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Orce
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 17 Ha
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 26002
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: October 21, 2017

Hello lovely people,

You hit an amazing place to stay, want to know more about it?

At this moment we are on a quest for different personalities and skills :


If you are in the game for a long stay period, we are looking for people to start the Eco commune. See more info at the bottom of the description.

If you are an expert in veggie gardening, agriculture, beekeeping and irrigation, we will have a place all year around for you. We are eager to learn.

Are you a down to earth Yoga teacher or a massage guru, teach us.

If you ever want to dig out a cave house, we would love to teach you.

Or just convince us we have to host you :-) (It worked already several times)


The introduction part of us is below. But we imagine you want to know what we are looking for:

The projects in 2017/2018 ( beside fun, talking and pleasure )

1) We have a 3.6 ha agriculture land. We are running a test field right know , delivering our first veggies. We need someone to teach us more about the plants and permaculture with irrigation system. This as a start up to learn and to provide food for the little Eco community we want to start next year.
2) Drilling out a cave for the kitchen, wet room to make a separate living place for the long stay´s.
3) Creating a small rock wall and gate for the entrance.
5) making a mosiac wall at the sauna cave.
6) Making a kiln for pottery

The works consist in a mix of all above, depending the needs of the year. We trying to teach you things and experiences you never had.

Stays are minimum one month( except if announced otherwise) , si we can immerse you in our style of life .

We eat for 90 % veggie. (Flexitarian). I you need special food, you have to provide it before arriving.
Shops are very basic and on a one hour car trip from here. So we only go once a month.
Basic meals are provided each day, any extras, you will need to buy yourself.
Examples: Alcohol, snacks, cigarettes etc..
All meals are included if you eat with us.

We share all household duties as well.

Just relax working :-)

Now our introduction:

We are Hilde, 44 years and Alain 51 years. We left the rat race and started all over her in Spain. We still have an income, so we do not need to work. So we are focused to make our dream here.
Our intention is to create a little paradise through permaculture, natural life and community.
An opportunity to experience a life in outstanding beauty, with pure air, no light pollution, a warm climate, in a friendly safe environment in the middle of nature.
We speak Dutch, French, English and Spanish (basic) ( Nederlands, Français, Español, English ) .
We have 5 dogs (rescued from dog shelters), 1 cat who thinks she is a dog and one bird of prey and off course a lot of laughing and English humor. And 3 chicken have just joined us in our chicken coop, delivering free eggs .

We live in a cave house on the top of a hill( great view ) in the campo 7 kilometers from the nearest “main” road, with no house in a distance of 7 Km. At 1017 meters altitude, on our own 18 ha, 13,2 acres . 3 hours’ drive from Granada city, in Andalucía. Andalucía is very hot in the summer, as we are 1100 meters high it is much more pleasant than lower down. But can be cold in the winter and rainy
We are having water, electricity, heating in the main cave, WIFI (at prehistoric speed ), but bad GSM signal. We try to be self-sustaining, bit by bit.
We also have our own bird of prey, a red-tailed hawk. (The only 100 % non-vegetarian)
We are installing for the animals that live in the wild, water and food.
We have our own water/power/internet and sewage solutions.
We also don't allow the use of normal washing products as we re-use the grey water.
So please bring eco-friendly soap/shampoo as we do not supply these items. This is very important and not bringing Eco friendly washing products, will result in not be able to use the outside hot water shower.

We hope to obtain the skills and resources necessary to be a mostly self-sustaining cave house /life-style. We want to integrate in nature, able to grow my veggie food, maintain, and survive without any help.

We would love to learn more about new dishes for veggies, Yoga, making healthy alternatives for shampoo and other products that can be better for nature.

And do things better than watching television in the evening. So try us out. (We do watch series)

We do love board games like Munchkin, Carcassonne, the Village, Santoska, Catan (Star Trek ) and poker ( not with money :-) )

There's no Wi-Fi out in nature, but I promise, you will not find a better connection. We do have access in the cave, but we are not hooked on it .

We also work with other helpers sites, you can see the reviews there.

We do love dogs and animals. But we can't take any helpers with Animals.
Also kids are not welcome due to the slopes and the big dogs.
Ow yess, drug free area.

We can arrange to pick up people that are with public transport and help to plan your trip to here.

Helpers should have their own voluntary work insurance cover whilst staying with us.

If you want to volunteer for the Eco community. We are looking for persons to join us on a permanent basis to help us create a small community to be as self-sufficient as possible. Anyone who wishes to join us in this way should be able to support themselves or contribute towards food .If the veggie garden is up and running, we share the food. You will have your own private cave, digging and drilling is going on. Also a outside shower, eco toilet, and sinks for this purpose. We are trying to get the shared veggie garden up working as soon as possible.

If you apply to us, put "happiness" in your answer. So we know you read it all . You can also put in "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" without copying and get extra bonus points.


We are looking for people to help us. I’m working mostly alone. We love to teach you new skills. But on the other hand, you can give us ideas and other points of view. But the main gain is to meet people to let them discover this fabulous region and our style of life .


Languages spoken
Fluent Dutch(mother language), French(mother language Alain), English(high level), Español (basic, except Anaïs high level)

Accommodation
we do have some possibilities :

You will need your own sleeping bag and work gloves due to hygienic reasons .

We have two separate caves alcoves for the helpers .(one cave for one helper, the other cave can host two people in a double bed).
For in the spring and summer you can sleep in a car transformed in a bed on top of the mountain with stunning view.
At the same place we can put a tent for two persons .

What else ...

Transport : 2 buses arrives every day in Orce from Granada , bus company is ALSA. Hitchhiking is difficult to here, but not impossible . We can pick you up at the bus stop .
all other possibilities can be discussed depending from where you are coming . We will help you to find the most easy way by plane, train , bus or all other forms of transportation.


The big attraction of the cave houses is the fact that you feel in a cave house like in the nature. That security, peace, tranquility and beauty of nature. An additional advantage of the cave dwellings is the constant temperature. It’s always fluctuates between 18 and 22 degrees.( not heated 16°C ) An asset should not be underestimated in a climate like that of Andalusia where it is easily 40 degrees in the summer. "In a cave house is cool in summer and warm in winter. " In the winter the cave maintains 21°C with one log burner and in the summer the same but without the log burner . :-)
Who wants to live in a cave? Well it would appear that many people all around the world have found caves to be a very practical and in lots of cases a luxurious form of dwelling. They can have all the mod cons and of course not forgetting the eco credentials of the natural insulate properties of living in a home with more than meter thick walls and meters of rock or hard clay as a roof. So if you fancy something a little different with an eco-slant then get yourself over to the Granada province of sunny Spain and have a scout around.

This area is also abundant with mountains, natural parks and beautiful white washed villages, what are you waiting for?
In Orce there is a fantastic free natural swimming pool which is great place to spend some time. If you like walking or cycling the opportunities are endless.

The Andalusian village of Orce may be small, but is nevertheless of remarkable importance in the search of the first traces mankind in Iberia, with archaeological digs uncovering proof of settlers there from millions of years ago. In the far north of the Granada Province and bordering onto the Province of Almeria, the village of Orce is a also true discovery for anyone in search of real Andalusia. It is 926 meters above sea level and has a population of just over 1,400. At just 150km from the City of Granada, it is easily accessible by road. Orce is one of the six main villages of the region of Huéscar (pronounced 'Wescar'). This whole area, together with the neighbouring region of Baza is known as the Altiplano de Granada.
The people in the main village of Orce and in the three nearby hamlets of Fuente Nueva, Venta Micena and Pozo de la Rueda enjoy a simple rural life. The prehistoric relics include the much discussed and significant historical remains of a skull, which has become known as "El Hombre de Orce" (Orce Man). There are also fascinating and significant remains of an ancient city from the Bronze Age.
The natural surroundings are as breath-taking as the historic heritage is evident. As is the way with the southern Spanish, traditions and local cooking are taken seriously and the combination of all this elements, promises that a visit to Orce will be a real delight to the senses.
Like the other villages in Huéscar, the dramatic contrasts between lush pastoral landscape and dry flatland is one of the main attractions and something which very much sets it apart from other parts of Andalusia.
There are very interesting ancient archaeological sites at Orce: Fuente Nueva, Barranco del Paso, Barranco León and Venta Micena. It was in this last find that the cranial remains of, what is now known as, "Hombre de Orce" (Orce Man) were found.
Traditionally the local economy was based on agriculture and breeding livestock, with a particular emphasis on the famous segureña lamb, famous and much sought after for its exquisite flavor.
Many ancient stone utensils have been found and there are thought to be many human fossils still to be discovered. To date, the Fuente Nueva site is the most important of the four in Orce, for the large amount of flint, dolomitic limestone which are related to rhinoceros, hippopotamus, elephants and other mammals.
As well as these traces of ancient species, there are also archaeological remains, on of great interest being 'el cerro de la virgen' (the hill of the virgin), where you can see the remains of a Bronze Age village dating back to 2,500BC.
Orce is truly rich in historic and architectural heritage, as can be seen with the Segura Palace of the 16th - 17th century, the church of the 17th century and many stately homes.
The fortress style castle at Orce is testament to its rich historic past. The Alcazaba de las Siete Torres (Fortress of Seven Towers) was built in stages, from the 6th century and was not finished until the Christian era in the 16th century, spanning a millennium of cultural changes.
We visit markets, meet other people, go to the swimming pool( in spring and summer) ( with fish in , It's a natural spring. all year 18 °c ) introduce to eco living off grid and much more .

Limited internet access

How many helpers can stay?
Two

Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
You will be learning how to live off grid, in respect with nature.
Enjoying the silence and embrace nature .
depending when you visit us, we can show you around to local towns and the natural swimming pool.
You will learn cave drilling, building, cooking, mosaic, and gardening. Can you teach us something, be welcome


Volunteering hours expected
25 hours a week, hours to discuss. normally 5 hours x 5 days.

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