Kilmichael House

Our Location is unique and very close to Loch Ness which is a popular destination for travellers globally. In addition we are en-route to the North Coast 500, Isle of Skye,Fort William not to mention the fabulous Western Isles. We provide great safe and very clean facilities for our helpers and take an active interest in them during the time they are with us and try to enrich their experience by either showing them around the area (business permitting and also down to the length of stay -longer stays mean more varied trips). Our business is looking after guests and we endeavour to look after our helpers in the same manner.

I was brought up in the hotel and catering business in my parents properties and then worked for all the big national /international organisations such as Hilton etc, before having my own hotel and pub and latterly my own B & B's so have spent in excess of 40 years in this business. I am a very focused direct individual and being professionally trained I conduct my business practices in the same manner as that of perhaps a larger organisation and do adopt their practice standards i.e. risk assessments to staff training and set departmental standards and everyone who joins will get training in how my operation works and instruction as to how the various tasks would be achieved. I operate the property (which is not a hostel and nor do we offer hostel facilities) myself with a seasonal self employed part time contractors. Our standards are set high and were further enhanced during the heights of Covid-19 and many of them are now incorporated into our existing standards and these must be strictly adhered to for every ones safety and well being). I make no apologies for the house keeping standards we set as it is the correct way to operate within the hospitality industry. The work is physical and comes with some pressure as it must be carried out with speed and efficiency and prospective volunteers should be aware of that and also the fact the housekeeping side is the biggest part of a volunteers daily tasks. The safety of our volunteers is a priority as is our guests and we have house rules/policies incorporating looking after your room, noise levels, health/safety/hygiene, smoking policies etc. and these will be covered in full on arrival or please ask what these are before you confirm your application. I provide excellent clean, comfortable accommodation (and we expect it to be maintained that way during your stay i.e. (changing bedding/towels once a week), respecting the contents of the room and report any breakages, spillages as soon as they occur, Anyone found to be abusing our house rules/policies, causing damage to our property will be asked to leave immediately and we will take photographs in your presence as evidence and Worldpackers will be notified accordingly with any back up information being sent to them. Basic meals (cater for vegetarians not vegans) the meals provided (with the exception of breakfast which consists of cereal, musseli, yogurt, toast, tea/coffee, milk for cereals, tea or coffee, tap water. We do not provide unlimited amounts of milk ), are lunch - soup/sandwiches, salad, savouries, quiche all of which are alternated from day to day and could also contain excess food from a previous evening. Fresh tap water is available at all times but we do not provide bottled water/soft drinks/milk (other than described) or alcoholic drinks. Dinner is based on a 'dish of the day' available for all helpers and it should be noted we do not cook for individual tastes so if you are a fussy eater think again before applying .We use pasta/rice/noodles/potatoes along with vegetables, poultry, meat, fish. Any food (snacks/fruit etc) outwith the 3 basic daily meals we provide and as described has to be sourced by volunteers themselves. We permit Dry Snacks (crisps/biscuits) in the bedroom but no wet food whatsoever i.e. pot noodle, take aways, pizza etc. We also provide unlimited services such as wi-fi/internet/once a week (Sunday/Monday) laundry wash for our volunteers and business permitting and how long a volunteer is with me will show them as much of the area I can). The hours I expect from a volunteer is between 2-4 a day over 5 days during High Season i.e. April- September and in out of season (Oct. - March) it is more like 2-3 over 4 days. I do not believe in exploiting volunteers and they enjoy plenty of free time to themselves but I am very honest and I do ask that they are flexible, completely honest, able to follow instruction/direction, use initiative, love animal and have a great sense of humour. If you are unable to tick all of those boxes Kilmichael House will not be the place for you. I will give everyone their own space as I have mine but am very happy to engage as much or as little with volunteers particularly when wanting to learn English. I am very open and happy to discuss current affairs etc. and respect the opinions of others as I expect my opinions to be respected. I also ask that any issues/misunderstandings that might arise are discussed direct with myself in order to try and resolve them.


Reviews

4.0
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Staff & Host

4.0

Hours & Tasks

4.5

Hostel

4.5

Learning & Fun

4.0

Australia

2

I enjoyed the most unforgettable frozen pizza here, along with some tasty pie and soup.
I especially loved how tidy and clean the bathroom was, I wish I could spend more time in there, but was advised only to shower once a day. Her house is beautifully detailed and organised. I felt so fortunate to have a reserved seat in the spacious dining room.
On my days off, she loved taking me on adventures. I wish I can go shopping with her and help carry the bags, instead of waiting in the car.

4 months ago

Canada

4

I spent a month at Kilmichael House and it was a very unique and engaging experience. Charlotte is an excellent cook and the food was always so lovely. I was there during the off season so there was a lot of downtime to go hiking and walking around the village. The work was pretty simple, just some upkeep inside and outside (raking leaves, painting, etc). Charlotte is specific about how tasks are completed but as you are a good listener and a hard worker you’ll be okay. Message me if you have any questions, I love talking about my experiences!

5 months ago


CHARLOTTE replied

Murphy Happy New Year to You and thanks for sharing your experience whilst volunteering with me and just want to say that It was great having you here and I really appreciated all you did during your time here especially the outside work in the cold. You really are an honest, friendly hardworking person and very generous with you time helping out with a very practical outlook.
You will be pleased to know that through all the bad weather ALL THE LIGHTS ARE STILL UP AND IN PLACE AND WORKING - well done you.
You are a lovely person with a lot to give and I wish you every success for the future and that you get what you are looking for. Please come and see us if you are back this way as I would love to hear more about your adventures. Keep on singing and writing your music.

Argentina

5

This time around was even better than the first time, and I cannot thank Charlotte enough for her endless generosity and kindness. I’ll cherish forever my time at Kilmichael’s, I met wonderful new friends there and I filled my heart with joyous memories and experiences.
Thanks again to Charlotte who made all of this possible, I’ll miss you (and Sophie too!).

5 months ago

United States

5

I spent one month here and had a great time! Charlotte was beyond fair with the volunteer working hours (I stayed with her during the off season, so the workload was light). The accommodation was terrific, super comfortable and cozy regardless of whether you are sharing a room or not (depending on the number of volunteers). She prepared excellent meals, really delicious, and is great about taking volunteers on fun day trips to see the highlands! Beautiful nature and hikes in the area to explore during your free time or while walking Sophie. Much love to Charlotte, Sophie and Rags!

6 months ago

Mexico

5

Kilmichael was amazing! was my first volunteering, Charlotte was awesome, She is very aware of the respect towards the volunteers, the food was always fantastic, she cooks and is fabulous, She in the days off took a stroll us, it was very funny, the work not is difficult only you need to have orden, She corrected my words or ways of saying things, thanks to that I have improved, I recommend this place if you are willing to change your way of thinking a little and adapt to this place, she has adorable pets, it is important that you like them as you deal with them, I highly recomme



7 months ago


CHARLOTTE replied

Oh thanks for your lovely comments and I am so pleased you enjoyed your short time here and you will be very welcome to come back again in the future in the summer as you say when the cows come back to graze in the fields. I hope the retreat works well for you and look forward to hearing all about it. Keep in touch - hugs from Sophie and Rags and me


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