All Year: Yes
Area (ha): one acre
Host ID: 6815
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Last Updated: June 18, 2018
We are moving and we need last minute help from the NOW until the 10th July. If you can come anytime in this period please get in touch.
Our next placement will be from October onwards at a new address to be updated soon.
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 here is : Community.
We live together, work together, and you may have to share a room. Itís more than a team, itís a family.
You will meet people from all over the world, discover traditions, learn work skills and practice community life.
When you leave here, you leave with memories for life, friends by your side and sometimes, love in your heart !
ę 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. Ľ
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. Thatís 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 homestay.
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
- we could use some help with our website, filmmaking 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.
All meals are included : up to 5 times a day ! (breakfast, tea-break 1, lunch, tea-break 2, dinner). 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 hairdryer that you can use.
We have bedding and sheets, but you should bring your own towel. (If you donít itís 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 overnight 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 http://www.travelinesw.com/
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 waterproof coats!
A flashlight : May be useful sometimes
Towels : Yes
Bedding : No
Plug adaptor : Yes, if you want to use electricity ! (Although we have plenty hŤre)
Dress, hill, shirt, tieÖ : you probably wonít need that !
Generally, we can supply most things you may need. While you are here you will not need to buy anything.
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 surrounded by the sea, we have a very good fishing area! You can bring your fishing tackle to catch fish but there is also shellfish picking available.
See below for video link from our helpers.