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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 4026
Country: England

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Last Updated: May 13, 2018

Wow, it’s been years since we had any helpers….and boy doesn’t it show in the garden.

Anyone fancy coming to stay in the woods? I have a list as long as my arm of things ‘To Do’ and just can’t manage them on my own. My boys are a lot older now and really don’t like gardening at all, so I’m wondering if some of you lovely helper out there might like to stay with us over the Summer.

A little bit about us, we live in a 100-acre organic woodland, on the edge of Salisbury Plain, 15 mins from Stonehenge and the rather more exciting Avebury (part of the same World Heritage Site as Stonehenge but somewhat older) is 25 mins away. Bath is pretty cool and we go to the station in Westbury fairly regularly which is the trainline to Bath if you ever wanted to explore it. There are easy rail links to Salisbury or Westbury or you can get to us by coach via London to Devizes, our local town.

A lot of the helpers we have had in the past appreciate the fact that Lacock (where Harry Potter is filmed: Hogwarts Castle Courtyard and Hogsmead) a beautiful village owned by the National Trust which was founded in 1322 AD, is 25 mins away.

John is a fab cook, the boys are pretty tame and we have a big but very soppy Saluki who loves a good walk if you fancy exploring Salisbury Plain, which is on our doorstep. Someone is at home all the time as one of our kids is home schooled but the projects are mine and I work in London sometimes, so need folks who are happy to work autonomously.

What I need is a happy and confident gardener to take control of the veg patch and garden around the house but maybe also someone who’s into carpentry as we have an old railway box car that need stripping down, cleaning, salvaging and restoring alongside a local carpenter.

There is just one word of warning, we are not connected to the grid so charging phones, laptops etc. is something that needs to be planned for.

Accommodation for Summer helpers is a large canvas tent in the veg patch, offering some privacy from family life.

After all that, I hope if you have read this far, you will think about getting in touch and we look forward to hearing from you

reviews (12)
Helper: Marianne Besson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: July 8, 2014
I spent 12 days in the forest preparing beds in a polytunnel that had been le... view complete review

Helper: Helen Southall Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 26, 2012
During my week with Ellie I got to learn about the Transition Town movement, ... view complete review

Helper: Danilo scribano Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: July 1, 2012
Me and my friend antonio spent 2 weeks in their beautiful home. Too little ti... view complete review

Helper: Grace coffey Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: June 4, 2011
What a fantasitc time I had for the three weeks I was here. The people here ... view complete review

Helper: Helen McHugh Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Ireland Date: April 4, 2011
Hello everyone! For my first ever HelpX experience, I stayed with Ellie ... view complete review

Helper: Nick and Rhea Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: March 29, 2011
Sorry this review has taken soo long to write. We stayed with Ellie, John and... view complete review

Helper: Steve and Dana Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: May 4, 2010
We had an absolutely wonderful time with Ellie, John, and the boys. They made... view complete review

Helper: Rebecca and Sylvain Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United States Date: November 28, 2009
We've been away from the Ellie and John's for a few weeks now and miss them a... view complete review

Helper: Simon Jilley Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: United Kingdom Date: September 15, 2009
I stayed with Ellie, John, Alex, Jos and Rubin in July for two weeks, and had... view complete review

Helper: Yen-hsi Chiu Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Taiwan Date: August 22, 2009
This was the first helpX experience for me and my 2 kids. We stayed here for... view complete review

Helper: Lynda and David Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Australia Date: June 7, 2009
This was our first helpexchange experience, and we couldn’t have asked for mo... view complete review

Helper: Chiara and Walter Patrick Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: Italy Date: October 11, 2008
Ellie, John, Alex, Joss and Rubin are some of the nicest people we have met, ... view complete review

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