All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 32057
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Last Updated: March 20, 2018
We have one vacancy until the end of April. Help is then needed from the 18th September until the end of October.
We need help (approx. 5 hours a day; 6 days a week) with our animals (several horses, many chickens and 2 playful friendly small dogs), the fields, the garden and in the house IN EXCHANGE for all food, accommodation, a lot of riding for someone experienced, a beautiful area and the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people. We cater for vegetarians and many special diets (especially Coeliacs) but unfortunately NOT vegans (as we use our delicious fresh eggs!).
Riding is available (during free time) for someone reasonably experienced (and of a suitable height and weight)and who has their own riding insurance and can bring their own helmet and suitable footwear.
We are easy going and enjoy what we do and love our animals. We ask that you are easy going too and flexible as some days there may be more to do while on other days there will be less. Days off can be arranged to fit in with the tasks. In return you will find that we will be flexible about what you want to do and when you have your days off. In return for your help you will learn many skills, hopefully have a lot of fun and be treated as one of the family!
We prefer someone who has some experience of horses and a good level of English. Please tell us your English level. We are happy to provide regular English Improvement lessons as well as our conversations and interaction throughout the day with you. You will also have the opportunity to make friends and converse with other people in the village.
We will need to see proof of your riding insurance/License documents.
You will have your own bedroom in a comfortable house (with your own bathroom). You will also have access to all other parts (kitchen, sitting room, dining room etc) of the house. There is a washing machine available for your clothes.
The animals are well-mannered and affectionate and are family members. The animals' needs always come first. We are scientists and knowledgeable conservationists with strong green, botanical, geological and ornithological interests and enjoy riding, gardening, breeding rare chickens, jam and gift/jewellery making.
We live in a very attractive rural area of Devon on the outskirts of a beautiful old village called Dolton (look on "Google Earth"). The village has a very friendly and active community, a church, 2 excellent traditional pubs, a post office and a small shop.
We are a married couple living in a Scandinavian style house with stunning views looking out over a Devon Wildlife Nature Reserve and beautiful countryside. We are about a 45 minute drive from Dartmoor National Park.
People from all backgrounds and nationalities are welcome. Experience with horses is preferred and helpers must be prepared to join wholeheartedly in the daily routine and be willing to learn new skills and live as a member of the family. You will be expected some days to help share the preparation and cooking of food and to also keep your own bedroom and bathroom clean.
Please note that caring for animals is physically hard work and the work continues regardless of the weather conditions. We also have been wwoofing hosts for many years (over 13) and are keen to learn from our helpers too. There is no TV but excellent Wifi internet, books, DVDs and many activities in the village are available.
Mobile phone reception is reasonable around the house.
Helpers are encouraged to consider and respect Long Meadow as their home during their stay. It is a very relaxed farm and we, the hosts, hope that helpers are prepared to take part in many social activities as well as working. We have recently built new stables for the horses and ponies and planning to establish an orchard and develop the gardens. We have very high standards of safety and care.
We cannot accept anyone who smokes (this also applies to e-cigarettes) as we are a non smoking household. NO smoking applies to the whole farm both indoors and outdoors.There are NO alternative areas for smoking.
Our neighbours also have horses and we daily work cooperatively sharing resources and machinery and caring for each others' animals. There are potentially a number of their horses available for Helpers to ride (if sufficiently experienced and of a suitable weight and height)in their free time. This is not available for people with little or no experience of riding.
You need to take the Stagecoach bus 5B from Exeter St. David's railway station or Exeter Bus Station stand 3 to Barfield Road, Dolton - we will collect you from here - the bus is too large to be able to travel into the village.
There are NO 5B buses on a Sunday OR on an English public holiday. The 5B bus departs from Exeter every 2 hours and the journey takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. The last bus leaves Exeter at 20.00.
The nearest airport is Exeter International Airport. There are regular buses (Stagecoach bus 56) from the airport to Exeter Bus Station. The bus from the airport to Exeter leaves the airport every 30 minutes. The journey to the bus station takes approximately 30 minutes.
You can not pre-book the Stagecoach buses. You must pay for your ticket with English money - make sure you have small notes (£5) or £1 coins. The drivers do not like to accept large notes (£10 or £20).
Please look at where we live on Google Earth. There is no town or city near to the village. If you want city life we are not the place for you.