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Girona
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 4
Persons: 1 to 4
Category: Other
Host ID: 32513
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: March 30, 2020

Sorry, we are closed for now due to Coronavirus restrictions and we cannot accept any helpers during this time.

Hello! We live in "a Rambling Catalan manor house and 12th Century hermitage on the Costa Brava" (from Rough Guide to Costa Brava).

A newly released Spanish film called "Brava" was filmed here..(see IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes)
Its about Janine, a woman who has been stressed by Barcelona life and yearns for a peaceful place nearby to unwind and find herself again.....so naturally they chose our place to film it! !! You can do the same as Janine too!..also Barcelona is only 55 mins away by train or car share e.g. Blablacar. And unspoilt beaches, lakes, medieval Girona and France are only 30 mins away.

This beautiful place is ideal for helpers who want a quiet place in the country, with a little bit of company or who enjoy their own space, self catering and living simply. If you have your own transport - that´s a bonus, as there is no regular public transport to Figueres (but we give lifts to fit with our shopping trips etc.). If you have a camper van, we can give you a parking space, electricity and water, plus use of a bathroom with shower and hot running water.

It is a very special quiet and tranquil space and of a natural beauty known for its peace and tranquility, relaxing, inspiring, health giving & calming. We live here and offer rural holidays and sometimes run wholistic courses and workshops in activities which blend with the stunning, unspoilt, natural environment.

THE HELP WE NEED RIGHT NOW:

At the moment we need:

*Strong experienced persons alone or with others who can do basic labouring / maintenance i.e. simple DIY, gardening, landscaping, some digging, clearing up, painting , whitewashing, lots of jobs but help,instruction and sometimes team work and supervsion is available

*internet marketing, communications, translation, administration, social media and SEO.(you would need to show e.g.s of your work online)

*skilled photographer with lenses for landscapes, interiors and work we can see online.(you would need to show e.g.s of your work online)

* Skilled person using Magix and BIAB and Melodyne DAW's... use software, record and editing(you would need to show e.g.s of your work online)

This beautiful place is ideal for helpers who want a quiet place in the country, with a little bit of company or who enjoy their own space, like self catering and living simply. If you have your own transport - that´s a bonus, as there is no regular public transport to Figueres (but we give lifts to fit with our shopping trips etc.). If you have a camper van, we can give you a parking space, electricity and water, plus use of a bathroom with shower and hot running water.

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.

reviews (7)
Helper: Tessa Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: October 27, 2015
Helen and Francis are most excellent hosts and wonderful people. I spent seve... view complete review

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Helper: Jasmin Zurbrügg Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Switzerland Date: October 6, 2015
I spent three weeks in San Nicolau and it was an wonderful experience! Franci... view complete review

Helper: Veronique Holzen Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: March 30, 2015
I’ve stayed with Helen and Francis for six days which passed way too fast as ... view complete review

Helper: Debbie Hall Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 12, 2015
Beautiful place in lovely countryside with lots of nice walks in the forest. ... view complete review

Helper: Marion and Calum Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: January 31, 2015
We spent 2 wonderful months at Mas Saint Nicolau with Francis and Helen in Oc... view complete review

Helper: Jacopo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: November 13, 2014
Helen, Francis and their son live in a place surrounded by beautiful nature a... view complete review

Helper: Diane Martin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: October 27, 2014
Helpers will not go far wrong to volunteer here, its very special. Helen & Fr... view complete review

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