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Salamanca (35km away)
All Year: yes
Area (ha): O
Persons: 8
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 3368
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: May 8, 2017

I am working on a 15th C palace in the main square of a medieval stone-built town. The house has views of open country but has only a small patio.

I am working to turn it (gradually) into a mixed venture which will include a cafe, a space in which theatre could be performed, a sales space (crafts, products of the area? etc) and in the longer term, a proper restaurant. It is unlikely that it will ever make much money but I am probably more interested in making something of quality - both in appearance and use.

Any skills in and around a house are welcome. There are always things to get on with but I am easy going and I really value good conversation.

Don't worry if your travel plans are vague, some guests stay for months others for just a few nights.

Good food and good drink are part and parcel of palace living. Just about any diet can be readily catered for.

The area is an angler's, bird-watcher's and wild flower enthusiast's paradise.

There is a large room which does as a music room with piano, guitars and recorders. Another room has a full size table tennis table. There is no TV in the house, but there's a sound system in every room.

The area is brilliant for walking, is seething with wild life including wild boar, lizards, hares and various eagles, vultures and bats. You can swim in the rivers, in the lake or in July and August in the open-air pool.

35 kms from the bustling university city of Salamanca, Ledesma is very small and generally the area is very quiet and pollution free. A quiet corner of Portugal is about the same distance - the land both sides of the border is semi-wild and the human population low generally.

The palace is made of stone and there is no real need for air-conditioning. Wood is burnt in winter.

Outside it can get very hot in high summer. 30 plus is very common in the afternoons from June into September. It is usually pleasantly cool in the mornings and during night.

Home made ice-cream or dairy-free sorbet is always in the freezer and new ideas for flavours will be welcome.

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