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I CANNOT HOST AUGUST and SEPTEMBER 2019. SORRY.
Hello my name's Linda. Im a Queens English speaking intelligent lady, in her mid 50's. Animal lover. Previously had lived in incredibly touristiky tacky Marmaris Turkey more than 16 years BUT NOW on with my next about turn adventure and BIG life change having bought a very old part renovated Cortijo/FARMHOUSE in Spain, Andulucia, Granada region on the beautiful Costa Tropical famous for its exotic fruit and vegetable growing.
I'm 7km inland from the sea a 20/25 minutes by car journey down the gulley's track from the barranco/ravine and rambla/riverbed to the coasts traditional fishing village Castell de Ferro, officially named as one of the Magical Villages of Spain!
The Cortijo is mostly renovated and large, she stands solitary on the slopes of a low mountain at 350meters above sea level. No neighbours for 350mts and 500mtrs. Many terraces to sit on offering different panoramic vistas from all angles.
I ALSO have a Games room with full sized Snooker Table, Darts Board, and other retro games and am working on sorting my libary of books.
Previous boat owner. Fun, friendly, and an occasional smoker. Non drinker but dont care if you do provided you dont get miserable & paralytic!
A Big foodie, a Meatatarian. Pork eater! We also have nuts in the house! (Me!)
VERY Open eclectic person with lots of life experience in many areas. Told I'm very funny!?! GSOH...
I LOVE TO LAUGH, I do swear lots and am a bit messy Gemini! Not the best Morning Person and need a coffee in me before i can communicate! Not Religious at all.... Nature rules.... Spritual and scientific.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Learn with me about Spain and the beautiful area i now live in. In this area called the Costa Tropical in Granada Province, experience Spanish culture and food, sightseeing and lots to go see when time off.
FOR EXAMPLE... The rich culture of Granada which is a good hour away. And a Primark! Or eclectic hippy town Orgiva, which even has a buddist colony, a wonderful eaterie serving organic Morrocan food and drinks.
If you hire a car you will have LOTS more freedom IF you can face driving the track! Some 'older' people may be covered to drive my car if I'm in car! You can get from UK Post Office an international driving licence for under £10!
In the local traditional fishing village CASTELL DE FERRO, Officially voted one of the MAGICAL VILLAGES OF SPAIN, which is nearest town, there are regular Busses to Malaga, Granada and Almeria from the local town Castell de Ferro it takes about 1.5hours plus. Theres great supermarkets here - I feel spoilt here even in the small ones after residing in Turkey! Banks, cafes, bars etc all in the local town. Plus AMAZING CHINESE STORES and the big Supermarkets in Motril a larger town 25+ minutes away.
If you want to and pay for your drinks we can go get FREE TAPAS which is a brilliant way to test the wonderful Andulucian cusine with its influences from afar and near. Highly reccomend this!
Visit the white villages Pueblos, the Lujar and Sierra Nevada mountain Ranges and soak up the southern spanish skies and old charm charisma of the friendly locals. A photographers paradise!
If you have a hire car (high wheelbase because of the track) or transport, (a mountain bike ideal!) so much the better to enjoy all Andalucia has to offer with 320 sunny days a year.
Improve your English with native speaker. Understand English humour. Improve your vocabulary.
Have fun WORKAWAYING make a new friend!
NOT suitable for children. You MUST SPEAK ENGLISH.
You need to have an E111 or you own medical insurance. You are responsible for and of your health care costs.
AS WE CAN BE CUT OFF no one with un-manageable health or mental problems please.
You need to have funds to cover eventualities and travel costs.
Happy to give first time Workayers a chance but sadly been let down badly by first timers saying their coming, then not, so dont PLEASE be a WANNABEWORKAWAYER! It spoils it for others........
You need to be reliable and SELF MOTIVATED and a happy soul and willing to help with ALL manner of tasks and 'muck in'. Don't 'DO' doom and gloom types, faffers, shirkers or sulkers as im a straight talking person and direct and relatively easy going... someone who will pull their own weight and a bit more appreciated! JOB FINISHERS EXPECTED before laying on the loungers! Talk if you've finished a task, theres always lots more! And if you cant do something again I don't bite (much) and I can give guidance and help as needed should you struggle. I like workawayers to like the jobs they do!
As the farmhouse is ISOLATED you will need to be able to occupy yourself in down time or better yet socialize with me and the dogs. Generally visit town or city 2x a week in the car. Not someone PLEASE who sits on their phones 24/7 whilst in company or out in cafes etc. Internet available throught house so you can use in bedrooms.
If your wanting nights out, Mc.Donalds, disco/bars etc... this IS NOT THE PLACE for you! Here its about sunrise and sundown, perspectivey lit mountains, starry starry nights with little light pollution, moonlit shadows, hearing owls, birds, foxes, pigs and sometimes my dogs and reptiles break the silence and the gentle woosh wooch of the majestic wind turbines on the far mountain ridge. Also Ibex and snakes if your very lucky! See also the kestrels, hoopoos, eagles, owls, red rumped swallows as they do aerial acrobatics drinking from the pool, partridges and migrating birds and watch the antics of the resident birds in the jasmine and other crazy perched nests. Also have bats, frogs, toads and geckos and goldfish!
Yes we can play loud music by the fully enclosed private swimming pool!
If you like walking theres many routes diectly from the farmhouse door. Bring a bicycle/mountain bike if you have one. Car/motorcycle owners/drivers a bonus. For twitchers theres many birds, bring binoculars. A torch too is very handy!
I normally host for 1 to 2 weeks initial hosting/workaying with a view to a possibility of a LONGER TERM STAY depending on skill sets and character! Possibility of House share for future contribuition.
5 Days, 5 hours a day flexible, depending on weather, projects or if we decide to play hookey for the day!
I need ideally some handy helpful workers as my neck and back isn't great, I previously broke 2 bones in my back and have a wierd neck pin bone which halts me in my tracks sometimes if I overdo things.
SO if you have any Experience with General Maintainance skills or SOME Plastering, Painting (house not art!), Landscape gardening, any house skills ETC.
i.e HANDS ON SKILLS workawyers given MOST consideration! I like it if people like doing jobs they take on!
SORRY WE DONT DO YOGA, PLAY GUITAR AND SING KUMBAYA, HAVE CHILDREN OR NEED PHOTOGRAPHY OR WEB SITES CREATING! OOPS...
MY jobs that I AM doing are building local rock retaining walls to terraces in garden and sorting out the land as its been a bit neglected. I'm removing and replacing or re-vamping part of back terrace over rear Naya. I am installing some wrought iron railings. Raising pool walls and adding in some sexy curves and arches, and i'm plastering and painting, ive to mend some blown fencing and shore up driveway, perhaps make new fencing solution a bit 'grander' to go with house. Remove an old water fountain and replace WITH SOLAR another. REfit some outside lights, hang some new light fittings inside. Remove grass and weed and vegitation from from ex lawn and add impenetrable membrane and cover with pebbles. Complete vegetable garden area. Strim some pathways, Lay some permanant concrete,wood and stone pathways etc. Also i want to build a hen house. I wish to change the entire colour schemes both inside and out of house so lots of Painting! I Etc etc etc.... COME HELP ME.
In the garden area I've SO much weeding and digging and id like to move all shedding plants from the pool area to outside garden. Lots of brush and weed clearence. Continue my compost bins, and start collecting and get on chopping down the dead trees from the fire that swept through the area here 3 years ago (free burning and kindling wood!) and start stacking that for next winter. Need a small roof wood store making. Just got a electric Chainsaw! I've bought a petrol professional strimmer with harness. Have some tools and will look to get more as needed. Buying a wood burning stove later meanwhile enjoying the dirty open fire (very smokey but brings back the smell of bygone years if you can stand it!) Got a HUGE Cement Mixer and need to get portable Generator working, also fix a massage reclining chair if your good with mechanics.
The pool ALWAYS needs attention, from fishing out fallen flying things and fallen leaves and using the pool vacume!
Also have a small pond and waterfall and gold fish and frogs and a toad, which needs re tiling and cleaning.
I will provide money for most of your general food. You will usually make your own Breakfast if required / Lunch or we'll have a spot of Lunch together and will be making / cooking as required your food in the main house kitchen, you can organise your own dietry preferences then if different.
Most often in the evenings I cook, nice if you help too and we can all eat together and have a great time talking, laughing etc.
Any particular food stuff you want you can buy from the local supermarkets readily. Sweets and treats, alcohol etc.
I like ALL meat, and SORRY WE EAT a lot of PORK IN THIS HOUSEHOLD (This IS Spain!) and spicy and Garlicky foods TOO!
I CANNOT ACCOMODATE VEGANS OR VEGETARIANS At all really, unless you pay for and sort ALL your own foodstuffs.
Or someone objectionable to pork products everywhere and handling raw meats in the kitchen and dogs utility room!
WE ARE on POZO / Well WATER here, no shortages. I drink the water and havent died yet, you can always boil it! ! You can buy yourself bottled water if you or your stomachs fussy.
You are responsible for your own room and bathroom and shared areas of cleaning and helping with miscellaneous household chores in this big ol'e dusty farmhouse!
Ideally bring own towel etc.
YOU MUST LIKE ANIMALS as they are around in my life! I have (at the moment) 2 beautiful friendly VERY FURRY, IF YOU DONT LIKE FUR (Husky Glitter), DON'T COME PLEASE, Rescued Siberian huskies. And now rescued 2 Spanish Mastin/Mastiff puppys too and a Spanish Podenca, their so gorgeous. Ans I've recently got a rescued Blue eyed White Kitten who's deaf. Need some assistance with training them, the puppies love to snuggle on the sofa watching films! You can borrow one of the 6 for your bed if you wish! Take your pick!
Dying to get my Rare Breed Chickens again also.
You may be asked to care for them if i have to go out or away at all.
Be prepared to poop pick! And Fur brush magical fibres of husky love.
Goldfish and frogs and toads in a pond/waterfall too. Gekos everywhere if you look!
I have just moved here to Spain End November/beginning December 2018 from Turkey to the NEXT opposite chapter of my life adventures to Andulucia Southern Spain in the Granada Province, 7km from the STUNNING Costa Tropical sea shore. Ive moved to an old, quite isolated, large farmhouse with super views, swimming pool (not heated IN WINTER) anyone with ideas please (i did the toe test and got a no way Never reaction), The pools wil be a welcome relief in Summer tho! I also have a professional full sized snooker table, lovely large workshop, double garage with room above, plus land, so theres MUCH general work to do.
ITS A BIT ISOLATED UP A kinda rough 3km TRACK, not for the feint hearted certainly! WITH STUNNING MOUNTAIN VISTAS AND WALKS very peaceful and quiet. I have a car for the twice weekly town visits. Track IS passable in normal car except if any BIG rain, THEN WE CAN GET CUT OFF! YEHAYYY!
I have a Games Room with full sized Snooker Table, Darts Board etc, also want to make some shelving above the wooden paneling in there and paint and build my 'Library' to house all my books. Ive a vast lot on Poultry, Ducks, Easy reading, Psychology Books, my old childhood books and games and many old interesting books on many subjects. Something for everyone!
Washing machine, dishwasher and most other usual modern facilities in farmhouse.
Aircon available in double room @ cost of 5€ A day.
Internet TV in main lounge and by pool. I can set up one of my firesticks to watch a film IF we agree on one, on one of my 50"er's or get into some programme! Can even have foreign subtitles! AHhh technology.....
Full Wi-Fi INTERNET AVAILABLE too.
ENGLISH, a little Turkish, learning Spanish.
One is a Double bedroom En-suite with access to large shared with me rear terrace overlooking pool and land and mountains. Or theres a twin room with sun area leading small Juliet Balcony with uninterripted views of the barranco and sea in the far distance, the twin room shares the house bathroom, good if you come as two or ive a full house. And also a sofa bed in lounge.
Or you can, if you prefer not being in the main house, camp out in the room above the Double Garage or pitch a tent between the Olive Trees weather permitting! If you've a camper van etc LOTS of space to park on driveway and an electrical socket outside.
P.S I DO NOT PROVIDE ALCOHOL OR CIGARETTS or PERSONAL TOILETRIES. Èxcessive usage of foodstuff will result in you being asked to buy your own!
I request that no 'visitor's be 'entertained' whilst staying unless by agreement! And smoking outside or communal areas only not in bedrooms you can smoke on balconies. No smoking on the land area ANYWHERE for obvious reasons!
Loads to do in this area... Getting away from it all into the beautiful countryside, marvellous mountain walks RIGHT on the doorstep or explore the amazing coastlines and beaches, magnificent mountains, the white villages/pueblos, culture vultures can feed their fevers in Granada, visit Eclectic Hippy town Orgiva and eat in the Luscious Moroccan cafe there people watching. FABULOUS flaura and fauna, I have a car and like to explore, caves, mountains, beaches, vistas etc... on with exploring places locally I've not been to if you'll chip in with the diesel and we can also go out to eat too! TAPAS and the great menus of the day and taste sensations await!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Around 5 hours a day, 5 days a week which can be flexible depending on projects.
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