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County Sligo
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.3
Persons: 1 or 2, Couples,
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 38160
Country: Ireland

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Last Updated: November 25, 2017

We need help/helpers , ideally a couple , ideally females but open to single or two friends or any couple etc

We need general Home Help near the Atlantic Ocean, west of Ireland, the wild Atlantic way.
Practical tasks to be done at present range from domestic to DIY, gardening, to household budgeting to internet
Currently exploring the possibility on raising the standard of accomodation so as to commence hosting Air BnB also.

Hosts ; Career in contemporary art and third level looeducation.
Interested in the exchange of cultural, creative, thoughts, art forms, music, song, dance, healing and spirituality.

We welcome support with time management, goal setting and motivation.
We would love someone to be encouraging and a positive inspirational energy in our home.

In relation to practical we would like help with organisation, planning, learning to, declutter ,cease pattern of collecting, storage systems,home office set up,budgeting, house and garden maintenance. DIY tasks. cleaning, cooking, internet research, implementing structures ,systems for house, home, garden, life style for clarity and easy action flow of a less stressful daily life etc.

We suggest an average of approximately 4 /5 hours work a day in exchange full free accommodation (bed, food, utilities) and helping yourself to everything in the kitchen. We are vegetarian , and healthy eaters but we have one meat eater in our home. We can try to find and buy the food you like and share the cooking. As expected in shared living spaces, they must be kept clean and tidy with consideration for others. It is expected that guests have respect for the difference between shared and private property.

We are very flexible on a working schedule depending on Irish weather and other commitments in life.

When we have time we enjoy driving our helper guests around on our own personal guided tours, doing activities together, getting to know one another and sharing our skills, knowledge and interests.
We also assume that we share mutual respect and support each other.
It is important to us that guests in our home are honest, trustworthy and can maintain confidentiality about private lives when requested.
Our home is a detached 3 bedroom in a green field less than an acre, ( 0.3 hectare ) countryside, west of Ireland , near a few houses, stone walls, green fields sheep , 2 outdoor cats , between the Atlantic Ocean and Benbulben mountain range.

Primarily career work with contemporary visual art / live performance art, installation, photography, video, sculpture, public art, community, but also music, dance, song, poetry, storytelling, social and cultural heritage.

We have a great love of Irish Cultural Heritage. From the archaeology, stone circles, old pre christian customs, the Irish language, music, dance and song. We can do a little of them all, and teach you if you wish.

Other passions, learning about healing, energy work, spiritual paths, practice and wellness.

We speak basic Italian and Irish, our native Gaelic language

We do our best to be welcoming, friendly, accepting and non-judgmental hosts.

We can be very flexible about most things in terms of duties, length of stay etc. it all depends on how well we all get on together. We think of you as a helpful guest in our home, we are supporting each other.
We value and expect honesty, trustworthiness, kindness, empathy and confidentiality.

Location : House is approximately 4 km to Grange village shop, cafe with free Wi-Fi , pub with food and music , post office, churches, pharmacy, doctor, playground, sports centre etc.

There is a certain amount of bus public transport from Grange to Sligo town/city.

Mobile smart phone gets good coverage at our home. There is unlimited Wi-Fi. Two good bicycles available for you thanks to our great volunteer helper Icke.

We have a very kind, friendly and supportive family of neighbours beside us.

You will also have the opportunity to have quiet personal time.

County Sligo is a good tourist destination but as with all of rural Ireland it is difficult to access without your own transport. Public transport is minimal. though we have two very good bicycles ,one brand new, we expect them to be cared for and maintained in return.

North Sligo where we live is best known for beautiful landscape, rich historical and cultural heritage. Lots of outdoor activities in this area. Sea, beaches, river lake, waterfall , hills, dramatic Benbulben mountain outside your window .Famous surfing spots, lots of water sports ,boat trips, fishing, horse riding, horse racing, hill walking, hiking, cycling, bird watching, golf and across the bay an aero club. Gaelic football, hurling, soccer. Sligo county known as "The Yeats County" had the grave of famous poet WB Yeats. Lissadell house and gardens was home to Countess ( Gorebooth ) Markieviecz, the first woman in parliament. Lots of archaeology, dolmens, megalithic tombs and stone circles and fairy forts. Round tower, castle and an old stately home.. Monastic settlement remains on Innishmurray Island and curious shape of Knocknarea Mountain in the distance. Sligo town 20 kilometres away, 20,000 people, has a cinema, theatre. museum, arts centre , galleries, kids indoor play centre, shopping, pubs , live music, lectures, nightclubs, restaurants , internet cafe, third level educational institution and a festival most weekends . A collection of paintings by WB Yeats brother Jack , swimming pool, leisure centre and the Sligo Rovers Soccer Football club. Surrounding region has several spa hotels, cookery school and famous seaweed baths. South county Sligo gave us the famous Sligo style of Irish traditional music, visit birds of prey a folk park and a little fairy themed park.

Getting here to Sligo?
Options for Airports are Dublin, Shannon, Belfast and a little west of Ireland one called Knock in County Mayo.(West of Ireland airport) I could collect you from that one.
Public transport by bus from the others.
There is a Dublin Sligo train but also a Bus Eireann (national bus company) directly from Dublin airport to Sligo a few times a day. We will collect you in Sligo town bus station.

We plan to do Hosting Helpx indefinitely so keep us in mind for the future.
P.S. We are open to individual travelers, all varieties of couples, two friends, small family, single parent etc.

PPS I have to admit sometimes I am very slow to reply .

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