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Nirvana in Catalunya! We are down-to-earth Scots living the dream....yay! Our beautiful ancient stone farmhouse is very private and nestled in 40 acres of centuries-old olive groves but only a short drive from our nearest village. Having run a busy restaurant-bar at Loch Ness we have now semi-retired (far too young and energetic to retire yet!) and are living a life-long dream of running an off-grid farm, practicing holistic healing, swapping our skills with the local Time Bank and Credit-based Cooperativa... as well as rescuing animals. We now have 5 dogs, 3 cats and 5 hens (so far) as well as a pool, lots of boys-toys to play with (Allan) and airy-fairy love-hearts everywhere (Liz!) We enjoy working hard and relaxing lots!
Práctica de idiomas
Proyectos de construcción y bricolaje
Cuidado de animales
Ayuda en una granja
Cocinar para toda la familia
Farm-life...Learn great life-skills such as how to trim or harvest olive trees, maintain a swimming pool as well as farm machinery and vegetable gardens, repair dry-stone walls, look after the house, our hens, some household chores (ie cleaning of communal areas and preparing shared meals) and even learn cooking skills with a chef!
Alternative therapies.....In your time off you can also learn how to increase your health and vitality with Eden Energy Medicine or Reiki or Homeopathy if you are interested. We are very open-minded so would be delighted if you have individual talents in other natural energy fields or interests that will add value to our lifestyle too!
Local area interests....We are just over 10 minutes drive from the nearest beach at the lovely marina town of L'Ampolla and wind-surfing schools. There are nearby diving schools too. We are only 15 mins from the beautiful Ebro Delta with numerous guided tours (wildlife, flamingos, river cruises and rice-fields) or the larger town of Tortosa (all facilities and a beautiful ancient Roman centre). A train or bus journey to Barcelona or Valencia is around 12 euros off peak for the 2 hour journey.
Languages.....Both native Scots we are of course fluent English speakers but between us we also speak Scots, French, Portuguese, Spanish and very very basic German and Catalan. We are happy if you speak any of the above and would like to brush up on your conversational English or indeed learn how to speak a little Spanish (ie more than just 'dos cervesas por favor'!)
Situated only 7 minutes drive from a small village and a further 5 minutes from beautiful L'Ampolla, we love living here running our organic no-chemicals off-grid olive farm. We have 5 dogs, 3 cats and 5 hens who will also want to welcome you as part of the team from the minute you arrive, although, don't worry, we discourage them from sharing your accommodation!
If you're able to help on your own initiative as well as in a team and are willing just to muck in from a list of chores then we'd love you to come and help with us. We like to get the help out of the way so that we can all chill out especially now we know there's so much more to life than help!
Of course it will be great if you already have any of the following skills but as long as you are helpful and willing we are happy to offer you great life-skills.
DO YOU HAVE SOME OF THESE SKILLS? (IF NOT ARE YOU WILLING TO LEARN?)
Trim and care for olive and carob and various fruit trees
Harvest olives (see natural stone-ground olive oil being made).
Maintain a swimming pool
Use and maintain farm machinery
Care for vegetable gardens
Repair dry-stone walls
Light construction or repair works
Use a chainsaw
Cut & stack firewood
Cook and bake ( learn from an experienced vegan chef ! )
Subject to availability we can also teach you how to increase your health and vitality with Eden Energy Medicine, Reiki or Homeopathy (from a qualified Classical Homeopath of 20yrs). We are very open-minded so would be delighted if you have individuality talents in other fields or interests that will add value to our lifestyle too!
Adjacent to the main farmhouse your double or twin-bed accommodation has its own pellet-burning stove and sitting area with a huge selection of DVDs. There is a separate garden area and separate indoor fully-fitted kitchen, WC and shower room. At mutually agreed times of the day we are happy for you to use our amazing swimming pool! You can also have great fun with our trampoline, table tennis, boules and the use of our bicycles to go into the nearby village.
Breakfast of cereals, home-made bread, organic eggs, nuts and and fresh fruit is provided for you to help yourself from your own kitchen. A prepared lunch is our main meal of the day with a supper supplied for you to make yourself at night. Whilst you are welcome to stay over the weekend and your food is provided we don't prepare weekend lunches as these are our joint days off. The food supplied is now mainly vegetarian but we are happy to make and teach great vegan meal options. We do enjoy an occasional meal with meat.
We now love peace and quiet and privacy after many years of running restaurant-bars but we enjoy the company of all ages and have been known to have the occasional impromptu party...to which of course you're invited '! ;) The music is great...honest!
We are just over 10 minutes drive from the nearest beach at the lovely marina town of L'Ampolla with it's seafront shops, restaurant-bars, cafes, diving and wind-surfing.
We are only 15 mins from the beautiful rice-growing fields of the Ebro Delta (amazing bird-life including flamingos & river cruises) or the larger town of Tortosa (all facilities and a beautiful ancient Roman centre) or the smaller town of Amposta. All available by local bus or train or bicycle or on a day-trip with us.... we occasionally need an 'airing!'
We are situated halfway between Barcelona and Valencia, which are both a 2 hours journey by bus or train and the nearest main stop is at nearby L'Aldea or Tortosa if you are travelling from further inland. Renfe provide trains from Barcelona Sants to L'Aldea-Amposta-Tortosa and Hife provide an easy regular bus service to L'Aldea or Tortosa from Barcelona airport for around 12 euros off-peak.
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Our 8 metre campervan just fitted through the gate!
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