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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: September 24, 2018

Currently have space for volunteers as follows:
*????? 1-2 volunteers but most of the work will be helping clean the house and look after the cats and chickens and gardens - please note this can be a cold climate we do not yet have central heating and facilities are really basic compared to modern living !

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, including:
* helping with chores, keeping the house clean and tidy
* looking after the greenhouse and veg patch
* taking care of the chickens and cats
* roofing type work - fitting tin roofs to workshop outbuildings
* repairing walls and lintels
* making curtains
* carpentry type work - fixing dilapidated gates and doors
* determining feasibility of solar/ground source/wood heating and electricity sources
* documenting the building structures during renovation
* digging trenches for drainage
* designing a permaculture strategy for the site

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.

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, but can feed vegans and veges (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 hosts are:

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

Owain, who likes: building, fixing, energy and water systems, railways and engineering of all kinds. He is currently learning about: lime plasters and renewable energy sources.

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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