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All Year: April to October incl.
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 59183
Country: Ireland

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Last Updated: October 18, 2017

We are currently closed for Winter. We welcome applications for April 2018 onwards but do not need help from now till March.

Hi from a relaxed, friendly nearly-retired couple who love to 'host' and welcome our volunteers as if they were family. We are a 1 hectare smallholding with sheep, poultry, pigs (in summer), an out of control vegetable garden and plenty of 'wild' bits, in NW Roscommon. You are welcome to try some (fully supervised) livestock tasks at the appropriate times of year (moving stock, dealing with families of baby chicks, sheep shearing and foot trimming etc). We try to give guests a mix of jobs and nothing too awful! You will get mowing and tidying but also, if we can, jobs for which you have stated a preference. Our most recent volunteers asked for 'wood-work' - we had plenty.

Our house is 150 years old on the outside, 5 years old on the inside. Your room will be warm and comfortable as well as private but you will be welcome to treat all the 'common' areas like home. No wide screen TVs here but 'reasonably' fast broad-band. We have four cats and three dogs if you need a fix of pet cuddling. We are both good cooks and create lovely meals mainly from meat and veg grown here. We also love our volunteers to cook us something 'from home' if that takes their fancy.

We have honey bees and a hive, so you might be wise to check before booking that you are not badly allergic to bee stings. We would, of course, try to keep you safe, but you can never be 100% sure with bees and a sunny garden task.

We can arrange borrowed push-bikes and we are 10 mins from the nearest town by car. We are happy to drive you about within reason and would certainly collect you from Castlerea railway station or Knock Airport (which is only 25 minutes away down a quiet bog road!)

We look forward to hearing from you.

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