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All Year: All year
Area (ha): 1.5
Persons: from 1 up to 4
Category: Accommodation Business
Host ID: 32513
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: March 28, 2018

Right now we need carpentry, electrical and building professionals or experienced non professionals also maybe heavy landscape manual and woodcutting work.

Sant Nicolau is "a Rambling Catalan manor house and 12th Century hermitage on the Costa Brava" (from Rough Guide to Costa Brava) A new Spanish movie "Brava"about a woman who was fed up of the stress of Barcelona and sought a peaceful place..was filmed right here in Sant Nicolau! Many of our visitors comment that Sant Nicolau has a very special quiet and tranquil space and natural beauty known for its peace and tranquility, relaxing, inspiring, health giving & calming. We live here and offer rural holidays and sometimes run courses and workshops in activities which blend with the stunning, unspoilt, natural environment.

July-September: clean and prepare our guest cottages, gardens,social areas. You will need to be a good and efficient cleaner, OK about working in hot weather, happy to work alone as well as part of a small team. Main language English, though we have guests from all over Northern Europe in summer. You will have to work all day on Fridays or Saturdays (changeover day), otherwise flexible according to our reservations. Total 25 hours per week.

September onwards: Spanish or Catalan speaker to help with internet marketing, communications, translation, administration, social media and SEO.

September onwards: Experienced carpenter/builder for social & group activity accommodation, doors and windows plus some D.I.Y., maintenance and repairs. We will provide labouring assistance where necessary but we need carpenter/builder maybe with a partner /friend who can work without too much supervision

General: skilled photographer with lenses for landscapes, interiors and work already online.

Helpers will find a warm welcome here with a private or shared caravan in spacious grounds for their own use. Off season, if available - a private room in a shared house. We provide food to cook yourself and we host a joint meal once a week. We particularly welcome people travelling on their own and people travelling together who work well together. The main language spoken here is English, so your opportunity to practice Spanish would be in your free time when out and about.

As well as our helpers' caravans there are seven self contained guest houses set in extensive gardens with Romansque church, swimming pool, tennis, table tennis, boules, BBQ, hammocks, Wifi and club house. Surrounded by woods and hills, near the Pyrenees yet close to Mediterranean beaches and bays. You really can ski in the mountains and swim in the sea on the same day! There are horses, goats, dogs, cats and pigs. It is an environment rich in flora & fauna and natural beauty. You may meet some amazing people here - visitors/helpers, holiday makers (families in summer). However, you may also arrive at a quiet time, always with space to find your own peace and quiet. We look for skilled helpers mainly so you may be here on your own or with one or two others, depending on the season (2-3 in summer for definite). We are 3km from our village, and 15 minutes drive from Figueres, so although we can help with lifts, this is not the place to be if you want a busy social life, and you like to get out a lot.

Our area is rich in culture and visitor attractions. We are just 15 mins from Surrealism centre Figueres and 30 mins from the Bay of Roses, the Pyrenees, Medieval Girona, Banyoles Olympic Lake and France. Approx 55 mins to Barcelona by fast train. Our winters are mild and sunny, we're surrounded by woods and fields, so it is very sheltered, with incredible wildlife and unpolluted skies - wonderful for stargazing.

We are multilingual, experienced & supportive hosts, who have lived in Catalunya for 12 years, with personal experience of volunteering ourselves and project management, easygoing, flexible and wanting to share this exciting phase of our adventure in Spain.

This is a perfect place to relax using our leisure facilities. Also laundry facilities are available. We are a pleasant 20 min walk to a local village/bus, but we may be able to help you travel about by public transport and give lifts to coincide with our need to go into town.

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