Help us with fun garden and restoration projects on a 200 year-old lake-side rectory in Co. Cavan, Ireland



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    Hi we are David and Sabina, our kids have grown and flown the nest and we decided it is time for a new adventure. So 6 months ago we sold our slick, modern house in the city and bought a 200 year-old lake-side rectory on 8 acres. We've spent the first half of this year renovating/decorating the house and now we are turning our attention to the gorgeous, but a little overgrown grounds and historic coach houses and out buildings..

    We're not afraid of hard work and we are currently trying to give the garden's the attention they need whilst meeting the demands of full-time jobs. David works outside the home and since lockdown has lifted has had to travel a lot both nationally and internationally. Sabina used to travel a lot but now is working remotely pretty much all of the time. Sabina is a health psychologist, neuroscientist, author, podcaster and motivational speaker. We share our beautiful home with our four rescue dogs Dizzy, Daisy, Scruffy and our newest rescue lurcher Jen.

    We are loving our new home and wake up each morning marvelling at the amazing views and wondering whether we are going to wake from this amazing dream but no - we are actually living the dream

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Bricolage et projets de construction
    S’occuper des animaux
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général

  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Happy to help with English. Our home is more than 200 years old, steeped in history and synonymous with the history of the area and indeed Ireland during some troubled times. The gardens which extend over 8 acres are a combination of formal gardens, woodland and wilded areas. There is an incredible array of trees, shrubs and plants. Trees range from stunning traditional trees such as oak, horse chestnut, sycamore and copper beech planted when the house was first built in 1819 to an incredible mix of rare and unusual trees, many from Asia strategically planted by a previous owner. Renowned garden designer Daphne Shackleton designed the formal areas of the gardens approximately 20 years ago. Around that time the former owner also reinstated pathways throughout the grounds including a 400 metre walk along the lake from which the house takes its name. The Azaleas are a sight to behold. The gardens are a prime example of biodiversity attracting butterflies and bees in abundance. There is incredible biodiversity and wildlife, with foxes, hedgehogs, badgers, otters living on the land. The house is a bird lovers paradise - We have the largest rookery in the county with a mix of corvids and a substantial heronry with 30 to 40 herons living and breeding here from January to September. Then there is the lake itself which is wonderful for lovers of water sports. We provide kayaks but the lake is used for skiing, wakeboarding boating etc. The lake is 3.5 kilometres long and you will never tire of it. The lake is renowned for coarse fishing. We are just 2k from the town of Shercock which is a vibrant, friendly small town, with several pubs, food shops, hairdresser, hardware, garage and a cafe. There is a regular bus service from Shercock to Dublin which takes just over an hour that runs several times a day. We are located equidistant (12k) from three large towns with large supermarkets like Aldi, Lidl, Tesco Super Value etc. Cavan is replete with national parks including the Cavan Burren with its unique flora and fauna. Co Cavan is Ireland's lake district with a lake for every day of the year - 365 lakes - Co Cavan is located in Ulster and is very close to the border with northern Ireland giving visitors the opportunity to explore that culture also. Sabina is a health psychologist, neuroscientist and Irish Times No 1 best-selling author - and is more than happy to share her knowledge and expertise in that area if it is of interest to work aways.

  • Aide


    General gardening, clearing brush, saplings and undergrowth, thinning woodland, trimming hedges, weeding, spraying, strimming, mowing, chipping wood, spreading mulch, pruning etc. Also possibly laying patios, building gazebos, decking and possibly a jetty

    We hope to restore a 200 year old coach house and one of our first projects is to restore the buildings. We will need carpentry, plumbing, painting, plastering, tiling, etc

    There will be other creative projects around the house, out buildings and gardens.

    General maintenance around the house and grounds.

    We may occasionally need someone to dog sit should we both have to be away at the same time

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    Anglais: Courant

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  • Hébergement


    Workawayers will stay in a bedroom with own shower room in our home but ultimately we hope to provide accommodation in the newly refurbished coachhouse on the property

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Cavan is a county with a lake for every day of the year, or so the saying goes. Experience the beauty of west Cavan with its clear water and rolling hills.

    Explore the ancient sites of the Breffni County. Turn back time on a trip to Cavan Burren Park, where you’ll find unique megalithic tombs and later, stop off at Cavan County Museum to learn about days gone by.

    Travel to picturesque parks and take on vast walking trails, check out Cavan’s hidden treasures now.

    The locals are incredibly friendly and welcoming with plenty of pubs in every town.

    Gaelic sports are a big thing in Cavan you can goo watch the local teams play or join a local team depending on the duration of your stay.

    In our nearby towns there are lots of social events where you can meet people and learn how to jive int he process for example.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Yes. We have fibre broadband which is a type of high-speed broadband. It uses fibre optic cables, which are better at transferring data than standard copper cables. It's the fastest and most reliable broadband in Ireland. Suitable for working from home but also suitable for online gaming and streaming movies and music. However, Sabina hosts a podcast and also speaks at corporate wellness events online so it would be important that heavy duty streaming or gaming wouldn't occur during these times.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    We have a large yard at the back of the house - we would need to check that the entrance is wide enough for your particular motor home to gain access.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?


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    Nombre d'heures attendues

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

N° de référence hôte : 553364927397