2019 update: Availability as of August 2019
We are a semi-retired couple from Germany having lived and worked abroad (UK 15+ years) we now have settled in rural Galicia.
Here we renovated and created a home, a holiday let, gardens and a small nursery for flowering plants.
We try to live as organic and sustainable as sensible and possible here in very rural Galicia. We grow some vegetables, have supporting solar power, our own wells, etc.
The area offers stunning nature but it is mainly for people who look for a tranquil & relaxed place.
Although in the middle of the countryside we do have WiFi and other mod cons.
A minimum stay of two weeks we found works best.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
If you are slightly extrovert and speak some Spanish we have very welcoming neighbors and you can experience life in a small rural community.
You will participate in the challenges to keep a flower garden during changing seasons and times. as well as growing plants for sale.
The small "huerta" (veg garden) does need constant attention, as do the wines.
You are welcome to help or prepare meals and pick up cooking tips.
There is jam making, we make our own grape juice, making ketchup and generally preserves for the winter.
There are always small renovation and constructions going on and your help and input is more than welcome.
There is also plenty of time to explore the stunning nature and we take you along to show even more "hidden" secretes.
So be prepared to get your hands dirty but also enjoy life.
We are looking for help in the garden and poly-tunnels (digging, weeding, potting, water management), maintaining and improving the buildings (tiling, painting, spring / autumn cleaning, etc.). We now have 2 holiday homes we rent out and you may get involved with change overs as well as maintenance.
Ideally we are looking for a couple - singles are welcome as well ! - who are prepared to volunteer 5 days 5 hours daily. According to the needs hours and days are flexible.
Deutsch, English, Espanol
We offer a replica "Bauwagen" which is a small house on wheels. This has a comfortable, extendable (160 x 200) bed, table, chairs etc. Can be heated - electric & wood burner -, does have electricity and access to our WiFi net. Next to it are the old stables which now contain a wet room and there is easy access to the "alpendre" which contains a full outside kitchen. Needless to say that you can use our main kitchen as well. The shower is solar heated outside beside the Bauwagen, but if it's too cool you can use ours or if not rented the holiday house one.
We happily share our warm evening meal with you. During the day we eat irregularly and are happy to share as well, but there are also provisions to make your own meals.
Bread van comes round daily.
The property is situated in the province of Lugo just across the rio Sil is Orense (province). The area is also known as Ribeira Sacra. We are near Sober at the end of a small village with about 20 permanent inhabitants, 40 cows, pigs and numerous cats and dogs. Being here it is easy to forget that we are actually in the 21st century.
The next village with a pub and supermarkets is a 20 minutes walk away and it is another 10Km to the next town.
We have 2 bicycles you are welcome to use.
We live in the heart of the Ribeira Sacra, known for its vineyards, beautiful countryside with deep gorges, rugged mountains with untamed nature.
Galicia also called “green Spain” and it is different. One has to experience it to know.
July / August the local swimming pool is open.
During summer we tend to go swimming in the nearby river, you are welcome to join.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours a day 5 days a week