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Arianne Davies

Host Profile

My Property

Property Name

Sweet Briar Retreat

Farming methods


Business Type

Hobby Farm

Short Property Description

Farm & Garden maintenance volunteers needed for about 2-4 weeks on rural Farm Stay property. Renovating overgrown areas around the Residence and commencing great pasture improvement program and to keep Horses safe. Establishing a well-presented B&B Business including off-grid Glamping.

Located in Running Stream which is 1 hr south of Mudgee NSW. The Homestead has large grounds to be maintained, there is an amazing landscape, with 6 different garden areas plus Orchard of 30 fruit trees.

The Formal Rose Garden of 60 different Roses, currently under renovation.
Overgrown plants & weeds to be cleared and renovating large Vegetable Garden area. mainly clearing weeds, mulching, planting.

Some of the days will require lifting and Clearing paddocks of old timber laying around, and collecting bush rocks for the front gateway entrance where new “Rock Wall” will be constructed.

Most of the Tree’s and garden beds require mulching. So spreading mulch will take extra time. Collection of 2 truckloads of mulch at nearby location.

Selection criteria is: Must be over 21 years old, have Driver’s licence and proper ID. You must have weed clearing and Gardening experience and some experience working outdoors! Ability to work HARD under sometimes harsh elements of strong winds, cold temperatures, etc.

Volunteering hours are generally between. 8-4 (9-3 or less when bad weather) The WWOOFing Guidelines state no more than 4-6 hours volunteering each day and a maximum of 38 hours each 7 day period. There will be Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner catered for (value about $30/day) Backpackers will have self-contained accommodation in furnished large camper-trailer (suits couple)

There is double bedroom, w Single bed 🛏 for one person, also have double air-bed for extra persons if needed. Share main bathroom 🛀

*Health checks and where you are travelling from with honesty and courtesy is also essential, in-line with COVID-19 safety procedures.

For further details of the volunteering structure and any questions you have, logistics transport etc. please contact us on phone or chat.. Video conference interviews commencing this week. Immediate start from 8th August, 2020

All Individuals on this property must respect the rules and policies in place. Understand what “law of the land means” and Be kind to my animals. Currently we have 2 lovely Staffy’s 🐶 2 special horses 🐴 2 amazing chickens 🐓

Full Property Description

The property has expansive views & remote rural setting w beautiful tranquil Residence full of native birds & small wild birds indigenous species to this region. Trips into any of the 3 towns nearby are a 1 hour drive each way. Average half day weekly in town for errands & shopping in either “BATHURST, MUDGEE, KANDOS or LITHGOW”

there is also the lovely Turon River at the bottom of the mountain it’s a 5km winding narrow road, very peaceful, gold panning available too.

Organic/Biological methods we use

  1. Hand removal of Crofton Weed, Bathurst Burr.
    Gas Torch Weeder
  2. Spraying Vinegar mix not Herbicide in Chook Yard, Veggie Garden, and beyond.
  3. Mechanical: Brushcutter, Ride on Mower, Slashing, Rotary Hoe,
  4. Mulching & Composting
  5. Grazing: Horses, then Cattle, then Goats (destocked for last 9 months)

Skills WWOOFers can learn here

Organic practices & techniques, Biodynamic practices & techniques, Gardening, Composting, Propagating, Pruning, Mulching, Wild Food Foraging, Animal care, Mechanical, Using & caring for tools, Fencing, Handyman, Marketing produce

My Details


Arianne Davies

Partners Name




The Stay

Can Accommodate

2 WWOOFers

Preferred length of Stay

1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks, Longer stays by negotiation


In Our Home, Caravan

Other options

No Smoking Inside, No Children

Meal Procedures

Eat together, Eat separately, Share most meals, Food provided, cook your own

Languages spoken

English. Little Italian. some Greek, little Spanish & German. learning Arabic.

Diets we cater for

All diets catered for (mixed meals), Fish based meals, Meat based meals, Vegetarian meals, Vegan meals, Gluten free meals

Why I became a WWOOF Host

I would like to Make A Difference to share the journey of pasture improvement, natural agriculture methods, independent business operations and the process of seasonal gardening techniques.

I would like to provide a great opportunity for others to learn how much is involved in making a great farm and B&B residence, in a remote area with small budget & create a viable livestock property.

There is lots to learn here and time to now share my Horticultural and agriculture knowledge.



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