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Peace, tranquillity and a little madness in the Lake District, UK

World, Europe, England, Grange-over-sands



Travel dates

About the workproject

We need 3 volunteers

We are very lucky to live on a farm in the beautiful Lake District, just on the edge of the National Park in Cumbria; the farm dates back to the late 1600's. Over the years parts of it have been renovated and added to and some parts are looking a little sorry for themselves! My mother, myself, my sister and my 7yr old nephew live and work on the farm running a small accommodation business and a successful Friesian horse equestrian centre. We have big plans for the place in the future, however for now we could do with a little help with day-to-day living.

We are on the outskirts of the lovely village of Cartmel which is home to a small racecourse, several very good restaurants and it is famous for it's Sticky Toffee Pudding. You can walk into the village from the farm in just under 20 minutes and there is a local grocery store and several pubs where you can meet friendly locals and visitors from all over the world. The nearest town is Kendal which is about a 20 minute drive away or you can get a bus from the next village along, Grange-over-Sands.

The scenery here is stunning and we have a fantastic view from the farm as we sit high above the Cartmel Valley. The wonderful green pastures are down to the weather which can be sunny and dry, or wet and windy, yet both contribute to the soothing and therapeutic atmosphere of the countryside.

We are happy to take couples, friends or individual travellers and being a relaxed yet hard working family, we like to make our guests, visitors and workers welcome; we very much appreciate those who can take instruction as well as work on their own initiative, as we may not get much time to spend with you. Please note that the only animals on the farm are horses and dogs, although we let our neighbour graze his cattle and sheep on the land.

We are looking for people to help out with one or more of the following:

(a) Gardening/field maintenance such as clearing brambles & ivy, cutting down hedges, minor tree surgery, clearing weeds and dry stone walling if you have the experience. This involves working outside in all weathers so waterproofs are needed!

(b) Building maintenance/carpentry - help with anything from plumbing to roofing!

(c) General decorating inside and outside the farm.

(d) Cleaning bedrooms and the rest of the house. General tidying and helping out. Attention to detail, razor sharp eyesight and a little cleaning OCD are great!

(e) For those who are very experienced with horses we will ask for help mucking out stables, helping feed the horses, moving the horses from field to field & grooming. We cannot guarantee that you will ride however you will get to spend plenty of time with these wonderful, intelligent animals.

About the host

Tamara (55)

Host since




Last seen online

more than 6 month ago

Myself, my sister Tracey, our mother Sylvia and my 8yr old nephew all live and work on the farm. Tracey runs a specialist Friesian Horse not-for-profit business and people come from all over the world to see our horses. Sylvia runs our 3 bedroom B&B and is hoping to retire soon as she's 77 and has worked hard all her life! Myself, Tamara, moved up to the farm in 2017 when our father unexpectedly passed away and my aim is to restore the farm buildings and get the farm to pay for itself for the first time in nearly a hundred years. There's a lot to do so we are always very grateful to volunteers who chose to come and help.

Project dates

Open for offers, contact us

Work to be done

  • gardening
  • construction
  • help in the house
  • maintenance tasks
  • animal care

Expected workhours

  • 7 hours a day
  • 5 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • trailer / caravan

We have a 3 bedroom static caravan on the farm which has amazing views over the Cartmel Valley countryside. It has a small kitchen with fridge, oven, hob & microwave. Seating area for eating and a lounge area plus a separate toilet and shower room.

  • self catering

We provide all basic food & drinks for you to make your own meals in the Static caravan and we all eat together in the farmhouse on a Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

  • no money is involved