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All Year: No help Jul-Aug-Nov
Area (ha): 1.5
Persons: 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 3344
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: January 4, 2014

As you can see on the picture, the house exists of two houses, connected by a big kitchen and the upper terrace. Helpers will stay in the house on the right side, there,s a big living, bathroom, 2 bedrooms. Meeting point is the kitchen.

Seeking handy-men/women with interest in cultivation of the land and experience in electrical, plumbing, and construction for various beautification and restoration projects around a Spanish Finca, in the countryside of Castilla La Mancha.
Must like cats and dogs. Prefer a stay of 2 weeks minimum, with longer-term commitments to specific construction projects. 5 hours of work required per day, with mainly vegetarian meals provided (self-catering breakfast). Two days off per week to explore the area or take a day trip into the cities surrounding. Scheduling of hours is flexible.
Finca La Vida es Bella is located 80 Km outside of central Madrid near the town of Almorox(3 km).It will take aprox. one hour and a half to travel to Madrid by bus(from Almorox or Cadalso)(of course helpers can be dropped off and picked up at the bus stop if they want to go visit Madrid or Toledo for example), and to Almorox it,s a 20 minutes walk. This small village has some bars, frequented by locals. The finca is off grid, neighbors are living at about one km away. Ideal for those who are interested in spending there time in a natural setting, the land is full of wildlife and provides a quiet place to relax and reflect, with plenty of opportunities to use your creativity around the property, or just simply take in the joys of country living! With this said, there is limited Internet access, and no television.
Since the house is run on solar and wind power, familiarity with solar and other alternative energy systems would be most welcome. Would love to find someone with masonry experience and interest in polished concrete or Tadelakt. This comprehensive list may be intimidating, but rest assured there is a range of projects that would cater to different peoples talents.
The following is desired list of improvements, projects include:
Re-wiring of the home',s electrical system
Maintenance and improvements of existing plumbing (septic system)
Painting and repairs on the home,s exterior and interior.
Removal of existing tile flooring, and replacement with antique floor.
Construction of sheds for wood storage
Construction of stables and building horse enclosure
Preparation of Vegetable Garden
Maintenance (pruning, harvesting, weeding, ect.) of the finca,s various trees and shrubs.
Prospective creation of a vineyard
Building of yurts/cabinas around the property
Please inquire further if interested. Spanish, English, French, German and Dutch spoken. Contact Marjolein. Look forward to hearing from you soon!

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