where nature thrives. Over us all, "our" mountain, Neiphin, looks down.
    In the last year we've used our house to host visitors in a very successful foray into holiday rentals.

    Edit; it's really experienced gardeners I'd really like to invite just now. I've created a wonderful space (quite large) for a productive garden. It overlooks the river, includes a new polytunnel, it's cleared, organised into beds full of good fertile soil......but I lack the knowledge to actually see it realise its potential.

    Now, for the next few months we'd like to improve the farm, establish a garden including a polytunnel, build a small timber bridge and a stone one too, rescue a few old sheds, and perhaps construct an 'Olde Worlde' cabin, simply built with a verandah overlooking a slice of heaven, and off-grid naturally.
    We get things done here in a spirit of co-operation and smiles. We've no wish to exploit anyone, or be dismissive of anyone's best efforts.

    Our house has 7 bedrooms so plenty of space.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Ok, I'm an experienced English Teacher myself so I can help in that regard if needed....but I think living in a rural community in the west of Ireland would provide any visitors to our farm an immersive experience into Irish Culture.

    Also, we've stables and horses/ponies so in free time, we'd help anyone interested to participate.

    Our chief sell though is our farm, and its beauty. The natural world is alive and well in our fields, woods and river..... and we feel honoured to live here.

    My kids all play Irish music (tin whistle, irish flute, and violin) so they'd assist if someone wanted to begin.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We've plenty to do. As mentioned above, we've a gardening project to begin (as I've envisaged it, it could be so lovely), a timber cabin on an elevated deck to build (if we could get this up quickly, our workawayers could move in here if they chose), and other projects too.
    As I said, there's always something to do. :)
    I'd like that any visitors would help out in a safe, methodical and focused way, safety is paramount..... the ability to get along with tasks well unsupervised would be important too.
    Having said all of this, I'd again like to emphasize I do realise this is a cultural/life experience for all visitors; I'd like anyone arriving to look on as friends as they leave whenever on their next adventure.

    So, calling all enthusiastic people but especially gardeners 😊

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    German: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    We've 7 bedrooms, most double, so plenty of choice. You'll have access to all the comforts of our home. In fact, we'd much prefer if you joined in with us, as against feeling yourself a 'visitor'.
    The house is clean, spacious, and modern.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please investigate Mayo online; you'll see it's a spectacular county full of interesting and scenic spots.
    Locally we've plenty to see too, and I've bikes there for visitors to use.
    By car, Ballina is 20 minutes away, Castlebar 40, and our local town Crossmolina is 5 minutes drive.
    Of course, we've shops, a cinema, nightclubs, pubs (alot!), doctors, a hospital, churches (alot!), and most other things everywhere else has.
    Within reason, I'd be willing to drive you about occasionally. There are buses and trains locally available too.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We've reasonably good broadband. Other workawayers have worked successfully from here.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We've space for multiple vehicles of any size.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We can welcome almost any pet, including horses, but they must be good-natured and respectful.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

These are extra optional ratings when members leave feedback. The average rating left for each option is displayed.

Accuracy of profile: (5.0)

Cultural exchange: (5.0)

Communication: (4.8)

Host ref number: 942916424516