Between the mountains and the sea in Asturias, Spain



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    Update Jan 2020:

    looking for help over the next 2-3 months here in Asturias (north of Spain). Room and food for 4-5 hours help per day, 5 days a week.

    Would ideally like someone with experience using and maintaining strimmer / lawnmower as there’s a lot of land to clear, mostly brambles, weeds, gorse etc. A few small trees to fell. Also, some house maintenance - sanding and treating window frames etc.

    Beautiful secluded spot in nature, great hikes from the house and lovely beach down the road.


    Hi, my name is Paul. I moved to Asturias in February 2013.

    I'm set in roughly an acre of land on the side of a hill. The beach (playa de vega) is a nice stroll (35 mins) through forest and fields. The walk back from the beach is a gruelling slog that makes me swear after a couple of beers and a challenge either way. There are great walks to be had up from the house too. I, and the dogs are always happy to walk with you or show you some routes. The house is fairly isolated, about 8Km from the nearest town (Ribadesella) though there are buses (every two hours) close by. If you've never heard of Asturias, it's a beautiful, lush, green and mountainous coastline in the north of Spain.

    My long term aim is to become more self-sustainable have a lovely little retreat centre. I would love to be able to run some retreats this summer/autumn. In the meantime, there is lots of work to get the house ready. Until i'm ready for more people i have a small straw-bale cabin that i rent out in the summers (often used as accommodation for volunteers in the springtime).

    Next year I'd like to construct a grass-roofed yoga/meditation/what-you-like studio but for now I need to prepare a studio space in the house, which is started but needs more work.

    And me, I'm a corporate drop out. Twelve years in an office felt like a lifetime so now I'm starting anew. It's horrible and it's hard and its great and I love it. I haven't adjusted yet and am learning all the time. I'm open to all sorts and enjoy meeting people from varying backgrounds. Along with me, there are the two dogs, Peke and Osi, both of which are friendly with everyone.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Language practice
    Art Projects

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    I'm happy to share my insights into the local culture and when there's time, I like to take volunteers out to see some of the local sight too.

  • Help


    The first priority now is to get the house renovated and ready to live in , as well as the garden area, building more compost toilets and outdoor showers.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Private room in house or caravan

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    What else ...

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours per day, 5 days

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