Help us at a beautiful restored traditional farmhouse in the very scenic, hilly countryside of Almeria, Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    We are an English couple in our 60s and our household consists of ourselves, 4 cats, a large spanish sheepdog and currently 2 horses (soon to be 3, I hope). We have retired from living mainly in the ME to a beautiful restored traditional farmhouse in the very scenic, hilly countryside of Almeria. The area is dry farmland with goats grazing the surrounding hills, and we have a number of olive and almond trees on our approximately 2 hectares of land - with some help we could do more to maintain and actually harvest them. We also have a sizeable garden which needs to be reorganized and made more water efficient. But what would be most useful is some help with rather heavier work - strimming, maintaining trees, land / paddocks for the horses, or small building projects. ( opportunity to learn some carpentry / construction skills if you are interested) and maybe some painting ( the traditionally built houses here need constant upkeep) . Someone with some experience of caring for horses would be especially welcome. Sadly we aren't great at language learning, so our Spanish still has long way to go - someone who could help would, again, be very welcome, though there are plenty of opportunities to study locally for someone who also wants to learn / improve their own Spanish.
    We are in quite a quiet situation, about two kilometers from the nearest village, so a couple of maybe two friends would probably be happier than a single person, unless you are very self sufficient or just want time to pursue some project of your own.
    Ideally we would welcome someone wanting a longer stay who would be flexible about working when we need help , as we would be about the days you want to be free, though a weeks help with gardening is always useful!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    we can offer - the interest of living in a semi desert area - unique in Europe. The area is very rural and was slow to develop and the past still feels quite close at times.

    I am an ex English language teacher, so would be glad to help someone wanting to improve their English.
    Opportunity to interact with the horses
    My husband knows a lot about carpentry / building and construction work

  • Help

    Help

    any or all of
    - help with the horses - no experience needed .
    - gardening - weeding , watering etc
    - some fairly vigorous physical work strimming land and tending trees, fencing etc
    - animal sitting so we can have full day out or even go away for night occasionally!
    - help with our Spanish
    - 'mucking in' with cooking / housework / odd maintenance jobs (like painting etc)

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    english , a little spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    We have just completed the conversion of some old stables into a comfortable self contained flat, attached to our house. It would best suit a couple, or maybe (a) parent/s with one child, wanting some privacy/ independence, ideally with driving license.
    Previous guests have eaten with us and shared the cooking ( we are vegetarian) but you would also have your own kitchen for times when you want to prepare food for yourselves

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It's great country for walking, biking, just relaxing. The coast is about 45 minutes drive - some natural places, some 'resorts' in reach.
    Might suit someone who needs time and peace for their own writing / study ?

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week








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