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Helston
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): one acre
Persons: 4
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 6815
Country: England

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Last Updated: November 15, 2019

We will be renovating, decorating, improving the house and garden.
Propagating plants.
Pruning, planting, weeding, composting.
We will be doing changeovers, washing, and laundry.
Meeting and greeting customers.

In our new location from January 2019.

The main word here is : Community.
We live together, work together, and you may have to share a room. It’s more than a team, it’s a family.
You will meet people from all over the world, discover traditions, learn work skills and practice community life.
When you leave here, you leave with memories for life, friends by your side and sometimes, love in your heart !
« My experience at Jonathan `s place was one of the best experiences of my life. I spent 5 weeks in that amazing place with amazing people, I made friends which I hope to see again! : Irving. »

A place for you :

If you are stuck and need somewhere to go, ask us. We might just have a place for you!

Our ideal home stay is about 6 weeks. Very often you can stay longer or less. That’s up to you.

On average we have 4 men and 4 women volunteers at the same time.
This creates a lot of fun and happiness in our house!

We also have special placements available for 12 months.

Work :
Jobs can include:
- maintaining the garden
- Indoor work such as washing, ironing, cleaning and cooking
- cleaning and changeovers
- Office work. Answering the phone and taking bookings
- Looking after our guests
- general handy work around the property, building & renovation
- painting, decorating
- building conservation and construction
- gardening
- propagation
- we could use some help with our website, filmmaking and advertising skills could be useful too

We are not specifically asking for knowledge but for motivation and interest as we can train you !

On average we work between five and seven hours per day. Five days per week (weekend off). Depending on the time of year and the jobs that need to be done.

We supply waterproof clothes for dirty jobs or for when it is raining. We have waterproof boots, but you may still want to bring your own working shoes.

Life :
All meals are included : up to 5 times a day ! (breakfast, tea-break 1, lunch, tea-break 2, dinner). 7 days per week!
We eat fish, but we don`t eat meat. No worries, the meals are often amazing !! (= world food !)
If you are vegetarian or vegan, you will be welcome.

We have WiFi and TV.
We have a washing machine and a hairdryer that you can use.
We have bedding and sheets, but you should bring your own towel. (If you don’t it’s not a problem we can lend you one!).

Arrivals and departures:.
It is best for you and for us if you can arrive between Sunday and Wednesday and depart Wednesday to Friday. (Monday and Tuesday departures can be difficult as new people will be arriving and no beds for them to sleep in!) Of course, we will always be able to accommodate you somehow :)

How to get here:
Many helpers fly to London, Heathrow or Gatwick are best. They then take a train to Plymouth.

Some fly to Newquay, either from Gatwick or direct. The problem with Newquay is there is limited transport from there to us, unless you are lucky enough to make the right connections. This means getting to Newquay early in the morning. (By about 10am)

From London, and Bristol, there are also overnight buses, and coaches, such as Mega bus and National Express. (To Plymouth) These take longer to get here but are usually a lot cheaper.
You then need to get a train to our nearest Station, Bere Alston.
Some have flown to Newquay airport and pre-arranged a taxi to us. The taxi costs about Ł70.00

All of the above are possible, depending on your budget and time you spend traveling.

To plan your journey here you can log into http://www.travelinesw.com/

Do I need:
Sleeping bag : No
Work gloves : No, not necessarily.
Boots : May be that`s up to you, we already have some.
A K-Way : We have waterproof coats!
A flashlight : May be useful sometimes
Towels : Yes
Bedding : No
Plug adaptor : Yes, if you want to use electricity ! (Although we have plenty hčre)
Dress, hill, shirt, tie… : you probably won’t need that !

Generally, we can supply most things you may need. While you are here you will not need to buy anything.

Hobbies :
Surfing is available locally, and The North Coast Surfing is only 40 minutes away.
There are many local walks. Especially along the coast, which is very beautiful.
The village has a pub, shops, post office, Spa and Co-op, newsagent, Fish and chip shop and a very pleasant community.
As we are close to the sea, we have a very good fishing area! You can bring your fishing tackle to catch fish.

Plus..
See below for video link from our helpers.

reviews (50)
Helper: Júlia Sala Rifŕ Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: June 30, 2019
I stayed 6 weeks in Jonathan and Audrey's house. I just can say that it was a... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: June 30, 2019
I stayed 6 weeks in Jonathan and Audrey's house. I just can say that it was a... view complete review

Helper: Hadrien LECLERC Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: December 10, 2018
I spent 6 weeks in Jonathan's house and I would have like to stay longer! ... view complete review

Helper: Yusha Liu Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: June 18, 2018
I have stayed here for one month during the Chrismas time in 2017. Although i... view complete review

Helper: PINHSIU CHEN Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 31, 2018
I spent 2 weeks in Jonathan's house. He was a creative man, built a wonderful... view complete review

Helper: Alice Boudier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 26, 2018
I had a fantastic stay here. Jonathan is a very kind and generous host. He al... view complete review

Helper: Mark Ciccone Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 15, 2018
I had a wonderful time here. Jonathan is a fantastic host and the area couldn... view complete review

Helper: Dana Negretti Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: March 4, 2018
I had been 5 weeks here and it was a wonderful experience. It's a very nice p... view complete review

Helper: Belen María González Deibe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Argentina Date: January 12, 2018
This is the ideal place if you are interested in either learning or improving... view complete review

Helper: Clara Pérez Valera Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: January 5, 2018
Sorry for the late reply Jonathan!I loved this place! I was staying one month... view complete review

Helper: Noëlie Jestin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: October 19, 2017
It was a very great time in this place! There is a real atmosphere of communi... view complete review

Helper: Esmé Heath Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: October 13, 2017
What an amazing place! Where can I begin? I have been travelling for 3 months... view complete review

Helper: Yohana Genova Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: July 24, 2017
I spent the spring months here at Jonathan’s little oasis. At the time of my ... view complete review

Helper: Geoffrey Koech Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: April 27, 2017
Johnny was an amazing host. He is very knowledgeable about being a good handy... view complete review

Helper: Renjun JIANG Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: China Date: February 24, 2017
It has been a very great time there!! I spent my Christmas there and I am def... view complete review

Helper: Riley Lindberg Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: February 11, 2017
Hello my fellow HelpXers! I just finished a wonderful 5 week stay at Trego... view complete review

Helper: Shreeya Agrawal Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: India Date: January 1, 2017
People, food , place...It's just amazing. I don't even know in which order to... view complete review

Helper: Lien Vercammen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: December 25, 2016
How to describe six weeks here: one big family, spending many hours in the ga... view complete review

Helper: Gautier Scaerou Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: November 29, 2016
Thank you very much Jonatan. You are a great host! It was an amazing 6 weeks,... view complete review

Helper: Elise Demengeon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: August 9, 2016
Before going here I thought maybe 6 weeks were too long. After leaving it I f... view complete review

Helper: Sina-katharina Wohlgemuth Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 8, 2016
Jonathan: "Tell us a story...!" That's how we spent a lot of interesting an... view complete review

Helper: Julius Sonntag Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 1, 2016
This was my first helpx experience, I stayed for 6 weeks - and boy was it a g... view complete review

Helper: Irving david abundiz torres Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: May 14, 2016
My experience at Jonathan 's place was one of the best experiences of my life... view complete review

Helper: Mui san Ten Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Malaysia Date: May 13, 2016
My first helpx at England and it has been amazing 10 weeks. If you love being... view complete review

Helper: Elfy Chiang Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Taiwan Date: April 22, 2016
I enjoyed my time here so much I had to extend my stay from the originally ag... view complete review

Helper: Daniel Cosma Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Romania Date: September 13, 2015
I spent 7 weeks here and as my first Helpx experience it was amazing. Jona... view complete review

Helper: Michael Toledo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 27, 2015
It has been a while since I left Jonathan's place now, 4 years, and I still h... view complete review

Helper: Jonathan Megchelse Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: March 29, 2015
Staying here was my first Helpx experience, and let me tell you I couldn't ha... view complete review

Helper: Elena Molino Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: February 8, 2015
I spent five weeks here with Jonathan. It has been one of the best experience... view complete review

Helper: Konrad Lech Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Poland Date: January 19, 2015
The place is wonderful thanks to amount (and quality!) of people that live th... view complete review

Helper: Cromwell Sánchez Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: June 26, 2014
I enjoyed Jonathan's house for almost three months. Jonathan is a great man, ... view complete review

Helper: Jie Taylor Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 19, 2014
So many happy memories were made here that it is hard to write what I feel ab... view complete review

Helper: Antonino Gallitto Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: June 6, 2014
I spent 6 gorgeous months here. There is a wide variety of work to do and pl... view complete review

Helper: Efraim Ninsiima Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 20, 2014
This was a really positive first Helpx experience, I was spoiled rotten with ... view complete review

Helper: Lucile Melier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 30, 2014
I stayed at Jonathan place for 4 weeks and it was a real pleasure. I had a re... view complete review

Helper: Jackie Cowen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 24, 2014
This was my first HelpX host, and it couldn't have been nicer! I ended up sta... view complete review

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Helper: Sarah Schöttler Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 10, 2014
This was my first Helpx experience and it was amazing! Although it was rainin... view complete review

Helper: Margaret Sikoski Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 18, 2013
Home away from home is how I’d describe living here. Such a wonderful experie... view complete review

Helper: Simon Conyard Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: September 10, 2013
I helped out at Jonathan's from May to the end of August 2013. The work was ... view complete review

Helper: Richard and Kayleigh Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 23, 2013
Well what can we say... J-dawg is an amazing guy :) He was so knowledgable an... view complete review

Helper: David Turner Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: April 8, 2013
I stayed with Jonathan for just over 2 months and what an awesome experience ... view complete review

Helper: Tatiana Blagodarenco Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Italy Date: August 4, 2012
I spent one month here and during this period I met a lot of new people from ... view complete review

Helper: Melanie Kirk Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: June 21, 2012
I recently spent 9 weeks here and have lots of really amazing memories of my ... view complete review

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Helper: Anthony Goh Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 23, 2012
This is just one of the happiest, most chilled out and beautiful places on ea... view complete review

Helper: Forest Allitt Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: December 22, 2011
I spent nearly 6 weeks here with Jonathan and it was wonderful! He will find ... view complete review

Helper: Iván Permuy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: August 13, 2011
I stayed with Jonathan 3 weeks at his home, close to St. Keverne. It's a quie... view complete review

Helper: Julien Orvoen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 30, 2011
It was a pleasure to stay one month in the company of Jonathan. the work is ... view complete review

Helper: Beks Thomas Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: October 18, 2010
i just had a wicked 3 weeks here with Jonathan in beautiful, beautiful Cornwa... view complete review

Helper: Aurelien Gouze Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: September 5, 2010
I spent 5 weeks in Jonathan’s house and I can't thank him enough for that. I... view complete review

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Helper: Quentin PETIT Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 22, 2010
i passed 3 weeks in jonathan's house jonathan is a nice man,I spent a pleasa... view complete review

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