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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): one acre
Persons: 5-8
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 6815
Country: England

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Last Updated: February 19, 2018

Hi, Welcome to Tregoss Barton and Outlandish Holidays !

We live in a large Cornish stone house. (I converted it from a barn in 2001/3) Set in about an acre of gardens, on the Lizard peninsular, almost as far south west as you can travel on the UK mainland.
Overlooking the sea, "Falmouth Bay", and just a short walk to the beach. It's really very beautiful.
The area in which we live has been farmed for many hundreds of years.

The main word at tregoss barton : Community.
We live together, work together, and you may have to share a room. It’s more than a team, it’s a family.
You will meet people from all over the world, discover traditions, learn work skills and practice community life.
When you leave Tregoss Barton, you leave with memories for life, friends by your side and sometimes, love in your heart !
« My experience at Jonathan 's place was one of the best experiences of my life. I spent 5 weeks in that amazing place with amazing people, I made friends which I hope to see again! : Irving. »

A place for you :

If you are stuck and need somewhere to go, ask us. We might just have a place for you!

Our ideal home stay is about 6 weeks. Very often you can stay longer or less. That’s up to you.

On average we have 4 men and 4 women volunteers at the same time.
This creates a lot of fun and happiness in our house!

We also have internship placements available. These are similar to the normal help exchange for up to 12 months at a time. We will be happy to offer you more details. The difference is you will learn far more in depth than you would in just a 6 weeks home stay.

Work :
Jobs can include:
- maintaining an organic and permaculture vegetable garden
-indoor work such as washing, ironing, cleaning and cooking
- cleaning and changeovers in the Treehouse and Jack Sparrow House
-Office work. Answering the phone and taking bookings
-Looking after our guests
- general handy work around the property, building renovation
- stone walling
- painting, decorating
- building conservation and construction
- landscaping
- gardening
- propagation
- we could use some help with our website, film making and advertising skills could be useful too

We are not specifically asking for knowledge but for motivation & interest as we can train you !

On average we work between five and seven hours per day. Five days per week (weekend off). Depending on the time of year and the jobs that need to be done.

We supply waterproof clothes for dirty jobs or for when it is raining. We have waterproof boots, but you may still want to bring your own working shoes.

Life :
All meals are included : up to 5 times a day ! (breakfast, tea-break 1, lunch, tea-break 2, diner). 7 days per week!
We eat fish, but we don't eat meat. No worries, the meals are often amazing !! (= world food !)
If you are vegetarian or vegan, you will be welcome.

We have WiFi and TV.
We have a washing machine and a hair dryer that you can use.
We have bedding and sheets, but you should bring your own towel. (If you don’t it’s not a problem we can lend you one!).

Arrivals and departures:.
It is best for you and for us if you can arrive between Sunday and Wednesday and depart Wednesday to Friday. (Monday and Tuesday departures can be difficult as new people will be arriving and no beds for them to sleep in!) Of course we will always be able to accommodate you somehow :)

There are no buses to and from St. Keverne on Sundays.

How to get here:
Many helpers fly to London, Heathrow or Gatwick are best. They then take a train to Redruth Cornwall and then a bus to St. Keverne.

Some fly to Newquay, either from Gatwick or direct. The problem with Newquay is there is limited transport from there to us, unless you are lucky enough to make the right connections. This means getting to Newquay early in the morning. (By about 10am)

From London, and Bristol, there are also over night buses, and coaches, such as mega bus. (To Truro, Redruth, Camborne, Penzance) These take longer to get here but are usually a lot cheaper. (Again from Truro, Redruth, Camborne, Penzance, you get a bus to St. Keverne)

From Truro there is the bus 36 to St. Keverne. (in Helston you can change at either Blue Anchor or Tesco). To go on to the Square St.Keverne.

Some have flown to Newquay airport, and pre-arranged a taxi to us. The taxi costs about £70.00

All of the above are possible, depending on your budget and time you spend travelling.

To plan your journey here you can log into

There is a Facebook group for all past and current helpers. You can request to join the group prior to your arrival. Former or current helpers are also able to answer most of the questions that you might have.

Do I need:
Sleeping bag : No
Work gloves : No, not necessarily.
Boots : May be that's up to you, we already have some.
A K-Way : We have water proof coats!
A flashlight : May be useful sometimes
Towels : Yes
Bedding : No
Plug adaptor : Yes, if you want to use electricity ! (Although we have plenty hère)
Dress, hill, shirt, tie… : you probably won’t need that !

Generally we can supply most things you may need. While you are hère you will not need to buy anything.

Hobbies :
Surfing is available locally, and The North Coast Surfing is only 40 minutes away.
There are many local walks. Especially along the coast, which is very beautiful.
Also within a mile (fifteen minute walk) there is a good local village (St Keverne) with two pubs, shops, post office, newsagent, and a very pleasant community.
There is also a pub on the beach.
As we are surroundeed by the sea, we have a very good fishing area ! You can bring your fishing takle to catch fish but there is also shelfish picking available.

Plus… :
Video link from our helpers :

E-mails received from Friends/Helpers:

>>Dear Jonathan!
More than a week passed since I left Tregoss Barton, and I miss everyone and everything about it so much. I just wanted to let you know, that I meant it, that this month I spent there, was really the happiest time in my whole life... And I would like to say thank you again for that.
I feel, that being there healed me in so many ways, or at least started to heal me. I became a different person: I became more optimistic, got my trust back in people, got my dreams back, I dare to be myself and to tell my opinion to others, I smile more... I feel more peace and love in my heart than before. This was the first time I felt all right in the company of a group of people, everyone were so kind and accepting.
I will keep this memories forever in my heart.
I think, Jonathan, that what you are doing, and created is really wonderful and amazing! You are giving the chance to people to spend time in the most beautiful part of this planet, close to the nature and far away from the cities, and the chance to be a part of a loving and accepting community, being part of your creative projects, giving us amazing food, and treating us with honest kindness, like a family. I wish you the very bests, to keep this island of happines alive forever!
I am grateful for every second I spent in your community.
Thank you so much! I hope things are going well at Tregoss Barton. And I hope to return one day :)

« Dear Jonathan,
Thank you for having us stay in your beautiful home. It's been a pleasure to get to know the surrounding areas and coastline. I have enjoyed working on your projects and being able to fix a few things up. I really hope the treehut turns out great. (I want photos when it's finished). Cheers for the laughs and the scenic trips out. I really hope future projects work out as well as your past and present ones. It was cool learning a few new things as well.
All the best Brett from New Zealand. »

« Hello from the U.S., Jonathan!
I made it back Monday night after a couple very long days of traveling.
I want you to know that I'm very grateful for the chance to stay at your place. It was a lovely experience that included much laughter, exploration, and learning. I believe you have a great gift for hosting, and a nice touch with people. My stay was quite comfortable. Thank you.
I hope things are continuing well. Would you please extend this hello to Hyeran for me, and also tell her to E-mail me when she has the opportunity and desire.
I will remember fondly for a long time my departure from the Penryn platform with three smiling faces wishing me well.
Take care, Josiah. »

« Hi ! I'm in my house the travel was very long because my trains were late but now it's good, i'm at home.
thanks for all, you're really a nice man and i will come back
bye. Quentin. »

« Hi Jonathan!
I finally managed to get some time to write you an e-mail and to thank you for the whole 5 weeks stay at your place.
I took some time to write a review on your help exchange profile.
I don't know what else to say so: thank you and i hope we will meet again!
Bye and say hello frome me to Hyeran !
Aurelien »

« I miss everything in your place. I hope you are still laughing a lot. I haven't laughed that much since I came here. Please say hello to Elle, Steve and Nick if you can, I miss them too.
Lots of Love, Hyeran. »

« To Jonathan,
I think it would be hard to sum up my stay at Tregoss Barton in words. I struggled to depict it all in this picture.
Tregoss Barton is a magical place full of so much life and diversity from everyone living there. To the surrounding landscape, everyday life, the visitors and the atmosphere created by Jonathan!
What a treat to be able to be my mad little self and have so many opportunities to grow and learn. I now blame you for my new love affair with Compost.
I miss waking up every morning to Porthallow out the window and whatever crazy weather that is laid down for us every day, fortunately there is never a lack of RAINBOWS!
I never in my life thought I would care so much about compost, manure, worms, fish ponds and I never thought it was possible to eat Soooo much!!!
I have made so many lovely friends in my stay with you Jonathan and unfortunately (maybe) for you, I think I have been adopted by the wonderful Julie. So even though I have left Tregoss Barton, I don't think you will have seen the end of me for a long time! How exciting!!!
All my love and smiles
Emilia xxxxx »

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