Our last major project has just been completed by our Spanish Builders, who have made a superb job of our new swimming pool - with just some finishing off to do in July!!
However, there is still plenty of work to do involving path laying/renovation, weeding, digging and general landscaping and we will be looking for suitable volunteers from mid-August onwards.
If you find getting up early for work a struggle, or can’t cope above 30 degrees, please look away now!
Even in the mountains of Andalusia, the weather is HOT during the day, particularly in August, so anyone who is interested in volunteering, MUST not only appreciate this obvious fact, but be willing and able to tolerate working outside each day - and early starts are absolutely essential!!
To benefit from the ‘lower temperatures’ which we are blessed with overnight (unlike the Coastal areas), you need/will want, to be out there by 7.00am - when it is truly wonderful!
September usually sees a reduction in daytime temperatures, which makes a welcome relief after the heat of July and August, so please take this into consideration before contacting me.
My wife and I 'retired' to Spain 5 years ago and bought a neglected Farmhouse in the hills of Andalusia which has now been professionally renovated, with a new roof, windows, doors, tiling, bathrooms, electrics, drainage etc.
We live here with our 'rescue friends', a Jack Russell X and 2 cats, so any volunteers will need to be animal friendly and not have pet allergies, as sofas will need to be shared!
We welcome friendly, sensible volunteers, with common sense, a positive attitude and an interest in helping us improve our house and land.
This is strictly a non-smoking environment - with no exceptions - neither do we accept volunteers with pets or children,
We offer you an en-suite bedroom and food in a house with all the usual modern conveniences, including internet.
If you have any questions, please ask!
We are looking for fit, healthy, NON-SMOKING individuals (either a couple or two friends traveling together) who are willing to undertake a variety of tasks, both internal and external.
The general gardening work will involve weeding, digging and watering, with possible use of a rotavator as well.
In addition to general landscaping tasks, there is quite a lot of path laying/renovation work to be done.
The path laying will involve making cement and I have a mixer for this purpose if needed - otherwise, it can be done in smaller quantities in the wheelbarrow.
There is also a small amount of internal decoration left to do, wall painting, sanding/staining beams, as a relief from the heat of the sun!!
Other tasks will include sanding/painting wood/metal.
No particular skills are required for these tasks, but a positive attitude and willingness to carry out simple tasks with a decent level of diligence and good natured enthusiasm, is assumed.
If you enjoy (and are reasonably proficient) cooking simple, healthy food (especially vegetarian/vegan) then an hour of ‘kitchen activity’ could be included in your daily schedule, if mutually acceptable.
I can collect you from the Bus Station in Alcala la Real, which is about 20 minutes from our house and an hour from Granada.
An excellent opportunity to visit a beautiful and unspoilt area of Spain, rich in history and with numerous places of interest nearby.
Located at 1,000 metres above sea level, there are long distance views and clean air, with low levels of traffic, Moorish Castles, Roman remains, friendly locals, authentic Spanish living, local Bars serving tapas free with your drink (not coffee/water!) and a generally relaxed way of living.
You may want to improve your Spanish or acquire your first few phrases to take back home along with many positive memories of stunning scenery and a way of life which has not essentially changed over time!
English, minimal Spanish currently....
The house is a detached Farmhouse (Cortijo) consisting of 4/5 bedrooms (3 on the ground floor) and all with en-suite bathrooms.
Volunteers will have use of one of the ground floor bedrooms/bathrooms, to accommodate either a couple or 2 friends traveling together.
There are excellent opportunities to walk through surrounding Olive groves and wonderful distant views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, some 40+ miles away. A lack of 'light pollution' means that star gazing at night is a wonderful thing to do!
We are several miles from the nearest town of any real size (20,000+ pop) and public transport is non-existent, but we would be willing to provide lifts into the nearby towns a couple of times a week, for sight-seeing/food shopping in a genuine Spanish environment.
This would not suit 'party animals' who are looking for crowds and noise, although there is a local bar about 10 minutes walk away, which also serves food - some basic Spanish will be required!
However, if you appreciate clean air and the tranquility of being in a rural environment, we'd love to hear from you!
The property is about an hour from Granada, just over an hour from Cordoba and Malaga is just under 2 hours distant.
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