Come stay and help on a small farm and holistic retreat in the English Lake District, UK

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  • Last activity: 19 Mar 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    Hi there, we need help from the middle of April 2023 onwards and are looking for couples or two friends to help us.

    Our Holistic Retreat is set within the southern half of the beautiful lake district, 33 acres of woodland pasture with a small 'hobby' flock of Shetland Sheep and a few chickens that provide eggs for the family. We have 3 cats and 3 small dogs who live with us in the house.

    Come and join our friendly family, in our 18th century farmhouse, join in with our family life, walking the fells and mountains, playing with the kids in the woods, go wild swimming in the great lakes with Philip, practice your yoga in our purpose made yoga studios. We have a Canadian Canoe and mountain bikes you can use whilst you are here to explore this beautiful part of England.

    In return we have regular tasks around the Retreat that need doing throughout the year. We need diligent honest people looking to join in with all the help required.

    After hosting many helpers now over a few years we have come to prefer our helpers to stay six weeks at least and up to three months in total, we have noticed that this way, both the helpers and our family get so much more out of the experience.

    We are sorry but we do not accept helpers with pets.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • 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

    We greatly enjoy the exchange we get from visitors, especially for the children.
    Improve your spoken English in a busy family home.
    You will learn about Holiday Accommodation business, Firewood Processing, gardening, Woodland management, caring for sheep and chickens, and if interested more about Holistic yoga retreat.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    Its a fun place to help and join us in this small but friendly community, you will live as part of our family business, having your own double bedroom within a beautiful cabin set in our woodland, sharing all our meals and if you wish, in the evening relaxing with us and our three lively children.


    Monday or Friday or both Monday and Friday depending on how busy the business is, we require up to five hours work each of the two days, the work required is helping Philip with cleaning the Holistic retreat /online rental accommodation rooms.

    On the weeks where we have Holistic Retreat Guests (approx. 1 week in 3) we offer extra paid work helping with the catering / food service. This may add up to an additional 10hrs work a week.

    We pay £10.50 per person per hour per person for all this this work. If eligible, a small amount may be offset partly by the accommodation and food that we are offering (or you can be responsible for the food and cooking yourself if you wish). You can find more about the permitted UK offset here:

    Please note that this needs to be agreed in principle before you arrive.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Double bedroom/cabin set within our woodland. the cabin has a small tea point, a log burner and seating. (see profile pictures). The cabin has electricity but the Wifi is in the main house. Please note that the double bed can be split into two single beds.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Lots to do with your time off in the beautiful English Lake District, Historic market towns of Kendal and Keswick are a short 30min bus ride away and the beautiful towns / villages of Hawskhead and Ambleside are an even shorter journey. Climbing, hill walking, sailing, canoeing, mountain biking and visiting all areas of the lakes. The local buses offer all day tickets for exploring further afield.

  • 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 are in a rural setting so the speed of internet can be a little slower at times but we have no problems ourselves with carrying out our own business online.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 4 days a week

Host ref number: 981975153772

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