Come and help us with a few renovations to our old farmhouse and olive finca near Caspe, Spain

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Esme and Will originally from the UK and our finca in Aragon is an old farmhouse sitting on top of a hill with beautiful views across the campo near the town of Caspe. We discovered the house in summer of 2014 and fell in love with its elegance, surroundings and potential. The house is interesting historically as it was used by the republican airforce and resistance as headquarters during the Spanish Civil War in the fight against fascism. The house has been derelict for over 40 years and has 4 hectares of woods and farmland around it plus 200 mature olive trees. We are completely off the grid, so our first tasks have been to install a solar powered electricity system, re-connect the house to the local water system and install an eco-friendly sewerage system. We are currently in the process of renovating the house and barn and planning the gardens, including a vegetable garden, the planting of fruit trees, grape vines and an almond grove. We would love some help with all aspects of the house, garden, fields and woodland; but most especially plumbing, plastering and some general building tasks.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    The house is the in Aragon province of Zaragoza. The area is beautiful and unspoilt. We have amazing Spanish neighbours and friends as well as people from Holland, England who has discovered this fabulous hidden gem of an area! There are many walks, fabulous local wildlife and birds, a nearby swimming river and a lake for sailing. There are many fiestas in the local towns and opportunities to talk Spanish at the many local Spanish parties we get invited to regularly.

  • Help

    Help

    We would like to invite enthusiastic volunteers (no experience required) to help with some general tasks renovating our beautiful farm house and helping with our olive grove, orchard, vines and veg garden including planting, clearing, pruning etc. We are also looking for volunteers with eco-friendly knowledge and skills, plumbing, building, carpentry, plastering, gardening, fruit and veg growing and woodland management. We are keen to develop our Spanish language skills too. We are also planning to build a swimming pool soon!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Bedrooms within the main house or barn (we now have hot water and fully functioning shower rooms!) Home cooked meals eaten on the terrace together and often invitations from the wonderful local Spanish neighbours to suppers and fiesta near by.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We have basic wifi at the house and a very good mobile phone signal. The house is just 4.5km from the local town of Caspe which has a very good municipal swimming pool, shops, cafes and restaurants. There are a number of local rivers within walking distance for swimming in as well. There is a great train and bus service to Caspe from both Barcelona and Zaragoza.

  • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Will and our eco septic tank ready to go into a big hole in the ground
Our wonderful neighbours, Agustin and Prado cooking paella for the fiesta
Laying the new floor in one of the upstairs bedroom
Ploughing the fields with our neighbours tractor
Drying mushrooms from our woods
Swimming in the beautiful Guadeloupe river, just near the house
Taking a cooling dip in the 'pool'
Receiving a wood delivery

Host ref number: 976942379314