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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 36
Persons: 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 14213
Country: Scotland

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Last Updated: April 8, 2015

This is a 500 year old Scottish Castle, located in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. We are situated in the forest 2 miles from the nearest village of Aberfoyle, a small but busy tourist village described as the gateway to the Trossachs. The Castle and grounds were uninhabited for about 10 years, until 4 years ago when we purchased the castle and estate, with the intention of running a guest house and function venue from the Castle. We have been working hard for the last 3 years with HelpX volunteers to restore the garden and renovate the castle, and presently to run our hospitality business. The major rennovation is now complete and the business is open to guests staying for bed and breakfast and special events. Helpexers get involved with the day to day running of the business (breakfast service, bedroom cleaning, wedding operations) as well as gardening, maintenance and log splitting.
Accommodation in a caravan or bedroom in a cottage on the castle estate and meals with the family are offered in exchange for 30 hours work a week. We are in our late 30's with two small children, meal times are noisy (kids!) but relaxed. This would suit a single person, couple or close friends.
For 2015 we have a few specific openings for volunteers as follows:
15th July - 19th August we are looking for 1 person (but would consider a couple or 2 friends) with hospitality interest or experience. You will be working on at least 4 weddings plus preparing the castle before and after a self catering let. You need to be available for the whole duration.

late spring and autumn - we are looking for an individual or couple / 2 friends with good gardening knowledge and experience to work in the gardens for a few weeks at a time in the spring, summer and autumn.

we are looking for some log splitters to stay for a couple of weeks at a time and work predominantly splitting logs for the boiler. Availability throughout the year.

It is preferable that English is your first language, but if it is not you need to be highly proficient in spoken English as you will be customer facing and we offer a relaxed but luxury product!

Have a look at our facebook page, it will give you a good idea of what to expect if you volunteer with us.

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