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Kielder, Hexham
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Accommodation Business
Host ID: 3086
Country: England

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Last Updated: November 1, 2016

Any one interested in a homely welcoming environment to come and stay in, we may be remote but we make up for it by being friendly and interested in new people. two or three week stay would be great as we realise most folk are on a journey around the world.

We run a small 4 star Bed and Breakfast in the beautiful Kielder Water and Forest Park. We are the only B&B in the locality. Kielder is a small village (~210 people) about 3 miles from the Scottish border - it is an up & coming tourist area.
Kielder is a great area for walking, cycling, fresh air, clean spring water and dark skies We now have dark sky park status and this is bringing in a lot of business. New downhill single bike tracks are being opened and are fast becoming very popular Also the Kielder Observatory is only 3 miles up on the hill and the Lakeside Way gives a great opportunity to travel all 26 miles around Kielder Water.

We welcome people into our home and allow them the freedom of the house. We do not expect folk to work more than is necessary to get the daily tasks done, usually 5/6 hours, sometimes less, and if there are more than one of you, you can split the workload. Terry and I have been doing the job for a long time now and know how long things take. If your working in the garden or painting etc, there will be plenty of breaks for tea/coffee.

Occasional help with our own evening meals would be lovely. We like to try out new things to eat. If you need time off, just ask.

We are also looking for handy people to come and help sort out another property. You will be able to stay on site hopefully sharing the house with fellow travelers. Indoors and outdoors work needed.

The Garden is coming on nicely at number 13, we have had some lovely people helping to get it to this point. Thank you Chris and Jacob especially. We could do with another couple like Dri and Manu too, all delightful hard working, kind people.

As well as gardening and maintenance skills,
we need people with basic cooking experience to be trained up to help cook breakfasts, cleaning rooms, making beds, help with laundry & ironing and occasional meet & greet of guests.
Also outdoor jobs to be getting on with and general maintenance,gardening, keeping up with the decorating.

There are no mobile phone signals in the village - but we do have wireless internet access.

As we are the most remote village in England we are not suited to those who need a regular shopping fix or those who cannot entertain themselves. You are most welcome to accompany us when we are out and about.

Bellingham is 18 miles away, there is a small supermarket, bank and other shops. This can be linked with another bus to Hexham 2 days a week which is the nearest train station at 34 miles away.

Be warned, we live a very quiet life,the night life is very, limited. There are young folk who frequent the pub, and it would be good if you could get to know them a little, they are more likely to be able to show you what they get up to after hours.

We also have another business down the valley which Jill has to be there for, so Terry will be here most of the time. We really need people who can be left to their own devices once shown what to do.
It does bother me that some people might be influenced by a couple of reviews by certain people at a very poignant time of our lives. Please do not take anything they say as the norm. We, that is both Terry and Jill are kind and understanding people just trying to make a living and getting on with life as it comes. Terry is now fully recovered and back to full fitness, thank God or whoever. But please do not judge us on those negative reviews at that time of our lives. Judge those who have chosen to judge us.
Thank you.

Currently looking for 1 or 2 people as soon as possible.

* Feb/March 2016 *
Thank you Jakub for sharing your journey this last month.
What humour, strength and intelligence you brought to us and our guests. Great cooking & people skills and garden knowledge too.
We miss you today already. Enjoy the black pudding and Ireland.

* 2016 *
looking for 1 or 2 people from February onward


* November/December 2015 *
A massive thank you to Avis for your help these 2 months.
We enjoyed your company and discussions and are so glad you took advantage of the peace and tranquility of Kielder. All the best for the future.

* October 2015 *
What a fun time we had with our friends from Brazil - Manu & Dri.
A shame you did not get to see the snow, Manu.
What a pleasant, happy and in-love couple - thank you so much for your hard work towards the end of a busy year. Have fun in the sun again.

*September 2015*
Wow - Chris - what a pleasure to work with someone with such great humour and positivity. A true kiwi through and through. We miss your conversation, and outdoor hard working so much. The rear of the B&B would not have been painted without your skills and ingenuity - thank you.

*August 2015*
A huge thank you to Paula & Luis on your UK visit. We really enjoyed your company and interesting & informative chats around the dinner table. I can only apologize that things were slightly marred for you by another HelpXer with a less than supportive agenda. Thanks to Luis for excellent painting skills and to Paula for her speedy acquisition of breakfast skills.

*July 2015*
Thank you to Megan for your 3 weeks of help this summer (during the 2nd month of my heart attack recovery) your help in the kitchen & in preparing for decorating one of our rooms allowed me space to concentrate on getting better. I couldn't fully appreciate the numerous cakes and puddings you baked at home as they were a little rich for my new dietary regime but our other HelpXer polished them off with gusto!

*June 2015*
Big thank you to Petra for her hard work and interesting conversations. A first class ironer - fast and high quality. Thanks for your support on the 25th May!

*April 2015*
Thank you Dew for all you did with and for us during your stay and best wishes for the future.

*March 2015*
Thank you so much to Glorai & Alex for all your hard work, good humour and friendly banter over the last few weeks. Hope all turns out well for you both and your families.

*February 2015*
Looking urgently for one or two people to come and help out soon. Bed and board provided for approx 4 hours work a day, depending on what there is to do.

*2012/2013/2014* No HelpXers this year - due to changes in our business

*July 2011*
Laura & Ben - Thank you so much for a great couple of weeks help. What an easy going, mature and good humoured time we have shared together. Thank you for all the hard work and see you again. Good luck on your journeys. Budget beds is almost ready to let out and Jacob has moved on to pastures new too.

*June 2011*
Thank you again to Paul for your company and help on your flying visit to us early this month. Miss you.

*January 2011*
Due to recent changes we are now in a position to take people on from January 2011. Accommodation will be in one of our three properties, one of which is in need of refurbishment which is the main reason for needing folk. So if you are up to some hard work and lots of fun, get in touch.


*2010* No HelpXers this year - due to changes in our business


*August 2009*
Béné thank you for all your help with us this last month - I hope you are enjoying being back in the land of warmth and sun!
Kielder weather has not been the summer we expected and wanted and it is a real shame we could net get into the gardens more often. All the best for you and your future.

*July 2009*
A big thank you to Margaux - you have been a great help. All the best for your studies. Thank you for the postcard from Quebec.

*June 2009*
Zac has just left us to continue with his European tour - thanks again, keep taking the photos and all the best.

*April 19th 2009*
Well our current HELPXers Emma and Marre have only a few days left before they leave us - thanks for a really big help girls, you have been a pleasure to know and be with.

*February 2009*
We are looking to establish a small raised bed vegetable garden at the B&B to help supply seasonal vegetables and herbs. If you have the experience or enthusiasm then get in touch.


*September 1st 2008*
Good luck to you Tina. Thanks for all your help this last couple of weeks and glad you flights went well. All the best from us all.

*August 17th 2008*
Well - we have just said goodbye to our second HelpXer, Myriam and our first one Paul after a short Second - yep Second visit (we must be doing something right!) - we are going to miss you guys ...
See the pair of them below wearing the Northumbrian flag scarves at a night time visit to the brand new, world class Kielder Observatory.


Look forward to hearing from you.

Jill & Terry


River North Tyne flowing from Kielder village, Deadwater Fell in the background.

The B&B.

Kielder Observatory - Meade turret
with Paul (Helper - twice), Terry (Host) and Myriam (Helper)

The B&B December 2009 loads of snow

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