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Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 7881
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: November 5, 2013

HELPX!- We've taken a long break from our labours but are now ready to get back to improving and maintaining our old house in the campo. We've recently experienced a horrendous tormenta with hailstones the size of tennis balls which have caused serious damage to our home and property. Repairs to the roof(s) is due to be started soon and will be undertaken by skilled roofers. However there are many other tasks to do, especially rendering the outside walls. So if you have rendering/plastering skills we would love to hear from you!. We're also planning to concrete the area in front of our house, which will entail a large amount of heavy physical work, breaking down infill, compacting and levelling prior to the actual concreting. This will be a seriously demanding task and we reckon it would only be suitable for those of fit and robust condition. We have previously benefited from helpxers who each made their own inimitable contribution to our progress, showing what could be done with ambition, care and commitment. We hope to meet new friends who will help us to continue the regeneration. If you feel you have the skills (and strength!) to help us please make contact. We gave up "deadlines" some years ago and there is no longer a "master plan". However, we do have some priorities, but they're flexible!. (She, the house) is a big girl, Her footprint is circa 580m2, being 50%house and 50% bodega (contender for the "largest garden shed in our world").

Internally we've created: Master bedroom with adjacent wetroom, toilet, wash area, plus fitted robes - Double bedroom (en-suite)- Twin / family bedroom (en-suite) - Summer kitchen & diner - winter kitchen - Comfortable sitting room with adjacent dining room (a little baronial some say, not us!), with alcoves and aged beamed ceiling complimented by a large wood-burning fireplace - well proportioned family lounge (our r&r area)- Study / pc room which morphs into an overflow bedroom when we're accommodating (excess) summer visitors.We only use the newly refurbished main entrance hall occasionally as our original, or "tradesmans" entrance is so well established as THE front door, we can't break the habit!. Also in progress is the refurbishment of the vestibule leading to masterbed/bodega and a new visitors toilet.

Outside, we demolished and rebuilt the south end of the house. Goodbye to the attached barn which was gracefully falling into the yard (as was), then rebuilt to create an enclosed 12m x 8m courtyard (Margarets garden), fronting a roomy naya (everybody calls them that but we can't find the word in our dictionaries) which we use as our outside dining area. Access to the terrace is by a stairway [out of bounds till a balustrade is fitted] The terrace has an entrance door to the unoccupied upper storey, in estate agent lingo its an "oportunity for development" (it provides storage space at present).

The raised pool area is accessed from the courtyard. Its well over 100m2, with a 10mx4m pool skirted by ample sunbathing areas. South/west orientated its perfect for sun worshipers and its not overlooked, ensuring absolute privacy. It's serviced by two storage rooms, one housing the filter/pump and the other sunbeds, etc. We will decorate and furnish this room one day? (use as 'poolside accommodation'?)

Finally we need to give some attention to our land, which has long been neglected. Since day one we've virtually ignored it in preferance to the house proper. We've now demolished two wells (they were falling down) and intend to redevelop this area. That's where the concreting is to be. Quite a lot of rubble has already been laid and as mentioned earlier it will be a strenuous task to complete so definately needs physically fit people, thats up to you to decide rather than us!. Oh! must add that first we want to dig 2 to 4 holes prior to concreting. We've got giant pots which we'll sink into the holes to accommodate palms and/or other shade giving trees) then compact and level ready for concreting.

Then there's some more.... but thats another day..

Our paraje "place" (too small to qualify for the title of village), PAREDON, is located just off the Yecla road, approx 5km north of PINOSO, which itself is some 70km west/norwest, from the provincial capital, Alicante.

We're surrounded by orchards and vineyards where harvest time runs throughout the year as figs, almonds, olives, peaches, cherries, apricots, pears, apples, persimmons,etc, are gathered (you hungry yet?), plus the main harvest, grapes. The areas wines were granted their own denomination by the communidad de Valencia a few years ago. Excellent tinto, with rosada and blanco also held in high regard by all who try them.

Pinoso also boasts a reputation of being artisans of traditional fine spanish sausages. They are shipped to Madrid for sale in "el corte ingles" (that makes them world famous in Spain!).

It is also recognised for its shoes, some made with sheeps leather, which are seriously soft and light to wear - and pleased to say, surprisingly not too expensive.(**recommended for diabetics**)

The town also owns perhaps the largest marble deposit in Spain, the marble being extracted from this enormous quarry is shipped across the globe. Where there is marble there is salt and this is pumped down to Torrevieja (the coastal town famous for its salt flats - not many people know that its augmented by Pinoso sal! (did Michael Caine just come in?)) No need to panic, the quarry is impressive to visit but its far enough away that you don't even know its there). Pinoso benefits immensely from these industries, both in jobs and income via royalties.(suggest you view the Pinoso website for more information).

Oh yes, another couple of facts about our town - its reputed to be one of the six wealthiest towns in Spain (that's the marble and salt), and also one of the healthiest, having more octogenarians and centenarians than almost anywhere else (think heaven has the edge on us)

Well that's us, so in summary we've love to hear from anyone who feels fit enough to help us. That's as simple as it is ..

PS: We really, really need skilled renderers. There's a lot to be done. We know its a big job and would much prefer steady sensible progress rather than rushing about at a mad pace.

In return we offer you comfortable accommodation, good food: english, spanish, indian, thai, your choice, etc, in addition to sampling the regions wines.

As regards getting to know our area, there are: museums, churches (eg:Calaspara), heritage sites, castles(eg:Alicante)) and many other attractions, all within easy reach - everywhere seems to be about an hour away (well, give or take another). Fancy experiencing the thermal baths at Fortuna or Archena, the go-kart track at Villena, a visit to the Algar falls (not recommended in winter!), dare we mention Benidorm ? - We hope you'll be tempted to give us your labour and we'll try to make you feel it's a pleasure!

Finally many thanks to Tara & Richard, Oscar & Marley, Adrian, Tamsin & Andrew, Kate & Leilla and lastly Dave - You've helped us tremendously, many many thanks. We look forward to hearing from you in the future.

Regards, Brian & Margaret
















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