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Kilkenny
All Year: Yes
Area (ha):
Persons: 1-3
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 29846
Country: Ireland

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Last Updated: January 24, 2019

We are a grass based dairy farm in county Kilkenny, there are lots of animals here - Dogs, hens, cats, peacocks and cows of course!
We live in a house built in the 1700’s surrounded by beautiful mature trees and a walled garden.

This is a house of six with four grown up children coming and going as they travel and study and sometimes work on the farm. We love where we live, enjoy farming, country lifestyle and working with animals. We also enjoy visitors and welcome their stories and lifestyles.

We offer Helpxers comfortable accommodation, excellent food and a genuine welcome.

We have a positive and welcoming attitude towards people and we appreciate that some people start with very little experience. Some of our best helpers have been first-timers. But we do expect applicants to provide some evidence that they are able to make a useful work contribution in return for our hospitality. This means you need to tell us about things you have done that show you are hard-working and quick to learn, as well as experience you have at jobs like painting, gardening, building, farming cooking etc.


Accommodation:


Accommodation will be provided in our home in a large double room (couples/friends), or in a single room. Bathroom facilities are shared.
All food is provided & assistance with cooking welcomed, we would like to share your traditions too!
WIFI is also provided as well as a warm open fire!
No Smoking please.


Vacancies: Spring 2018 - January - April is a busy and exciting time on the farm when all of the new calves are born!

- Farm work - Feeding, looking after and bedding the newborn calves

- Housework - Cooking - (good healthy basic food) cleaning, tidying, dusting, painting, around the house.



We have a number of other projects which we would also love some help such as:


- Vegetable garden - We would like some help with our vegetable garden, weeding , planting, watering, harvesting etc.


- Maintenance/repairs - Around the gardens, grounds, farm & house. Pruning, weeding, clearing, chopping timber, cutting the lawns, cleaning & organising sheds.
We also have a couple of small plastering projects if someone has experience in the area.

- Carpentry/cooking /gardening/stone wall building skills would be very welcome.

- Compost heater - We are considering building a Jean Pain style compost powered water heater or something similar at some stage in the future. This would use farm waste to generate hot water for the house or farm, however we are open to suggestions on this project so if anybody has any experience in this area and would like to take this project on that would be great!


We expect about 5 hours of hard work per day for 5 days of the week. In your free time you can explore around Kilkenny or elsewhere around the country.


Transport:


There are regular buses to & from Dublin city & airport. (Approx 2 hours)
We are 12 miles from Kilkenny City and 2 miles from the nearest village where there is a good bus service. Bicycles are provided or we can drop you to the bus.


About Kilkenny:


Kilkenny is a beautiful medieval city with lots of artistic and craft based traditions and has many major Irish tourist attractions such as Kilkenny Castle, Butler Gallery, St. Canices Cathedral & Round tower (One of the only 2 climbable towers in the country), Smithwicks Irish Ale Brewery, Black Abbey, Rothe House & The Kilkenny Design Centre.
We are also close to Dunmore Caves, Castlecomer Discovery Park, Jenkinstown Woods & Heywood Gardens.

Other attractions around Kilkenny include Woodstock gardens, Reptile village, Jerpoint Abbey & Kells Priory. We have a good stock of tourist information to help you plan your days off.

In summary, we like our Helpxers to have a good time and try our best to make this a high value experience for both parties. We offer just a few spaces each year but, if you are hard-working, adaptable and practical, we would love to host you.



Thank you for reading our profile and we look forward to hearing from you.

reviews (29)
Helper: Cornic julien Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: January 9, 2018
hello I am very interested in your offer.My best friend posed a farm of 150 d... view complete review

Helper: Leonardo Martins Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: November 27, 2017
Hi, I'm here to trie a new experience with a foreigners, i would like improve... view complete review

Helper: Gabriele Geissler Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: November 8, 2016
A great time in Clone House. In this family James is the soul, Mary the heart... view complete review

Helper: Emmelie Pilger Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 21, 2016
This helpx experience was the best i had in Ireland- I staied with the healy-... view complete review

Helper: Christophe Chevallier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 20, 2016
I spend more than 2 weeks in the Healy family. It was my first HelpX experien... view complete review

Helper: Juliette Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 21, 2016
I spent 3 weeks with James,Mary, Jack and Georges. It was my first helpX expe... view complete review

Helper: Hanna and Aurelia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: March 4, 2016
We have stayed a month with Mary, James, Jack and George and can't wait to vi... view complete review

Helper: Alexis and Shanti Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 13, 2015
We stayed 2 weeks with James, Mary and their son Jack and it's been wonderful... view complete review

Helper: Libby Khor Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: October 28, 2015
It is a blessing to stay with the Healy family and experience life on a dairy... view complete review

Helper: Dagmar Blöhbaum Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 28, 2015
staying with mary and james was the best experience I could have made as my s... view complete review

Helper: Marie Michalke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 26, 2015
I stayed at the "Healy-farm" for about 2 1/2 weeks and it's true to say that ... view complete review

Helper: Paul and Julius Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 12, 2015
We spent three wonderful weeks with Mary, James, Jack and all the other helpe... view complete review

Helper: Adrien LAUNAY Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 6, 2015
I stayed 5 weeks with Mary, James and Jack (and other nice helpers). It was a... view complete review

Helper: Emanuele Gironi Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: September 23, 2015
We (Luca and me) stayed with this beautifull family for just 2 weeks and we h... view complete review

Helper: Andrea and Carolin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 17, 2015
A million thanks to this nice helpX experience I made! James and Mary and Ja... view complete review

Helper: Laura Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: August 26, 2015
In one word: wonderful. It was my very first HelpX experience and it has b... view complete review

Helper: John and Kyla Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: July 24, 2015
Wow, what an amazing time we had with James, Mary, and their son Jack! They a... view complete review

Helper: Marc Keller Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 29, 2015
Well, no surprise after all those great (and accurate) reviews, I also had an... view complete review

Helper: Matthias Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 2, 2015
This was my first experience with helpx and I had such a great time! Mary and... view complete review

Helper: Michelle Kulawiak Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: June 1, 2015
I stayed with family Healy for about 4 weeks and it was absolutely amazing. T... view complete review

Helper: Daniele Lombardelli Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: May 14, 2015
I can really say nothing more than all the others reviews u had from all othe... view complete review

Helper: Mar ALONSO Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: March 2, 2015
Estuve algo mas de 15 días en casa de James y Mary, fue muy agradable, desde ... view complete review

Helper: Josep M. Gairal Casadó Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: February 21, 2015
I was one month with the Healy family and I really enjoyed the stay. They're ... view complete review

Helper: Máté Dobos Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Hungary Date: December 22, 2014
I had an amazing few months here!I enjoyed to work on the farm because it's... view complete review

Helper: Leander Fricke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 20, 2014
Now it´s my turn to praise this family! It was such an amazing and great time... view complete review

Helper: Leander Fricke Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 20, 2014
Now it´s my turn to praise this family! It was such an amazing and great time... view complete review

Helper: Steve Incorvaia Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 1, 2014
My girlfriend and I spent two excellent weeks here. James and Mary are some o... view complete review

Helper: Ya Huei Hsu (Hedy) Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: September 1, 2014
I come from Taiwan, the first trip to Europe, for the first time to Ireland ... view complete review

Helper: Bousquet ADRIEN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 12, 2014
It was my second Helpx and it was beautiful. I think, I didn't spend 10 days ... view complete review

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