Summer on our homestead in Asturias, Spain

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 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Our place is set in the Paraiso Natural of Asturias, in the northwest of Spain. The ancient estate/smallholding comprises 12 hectares of meadows and woodland. The property is Eco Certified (COPAE) as per January 2023.

    We, Tom (63) and Cecile (56), (Dutch) hold University degrees, published books, worked in complex knowledge intensive organisations and for-profit companies and as self-employed consultant/coach. We realised this urban way of living is inherently unsustainable and decided to actively take responsibility for a tiny piece of the natural world. We know what it takes to make choices and are happy to share our experiences and guide others on their path of finding meaning in life.

    We manage our project as a Farm for the Future, using as little carbon as possible and trying to promote biodiversity. A flock of local heritage breed Xalda sheep help us to regenerate the pastures. Cecilia is developing her skills to work with the wool, like spinning and felting. Of course we have chickens, ducks, geese and dogs.

    We live in a privileged location: quiet while very well connected to towns, beaches and natural parks. Several walks and hikes start right at our front door.

    We aim to create a quiet and open environment for people to feel respected in, to learn and to explore. We see ourselves as generally quite sociable persons but we also need our downtime.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You’ll share our fusion homestead /small holding lifestyle. If a self-sufficient life is a dream for you, your stay may help you to build realistic expectations. We are open to share our thoughts and dilemmas in the decisions we have and had to make on our path.

    After years of off-grid life with a solar panel and a battery, however back connected to the grid now, we are very conscious of the defining role energy plays in modern society. Many conversations with Workawayers have focussed on the need to reduce energy consumption to 1960 levels.

    In 2024 we will dive deeper into the theories and practices of Holistic Management.

    On a practical level, you can learn about sheep, wool, gardening, raising chickens, burning a woodstove along all other sorts of humble things going on at the farm. We’ve been studying zen and yoga for many years and practice samu while mucking out the stable or going through the daily chores. We can point out directions if your aim is to do the same.

  • Help


    Summer is ithe season of the potato, fruit and hay harvest. We will prepare marmalades, ice cream and more such goodies while there’s still plenty of work in the garden. Daily chores might include preparing and moving shadow spots for the sheep.

    The regular chores in and around the house include checking pastures, cleaning and repairing fencing, taking care of the livestock, cleaning and cooking. There’s always some repairs to do and we keep an ever expanding list of projects.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

    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


    There is a separate floor for guests with 2 lovely bedrooms and a (new) bathroom (featuring a compost toilet).

    You’ll live in a traditional ancient house (parts AD 1664, parts much older), where we only (can) heat up max 2 rooms with wood stoves. So from Oktober to April you'll prefer to dress in thermal layers to stay comfortable. Usually our guests adapt pretty quickly but for most it is a stretch at first.

    We offer diverse and healthy meals. We have been eating vegetarian and Micobiotic (mainly vegan) in other stages of life but decided that adhering to a principled diet might be just another form of consumerism. Our goal is to ecologically produce 80% of food, meat, fruit and veggies for 4 persons.

    We adhere to a daily routine that includes breakfast around 8:00, lunch at 14:00, and supper around 20:00.

    We expect Workawayers to share the regular chores in an extended household.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Asturias, natural paradise, is the place for visiting spectacular beaches, mountains, for kayaking, running, cycling, surfing, fishing and good food. It is also a region rich in cultural heritage. The main cities of Oviedo and Gijón are easily reached by bus.

    We are at 3 kilometers from the nearest market town of Arriondas and 15km from several beaches. There are 2 bikes that can be used to go and explore the direct surroundings.

    We encourage volunteers to use their time of to go out and enjoy our lovely area.

  • 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


  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Small sized trucks and regular delivery vans arrive without any problem. Contact us if your camper is huge and/or you fear its motor doesn’t have enough power.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We are open to discuss this possibility. We have dogs.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 446596318819

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