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Caveside
All Year: Negotiable
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 41582
Region: Tasmania

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Last Updated: August 31, 2018

I welcome helpers if you like being outside on the farm.
What you see is what you get- I do not promise four stars, but true seclusion and rustic comfort only 20 minutes from the vibrant art and craft town of Deloraine.
I need help catching up with the farm and house maintenance, because there I was studying at uni for 13 years.

Spring has arrived with lots of colourful flowers. Weather can be variable, however it will be mostly cool to mild, with many wonderful sunny days. Many birds are active and conspicuous. There is still frequent snowfall at nearby at Cradle Mountain.
There is firewood to stack when the splitter comes soon. Other farm tasks include digging, fencing, mulching and always blackberry control. Fence/gate repairs ideally need someone to help me who has some previous small farm skills.

"Fern-lea" is a humble historic farmhouse on a 5 acre (1.7 ha) small holding with vegetable and fruit gardens, 6 ewes, three wethers and a ram and three neutered female cats. It is a native vegetation bio-bank/habitat. Native bandicoots, potoroos, antichinus, pademelons and snakes live here, and I have recorded 32 species of native birds as residents or visitors.
"Fern-lea" is at the end of the road among farming land close to the mountains. It runs on solar panels feeding into the grid, woodfired hotwater and cooking and wood heater. There is one guest room with a double bed. Bathroom is shared. "Fern-lea" is located between Deloraine and Cradle Mountain.
It is a peaceful place. Other farmstay places are nearby.
Most work is outdoors. You will need raincoat, warm farm clothes and boots. However, we can make do because there are things here to borrow.If the weather turns bad, help is needed in the 1860s house. I need to remove old floor coverings in the kitchen to replace with new, using heat and scraping. Can you help get steel tacks out of masonite?
I run licensed small group personal tours of wild caves you can join as part of the offer. I also work part-time as a registered Bowtech physical therapist. I am a healer, and look forward to helping your back/neck/hayfever or whatever.
Take the time to relax and heal your soul while away from the crowds. The mountain landscape here is profoundly peaceful, with many short walks available to access the forests and wilderness nearby. The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is my back yard. The beach, the highlands or the city of Launceston are within one hour's drive. The climate is lovely, never too hot or too cold for too long!
I have changing paid work commitments off the farm. Please don't despair if I am not able to get back to you immediately!

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