Working at The Orange House

Since we opened in 2003 we have had an amazing group of people work at the house in exchange for board. Many jobs would never have been completed if it wasn’t for all these extra pairs of hands. We call these great people “Oranges”. Many come back year after year and have become very close friends.

In addition to work at the main Orange House, 2 years ago we started to build an eco house just 15 mins away. This house is made with strawbales and mud and we have used the skills and happy energy from our “oranges” these past 2 winters.

lovely "oranges" making mud

lovely “oranges” making mud

What do I do? All we ask is that you work 2.5 hours for every night that you stay at the house. The minimum amount of time that you must stay is 2 weeks, this allows you to fit into a routine. The work involves all sorts of things to keep the house running well. Cleaning, gardening, washing bedding, taking rubbish away etc etc. If the house has a great team then the work can be done early morning which then allows you the whole day to get out and climb. We allocate out the roles and ask you to stick to that role for one week and then swop over, if you want to go climbing for the day then we ask you to swop with another “orange”.

As mentioned above you can also work on the Eco house on the hill, have a great time making mud or fixing horse fencing!

Where do I sleep? – Accommodation during your stay can be an issue as the house can be fully booked a few times each month. We have a large supply of tents which anyone can use and mattresses, so all you would need to bring would be a sleeping bag. Food is always left over as people buy way too much, some “oranges” have not bought any food for weeks and lived on great left overs!

If the house is quiet then we do not mind if you take a bed inside the house or a private room, all we ask if that you are ready to move fast if we get clients turn up unexpected!

Can I climb? Within reason the “oranges” get to climb as much as they want, sometimes it might be a case of asking guests for a lift to the crag, or spending a few nights at the other locations, or you can always hire a car if you really want to make sure that you get out on the rock!

I have a skill – If you have a specific skill say a plumber, tiler etc then we can pay your flight and help with the stay.  We like to constantly update the rooms so there is usually an area that needs attention. Please get in touch with

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