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Winkleigh, Devon
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 32057
Country: England

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Last Updated: November 13, 2019

We are fully booked until the middle of February. We are looking for volunteers to join us from the 15th February on wards.

We need help with our animals (several horses, many chickens and 2 playful friendly small dogs), the fields, the garden and in the house IN EXCHANGE for all food, accommodation, a lot of riding for someone experienced, a beautiful area and the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people. We cater for vegetarians and many special diets (especially Coeliacs) but unfortunately NOT vegans (as we use our delicious fresh eggs!). We are unable to provide Kosher or Halal food.

Riding is available (during free time) for someone reasonably experienced (and of a suitable height and weight) and who has their own riding insurance and can bring their own helmet and suitable footwear.

We are easy going and enjoy what we do and love our animals. We ask that you are easy going too and flexible as some days there may be more to do while on other days there will be less. Days off can be arranged to fit in with the tasks. In return you will find that we will be flexible about what you want to do and when you have your days off. In return for your help you will learn many skills, hopefully have a lot of fun and be treated as one of the family!

We prefer someone who has some experience of horses and a good level of English. Please tell us your English level. We are happy to provide regular English Improvement lessons as well as our conversations and interaction throughout the day with you. You will also have the opportunity to make friends and converse with other people in the village.

We will need to see proof of your riding insurance/License documents.

You will have your own bedroom in a comfortable house (with your own bathroom). You will also have access to all other parts (kitchen, sitting room, dining room etc) of the house. There is a washing machine available for your clothes.

The animals are well-mannered and affectionate and are family members. The animals` needs always come first. We are scientists and knowledgeable conservationists with strong green, botanical, geological and ornithological interests and enjoy riding, gardening, breeding rare chickens, jam and gift/jewellery making.

We live in a very attractive rural area of Devon on the outskirts of a beautiful old village called Dolton (look on "Google Earth"). The village has a very friendly and active community, a church, 2 excellent traditional pubs, a post office and a small shop. We are not near a town or city but are in the beautiful countryside.

We are a married couple living in a Scandinavian style house with stunning views looking out over a Devon Wildlife Nature Reserve and beautiful countryside. We are about a 45 minute drive from Dartmoor National Park.

People from all backgrounds and nationalities are welcome. Experience with horses is preferred and helpers must be prepared to join wholeheartedly in the daily routine and be willing to learn new skills and live as a member of the family. You will be expected some days to help share the preparation and cooking of food and to also keep your own bedroom and bathroom clean.

Please note that caring for animals is physically hard work and the work continues regardless of the weather conditions. We also have been wwoofing hosts for many years (over 13) and are keen to learn from our helpers too. There is no TV but excellent Wifi internet, books, DVDs and many activities in the village are available.
Mobile phone reception is reasonable around the house.

Helpers are encouraged to consider and respect Long Meadow as their home during their stay. It is a very relaxed farm and we, the hosts, hope that helpers are prepared to take part in many social activities as well as working. We have recently built new stables for the horses and ponies and planning to establish an orchard and develop the gardens. We have very high standards of safety and care.

We cannot accept anyone who smokes (this also applies to e-cigarettes) as we are a non smoking household. NO smoking applies to the whole farm both indoors and outdoors.There are NO alternative areas for smoking. We do NOT accept anyone under the age of 18. We are also unable to accept any volunteers travelling with their own animals.

Our neighbours also have horses and we daily work cooperatively sharing resources and machinery and caring for each others` animals. There are potentially a number of their horses available for Helpers to ride (if sufficiently experienced and of a suitable weight and height)in their free time. This is not available for people with little or no experience of riding.

Directions
You need to take the Stagecoach bus 5B from Exeter St. David`s railway station or Exeter Bus Station stand 3 to Barfield Road, Dolton - we will collect you from here - the bus is too large to be able to travel into the village.

There are NO 5B buses on a Sunday OR on an English public holiday. The 5B bus departs from Exeter every 2 hours and the journey takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. The last bus leaves Exeter at 20.00.

The nearest airport is Exeter International Airport. There are regular buses (Stagecoach bus 56) from the airport to Exeter Bus Station. The bus from the airport to Exeter leaves the airport every 30 minutes. The journey to the bus station takes approximately 30 minutes.

You can not pre-book the Stagecoach buses. You must pay for your ticket with English money - make sure you have small notes (£5) or £1 coins. The drivers do not like to accept large notes (£10 or £20).
The nearest airport is Exeter International Airport. There are regular buses (Stagecoach bus 56) from the airport to Exeter Bus Station. The bus from the airport to Exeter leaves the airport every 30 minutes. The journey to the bus station takes approximately 30 minutes.

If you come via Heathrow Airport, you can take a National Express Service Coach (NX501) from the airport to the city of Exeter then the 5B bus to Dolton (as described above). It is a good idea to PRE-BOOK this.

If you come via Bristol Airport, you can take a Falcon Coach - it is a good idea to PRE-BOOK this - from the airport to the city of Exeter then the 5B bus to Dolton (as described above). Or the simplest way, but more expensive, is to get the bus from Bristol Airport called the Bristol Flyer Express (Number A1) to Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station. The bus leaves outside the only entrance to the airport about every ten minutes. Bristol Temple Meads is the first stop and takes about 21 minutes. At Bristol Temple Meads railway station take a train to Exeter St. David's railway station. There are one or two trains to Exeter every hour throughout the day. Bristol Temple Meads railway station is big so check carefully the platform number for your train.

When in Exeter the 5B bus leaves from just outside Exeter Station and comes to Dolton. There is only one bus stop in Dolton. We always greet our visitors at the bus stop. The 5B bus from Exeter to Dolton leaves outside the railway station at 12.23, 14.23, 16.25, 17.45, 18.50, & 20.08.

Please look at where we live on Google Earth. There is no town or city near to the village. If you want city life we are not the place for you.

reviews (17)
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From: Netherlands Date: August 18, 2019
I stayed at Yolande and David's place for the second time. Unfortunately only... view complete review

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From: France Date: October 3, 2018
I stayed a month here and I truly enjoyed every second of it. It was my first... view complete review

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From: Netherlands Date: May 2, 2018
I stayed here for two months and I loved it. I have met a second family durin... view complete review

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From: France Date: November 7, 2017
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From: France Date: September 4, 2017
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From: France Date: August 7, 2017
My name is Pernette, 19, and I am from France. I stayed at Long Meadow betwee... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: December 17, 2016
Hello:) I am Fermin I am 21 I have been all my live around horses doing compe... view complete review

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From: France Date: November 1, 2016
I spent two incredible months in Yolande and David’s home. I don’t think I co... view complete review

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From: China Date: April 10, 2016
Good morning. I spent nearly three weeks with Yolande and David. I was treate... view complete review

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From: France Date: March 4, 2016
Here is my long overdue review ! I was in Long Meadow for 2 weeks in August 2... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: January 18, 2016
I stayed for a period of two weeks here and enjoyed the time. Yolande and Da... view complete review

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From: Italy Date: January 5, 2016
David and Yolande made me feel like I was part of the family from the first m... view complete review

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From: France Date: December 19, 2015
I loved my time at Yolande’s and David’s. They are both great hosts welcoming... view complete review

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From: Switzerland Date: August 31, 2015
It’s the last evening of a wonderful month I spent here. Yolande and David ar... view complete review

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From: Finland Date: August 23, 2015
I had a wonderful stay with Yolande, David and animals. I stayed with them fo... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: January 26, 2015
Where to start! We are on our last night of a wonderful three week stay with ... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: September 25, 2014
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