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Co Dublin
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 270
Persons: single or couples
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 46588
Country: Ireland

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Last Updated: February 5, 2017

An experienced housekeeper / mother's help needed for family with 2 babies; beautiful island surroundings. Couples with complimentary skills very welcome. Starting mid-March 2017 ... ideally for 2 months or more.

Lambay is a private island estate (1 square mile)3 miles off the coast of County Dublin. Population @8-10 in summer. A family run organic farm in idyllic setting and a nature reserve for nesting sea birds and breeding Atlantic seals. Lambay is host to some of the largest and most varied sea bird colonies in Europe. It is an island rich in history with interesting archaeological features. There is permanent grazing for a herd of Galloway cross cows and some sheep. There is also a herd of fallow deer, some naturalised wallabies and rabbits. Historic house and castle, coastguard cottages, farmyard and chapel were enlarged and enhanced by the famous architect Edwin Lutyens over 100 years ago.

Summer months are busy with summer-house rentals, courses and tours; volunteers will be expected to muck in with general island duties as part of the island team. The island is busy but the vibe is relaxed and friendly. Self-catering cottage provided for volunteers; energy is mostly wind / solar; and a supply boat visits at least twice a week. Volunteers requested for a min of 1 month - extendable on agreement. Good spoken English required. Non-smokers only please.

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