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near Holyhead
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 1 to 4
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 43462
Country: Wales

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Last Updated: June 20, 2019

Currently have space for volunteers as follows:
* 1-4 volunteers, most of the work will be helping clean the house and look after the cats and chickens and gardens

We are at the early stages of restoring an old, large and characterful building, parts of which date to the 14th Century, with a walled garden, orchard and vegetable patch. We`ll be creating a small yoga studio, accommodation rooms and community spaces. In the medium to long term we hope the site will host retreats and small scale events.

We need help with all kinds of work, mainly:
* helping with chores, keeping the house clean and tidy
* looking after the greenhouse and veg patch
* taking care of the chickens and cats
* documenting the project and taking photos

If you already have skills you might be able to help out with:
* roofing type work - fitting tin roofs to workshop outbuildings
* repairing walls and lintels
* carpentry type work - fixing dilapidated gates and doors
* digging trenches for drainage
* designing a permaculture strategy for the site

Claire also sometimes needs help with:
* updating marketing and website content for yoga, storytelling and other events

We can offer accommodation in the house in shared rooms with other volunteers, and three meals a day, in return for an average of five hours of work a day across the time you`re here. Please note you`ll also be expected to help wash up (or help cook) the meals we eat together.

Typically you help yourself to breakfast, we eat lunch together on days we are working together, and I'll leave you food you can make for dinner.

Note that we don`t have any central heating and hot water is limited. We have lots of blankets though!

Food is predominantly locally sourced. We eat meat sparingly (not every day), but can feed vegans and vegetarians (but please tell us in advance if you have dietary restrictions as it is hard to find specialist products in rural areas). We’re learning Aga cookery and are into stews and soups. Claire`s a keen fermenter of pickled vegetables.

We`re conveniently located within a quarter of an hour by car or taxi from Holyhead, from where there are connections to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Dublin. Ynys Mon (known in English as Anglesey) is an island with attractive beaches, historic sacred sites and distant views of the mountains of Eryri (Snowdonia). The site itself is in the village of Llanfachraeth, which has a local shop and pub, and Holyhead has other shops and amenities.

We typically have one or two volunteers staying most of the time, for up to a fortnight initially, or long weekends are also possible..

When you get in contact, please let us know if there are particular projects you`d like to help with.

Your host will be:

Claire, who likes: designing, plants, cooking and yoga. She is currently learning about: growing things, taking care of animals, Welsh language and culture.

At times there are cats, chickens, relatives, visitors, lodgers, guests and students on site too. At other times it can be very quiet!

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