Small lodging inside mediaeval fort on a hill-top in Extremadura, Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    I am getting on (70 years old) and need help to re-roof a house in a rarely visited part of Spain.

    The house is in a small village and inside the ramparts. It's most recent re-build was in 1891. I'm hoping to make it into a place where the growing number of visitors to the Castle can pop in for a few moments of quiet and contemplation. It might also be a place to display artwork. Another small building could also be an art studio. There is nothing at all for visitors so far in the village. There are two small bars used by the people who live here and one shop. The village is undiscovered but a new, young mayor is hoping to inject some life back into it.


    It gets hot in the summertime and it is only possible to work for a few hours during the morning. You can find many natural swimming pools within a few kilometres. Bikes are available but the village does sit on a hill. The villages around have fiestas one after the other.
    Autumn is one of the finest times to visit Extremadura for mushrooms and chestnuts, good weather and beautiful colour.

    Just now the days are short and usually sunny with temperatures rising to 16ºC or 17ºC, but there can be periods of heavy rain and winds as well as frosts right into March. The house has good heating.

    Extremadura is remote; it has no airports but there is a daily bus from Madrid or I can pick you up from a train station (Plasencia NB not Palencia.)

    I would welcome all who want to spend some time finding space and silence in themselves. I, myself, enjoy solitude for extended periods and so I prefer people who come to stay for shorter rather than longer times. Although the Sierra is remote it is an ideal stop-off on the route to Portugal or Seville, Cadiz and N. Africa.

    There is only room for one person or one couple.

    I was I'll at the beginning of this year and couldn't reply to people on Workaway, so my reply rate fell quickly. Now I have recovered and will reply promptly.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Building
    General Maintenance
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The Sierra de Gata is in one of the least developed parts of Spain and also one of the most beautiful. There is no industry. Groups of people have set up small organic farms locally. Life in the Sierra is distinctive and mainly based on Olive production in terraces which have been assessed as providing some of the most bio-diverse environments in Europe.
    All the village take part in the harvest.
    You will be welcomed by my neighbours and will be part of a very traditional community.

  • Help

    Help

    Roofing work and building with stone.
    However, if you just need recovery time you are welcome, too.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, Spanish

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    One small room available with a stove and a single bed which can double in width. It has a door to a patio. Bathroom, hot water, kitchen, washing machine.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    bikes available - but its hilly.

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Jack and Rodrigo fixing a naturally curved roof support for the dry toilet.
Lara has been stripping the bark off the pine trunks.
Workawayers on the dry toilet project.
The river Gata at the bottom of the finca. A very private spot. Martin has just has a swim on December 21st.
Cranes which come in huge numbers in winter to breed.
The village of Gata.
Behind the smoke is Paul, a volunteer who first came in 2009 and returns every year. This is him helping begin the big clear-up in December 2016.
I have a small house up in that castle if a visitor needs a bit of comfort.
One of the little barns now ready for sleeping in.
Now been rescued as a barbeque. December was a marvellous month for sun and afternoon warmth,

Host ref number: 187777272771