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Hi, we are Patricia and Aidan and we have two adult children studying in Dublin. We moved back from France to Ireland to a remote traditional cottage in the West. We have four cats, one cockerel, three rescued battery hens, originally 10 :( and three rescued dogs, including a huge gentle pyrénéen mountain dog mix called Marius and crazy Snoopy who is half Newfoundland and half springer. You must really love animals, especially big dogs! And not be afraid of muck!
We are all vegan, don't use chemicals, are very eco aware and our spiders stay where they are!
We set up a small holding so there is lots of general garden work to do, building raised beds, cutting and trimming trees, clearing a small river, fencing, general repair work, preparation for next years growing. We also want to make a forest garden/walk with our remaining quarter acre. Help with the animals and dog walking is essential.
Aidan works from home and isn't available to help as much as he would like, so help would be really appreciated.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral Maintenance
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
We can help you with your English and introduce you to Irish culture. Also, explore organic vegetable growing and animal care. We cook a lot to we can explore vegan cuisine together and look at the philosophy behind veganism.
Basically, anything that needs doing! General gardening like weeding, composting, building more raised beds and preparing them for planting, pruning and tidying, landscaping, clearing a small river that runs at the end of our field, painting, helping feed and care for the animals. Walking, grooming and playing with the dogs us essential. We are very friendly and relaxed so the house is a bit mucky with the dogs and the chickens running in and out.
We would, of course, expect you to be involved with all the usual things for day to day living like tidying, cooking, washing up etc.!
We hope to soon start working on restoring a tiny (really tiny) separate studio where you would have a sink, cooker, bed, table and chair, for somewhat independent accommodation but as we having got that ready yet, you are welcome to stay in the cottage with us when our family though it is a bit small.
What else ...
Where we live in East Clare is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt areas in Ireland.
Our area is teeming with life; full of birds, deer, foxes, and it is one of the last places in Ireland where pine martens are found. There are some lovely wild walks up behind the cottage across the blanket bog and through the forests.
We are about half an hour from the amazing Lough Derg and Killaloe, where there is boating and walks and nice pubs. We are about an hour from the West Coast of Ireland with its amazing Cliffs of Moher and the wild atmospheric limestone landscape of The Burren. Most of the villages around us, especially Feakle, feature live Irish music regularly. We are 20minutes drive from the village of Scarriff which has lots of facilities and is also on the coast of Lough Derg.
We are isolated, our cottage is 1km from the road and the nearest villages are about 4km away. It would be best if you could drive; then you could borrow our car. Otherwise, we will have a bicycle at your disposal -- but be warned, the roads are narrow with high hedgerows so they are somewhat dangerous. The nearest big town is Limerick where there are buses to and from lots of areas around Ireland, including Dublin and Dublin Airport. We can pick you up from Limerick on your arrival.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
We have two sources of internet at the house as Aidan works from home
Space for parking camper vans
How many Workawayers can stay?
Maximum 5 hours a day, 4 days a week
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I stayed for almost 2 months and I had to rebuild a
My stay with them started with a rescue mission in the dark. As I had failed to cycle all the way to theirs with a faulty back wheel. They were glad to come and pick me up in their van and after a while at the side of the road in the dark, it felt wonderful
thank you so, so much for this wunderful time. I stayed at their place one month (instead of 2 weeks). At the first moment you feel, like you're part of the family! I met a lot of their (english) friends, we went to a little festival, the local market,... We did some work at the kitchen at Niort and started the garden season!