***COVID UPDATE *** Still open for volunteers who can safely travel but within our current regulations. A couple would be ideal. Main duties will be associated with preparations for our planting season as well as daily animal chores. Voulnteers to our home will be warmly welcomed with true Highland hospitality and the opportunity to discover rural Scotland in all it's stunning glory. We live next to the Harry Potter railway line and some of the true iconic scenery you will have seen only in films on Scotland. If you love the outdoors and our beautiful dog plus have a willingness to learn about growing veggies and looking after ducks / chickens as well as a basic understanding of how a small high quality guest house is operated - then this will be the ideal place for you. If you want to explore particular parts of our local area - we have beautiful beaches, hill lochs, beautiful Islands, amazing hikes and stunning mountains to climb - we will also take you to other places when we go if you wish to join us.
We are a very busy working family with three small children, and if you arrive with a flexible and willing attitude to do your best and work hard - then we will be most happy :-). If it feels like you are not helping or are constantly being reminded of your duties, then we will not be happy! If you wish only to have a holiday in lovely Scotland, then please arrange this through a travel agent :-). We need honest, hard working, trustworthy, respectful and flexible helpers that will make a positive difference to our lives. If you have passions for certain chores then we will help and encourage you in that area. If you are really willing to learn about business and many other aspects of rural life we are a good environment for that too. We offer two good meals a day - mid-morning and early evening with supplementary snacks if needed in between . Sometimes we have time to prepare these and sometimes it will be self-service!
My experience since I got here was amazing, Gary and Katie have three lovely little kids and all of them made me feel like part of their family. I would definitely recommend this place, there are so many ways to help, new projects that could need more hands, but always make sure to bring the best attitude possible and give always the best of you, they really appreciate this. There is nothing is too hard, It's all abut loving nature, animals and be flexible enough. I'm leaving knowing I found a new family in Scotland where i'll definitely come back.
6 months ago
Thank you Juan - you are amazing and we all were very sorry to see you go. It was a real pleasure to host you under difficult circumstances and in strange times. Your flexibility and real desire to be of help is a glowing example of how volunteers can make things work. Our location and situation with using our home as a business is not understood by all and we really appreciated your co-operation and understanding that the guests come first! Thanks again and we hope you enjoy your next stay. Always welcome back here anytime :-)
Definitivamente a pior experiência de todas que já tive! Resumindo: me colocaram em uma casa de madeira fria e sem banheiro, onde não tinha acesso a sanitário e chuveiro. Condições precárias para residência. Detalhes me mandem mensagem no particular.
almost 2 years ago
So pleased we have the right to reply. Your review is not only incorrect but blatant lies. We explained everything to you very clearly and you had options for bathroom and shower. You came directly from a climate where the temperatures was 46 degrees - to the Highlands of Scotland - what exactly did you expect? This is our summer and temperatures are normal here for this time of year. The cabin is insulated and you had the fire on so it was like a sauna when I came to see you there. You left with no notice after just three days and Liliana doing only 5 hours work because we were empathetic to your long distance travel. We explained the reasons why temporarily everything was a bit chaotic and if you had tried to understand our business and stayed for longer you would have a much better understanding of how not only business works, but what customers needs and expectations are as well as the very high standards we set. They are the most important - not you and not us. We gave you spotlessly clean accommodation which has been used without complaint by many previous helpers and volunteers without any complaint. You left it in a total mess - complete with empty beer cans, cigarettte butts, suitcases with clothing and your soiled underwear. Nice!! A complete lack of understanding, commitment and willingness to learn - interested only - repeat only - in your needs and not to satisfy any of ours. We contacted your previous host hotel in India and were told that you were even worse there - not willing to listen to instruction, nor to work and were drinking and very demanding of them - and in the end - you did a disappearing act before your time was complete, the same as you did with us. Any potential hosts beware this couple as it looks like they only want what is best for them and cannot discuss issues but choose to 'run away' from any problems. Bad attitude and poor collaboration with your hosts.