Help out with building projects and creating a garden/veg plot in the hills of Castril, Andalucia, Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    Hiya folks! My name is Lucy and I live on the campo, close to the beautiful village of Castril in NE Granada. I live in a large renovated four bedroom/two bathroom cortijo with two adjoining outbuildings, also some land. The property is located along a 4km track through olive groves and almond orchards, hence the name Cortijo la Huerta, 'The Orchard House.' The views are stunning in every direction and the wildlife, equally so (imagine your own private valley with daily birds of prey soaring above & below you). I'm semi off-grid, water from local source, solar power & have reliable, fast wi-fi.

    My aim is to eventually get the main house up & running as a self-catering holiday let. I've been here 20 months, gave up my job in Edinburgh and adopted a gorgeous lazy Mastin right before Covid hit (great timing!) so am a little behind schedule to say the least. I recently built a sitooterie, have managed to demolish half the 2nd outbuilding, other building works have been delayed until later this year. Swimming pool on the backburner for now. The main house is now completed & fully furnished.

    In terms of the area, all local amenities are only a short drive away. There are two National Parks (Castril y Cazorla) walking, trekking, mountain biking, horseback riding, bird watching, a local outdoor pool and lakes, reservoirs, rivers for wild swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing. It's pretty special here.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I am of Scottish/Welsh heritage so English speaking with a somewhat erratic, intermediate understanding of Spanish, a constant source of amusement to the local shepherd, who occasionally pops by for a cuppa or beer & a bonfire with his 300 strong herd in tow. My main work experience is with children and teenagers in Additional Support Needs. There is a plethora of cultural activities for kids and adults alike in the surrounding villages here. Most of my books still reside in Scotland, but I have the beginnings of a decent sized library (photography, design, music, film, novels, poetry, language, history, maps, etc). Al fresco dining, sharing stories & laughs if you wish.

  • Help

    Help

    I don't drive (yet!), so having your own vehicle is a must. Help with clearing land/outbuildings of some rubbish/old furniture & disposing at local recycling dumps, the odd grocery shop, restoring a barrier, finish demolishing 3rd outbuilding & salvaging timber for reuse, carpentry, painting, possibly drystone wall/platform build, path building, gardening/constructing raised beds - beginnings of a vegetable patch. Generally, lots of random jobs, some little, some larger...3-5 hours daily work required.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Main house is 3 double bedrooms & one single. Two bathrooms - 1up/1down. Large kitchen and pantry. There is plenty space on paddock for parking or if you are a van dweller or camper and prefer the outdoors to sleep, then this is another option.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Sharing this unique part of Spain, enjoying a gorgeous natural area & tranquil way of life. Work is mainly physical.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    The last 500m of track is maximum 3m wide. I've had large construction vehicles here, so it's doable. Just no gargantuan motorhomes or buses.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    I have a large Spanish Mastin/German Shepherd cross named Milson. He loves people and so far, good with other dogs. Not sure about cats.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Volunteers work 3-5 hours per day, 5 days per week, weekends off, in exchange for full bed and board (some meals are self-catering), sharing this unique part of Spain, enjoying a gorgeous natural area & tranquil way of life. Work is mainly physical.



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