Sustainable off-grid mountain cottage rebuild and agroforestry project in County Mayo, Ireland

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  • Última actividad: 3 dic 2023



 Estancia mínima:  Al menos un mes



  • Descripción


    David (Designer), Cameo (Interior Architect) & Fuji (rescue dog) live here in the West of Ireland overlooking Lough Feagh & Clew Bay on 31 acres of mixed woodland/reforestation & pasture land amongst the Wild Nephin Valley nestled in the mountains.

    4 weeks minimum stay. To make it worthwhile for us both to acheive something.

    Plant based diet. We try to buy local Organic veg from a neighbour's smallholding & grow our own too.

    We have a camper with mini log burner that you can be occupied. We have ample space to park up with stunning views & access to compost loo/solar shower for other vanlife nomads.
    Later down the line we will have a guest cabin. Please note it can be very hard work some days as working with stone is tough work. It depends what needs doing that week.

    We are a young family (37) and are hoping to grow the roster in the coming years so will need some help to build our home nestled in between Croagh Patrick Mountain & Wild Nephin National Park which there is a view of both from the property.

    The house is a traditional cottage made from local Red Sandstone and we have restored using ancient techniques, passive principles and sustainable approach keeping refuse to a minimum where options are limited. We may use some cement for exterior works such as paving or stone walls to hang heavy gates but none in the house.
    The house will be off-grid using Wind & Solar for electricity, coppice wood and compost/geo-thermal for heating & hot water. There is lots to learn on this one. We have plans to build a 5 acre Agroforestry food forest, large Permaculture veg patch, green house, spa & guest cabins.

    When the house is complete we can pursue our other interests & ambitions for the smallholding. We are interested in climate stabalising solutions through respecting and evolving natural systems. Carbon positive agroforestry, Composting, permanant tree crops, encouraging vital species habitat, copicing & soil development.

    Im also interested in off-grid utilities using renewable energy. Solar, wind, hydro, compost & geothermal heating, spring water, coppicing and planting.
    Promote biodiversity and design resourceful plans for excessive water on the land through careful tree planting design based on porous root systems of certain trees and nitrogen fixing species amongst an edible landscape.

    15 acres is pure reforestation so has been left to wild since we came in 2022, we suspect it fits into the category of Temperate Rainforest but are yet to get this officially confirmed. Excellent for foraging wild foods & mushrooms. This site also has a suspected Neolithic settlement & is shrouded in folklore & the wonderful Irish mythology. There are no end of tales you will hear from locals. The neighbourhood is very friendly and welcoming to all. Volunteers freely hitchhiking to town and back.

    Our local beaches are known for some of the best surf breaks in europe. There is sailing, kayaking & wild swimming to be enjoyed all over the county.

    One of the first things we will build is a sauna & plunge pool so after each day we can relax and enjoy the views. If you have a musical instrument and plenty of laughter that is also welcomed as here in Ireland we love a good old jam session.

    We have a large camper van with double bed, log burner, kitchen, fan, solar panels and multiple USB ports for a couple or individual volunteer. 700w of solar on the roof and a 2000w inverter so charging laptops or other devices is not an issue.

    Multiple camper vans are welcome all year with 24 hour access to compost loo/solar shower. If you are a digital nomad who cannot commit to 5/6 hours a day Mon-Fri we may be able to work something out if you can survive independently with lunch provided on workdays.

  • Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Tipos de ayuda y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Práctica de idiomas
    Ayuda en proyectos ecológicos
    Construcción y bricolaje
    Cuidado de animales
    Ayuda en una granja
    Cocinar para toda la familia
  • Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de sostenibilidad de las NU que intenta conseguir este anfitrión

    Objetivos de las NU
    Fin de la pobreza
    Hambre cero
    Salud y bienestar
    Educación de calidad
    Igualdad de género
    Agua limpia y saneamiento
    Energía asequible y no contaminante
    Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
    Industria, innovación e infraestructura
    Reducción de las desigualdades
    Ciudades y comunidades sostenibles
    Producción y consumo responsables
    Acción por el clima
    Vida submarina
    Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
    Paz, justicia e instituciones sólidas
    Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
  • Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    Intercambio cultural y oportunidades de aprendizaje

    The folklore of Ireland is vast and deeply ingrained. The mystical history will engage any guests here whilst learning many traditional sustainable building techniques. Cameo has worked with wood for many years and is a keen spoon carver.

    With the emphasis on passive & off-grid there is no end of problem solving and design sulutions that will engage any hungry mind. I have some experience with renewable energy from my degree in Design.

    With multiple volunteers there will be oppurtunities to meet other travellers and develop need friendships and expand your network.

    We are fun, friendly & open-minded people so we encourage enthusiastic interested people to join us.

  • Ayuda


    We have some experience with developing property & renewable energy. Cameo is a decent amateur carpenter and im confident with plumbing & electrics.

    Woodworking to re-build the decking, sauna, etc.

    Screed work using cork/lime mix to insulate internal walls. Earth plastering to finish.

    Electrical wiring for solar, batteries, lighting, etc. 12 solar panels on-site ready to install. I have done smaller projects on camper vans.

    Willow living events dome. A living building.

    Reedbed grey water systems.
    0% chemicals. Organic.

    Building greenhouse from scrap double-glazed windows.

    Beginning an Agrofrestry food forest of around 5 acres.

    Build & maintain veg patch.

    Build compost loos, cabins, shower hut, bunkhouse, kombucha bar, spa & all other wonderful ideas. We encourage your design influence.

    Plant trees. Deep breathe & disconnect from the exhausting modern world! Wim Hof practice daily in lake if you are game.

    Plenty to do so please come and help us and enjoy wonderful mystical scenery, Irish warmth & a good old cup a tea!

  • Idiomas

    Idiomas hablados
    Inglés: Fluido
    Español: Intermedio
    Francés: Principiante

    Este anfitrión ofrece intercambio de idiomas
    English is our mother tongue. I speak a little Spanish and want to further my learning of Italian. Cameo spoke basic Swahili many years back and also wants to further her Italian. We have a small project in Northern Tuscany which we will return to in 2025 and will also require volunteers one day. This is why we want to learn Italian above all other languages now.

  • Alojamiento


    Ideally we want camper van folk ONLY until we build guest cabins or bunkhouse.


    We have a large camper van with double bed, log burner, kitchen, fan, solar panel and multiple USB ports for a couple, individual volunteer or 2 friends content to share.

    Multiple camper vans are welcome all year with 24 hour access to compost loo/solar shower.

    Its very remote so ideally you would want a vehicle. You can borrow bicycles. 30mins cycle into Newport. Many volunteers successfully and joyfully hitchhike from our small pocket of neighbours into town. Same to return or taxi.

    Plant based. We encourage volunteers to cook occasionally and share your culture for food.

    Mountain spring drinking water.

    Running/swimming some morning. If your interested.

    We intend to have more volunteers when possible like in summer or we welcome camper vans with plenty of scenic spots to park up.

  • Algo más...

    Algo más...

    Sun, sea, surf, kayak, sail, hike, mountain climb, explore, live music, traditional pubs, food, parks.

    We are overlooking many lakes, the archipelago & many mountains. We are nestled in between the famous Crough Patrick Mountain & Wild Nephin National Park. You can see both from the house! There is no end of stunning wilderness to play in.

    We have many Blue Flag beaches here in Mayo and the longest coastline of all the counties. There are also Blue Flag beaches. Our local beach Mulranny has great surf and is one of these prestigious Blue Flag beaches. We will surf regularly once our house is complete. You are welcome to join. 3mm suit for summer is OK otherwise its 5mm winter suit, hood & boots.

    I would also like to do daily group meditation, yoga & even some cold water training in the lake. Your welcome to join me or not.

    One of the first things we will do together is to build an off-grid sauna & jacuzzi so that will also be fun.

    I have volunteered in South America, Africa and Europe on similar projects. Cam also lived in Tanzania and has volunteered with multiple architecture charities. We both volunteered in Calais in 2016 to rebuild the camps for refugees.

  • Un poco más de información

    Un poco más de información

    • Acceso a Internet

    • Acceso a Internet limitado

      Acceso a Internet limitado

    • Tenemos animales

    • Somos fumadores

    • Puede alojar familias

  • Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    Puede acoger a nómadas digitales

    We are very much digital nomads who are beginning our journey to escape the overbearing modern world. We use our unlimited data to hotspot achieving 5G in areas due to the new mast at Westport.

  • Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    Espacio para aparcar autocaravanas

    We have some stunning spots to park up with scenic views of mountains, lakes & national park. You can use composting loo/solar shower 24 hours.

  • Podría aceptar mascotas

    Podría aceptar mascotas

    Possibly however this could be complicated as we already have issues with our 3 year old rescue chasing sheep. Would need to be discussed.

  • ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    ¿Cuántos voluntarios puedes hospedar?

    Más de dos

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    Horas esperadas

    Maximum 6 hours a day, 5 days a week

Número de referencia de anfitrión: 482587479582

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