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Sling, Tregarth
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 48243
Country: Wales

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Last Updated: May 20, 2016

We are a family who are working on renovating a country house with incredible views, along with its garden and fields. The house is situated in Sling, Tregarth, surrounded by fields of sheep and views of the Menai Straits and Snowdonia National Park. We have been tirelessly working on this project for 4 years, mainly fighting back weeds and falling walls due to not having enough hands to help. The house is currently unoccupied but will soon be ready for us (and volunteers) to move into. The work doesn't stop there though; the current projects that we're working on are:

-Creating a vegetable garden
-Maintaining the land
-Paving paths and patios
-Undergoing large construction work that always pops up as soon as we think that everything is ship-shape
-Finishing the painting and decorating in the house, and creating art for the walls
-Making the house a wonderful place to have parties

We are a family of 6: 4 sons (3 of which live away) and 2 retired parents who are trying to build their palace in the hills. Oh, and one kind but nervous dog! We are not fussy eaters and love to cook, and enjoy filling our time playing music, folk dancing and art. Between us we speak fluent English, Welsh, Spanish and French. We are also a non-smoking house, though you are welcome to smoke outside. The house itself has hot water, showers, clothes washing facilities, wifi, and a fully equipped kitchen. There are no shops in our village although there is one local pub. Buses pass from either outside the house, or more regularly from a bus-stop 20 minutes walking from the house, and so it's easy enough to get to Bangor, the nearest 'city' which has plenty of student events.

We have many exciting ideas about what we would like to do with the house and its land, and we'd love for some other people to come and share the project with us! We'd like to stress that this work can quite heavy and dirty, and you should be prepared for rock moving, hole digging, concreting, furniture moving, and anything else that might pop up. All we ask for is around 5 hours work a day, 5 days a week, and you'll get a free bed and meals, and a chance to get to know the local area. Near to where we live you can go on a mile-long zip wire, wander in the mountains for days, climb in abandoned quarries and even check out the beautiful beaches on Anglesey (weather dependent). Short stays work well for us - anything over a 1 week is fine!

Feel free to write us if you're interested!
Doug, Nicki and Owen.

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