Help with garden landscaping at our home in Rahane, Helensburgh, Scotland


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    Hi there, we are Ben and Craig.

    We are currently undergoing major repair and renovation works to parts of our house however we would love to have 1 Workaway come and help us with landscaping, the animals, cleaning and gardening . The person will need to be strong as 2 of the dogs are big, and the 2 little dogs need constant observation.

    As we have a 5 bed-roomed house there is plenty of room even with repair work going on.

    We are looking for people, working both outdoors and indoors, and for 2020 will mainly be concreting, building retaining walls and laying drains.

    Outdoors: digging, carrying rocks, gravel and type-A-hardcore up the hill (fairly steep), concreting, building walls and steps, weeding, planting, pruning, cutting down bushes.

    Indoors: cleaning and painting.

    Indoors and Outdoors: looking after 4 dogs and 2 cats.

    We want to say a big "Thank you" to all the Workaways who have stayed here and helped since 2017.

    As we are wanting to learn Spanish we would welcome anyone from Spain to help us learn :)

    We have a large house and garden, which we are turning into a Bed and Breakfast and glamping establishment within the next 4 years. We both work full-time and are looking for support around the house and gardens to help us get it ready as a business over the next couple of years. We will also be using the B&B as a retreat as well for Leadership Coaching, as Ben is a qualified Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant, and therefore we really want to landscape the gardens to reflect a tranquil environment. Much of the work is manual labour.

    We live by a Loch called Gareloch on the West Coast of Scotland which is an area rich with beautiful landscapes and history, and will be very happy to show people around the area and introduce them to the sights and history. We have 2 cats and 4 dogs which are very much our family. We are great cooks and enjoy entertaining and supporting those who wish to learn more about Scotland and its history.

    Craig is a senior manager and Ben runs his own consultancy business so are able to also support though business coaching if this is of interest to any Workaway.

    Overall the work is mainly manual; digging, lifting and carrying bricks and rocks up the garden, building walls and paths, also looking after the animals, cleaning and occasionally painting. Please do note that the work can be hard especially in the garden.

    Also you will need to be very good with dogs and able to walk them.

    Please do get in touch if you're interested in staying with us and helping out.

    Happy travels and visits to you all wherever you go.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are great hosts and will take time to assist people with their language skills, take them out and about the area to learn more about the West Coast of Scotland, show you the sights; Arrochar Alps, Loch Lomond, Inverary castle and other castles, Glasgow and areas around the City. We may take you to our local cinema in an old church, out for meals in restaurants, walks with the dogs. For those that are interested in Coaching we also can coach you to improve your Coaching skills, sharing techniques and practice, and also are happy to share tips and techniques for Leadership.

    We all have dinner together at 18.30hr and often we are still sitting at the table with a bottle of wine chatting at 23.00hr and sometimes later. Conversations are great, funny and occasionally challenging as we are lucky to have people staying from all over the world.

  • Help


    From March to November we are looking for people to help out in the garden with tree and bush cutting, digging, creating landscapes and rockeries, planting and maintenance, taking down old buildings and helping to build new ones, laying drains and moving earth and rocks, building retaining walls, laying drains etc. The work is manual. We will also have odd jobs around the house; painting and cleaning. Also help to look after the dogs and cats occasionally.
    - We do expect a minimum of 5 hours a day between 09.00 - 17.00hr, and for that we ensure you get good accommodation and food.
    - For those who like to 'go the extra mile', and are willing and keen, we are happy to take you out and about around the area and treat you to the cinema, restaurants and attractions.
    - This is a work for those who are motivated, keen, have initiative, are good working on their own and with others, and are happy to do hard, manual work.

    When the winter comes, from late November, we will need help indoors with the 4 dogs and 2 cats, painting and cleaning, and when the weather is reasonable work outdoors.

  • Languages spoken

    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We have 5 bedrooms with 1 bedroom with an ensuite which is used for rentals, a main bathroom, and downstairs shower and toilets. You would be very much part of the household and share all other amenities within the house; Sky television, Netflix, internet, a sitting room, a dining room, a study/library, sun-room, scullery and large gardens.

    Breakfast would be a help yourself as well as lunch, and the fridge and pantry will be well stocked, however we will cook all evening meals and evening meals at the weekend.

    As you will be part of the 'family' we will expect you to clean up after yourselves and share in the general cleaning of the house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Although in the countryside, we are about 20 minutes from the nearest Town, we have local bus services - 1 every hour, taxis and a train goes to Glasgow every half hour from the local Town. Also we go through the local Town every day on our way to work so can drop people off on days off. We are 15 minutes drive from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours max, 5 days a week

The last of 4 Tons of Type A hard core being carried up the hill - not quite the way I recommended lol - thanks Johanna, Steven and John
Steps created in Aug 2019 by Yann-Malou, Antoine and Guillermo - thanks
Fernbank from the beach
Fernbank in Winter - Obi and Bubba enjoying the snow
Antoine (L), Guillermo (C) and Mocha (R) - Workaways whisky tasting at Auchentoshan
Your hosts: Craig (L) with Archie and Ben (R) with Freya.
Half-way through digging out 14 tons of earth at the upper garden - thank you Micah
The 'family'...clockwise from top left; Connel, Bubba, Obi and Kaylan

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