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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 40
Persons: 4
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 28099
Country: Scotland

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Last Updated: June 18, 2017

We are a family of four with teenage sons who are now mostly away. We own a beautiful 40 acre croft on a Scottish Island called Lismore. It is a long, slim island situated at the mouth of the great Glen in loch Linnhe and is easy to get to; (5 min from Appin and 50 min from Oban by boat). This is a lush, fertile island with incredible views of the surrounding mountains and waters.
Our vision is to create a beautiful and inspirational nugget of Scotland where we can live self sufficiently and gently on the land, however we have a lot to do to get there and need plenty of help. I am a textile artist and run my business from a studio on the croft. (See I run textile retreats as well as make products and commissions for sale. My husband is a house builder however he will soon turn his focus to all the things that need attending to on our land. We have 38 Shetland sheep, 3 hens, 3 cats and one dog so if you're allergic to animal hair or dust, best stear clear! We are easy going, sociable and both love and play music. We are non smokers and we do eat meat but lots of salads and vegetables too.
The community of Lismore is a vibrant and sociable one with a population of around 180. There are lots of activities including cinema nights, country dancing, house ceilidh's, concerts and more but be warned, there is no pub on the island and only one shop. The island is great for hiking and when the weather is good, there are beautiful lochs to swim in. We have kayaks and a small boat for those who like to paddle and fish and we regularly collect cockles and muscles from the coast for dinner. Sarah runs the community choir so singers are always welcome. Everybody knows each other here and it is a bit like a very large family.

We are looking for robust, healthy, hard working volunteers with a love of nature and the great outdoors. Work is about to begin on our Eco home so we appeal to helpers with construction skills: (woodworking and masonry especially) to get in touch and stay for a stint (usually 3 to 4 weeks). We are also looking for someone who can tend to the veggie garden and cook for the team.
We welcome musicians because we are musical ourselves so that is a bonus although not completely necessary.
Our climate is a wet and windy one although we do enjoy spells of dry and warm so this is an opportunity for tough grafters rather than tender types.
We presently live in a large farm house next to the croft which has two spare rooms for helpers, a cosy open fire, large ray-burn and spacious eating area. There is plenty of hot, running water and Yorick and I will provide you with good, wholesome food. At the end of April we will move onto our croft and it is unlikely that the house will be complete so accomodation thereon will be more..."creative" We will likely have a pod and a caravan and Yorick and I will be living in the bus until rooms are ready in the house. We have yet to figure out the best approach to showering and communal eating but will hopefully have something sorted by early May.

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