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Couple looking for home to rent/exhange for work

Hello, we're John and Amanda and we're looking for a home to rent or exchange for work from us. Amanda is a writer - novelist, short story writer and freelance environmental sustainability journalist. She also runs her own online creative writing business. I've worked as a tree surgeon for years. We both love spending time outdoors in nature and wandering around. We are looking for somewhere private and rural/semi-rural ideally in the south/south west of England, Wales or the Scottish Highlands/West Coast; and would be willing to look at home for work exchange type deals as well as rental. I have worked in landscape related jobs for almost twenty years, most recently managing a woodland/forestry, have good practical skills including basic carpentry, painting, decorating and property maintenance. I've got plenty of grounds maintenance experience too, such as hedging, strimming, etc. We're mindful, responsible and considerate people and have lots of experience looking after various animals too - cats, dogs, chickens, donkeys, sheep and alpacas. Give me a call or send us a message if you have a potential home for us. 07513 852049. All the best, John

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Room in a Peaceful House

Large single room available to rent (possible Housing Benefit)in my 2 bedroom terraced house in Mid-Cheshire. Reduced rent as I continue to renovate and re-decorate. Good Luck

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French property lying idle - needs ppl with skills to bring it back to life

Anyone interested in living in the French countryside - Charente region - rolling hills, plenty of greenery/forestry and in the middle of farming country near Confolens? Very sizable property suitable for community living after some renovations. I am happy to consider rental offers or accommodation in exchange for renovations; house habitable already with water/elec etc - barns also available for renovation and expansion of living space. SO MUCH POTENTIAL, seems a shame for it to be lying idle :(

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SEEKING ADVICE: renting LAND for yurt in Germany

Dear all, My husband and I, who is a student at the university of Heidelberg, would like to explore the option of renting land in Germany (ideally near the city) so that we can continue to live in a yurt there. However, as a British national myself, I know nothing about how to go about this etc. (and neither does he) so we would really appreciate advice or contacts if you know of anyone with land who would be willing to let for money or some kind of labour exchange. Please contact lapsang.leaf (at) gmail.com if you can help. Thank you!

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semi urban detached house in need of a mini community

Just returned from working abroad and now I'm looking to share my home and large garden with two or three other like minded people, - seeking to live more sustainably, share skills, living costs and grow food organically. I've learnt some permacultrue skills on a course and would like to live with more experienced people who also actively engaged in social justice matters as well as enviromental . Could rent or buy share in my property which is based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. It overlooks a field, ten minutes walk to the park, with views to moorland and half hours walk to the town centre. Best of boh worlds ! : ) To discuss, call Yentl Y on 07447880809

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At the beginning

I am at the beginning of my journey to finally create a home on and with the earth, to find a wild place where a herd of horses will live alongside people, where those who want to join me for a short while or longer will be welcomed A place where I can offer my work as a wilderness guide, a medicine woman, a cook of vegetarian delights, a singer of songs and sounds, a horse woman of exquisite tenderness, somewhere I can see the sun and moon rise and set, where it is dark enough to see the stars.... Maybe you know of some land that adjoins a national park or is owned by the National Trust? A place near the sea and mountains? A place where there is already a dwelling and/ or planning permission to create home? A place of beauty I so look forward.... In deep gratitude

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Got space for our bus? In exchange for help and small rent.

Hi. We just bought a bus and we are looking for somewhere to park her and live in her while we fix her up to live in. I have a two year old and two well behaved dogs a labrador and a very old golden retriever. We can offer help with livestock gardening childcare and building. We both have skills with animals and gardening. Sam is a qualified plumber and I've been an aupair in the past as well as looking after horses. I have grown my own food on and off for the past few years until this year due to no suitable space. We are really looking for somewhere in the south west. So hopefully someone can find space for us and our 38ft bus.

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Work & Accommodation in Highlands of Scotland

Greetings. My name is Paul and I'm looking for work and accommodation in the Highlands of Scotland. This could mean in a small community setting or someone needing extra help in exchange for basic board and a small income. I'm particularly interested in organic cultivation and nutrition and have some experience in growing organic vegetables and fruit. I'm fairly practical, willing to learn new skills and able to adapt and be flexible. I'm physically fit, in good all round health and well educated. References can be provided if necessary. Please contact me if interested to discuss further. Tel: 07979314717.

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Penzance or St Just area; room or cabin needed. Can Pay.

Hallo – I am a qualified and reliable returning native who has recently acquired some land for Permaculture Forest Gardening. I seek a room or cabin available very soon, and for a year or so, where i can store useful equipment and stay part time, whilst I develop the Project. Basic conditions are fine – as long as it keeps the rain out and is other wise safe. I have family and friends in the area that i often stay with, and I also spend some time with my daughter, her husband and my granddaughter abroad, and with my eldest son and his partner in Brighton. I am a writer, gardener and holistic health therapist who loves quietness and stillness, but also loves music, dance and being with children. I can pay rent, but would like, at least partly, to work my passage – such as by house minding, child minding, cleaning or gardening. My trips can be arranged around this. Any money saved will be used for the permaculture project. - So, an eco/community friendly way of getting started with another eco/community friendly project. From Lyla Byrne. You are welcome to contact me directly: meriyon@live.co.uk

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Off-grid cabin/retreat to rent in Southern Spain.

Hi i'm considering renting out my off-grid one room 6m x 4.5m wooden cabin/retreat in Southern Spain. There's solar panels for power, a woodburning cooker and the water is pumped up from a spring in the orchard below. There's an outside living area and a detached bathroom with hot shower and compost toilet. It's a mile down a dirtrack and it would ideally suit someone with a 4 x 4 or a rugged car or van. It's 10 minutes from the village Comares and half an hour from the coast. It's one hour from Malaga airport. There's land to grow vegetables and plenty of water. It's set in 4 acres and there are no immediate neighbours. The views are amazing. For more information/photos contact Ivan ivanidea2001@yahoo.co.uk

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Accommodation on small farm in South West Wales in exchange for work

Hi, I have a small, wildlife friendly farm with rare breed sheep and my own horses in South West Wales. I am looking for someone who is interested in having accommodation in exchange for work. The work will be varied, it may involve doing the daily checks/feed round occasionally, or helping with a task with the sheep. It may involve helping clean the holiday let on site which is the main source of income. But most of the time its likely to involve maintenance for which wood working and DIY skills will be important. Options for accommodation and the number of hours are flexible. I live in the farm house on site, which I am renovating, there is a static caravan with water and electric connection available. Or space for a caravan/van to be parked up. There is the option for people to earn extra income by holding courses on site or continuing with their own crafts or business. I think its more important to find the right match than produce a big wish list/must be description, but I would prefer someone looking for a long term base rather than accommodation for just a few weeks.

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Need a place in Wales (women only, please) before April-ish

I'm looking for a place to live and to practice (herbs - I'm a Herb-Witch, and pretty good), and Reiki-Seichem) in Wales - any place near enough to a wild area will do. I need a shed-type place/annex/private little cottage (or a converted outbuilding) with electricity and preferably some sort of wood-stove or fireplace, and either permission to live in a corner of it or a space next to it to live in (cottage/caravan/yurt, I don't mind). Only places belonging to/inhabited by other women considered (I'm a young woman, and my family would get concerned…), and rent - please say how low you can offer, as I'll be living off my family's money until I can get enough saved up from working with the herbs and practicing (Reiki-Seichem and Crystal Healing). Oh, and some garden space to grow herbs in, and proximity to a town with decent shops would be useful ( organic food and so on….)… Contact me if you have a place, and for further details about me and what I could offer in exchange….

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Wanted:caravan parking or barn/yard to rent/anything??

(Updated Sept'17)Two years 3 months of pointless advertising to no avail but ever the optimist :/ ...I'm medically retired NHS paramedic and looking for parking to rent for a touring size caravan in which i live full time. Ideally a quiet spot on a farm or in a forest/woodland area or small certified caravan site. May consider a work on site arrangement in lieu of rent if mutually beneficial. I currently work part time as a photographer and writer but ive experience with heavy plant and machinery and large livestock /heavy horses and have an hgv license. I will also consider caretaker/security/warden position for cottage,house,cabin,bothy ,forest or woodland etc or as live-in or on-site caretaker /housekeeper in lieu of rent over winter months or longer term - Ive plenty of experience and can provide references if required...must be a pet friendly arrangement (I have a cat companion). Unlikely id be interested in a large commune or religious spiritual development centre to be fair so if you are one please dont waste your efforts writing to me.(so many do and not at all what im seeking) Ideally im looking for somewhere in highlands or islands of Scotland or Yorkshire Dales, but I'll happily consider other parts of UK depending on what and where. Feel free to message,ill always reply asap subject to internet available.

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Rural, Simple Wooden House in Central Brittany for rent

Hiya! We have a homely, simple 2 bed wooden house for rent that would suit some 'time out' from the hustle and bustle of the UK. It has 2 bedrooms, an open plan kitchen/sitting room with a log burner (wood provided) and a wonderful wooden veranda overlooking the garden which is surrounded by trees. It is quiet and secluded but just down the lane is a cycle path which is part of the Green Ways of Brittany (a network of cycle paths that are mostly old railway lines). From the cycle path you can reach the local village, Mael-Carhaix, or the local town, Rostrenen, a small town with a weekly market and the normal supermarkets/cafes/restaurants etc. Close by is the Nantes-Brest Canal, which again is tranquil and beautiful. There are copious amounts of paths and tracks in this area and several lakes nearby too! If you love nature, there are an endless amount of places to explore. We are pretty flexible with dates, but would like to rent it out for at least a month, for £500 inclusive pcm. We have had such lovely, restful and cathartic times here we just want someone else to enjoy it like we have. Any questions email me at hannabwest@googlemail.com

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Place to Live

Hi all, we are early 50's vegan couple with 2 dogs who will be available to rent or work for rent on a mutually suitable Project.We are financially stable so can support ourselves but would love to learn more about off grid sustainable living that is environmentally as well as ethically noble. Where ? Let the wind be the guide ! Really flexible, not afraid of giving it a go anywhere. We would like to live amongst people & animals where all can trust & benefit. Ideally we would have a private house/yurt/lodge or cabin which we can either pay rent for or work to cover cost of. Love the idea of communal life & believe it works best when relationships have grown. We are both physically fit, neither of us are afraid of graft. Our skills are in general building work, ground maintenance, insulation, office skills, proof reading. Any challenge is worth consideration if the cause is good. We enjoy music, can knock a tune out ok when the wind blows in the right way. We have travelled extensively and lived abroad. We feel we do not belong in mainstream society, so are seeking alternatives. We will be ready from November 2017. Looking forward to hearing from anyone who may have idea's to discuss. Regards colin

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Land in spain

Hi I have a nice parcel of land in esterpona in spain. Looking for long term people in vans or motorbikes.elec.and water.low contribution.near coast on a Duncan.nick

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WORK EXCHANGE OR RENT FOR A LITTLE SPACE/LAND IN BRISTOL OR SOMERSET

Hi. We've been looking for a nice co-housing place/landowner/freehold/farmer. We've just bought a horsebox that we are converting to live-in and would like to find a nice space to store and live-in it. We're really keen on sharing, work exchange and off-the-grid living so I thought I'd post on here :) We're hard working, reliable and love finding new friends. We're open to suggestions on how we can help from farm work,help with media or anything else we are capable of doing! We've just got back from 20 months of travelling by bicycle to Kyrgyzstan and back, wild camping and work exchange/volunteering...we're now looking for some nice people with a little space to create a new home. Please contact us as soon as possible on 07875 080131 (Beccy) or 07504 992229 (Rob) if you think we could do something together. Thanks Beccy and Rob

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Opportunity

We are a ten acre eco friendly smallholding and events centre located in the beautiful county of Powys on the England/Wales border. We house a unique range of eco buildings and have always developed in sustainable ways. For a long time we functioned as an arts and environmental centre, but now we use the place for accommodation, courses, weddings and special occasions. The river, the wildlife corridor, and the views and natural beauty all help to ensure the visitors are stimulated and inspired. We currently have two types of opportunity available. The first opportunity is as a seasonal helper between the start of April and end of September. The role will involve assisting in the general management and running of the centre. As this role requires commitment for the full season and various responsibility, we offer a profit share to the right person along with food and accommodation. Duties will include coordinating volunteers, helping guests, maintenance, general upkeep, gardening and cleaning. This role would suit someone with a good level of English, with practical, social and organisational skills looking to gain relevant experience for future career prospects. The second opportunity is an ongoing one for various people looking to gain voluntary experience. We welcome people from all walks of life who are keen to immerse themselves in the day to day running and upkeep of a smallholding and events centre. Hours will vary depending on the tasks for the day and we often find that volunteers want to make their mark on the place by doing something creative and imaginative. We look for self motivated people who can work well on their own or together with other volunteers in exchange for food and accommodation. It's a great spot for walking with Offa’s Dyke only a short walk away. The Montgomery Canal Towpath is also close by, a conservation area in which you can enjoy the abundant wildlife and plant life. If you feel energetic, a walk up to Breidden Hill and Rodneys’ Pillar offers a challenge, from where you can enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. The Centre backs onto The River Vyrnwy and many of our guests dip their toes in to the river to cool off and take in the beauty of the surroundings. We have several bikes and canoes that the volunteers are welcome to use to explore the local area. Wildlife is in abundance in and around the centre with over 120 varieties of birds including sparrow hawks, woodpeckers, barn owls , great crested tits, swans and turtle doves. We also regularly see otters, badgers and foxes. For those looking for nightlife, there are numerous country pubs offering good food and drink close by. We're easily accessible from Shrewsbury by bus. Shrewsbury can be reached by train from Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool Airports in between one and two hours.

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Lending money to communities

Hi everyone A friend was telling me about a financial scheme he'd heard about at Buddhafield some years ago. We'd like to find out about it again. Does anyone have contact details for the scheme? The scheme is this: People, with various amounts of money to invest, collectively lend an amount to an intentional community so the community can buy a house. Basically giving them a mortgage. But the interest rates are much lower than a mortgage which means the community can afford to pay 'the rent', so it's good for the people in the community & the investors get to invest in something ethical & sustainable. The scheme seemed really well set up with good, legal contract/protection for both the community & the investors. We hope it is still running, please can you let us know if you know of it. Or anything like it. Thanks Abi

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Looking for land

We are a small group of health professionals looking for long term access to approximately 10 acres of rural pasture/woodland in Wales/Herefordshire with a nearby river or stream, within easy reach for the public and ideally with a building to use. Our aim is to develop an ecological educational centre including permaculture. This will be structured as a Community Interest Company. We would appreciate any offers or leads - including farm-sharing and buildings at risk - that will help us move forward. Many thanks.

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Needing Creative types!! :)

Hello! :) We have rooms to rent in Darley Arts, our small growing arts based community. We have a large house and an annex with communal sitting room, music rehearsal space, art studio, kitchen and 3 bathrooms. Each member rents their own room and all the bills are included, (central heating, council-tax, broadband etc.) People commit to an initial 4 weeks in advance. The rooms are furnished but residents provide their own bedding, etc. Couples are welcome but expected to rent a room each. Caged pets are fine, but no cats or dogs please. We have been running for 15 years, and we use our arts org. to run any projects the tenants might come up with! At the moment we have 8 tenants (max 14) who are variously; musicians, writers writing plays and films, a tailor, a potter with a studio space including a kiln, and some out of work actors (surprise!) :) We also have a huge garden space to enjoy the outdoors as well as areas where tenants can grow veg. We welcome creative interesting friendly tenanty type people, who are looking for an artisty-type space!! We would like to meet you, you to meet us and get a feel for the place, before a commitment is made to move in.

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Looking for somewhere to site a static

Hi, I am looking for somewhere I can site a static caravan converted to be off grid around Consett, County Durham or the North East in general. I am able to offer some time in exchange or happy to pay a contribution, whatever works best. I am open to any opportunities as am stuck at the minute to find anywhere to put it. I have skills with gardening and permaculutre design as well as many other skills I am happy to share. I am also interested in learning about farming and woodland management. It is a 35x12 caravan, 16 years old and cream coloured. It isn't suitable for a park and I don't really want to live on a site as it didn't work out last time. Looking for somewhere private, not easily seen by the public with some sunlight for solar and possbily near a water source. I also have two cats. I am planning to stay there most of the time but within the legal limits set by the law. To be honest I am choosing to live in a caravan because I am sick of having to pander to other people and organisations to be able to live the lifestyle I want, which is low impact and self sustainable. I am looking for somewhere for at least two years and hoping for the best :) If anyone can help or know anyone with land that is not being used or that could be open to such an offer I would really appreciate a response. Thank you

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Accommodation Required Hotel/ B&B/ Retreat/ Cabin/ Chalet

Hi! I am a friendly, bubbly 40 year old lady, who is respectful, honest, a non smoker. I am looking for somewhere I can live for a minimum of 6 months, ideally in a rural location. I need someone to provide me with 3 healthy low fat meals daily and fruit/veg/nuts to snack on and must be charged at very cheap and not charged at hotel/pub prices. I am an overweight with limited mobility due to being unfit and having to carry all my excess weight around. I need someone to help me to lose weight by controlling what I eat each day, so that I can overcome obesity and then set-up a charity helping others do the same. Ideally there will be access to outdoor space that I can exercise and sit out and enjoy the sunshine . Anything considered. Id like to learn how to grow fruit/veg/herbs and i like horses/ponies and want to build up my fitness levels and burn calories by walking them around a field/arena, MUCKING OUT, learn how to care for them &/or helping out with other animals such as goats/sheep/geese/chickens, etc. Ideally id have my own washing machine and access to a wet room, but not essential, as I can wash my hair in a sink and use a bowl of water instead of a shower. Ideally the area wont be hilly but will be flat. I need ground floor accommodation and although Id rather have my own cabin/annex/flat, bus conversion, yurt, etc, a room in a house/hotel/B&B will be considered. Payment would be by claiming housing benefit of £100pw for the accommodation and id use my other benefit money to pay for food/heating/water, etc. emailed to myemail address: anew.dawn@live.co.uk but not essential. Kind regards.

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Looking for an affordable place in Spain

Hello, Is anyone aware of a not too big and not too expensive finca/organic farm/rural house with a garden in Spain? I would like to start my own permaculture garden, possibly not too far away from the coast or a big town. If anyone knows of anything, I would really appreciate your messages to isabel546@hotmail.com Namaste! Ely :)

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Seeking park-up in exchange for work

Hi. I'm Be. I'm a single, homeschooling mum. Me and my little family includes a dog and, currently 3 cats, 2 who could potentially be re-homed if necessary. We are looking to find a, preferably, long term/permanent park-up where we can be in exchange for work..happy to pay some money too within reason. I'm pretty handy in general and have the following skills; woodwork, gardening, treecare, management (i manage family areas at festivals during summer), musician, workshops (drumming/singing/dance), cook and can pretty much turn my hand to most things. If you think we could be of benefit to each other then please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you :)

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Communal-ish Living

Consider joining DarleyArts, our small growing arts based community located in South Yorkshire between Sheffield and Barnsley. The premises is a large, old Victorian mine owner's house which is run as shared accommodation having a communal sitting room, rehearsal space, kitchens and bathrooms. It is a friendly and supportive environment. Each member rents their own room and pays a service charge for all the usual bills. We have been running for 15 years, communal activity is driven by the interest and commitment of the residents as they come and go. At present we have 12 members (max 18) who have interests in the following areas, each in varying stages of development: 1. Music - both listeners and players 2. Festival work - several of us do theatre/music sound and lighting indoors and outside. 3. Writing - includes drama. 4. Communal cooking – regular house meals where we all get together. 5. Pottery – resident potter with established studio space including kiln. 6. Gardening - space to enjoy the outdoors as well as areas where members may grow veg. NB. Please note that because of the age group concerned our community is not suitable for children, pets or couples that want a very private life!

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Wanted Accommodation in exchange for help

Looking for accommodation in smallholding or farm situation in exchange for help or part exchange of rent. I have 2 children (13 & 9) who live with me half the time, a dog, and I work part time, mainly at the weekends. We like being part of a community/team vibe, being outdoors and leading a healthy and nourishing lifestyle. If our presence and assistance could be of interest to you please get in touch.

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Seeking Intentional Community to join

My name is Cori my wife is Beverly and we have 2 dogs a Boxer named Buddy and a Black Lab named Sydney. We are seeking a group of people to live with where we would have our own personal space but some shared meals and shared responsibilities regarding property upkeep and some enterprising focus whether it was growing food or some other enterprise.We are a same gender married couple and we are omnivorous.

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