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All Year: Now to mid September
Area (ha): 5
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 55552
Country: Wales

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Last Updated: June 20, 2018

After a long period not requiring help, due to illness we are now looking urgently for a helper, 2 friends or a couple to help run our holiday accommodation, bunkhouse, tipi and small campsite, as well as some animal husbandry looking after our horses and sheep. We would like somebody who can stay until around mid September, learning how we do things initially and then being able to put this into practice in our absence.

Helpers will be involved with the day to day running of our bunkhouse, tipi and small campsite; booking people in and out, answering enquiries, ensuring that the premises are clean and tidy, changing beds, laundry and general cleaning, grass cutting, and perhaps occasionally preparing simple meals for guests. Some days can be really hectic especially when there is a changeover between two big groups, other days when a group is staying for several nights, for example, there may be nothing to do except a quick inspection and dispose of rubbish.

Our native ponies and sheep are largely self sufficient beyond general looking after and an eye kept for their general welfare. Some are ridden and there may be the opportunity to ride for the right person with suitable experience.

Ideally we need somebody who, once shown what is required, is capable of taking charge of the business and farm. This is a position of trust and 100% reliability is essential with references being required.

Accommodation can be split depending on bookings between staying in the bunkhouse or tipi, accommodation in the house as part of the family or camping.

This is more of a lifestyle experience than a job, where the distinction between work and pleasure often becomes blurred; for example, and whilst preparing evening meals for our guests could be described as work it frequently becomes a social evening, spending time getting to know them and discussing all manner of subjects.

Sometimes things can be demanding, both physically and mentally; at other times easy and relaxed but, whatever, helpers need to be sociable but also happy working on their own, and able to work on their own initiative.

Time off depends on the demands of the guests. A flexible attitude is best and an efficient approach will reap dividends with much more time to do what you want and less time spent on the less interesting tasks. Due to the location helpers will need their own transport.

If you feel like taking up the challenge please get in touch to discuss.

Pictures show our tipi and give a feel for the surrounding countryside, the outside of the bunkhouse, Steph out exploring the countryside on her Fell pony, our two Exmoor foals and one of the bunkhouse groups enjoying themselves round the dinner table.

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