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Area (ha): 5
Persons: 1
Category: Other
Host ID: 22687
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: March 21, 2018

Hola! We are an English couple offering helpers the opportunity to experience life at our cave home an hour from Granada city.

You must be an animal lover. We have 11 dogs (all rescued strays), 5 cats, chickens and a goat. We are off-grid, using only solar and a generator for power, and we use our own well-water.

Spring is on the way and we really need help in the garden! Weeding, strimming, pruning, planting etc, so lots of outdoor work - and it's a beautiful time of year for it here in Southern Spain.

We also may need help painting a new cave room lounge, plumbing in the new bathroomm and with some minor construction work. Depending on your skills we could ask you help us with any of those, but gardening is our priority at the moment. Some previous and relevant experience is preferable.

Visitors need to be able to respect the fact that we live off grid, and with many animals, so our helpers must be very conscientious - turning the lights off after use, not blocking our delicate septic system, and shutting doors and gates after yourself to protect the animals is essential. We ask that our helpers be considerate, mature and have a good work ethic, as well as have a good sense of humour. We value good manners and common courtesy. At the moment we can only accept 1 person for a week to 10 days.

The property is remote but Baza town is only 10-15 minutes' drive away. The town is a good size with supermarkets, a wide range of shops, a hospital, health clubs, swimming pools, discos, bars and many restaurants. We go in to town 2 or 3 days a week and you are welcome to join us, or borrow a bicycle to explore at your own pace.

Baza and the surrounding towns and villages of the Altiplano of Granada are stunning. They are steeped in history, flora and fauna, and boast a diverse and exciting cultural programme, as well as strikingly different but equally awesome landscapes. This region hosts some very important and significant palentological sites and digs. And our nearest and favourite bar, just a couple of kilometres away, sits at the foot of ancient Baza's roman ruins and current archeological dig.

There are numerous activities to partake in locally, from lounging in the local natural sulphur baths, to gorge walks, to joining in the fascinating and frequent fiestas, and 4x4'ing/quading/off-road biking/mountain biking/hiking across the 100s of hectares of open countryside. Explore the area by bicycle, take a dog or two for a walk or run, sunbathe and read a book, or join us when we go out.

We welcome like-minded peaceful, considerate but fun-loving souls to partake in our adventure.

Helpers must have suitable travel insurance.

(photos: 1-outside the reformed caves, 2-our cave nestled in the valley, 3-view to the west to Mount Jabalcon, 4-guest bedroom, 5-living area, 6-Lake Negratin our local pool :o) )

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