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County Cork
All Year: May to September
Area (ha): .55
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 30094
Country: Ireland

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Last Updated: April 30, 2019

Town: Ballydehob, West Cork

Location: My small holding is 3Km from Ballydehob, 13Km from Skibbereen, 10Km from Bantry and 12km from Schull. Bikes available for exploring, beautiful walks into the hills nearby. The sea is 4Km from my place with many small harbours along the coast and inlets for swimming (but pretty cold!).

Accomodation: Attic room upstairs in new wooden house (up a ladder actually) very warm with large velux window. Also two bedrooms downstairs. Hot water, and shower available any time. WiFi available.

Food: Vegetarian, (no meat or fish). Vegan would be no problem. Good food and plenty always. (Especially welcome are people interested in Vegan and Raw food preparation).

Land: One acre mostly covered in trees with open clearing for veg growing, surrounded by wooded areas, some common land, and wild bog land. Three friends houses 400m away (all musicians and into organic growing, (including my lovely friends Steve and Aly who are also hosts) make up a nice community here (I might ask you to help out my friends on some occasions).

Work: Developing new vegetable beds, cutting wood, clearing land, cutting grass, help with finishing internal work on new wooden eco house (internal doors, fitting out kitchen, study, studio, two bathrooms, painting).

Pastimes: Music (I play mandola and am interested mostly in Irish Trad, Kirtan, and singing), photography (www.vincentbourke.com), esctatic dance (www.dancemandala.com), and massage (Auyurvedic and Thai) (www.atmomassage.com)

I go to our local yoga/dance center sometimes for yoga and dance so helpers could do that too, or go on your own to other classes at An Sanctoir (www.ansanctoir.ie) - 4km by bicycle.

I practice yoga every morning, so people interested in yoga (especially yoga teachers) welcome.

Usually I would go to one or two music sessions a week, sometimes in a local pub or friends houses, or to kirtan at a yoga center (maybe once a month), and you could come to those (play or sing if you are into it .. don't worry - not required! )

Experience with Helpers/Woofers: I had an organic small holding with an old farmhouse in the past (also near Ballydehob) and had many Woofers there (most of whom had a great time and enjoyed their stays, the work, the food, the music, the exploring etc). Now that I have nearly finished building my new wooden eco house, on new land, I am looking forward again to having Woofers and HelpXers coming to help clearing land, developing new raised beds, finishing work on new house, to share language and knowledge (I have completed a CELTA course in Barcelona (English language teaching cert, and speak English, Irish and French), to learn, and to explore the beauty of nature around here.

Please include info about yourself when you apply (education, experience, pastimes, interests, hobbies etc ... a few paragraphs would be fine). If you have any special requirements (allergies, food requirements, health issues/problems etc) please let me know when you apply. Don't worry - 99% of the time we can organise things so you can get what you need.

Don't worry if you think your English is not good enough - often people come who don't have very good English and we all learn and share, and everyone improves after a few weeks (I learn Spanish, German etc .... and improve my languages too!).

reviews (14)
Helper: Kinga Skowronek Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Poland Date: May 7, 2018
If you want to be pampered as a volunteer - Vinnie's place is the right choic... view complete review

Helper: Juliana and Leandra Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: September 16, 2017
hello, fellows. We had a nice time at Vinnie's place. We learned about Ind... view complete review

Helper: Rebecca Müller Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 31, 2017
Vinnie tooked us to nice music evenings in Pubs or at peoples homes and to ex... view complete review

Helper: Rebecca Müller Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 31, 2017
I had a great and interesting time with Vinnie and Monika in August 2015. The... view complete review

Helper: Hongheng LIN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: May 23, 2017
Vinnie considerate for you, is Talkative and fun Warm people You can freely ... view complete review

Helper: Eva PAJE Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: October 3, 2016
Hi Vinnie!!! How are you? The true is that I don't know how to start... My... view complete review

Helper: Eva PAJE Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: September 30, 2016
Hola Vinnie!!! Como estás? La verdad es que no sé por dónde empezar... mi... view complete review

Helper: Anna Habbel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: September 26, 2016
Hello :) My time at Vinnie´s place was so nice and a great experience. ... view complete review

Helper: Noelia Gonzalez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: August 24, 2016
Hello Vicente! How are you? I was two weeks in Vicent´s house, special and... view complete review

Helper: Elisa Serradilla Manchado Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: August 16, 2016
I stayed one month in Vinnie's house. It was a great experience. I felt like ... view complete review

Helper: Monica Lopez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: September 17, 2015
My time in Vinnie's house was really fantastic! I stayed 2 months there but... view complete review

Helper: Chien jung Huang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: May 6, 2015
Stayed three weeks ,really really upset to leave here It's very difficult t... view complete review

Helper: Daniel and Debora Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: August 20, 2014
Our time in Vincent's house ( or Vinnie as he prefer ) was much better that... view complete review

Helper: Bernard Lefort Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 1, 2014
I stayed ten days with Vinnie and I could not have imagined a better start to... view complete review

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