Help gardening and renovating a cottage in rural NW Spain



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    UPDATE: currently looking for summer help with exterior painting and, for those who love heat, replacing our polytunnel plastic...a lovely warming job.
    We would welcome a single or couple, gardening experience not essential but a willingness to learn is!
    Short term help of a few days is always welcome. Longer stays may be available for special projects.
    We look forward to hosting you soon.

    Lisa & Stewart have spent the past 14 years in beautiful rural Galicia self-restoring our old stone farmhouse. Having almost finished this task in 2014 we took on a second project in the same hamlet for Lisa’s mum who also loves the tranquillity and local friendliness.
    Thanks to many enthusiastic workawayers we have now finished the restoration but we have enjoyed our workaway experiences so much we want to continue inviting people to our homes to help us with everyday tasks such as weeding, landscaping, bramble hacking and fruit picking in our organic allotment and other outside jobs like mortaring the stone walls and painting.
    The spring and summer are time for fiestas, outside eating, long walks and fun as well as some hard graft! Our local food fiestas start in February with the 'pig bone stew fiesta' and continue through may and june with a giant paella, then it is Sardines and the roman festival at Lugo in June (well worth a visit but you need to make a costume!) The local swimming pool opens later in the summer and is a great way to cool off when the temperatures soar. Galicia is truly a unique area so come and discover a new aspect to Spain, we look forward to welcoming you.
    Please note that while we welcome digital nomads our internet is not great at the house. You may struggle for zoom for example.
    We are happy to host people with their own accomodation. There is space for a small campervan but not a large one I'm afraid.
    We are happy to accept people with special diets but please let me know in advance!
    No smokers only please.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are English and have lived in our adopted country for 15 years. We therefore have many experiences to share with people. In addition we love to hear new stories from our helpers from around the world. We believe social interaction keeps the world going. We love Galicia and are more than happy to share this beautiful place with you.

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    Volunteer work will vary from day to day and month to month depending on the season. This summer and autumn we have a number of garden projects which we would love your help with. We are also always looking for outdoor help in the gardens, bramble clearing, fruit picking, leaf collecting (for mulching the beds) and maybe some painting or mortaring of walls. A flexible approach and a willingness to get stuck in are the qualities we prize most.
    We have a large organic allotment which keeps us pretty much in vegetables, fruit and nuts year round. From June through to November there is plenty of opportunity for fruit and nut picking and to learn preserving skills in the kitchen (drying, jam making, bottling). In winter there is wood cutting and more bramble clearing to be done. We also have chickens for eggs and meat.
    We look forward to meeting you.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    You will have your own bedroom in our completed house so its comfortable. Please note we are trying to be as eco friendly as possible. Workawayers have a solar shower for summer use. In winter, water needs to be heated on the stove. A permanent shower is a long term project. We also visit the local pool regularly if you like to swim (indoor & outdoor).

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    What else ...

    Galicia is one of the most beautiful areas of Spain; unspoilt, tranquil, green and friendly. There is lots to do nearby. We are situated in a tiny hamlet with woodland walks and tracks outside the door, both houses are still only a 20min walk into a small market town with shops and cafes, many with wifi access. In return for your enthusiasm we offer your own comfortable bedroom and home cooked meals (cakes and puddings a speciality!). Non smokers only please. We do not have internet or TV at the house though we watch the odd DVD and have an extensive library of paperbacks. The Ribeira Sacra is a beautiful and not widely known area and well worth exploring. We are happy to take some trips out to explore with you. On the 1st of each month there is a local farmers market and the walled Roman city of Lugo is worth a trip. In winter the thermal spa baths in Ourense are a must. If you wish to explore further afield we have a resources file available with lots of ideas accessible by public transport. These past 7 years we have had lots of help from wonderful workawayers. We are looking forward to meeting more lovely people soon.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We can accomodate a small campervan a little way from the house in a quiet area. sadly no space for a large van due to the slope of the land. do ask me for details/photos

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    Hours expected

    4 hours a day. flexibility appreciated e.g maybe one full day and one off not necessarily weekends but we will try to accommodate your preferences if we can.

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