Help me restoring a traditional cortijo and some other eco-projects in Granada Province, Spain




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    I am a practicing artist and am busy restoring Cortijo Zamorano to run it as an artist’s retreat and to let accommodation. I am looking for practical people who love to be sociable but equally like having time to themselves (like me!). If you have skills in restoration such as carpentry, tiling, building raised beds and working on a variety of renovation / landscaping project I would love to hear from you.
    I sculpt in steel and paint as well as carve wood and make encaustic tiles, mosaics etc…
    In your free time there is a large artist’s studio and well equipped workshop that you can use and I will be happy to provide tuition or advice. I am in the process of creating a natural pool and (depending on the time of year), it is already a joy to swim in and to watch the wildlife.
    Cortijo Zamorano is surrounded by olives but there is also an abundance of fruit and nut trees. The fruit trees crop nearly all year round, with citrus fruits, cherries, figs, pears, pomegranates etc. There is a vine covered courtyard and the house is pretty cool in the summer. The house is partly renovated but needs a lot of work before I can let it out. The nearest town, Algarinejo is full of bars and restaurants and has a small supermarket. This is a very traditional area and the locals are very friendly.
    I have had many years experience of creating art (over 30!), teaching workshops, renovating a vintage wooden yacht, renovating houses gardens and creating in wood and metal ... I have a rescue dalmatian who is a little tetchy at first but you will win her over. She is fine with other dogs too.
    I just love using my hands and love to pass on my knowledge too!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance

  • 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

    Learn how to build an eco natural swimming pool, building and diy skills. Use of artist’s studio, art techniques and how to create raised beds for vegetable garden. The cortijo is in a remote area and is surrounded by olive groves with mountains and fabulous hiking around the property.

  • Help


    Help needed to finish an ecopool, landscaping around the pool, creating a vegetable garden and restoring a traditional cortijo - including rendering, carpentry, painting, tiling and building projects.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Would love to exchange language skills and especially to improve my Spanish but happy for any nationalities to stay.

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation within the 4 bedroom Cortijo, with shower, electric and wifi. Also onsite vintage caravan with electricity and outdoor shower. Use of eco natural swimming pool which I am currently filling! I do eat meat and fish and am happy to cater for vegan / vegetarian diets.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The nearest village, Algarinejo is 20 minutes drive (9 km) and I will be happy to drive you there a couple of times a week with occasional visits to nearby towns and landmarks such as Priego de Cordoba and twice weekly trips to practice yoga on the beach at Lake Iznajar (you would need to contribute to the yoga class). Bikes are also available. The area is perfect for hiking and cycling with some spectacular mountain walks from the Cortijo. You can borrow a paddleboard to take to the lake and swim in the natural pool in the sunny season. If you are creative, the art studio and workshop will be available. I recently accommodated a local company to build the eco pool - it was so exciting to share this wonderful space with them as well as creative ideas!

  • 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

    I have good mobile wifi access as am very close to a mast and as I work partly online, it was important to have a stable connection for video conference and streaming. I am also on mains electric and water and can provide a hook up if necessary. The track up to the Cortijo is passable for most vehicles though more suitable for 4x4. I have driven plenty of hire cars and have had family and friends visiting in campervans and trucks delivering gravel etc, but nervous drivers may find it difficult as it is stoney and steep.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Plenty of parking available but the track up to the Cortijo is steep (see details on digital nomads section)

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    I have a dalmatian who is fine with other dogs but would probably eat cats! She is a rescue and can be a little wary of people.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

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