Come stay and help on a Small Farm and Holistic Retreat in the English Lake District


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    Hi there, we need help from the beginning of December to the end of January 2020 and are looking for a couple to help us for the whole of this period.
    Our Holistic Retreat is set within the southern half of the beautiful lake district, 33 acres of woodland pasture with a small flock of Shetland Sheep. horses and a few chickens. We have 3 cats who live with us in the house, the cats are not allowed upstairs in the bedrooms.

    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. Join in with our food / holistic courses learning as you help. 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 and the home that need doing throughout the year, be it helping with the cleaning, playing with the kids when they are back from school, splitting logs for our Biomass Boiler or helping to renovate the large vegetable garden here. We need diligent honest people looking to join in with all the help required around the Retreat. Suzy offers all our holiday home guests Holistic therapies and if you are interested and want to learn you can assist her with this.

    After hosting many helpers now over a few years we have come to prefer our helpers to stay one, two or three months at least, we have noticed that both the helpers and our family get so much more out of the experience. We would prefer a couple for the summer and autumn months but please don't let that put you off if you are a single traveler or if you can only commit to a shorter time.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • 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 horses, sheep and chickens, and if interested more about Holistic therapies.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

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    Its a fun place to help and join us in this small but friendly community, you will live as part of our family, having your own double bedroom within the family house, sharing all our meals with us and our three lively children.
    You will need to be enthusiastic and willing to learn and to turn your hand from Log splitting, cleaning to gardening, washing up in the family home and helping prep family meals, playing with the kids and looking after the animals.
    If you have no experience with any of these task we will very happily teach you.

    We can offer payment in accordance to the national minimum wage dependant by age, offset partly by accommodation on offer. This is based on a maximum of 25 hours per week. Please note that this needs to be agreed before you arrive. Please also see the HMRC website for details.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken


  • Accommodation


    Double Bedroom in Family Home. You will be one of the family whilst you are here and can use the tv and wifi with the family.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Lots to do with your time off in the beautiful English Lake District, Historic market towns of Kendal ans 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.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • 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

Converting the barns
One of our beautiful holiday apartments

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