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Area (ha): 0.5
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 89131
Country: England

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Last Updated: March 28, 2019

Having retired early from careers in health and social care and arts and heritage, we moved to our property in Shropshire in 2015. Our main project is developing an existing garden and creating a new productive garden in what was a pony paddock. In our first three years we have made considerable progress and are now more or less self sufficient in fruit and vegetables, and the house garden begins to look like a garden, not just a green space! But there is a long way to go. We've been planting trees and hedges recently, and a new willow bed for basket willows. And now the new gardening season is really underway. We really would love some help in April with creating new veg beds in the paddock garden. And there is always more to do - out buildings to be painted, and we want to create a couple of small ponds this year. And of course we need to maintain what we have already established!

We welcome willing helpers to enjoy our lovely setting with us. We have two spare bedrooms, one double, and one that can be a twin or double room. The house was originally a small agricultural cottage that has grown over it's 150 years of life, but most rooms are quite small, so you very much share our space. For this reason we suggest that people should consider only staying a week or so at the most, just in case we find we don't get on so well! We are 6 miles south of Shrewsbury, and it's a similar distance to the glorious Shropshire Hills. Shropshire is a well kept secret, lots to see and do from very early industrial heritage at Ironbridge, to wonderful walking. There is a regular bus service through the village, and trains from stations quite close and accessible by bus. We have small grand children (3 and 5 years) nearby who we often have with us, and we are both involved in a certain amount of voluntary work locally and we are members of local choirs.

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