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All Year: Mostly
Area (ha): 3.5
Persons: 6
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 29185
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: August 19, 2016

We are an Australian/Estonian couple with a rural property (finca) in Spain, near the town of Maella in Aragon, close to the border with Cataluna.

We are looking for friendly, handy people who can contribute to the improvement and maintenance of the property and grounds. In addition to general handy work and grounds keeping, there is also tiling, path building, garden/irrigation work that you could help with, depending on your level of interest and experience. We also want to build a tennis court and a house out of sandbags this year, so plenty to do!

We would expect a contribution of about 3-4 hours per day, 5 days per week (flexible) while you are on the property, and would supply you with all your meals/food/drink/wine/sangria/tequila.

When we're not working, we like to have fun: swimming, volley ball, badminton, trampoline, music, golf (driving range), cocktails, parties!

The Yurt: There is a 12 foot (365cm) diameter yurt on the property, with a double bed and log fire to keep warm in the colder months (November to April). Behind the yurt there are shower/basin/toilet facilities, supplied with rain water (not heated).

The Beehive: There is also a small stone house with double bed and double French doors, looking out over the valley.

Cabanas: In warmer months, there is a cabana, and some people like to use eye-masks to allow them to keep sleeping after sunrise.

Other: We also set up tents as required, and are looking into putting a couple of caravans on the property to accommodate helpers.

Also on the property is a renovated casa with kitchen and other facilities, but most meals are prepared in our al fresco kitchen area, cooked on the BBQ and consumed on our extra large al fresco dining table in the centre of the property, under one of our 120 olive trees.

This is an opportunity to experience the off-grid, simple lifestyle, while gaining an insight to some self-sufficient techniques like generating solar electricity, catching rainwater, growing vegetables, etc. You will meet like-minded people, including other helpers. We are motivated by the opportunity to meet interesting people from around the world. If you have a drivers' licence, you will have the opportunity to use our 4x4 so that you can explore the area, go to the beach, etc. There also many walking trails in the area, and we can introduce you to an English-speaking guide who can show you some of the best nature reserves, which have a variety of wildlife, especially rare birds. We have a growing collection of musical instruments too!

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