The Lodge Essex

If you enjoy being in a peaceful rural setting immersed in nature then the Lodge is the place for you. The perfect place to switch off from the business of everyday life.

Be welcomed as part of our little family while we navigate life as new parents and also try to manage running a small business, a huge renovation project a very busy 1 year old and a very anxious rescue dog! It can sometimes be chaotic here due to the work happening on the house and a small child running around so need someone who is ready to get stuck in and help us.

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Reviews

5.0
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Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

5.0

Hostel

5.0

Learning & Fun

5.0

United States

5

If you are on the fence about signing up for this experience THIS IS YOUR SIGN TO DO IT! This was my first Worldpackers and I’m so happy I applied here. The most beautiful family and house it was a pleasure to stay here. They are super flexible, generous, and kind and genuinely care for those around them. Its mostly being outside planting, gardening, and weeding. It was so peaceful listening to a podcast/listening to music while planting (that was my fav part). They are super sustainable and we all have something to learn by this experience. Ffi, Ollie, Alfie and Hatty🤍 thank you

9 days ago


Ffion replied

Thanks for your kind words William. We loved having you both and appreciate all your help especially all that weeding!! Will keep you updated on how things are growing in the garden. Safe travels xx

United States

5

Me and my friend volunteered together. Ffi and Ollie were amazing hosts, we had everything to be comfortable from our own rooms, to food, to local recommendations, and more. We did a lot of weeding and cleaning the house and outside, as well as a bit of planting. The lodge is as environmentally conscious and sustainable as possible, so that was cool to learn about. They also have the cutest kid Alfie who I played with a lot and a dog and chickens roaming around. They were super understanding and fun to hang around, and we tried to be as helpful as possible. Would totally recommend.

13 days ago


Ffion replied

Aah thank you Katie we miss you guys! Alffi especially misses having you around to play with him :) thanks for all your help and hope you enjoy the rest of your travels.

Brazil

5

This experience was amazing, so far! Ffi, Ollie, Alffi e Hatty: a really gorgeous family! I could improve my English, teach and learn so many things and experience more than I’ve expected! I spent a good time cooking, gardening, weeding, cleaning, teaching yoga e meditation, and all the activities were really important for this stage of my life and for the project they are building. The location is awesome to offer a inner immersion. I’m really grateful for every intense and incredible day I’ve been here and I wish goods for the growth of this beautiful project and hoping to come back again!

6 months ago


Ffion replied

Divine timing brought you to Essex :) we absolutely loved having you and learnt so much from your attitude to life and business. You are welcome back anytime.

Switzerland

5

I had such an amazing time at the lodge! Ffion and Ollie were very nice and welcoming from the start and I felt at home right away. They made a great effort to include me in conversations and activities and would always make sure that I was doing well. I honestly couldn't have hoped for a better first work & travel experience! I really enjoyed spending time with Alffi and listening to Ollie's playlist ..and Hatty and I got along pretty well, despite her growling sometimes:)
I guess I fell in love with this little family. I wish you all the best and will come back soon! Thank you again<3

6 months ago


Ffion replied

Aah Ronja we loved having you and thank you for everything you did for us but especially loved seeing how much you enjoyed the garden. Thanks for slotting in as part of our little chaotic family! We wish you all the best with your travels and would welcome you back anytime with open arms :)

Japan

5

The amazing welcoming family! 👶🐾
Ffion and Ollie are so kind and open-minded🌎
This is my first Worldpackers experience, and I'm glad that I applied here!!

My main tasks are cooking, cleaning and organizing, plus weeding sometimes🌿
I was able to relax with a private room with the large bed, and at the kitchen area there is a nice music speaker to play whatever jazz you want to play with connecting the Spotify♪

Ffion and Ollie let me cook Japanese cuisines with the spacious kitchen, and I felt like home🇯🇵
I spent only 10days, but I had a fun time chatting at the dinner together! ありがとう

7 months ago


Ffion replied

Words cannot describe how grateful we are for everything you have done for us especially feeding us the most delicious japanese food!! Your organisational skills are just out of this world and I think you should definitely consider being a professional declutterer! :) we wish you the best time on your adventures ahead.


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