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Laroles
All Year: Yes,
Area (ha):
Persons: 2-3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 13169
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: October 19, 2019

Descriptive in Spanish after the English.

The horses are back for the rest of the year.
We are at 2000m of altitude in the National Park of Sierra Nevada, full South facing, sea views available, even Africa on the right day. Half an hour forestry/mountain track and then 15 minutes to the nearest village by car.
Mountain farm, mainly walnuts (160+), with other fruit trees having been planted, and more to plant over the coming years...
We moved here in 2011, with the farm having been dormant for the last 15 years. The farm is now up to comfortable all year living standards, completely off the grid. We have our own water supply from several springs that never dry up and use solar and wood for energy.
We are a couple, speaking half a dozen languages as we are Spanish, Swiss and British, having retired here to La Alpujarra after a rather active life around the world.
Our two boys are grown up and live in different countries.
We wish to receive people who can offer around 4-5 hours a day, five days a week of all kind of help managing the farm. Hours to be flexible, due to the local weather conditions along the year.
We strongly suggest that people with respiratory issues do not apply during the warm season as there are a lot of pollens and dry grass.
Following some unfortunate experience we now ask volunteers not to smoke during their stay, indoors and outdoors. If this is not possible, then please do not come here, it will save us all some hard feelings. Also as we use septic tanks, no antibiotics should be used.
Obviously seasons will dictate the work. We feel that 3 to 6 weeks for a stay is a good amount of time, depending on the work needed to be carried out. Shorter is not practical, and longer stays could be negotiated once we know each other better.
We request a minimum stay of at least three weeks, as any trip down the valley is a 100km round trip.
We offer comfortable accommodation, (a communal mezzanine of 20sqm for volunteers, or outside tent) with own kitchen, wood stove/oven, heating and shower room. Food will be provided and cooked according to everyone's needs. Isa cooks the main lunch, breakfast and supper are prepared by the volunteers for themselves from the provided food. We tend to bake our own organic bread and cakes, and benefit from the exceptional freshness and quality of the local fruits and vegetables down in the valley. We try to go down once a fortnight for provisions.
Internet access available at cost from the satellite provider (10€/GB). We recommend you bring your own dongle or have a mobile contract with data allowance.
We wish to stress that electricity comes from batteries, and needs to be used efficiently during cloudy days.
The place is very quiet, and would definitely please those who wish to take time to read, walk, spend a relaxing time on their own within a pristine nature environment. We do not provide social entertainments, but obviously share our experiences with those interested.
There is a large water tank that can be used as swimming pool by those courageous enough to brave mountain water at it's freshest. (In summer, it's really great!)
There are also two mountain-bikes available, and the access forestry track is easily managed, running at an average 2000m altitude with tremendous sceneries, and various wildlife.
We have three big dogs and two cats with us.
Those who wish to join us have to be prepared for weather changes and bring appropriate clothing and footwear. We are at 2000m, and do experience some weather flukes, but rare. Insurance wise we request that you are fully insured as Spain is rather protective with their Social Security system. EU nationals can request the blue card from their own NHS. There is no transport available besides ourselves, and any round trip will take around three hours. So our travels have to be time and costs effective.
We therefore strongly advise people to consider if they can manage living in remote conditions and deal with that for the duration they wish to be with us. Also during the summer months, allergic to pollen or other hay fever triggers and insects (bees, wasps, spiders, flies etc...) should not visit us.
We are a mountain farm, so it is imperative that you understand that some physical work is required from you, with a little initiative for the various tasks. But nothing extenuating.
Finally, until a volunteer confirms his or her commitment to come here, we will accept other volunteers.

Necesitamos ayuda para recoger las nueces desde el 15 de octubre al 15 de noviembre.

Finca en la Sierra Nevada a 2000 metros de altitud, mirando al sur, con magnificas vistas al Mediterraneo y Africa.
Tenemos 160 nogales y otros frutales,agua fresca y natural de los manantiales y utilizamos placas solares par la electricidad. La calefacion es con estufas de leña.
Estamos a 12 kms por la pista forestal, una media hora mas 15 minutos mas hasta el proximo pueblo.
vivimos aqui desde abril 2011, y ahora la casa es confortable en invierno y verano.
Somos una pareja, española y suizo-britanico, asi que hablamos varios idiomas. Nuestros 2 hijos son ya adultos e independientes.
Hemos decidido retirarnos a la Alpujarra por su hermosura, tranquilidad y clima.
Buscamos voluntarios dispuestos a trabajar unas 4 a 5 horas dependiendo de tiempo, 5 dias a la semana.
Si tienes problemas de ashma o respiratorios, mejor no venir en primavera-verano, a causa del polen y el polvo.
Por favor, no queremos fumadores.
Preferimos que la estancia sea de 3 a 6 semanas, sobre todo en invierno donde es posible quedarse aislado por la nieve.
Ofrecemos un confortable dormitorio, cocina, estufa de leña y cuarto de baño (ducha).
Nosotros cocinamos el almuerzo, pero el desyuno y la cena es preparada por cada uno en la cocina comunal. Proveemos verdura fresca, carne y frutas, tambien un buen vino de la Alpujarra.
Hacemos el pan en la estufa y tambien pasteles, bizcochos y demas, con harinas organicas.
Tenemos internet pero para utilisarlo teneis que pagar el costo neto de la empresa provedora por satelite. Mejor venir con su propio acceso (pincho o contrato movil).
Como la electricidad es con placas, si hace dias sin sol, tambien hay una limitacion.
Como es un sitio muy tranquilo y aislado teneis que amar la naturaleza y poder pasar tiempo leyendo, paseando, jugando con el perro...
Tenemos un deposito de agua que utilizamos como piscina en el mes de julio y agosto. !Es agua fresca de la montaña!
Hay 2 bicicletas que podeis usar por la pista.
Tambien tres mastines y dos gatos.
Teneis que tener vuestro propio seguro y seguridad social.
Os recogeremos y llevaremos de vuelta, pero todo viaje además tiene que ser discutido ya que son unas 3 horas, ida y vuelta.
Si pensais que podeis soportar todas estas condiciones, entonces podeis venir... es fantastico!

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From: Netherlands Date: September 15, 2017
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From: Germany Date: July 22, 2017
I stayed at Isa's and Humphreys place for 3 Weeks in June! I had a quite ex... view complete review

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From: Czech Republic Date: December 2, 2016
Staying with Isa and Humphrey was another unique experience. The farm is loca... view complete review

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From: Turkey Date: September 9, 2015
İ consider myself very lucky to had a chance to know them and spent near... view complete review

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From: France Date: July 7, 2015
3 unforgettable weeks with Isa&Humphrey, their dogs, their cats, their world.... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: June 6, 2015
What a lovely place to stay! I was staying one month with my travel partner ... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: May 9, 2015
I spent 1 month with Humphrey, Isa, the dogs and the cats. They made me feel ... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: April 18, 2015
We had a great experience living up in the Sierra Nevada and helping Isa and ... view complete review

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From: Romania Date: October 2, 2014
I came in Humprey and Isa's house for two weeks and I stayed almost two month... view complete review

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From: Italy Date: September 30, 2014
I spent exactly three weeks with Isa and Humphrey in August. The natural sur... view complete review

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From: China Date: September 15, 2014
I stayed just over two weeks at Isa and Humphrey's place on the mountain of S... view complete review

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From: Russia Date: July 31, 2014
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From: Netherlands Date: June 21, 2014
Without any disrespect to my previous hosts (who all got 5 start too), Isa & ... view complete review

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From: Denmark Date: January 22, 2014
My friend, Olivia, and I stayed at Isa and Humphrey's wonderful place for fou... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: January 21, 2014
A beautiful home in a beautiful place. Humphrey and Isa are lovely accommodat... view complete review

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From: Finland Date: October 18, 2013
Staying with Isa and Humphrey was really nice. I enjoyed working in the garde... view complete review

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From: United States Date: August 26, 2013
Yet another 5 star rating to add to Isa & Humphrey's place. I stayed with ... view complete review

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From: Belgium Date: August 8, 2013
I had a really good time with Isa and Humphrey. The scenery of the Sierra Nev... view complete review

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From: Hungary Date: August 4, 2013
This is how I imagined helpx! Very nice people, good work, and lots of peace... view complete review

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From: Canada Date: July 20, 2013
i stayed with Isa and Humphrey up in the mountains for about a month. It was ... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: June 21, 2013
I stayed 11 days and it was really great. The work was differend every day an... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: June 20, 2013
I had a great time at Isa and Humphrey's. They are extremely kind and genero... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: April 18, 2013
I had a fantastic time staying with Isa and Humphrey for 4 weeks last July. T... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: January 14, 2013
Here I am again with my 2nd review after a 2nd fantastic stay with Isa and Hu... view complete review

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From: Canada Date: December 18, 2012
Thank you Isa, Humphrey and Canela, I had the most wonderful 2 weeks with th... view complete review

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From: Canada Date: December 17, 2012
Thank you Isa and Humphrey for a wonderful experience in the Sierra Nevada. T... view complete review

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Isa and Humphrey are wonderful hosts! Highlights include cooking and baking ... view complete review

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From: Poland Date: August 19, 2012
Isa and Humphrey, what can I say? great people in an amazing place. As a firs... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: August 16, 2012
I spent 3 weeks in the Sierra Nevada with Isa and Humphrey and could easily h... view complete review

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I've just finished and amazing 3 weeks with Humphrey and Isa and it was the m... view complete review

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I spent 4 weeks staying with Isa and Humphrey in April 2012 and found it to b... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: July 17, 2012
Staying at Isa & Humphrey's was a privilege and a great pleasure, the perfect... view complete review

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From: Canada Date: July 15, 2012
We had an amazing time staying and working with Isa and Humphrey. The place i... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: July 12, 2012
Firstly, sorry for the late review! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in the mount... view complete review

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From: United States Date: July 8, 2012
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From: Ukraine Date: May 8, 2012
I spend two winter months "upon a mountain" with Isa and Humphrey - and it wa... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: May 3, 2012
We spent 2 weeks with Isa and Humphrey and it was really great. The work wasn... view complete review

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From: Portugal Date: April 24, 2012
I just have to say "thank you" to Isa, Humphrey, Canela(the dog) and Caramelo... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: February 11, 2012
We love Humphrey and Isa! We spent two fantastic weeks on their gorgeous farm... view complete review

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From: Belgium Date: December 10, 2011
Having the opportunity to stay with Isa and Humphrey is a chance. The food an... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: November 26, 2011
Isa and Humphrey are great hosts, I really enjoyed my stay with them in the S... view complete review

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