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Blenheim
All Year: No
Area (ha): 5
Persons: 1-2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 31448
Region: Marlborough

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Last Updated: January 23, 2018

We are a couple in our 60's living on a beautiful rural property just north of Blenheim. We have a small engineering business here plus a vineyard planted in Pinot Gris which we maintain ourselves and this is rather labour intensive from October to February. We have a few sheep,some hens and two cats. We try to be self sufficient as much as possible so have many fruit trees, and large vegetable gardens. Our house is modern and includes two spare rooms complete with a spare bathroom.
Helping here would be a pleasant experience because you would be fed well and treated kindly. Jobs are many and varied, depending on the time of year. Mostly, however it would be helping in the vineyard, or keeping the vege garden and section tidy. I have recently started propagating plants to sell so that also provides things to do.As my husband is the engineer and I am the "land girl" helping would not involve anything that I wouldn't normally do myself !! Hours would be approx 5 a day.Demand is seasonal but I only need help for a few days at a time rather than weeks at a time. I prefer mature people who can speak English and have a rural background. As my husband has coeliacs disease I do home baking and we eat gluten free healthy meals.Because it gets rather hot here during the middle of the day during summer, I am happy for my helpers to do jobs first thing in the morning and later in the day. This allows for time in the middle of the day to go swimming or to relax and see the local sights.
We will require around 3-4 helpers when the nets are put on the grapes. This often takes place around mid Feb although it is weather dependent, so can be a bit earlier or later. This year we think harvest will be early, so of course nets will be applied early. Heavy rain lately(mid January) has given it a boost and if it fines up quickly the grapes will ripen easily.Note..we dont need any more helpers until after 11th Feb.

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