Help turn my house back into a home, in Edinburgh, Scotland


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    I live in a large old house in one of Edinburgh's most historic and attractive areas (quite central). This has been in my family for more than fifty years, seeing three generations pass through, so could now do with a bit of care and attention. We've now finished decluttering, but there's lots more to do - skills like decorating, joinery, plumbing, or electrics would be especially welcome. Plus the garden always needs more TLC if you can tell a plant from a weed.

    CURRENTLY - there's one big painting job to do, with high windows. So please especially say if you're happy up tall ladders (but don't offer if you're not)! And if you've experience with fixing holes in roofing felt (probably with bitumen & fibre tape) please let me know. I also have a conversion project building a kitchen and shower/toilet into a space, which needs real experience in various trades, so anyone with such skills available for a few weeks would be good to hear from.

    Also, I've a couple of businesses related to Scottish heritage (weaving & making kilts and tartan & tweed products). So if you're into social media and/or video production (etc.) I'm open to any ideas you think you could complete while visiting, which could reach new audiences for us. I'd like to hear your ideas.

    I decided to try Workaway not just for the help with these projects, but also just because I enjoy having company and sharing experiences with nice people from all around the world. When I was younger I traveled extensively and received a lot of kindness from strangers along the way. So this is my time to pass the kindness on. I've always enjoyed having people around and am easy to get on with. As you'll see from my reviews, it's been a great win-win experience so far.

    You would have your choice of rooms and free use of the living area (lounge, cinema/playroom, fancy bathroom, conservatory etc), fridge, and garden. I've no preference for age or gender; I'm very respectful, as my references should confirm.

    The arrangement could be for anything from a few days to a few weeks, as I'm very flexible fitting this in with the rest of my own very busy life.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I'm a local born and bred, with deep roots in Edinburgh and Scotland, not least through the heritage-related businesses I run (weaving & manufacturing tartan and tweed products). And I'm pretty chatty. So you're sure to learn a lot - and I'd hope to learn about wherever you're from too! We also tend to have more than workaway guest at a time and so there will probably be other people to socialise with, and I'm always happy to give recommendations of places etc.

  • Help


    At the start of the year I could barely enter let alone live in 7 of the rooms in this house due to clutter from life, family and bereavement. In June I started hosting workaway guests and we've steadily tackled the clutter and have now cleared every room and even the garage!!

    So I have now moved on to renovating my old family home. I've made lots of progress already, but there's plenty still to do - both in the house and garden.

    Inside the house, the tasks I'd appreciate help with range from simple decoration and minor DIY or sewing projects up to larger scale electrical/plumbing/building work. It would be great if you could give an idea of your skills and level of experience so I can see how you might fit in. I'm even open to ideas we haven't thought of... recently we worked on a stained glass window which wasn't planned until the guest arrived!

    The house has two largish gardens, front and back. I'm more or less on top of it, but there's always weeding to be done, or lawns to be mown - plus trees or bushes to cut back if that's your thing. It would help if you can tell the difference between a weed and a plant that's meant to be there, but if you're more expert with things like planting or compost (even garden design) please say so!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, and basic French & German

  • Accommodation


    I've several spare bedrooms, from which you can take your pick of any free. Otherwise there's a huge living room with a good kitchen, a play room with cinema screen & Netflix/Xbox/Amazon Prime, a huge whirlpool bath and a good shower room, plus two gardens with lots of fruit and veg growing in them.

    I'm obviously more than happy to stock the fridge (or pay for you to shop) and maybe share in making meals (but I'm not promising to cook for you every night). Basically I'm quite easy going, so we can work out how this works best for both of us. Please note that I'm not veggie, but have no issues in others dietary requirements as long as you are open minded as well.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I'd only expect perhaps a few hours help per day (25 hours per week on average). So you'll have plenty of time for your own stuff, whether this is to find a job and a flat of your own, explore this lovely city while passing through, or enjoy the peace and quiet to get on with writing that novel. The local shops & buses are great, or it's just 20-30 minutes walk into the town centre.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    roughly 25 hours per week

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