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Bantry, West Cork
All Year: March to September
Area (ha): 0.6
Persons: 1 or 2, aged 21+
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 15602
Country: Ireland

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Last Updated: July 9, 2019

WE ARE NOW FULL FOR JULY & AUGUST

We are a very relaxed couple who prefer people who have a little life experience. Preferable those who have lived away from home.
We really enjoy HelpX; each year we have a tasks we want to complete, so we really like help getting these done.
We are very happy passing on the experience of growing and preserving foods that has been grown organically; and what we have learned over the years who have stayed with us.
We really like people who can work unsupervised; & with the ethos, if they see a task needing to be done, to go ahead and do it. We want people to gain as much experience as possible in a productive & positive way.

Our place consists of 1.5 acre smallholding in West Cork close to the sea, mountains, lakes and woods; in one of the most scenic areas of Ireland.

Our land is put to mixed use; which includes orchard's, raised vegetable beds and poly-tunnel's to grow as much of our own food as possible. With the rest of our food locally sourced in West Cork.

Help is required with up-keep and minor improvements to the land & house. However we really like people who are willing to help, and want to learn. This year's task is to put in paving slabs to have a small patio in the front of the house. Preference will be given to person's with skills that suit the goals.

As you will see from our photos we love animals and have quiet a few, who are very friendly.We have one of our dogs who has gone blind, but she manages very well around the property.

We ask for approx 4 to 6hrs a day, a little extra to help Mark when he is off as he works odd hours. We make up extra time off for this extra help.

We ask for willingness to learn and assist in these tasks as requested; some will include helping Bee with household chores & cooking the evening meal.
The ability to get on with work allocated unsupervised is a must due to Mark's work schedule.
Work includes household chores, gardening/weeding & planting. Watering of plants in both tunnels and around the property. Feeding the animals, egg collection, In autumn harvesting and processing of food.
We have a strong policy of taking more mature helpers, who have a good comprehension of the English language both written/spoken.

You need be an animal lover as we have a variety of dogs, pigs, chickens and a cat. We advise you bring old clothes for outdoor work; we provide training in equipment used and safety protection equipment where necessary.

We are approx 1.5km from the closest shop or pubs, and 12km from Bantry; however the area is beautiful with plenty of walks/hikes we are less than 2km from the sea.

Accommodation is provided in the form of a self contained flat, with good food, mealtimes may vary due to work commitments; we are not vegetarians. There is always a great selection of produce from the garden and tunnels you will never be stuck for choice in foods. There is access to the internet.

A little insight on the region/animals; Picture 1. Is of the many amazing sunsets. 2.First Poly tunnel early in the season. 3.Two of the dogs Sookie & Doodle. 4. Percy our KuneKune pig 5. View of the region 6. Finally one of the nearby beaches the dogs love.We hope you will get in touch with us as we enjoy the whole HelpX experience in sharing information and making new friends.

reviews (20)
Helper: Alexis Philibert Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 13, 2019
I spent 2 weeks at Mark and Bee funny farm and it was very nice ! Bee and Mar... view complete review

Helper: Damien and Clément Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 30, 2018
We stayed with Mark and Bee for about 1 month. They are lovely people who li... view complete review

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Helper: Fabien CLOUET Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 25, 2018
Commentaire de Fabien CLOUET La maison est ŕ 12km de Bantry dans la campa... view complete review

Helper: Aida Galván Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: September 1, 2017
My stay in Bee and Mark's house was my first experience as a helper. I went t... view complete review

Helper: Celia and Ben Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: September 17, 2016
Mark and Bee are really nice people. Bee came late at night to pick us up fro... view complete review

Helper: Samuel Geoffroy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 11, 2016
I've spent just two weeks with Mark and Bee , and it was a really good moment... view complete review

Helper: Karen and John Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: May 7, 2016
Mark and Bee were fabulous hosts. This was our first helpx job and because w... view complete review

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Helper: Manon Wijermars Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: August 30, 2015
Mark and Bee helped me out when I was in need for a new host. I felt so welco... view complete review

Helper: Amanda and Melanie Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 30, 2015
We could not have asked for a better 2.5 weeks in West Cork. Bee and Mark are... view complete review

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Helper: Sanger Lya Silva Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: April 17, 2015
I can only say how amazing was the experience with this lovely couple. I woul... view complete review

Helper: Li-Tzu Chen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: August 30, 2013
It's so hard to express how wonderful to stay with bee and Mark by words,and ... view complete review

Helper: Peter Wildman Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: South Africa Date: August 29, 2013
Sorry Bee I thought I had done this and I would love to know where I posted i... view complete review

Helper: Amaia and Francisco Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: August 2, 2013
We spent nearly a month with Bee and Mark as our first helpx experience and w... view complete review

Helper: Annabelle Jenneau-Younes Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: May 29, 2013
This was my first experience with HelpX and I can honestly say that I couldn’... view complete review

Helper: Chevalier Manon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France, Metropolitan Date: May 13, 2013
Hi ! I spent two weeks in Bee and Mark's house, I was on my own but I fe... view complete review

Helper: Itziar and Dani Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: January 2, 2013
We had a unforgettable experiance with Bee, Mark and all the family (cat, dog... view complete review

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Helper: Matthew and Monika Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 9, 2012
We could not have asked for better hosts than Mark and Bee. They were both la... view complete review

Helper: Michael and Karen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: September 1, 2012
Bee and Mark were the perfect hosts. They were generous and helpful at every... view complete review

Helper: Carmen Betschart Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: July 15, 2012
I spent 2 fantastic weeks with Bee and Mark. Both of them are very warm and w... view complete review

Helper: Jialin and Yu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: June 30, 2012
Bee & Mark is an amazing couple. We love every part we stayed with them! We e... view complete review

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