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valor
All Year: August
Area (ha): 10-15
Persons: max 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 3474
Country: Spain

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Last Updated: June 9, 2018

I am not looking for helpers at the moment: Cleaning house and land, irrigating.
Deep in the Natural Park, high in the mountains, come and try living off-grid to see if you like it.
I have a chunk of very remote mountain in a totally tranquil and isolated setting, surrounded by forests. It's in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, very high at 1700m. There is a 2800m peak (San Juan) about 3 hours walk away for mountain lovers to climb on their days off. The air is incredibly clean and fresh. There are dozens of walking tracks through the mountains, great for trekking, with abundant wildlife, rare plants and amazing mountain and sea views.
I ask people to work about 5 hours per day, 5 days a week, plus lend a hand on the communal tasks and generally add a positive attitude... no experience required and plenty of wine to drink.
It's so peaceful and relaxed here I need helpers to keep me motivated! It's too easy to chill out for good.
It is pretty much off-grid, I use river water for washing (piped) and we collect natural mountain spring water for drinking. The sun heats the water (summer) and we wash our clothes by hand.
There are solar panels and a windmill; enough power for laptops, lots of music, films, lights and ice for the drinks.
There is a separate 'casita' with a shower for helpers, no electricity, also a large van with a double bed. There is a latrine (outside) toilet from where you can sometimes watch eagles glide by. I have 2 overly friendly dogs and 1 very independent cat.
Meals are eaten together and I cook vegetarian, (preferably spicy) food. It's best to enjoy a laugh or two, we often play games during siesta.
The traditional Alpujarra village of Valor is about 11km (2+ hour walk) away through forest tracks, I drive there about once a week, the scenery is stunning.
I am Scottish and can speak reasonable spanish, happy to teach (and learn more).
Bring good shoes, long trousers, warm clothes and a head torch.
I can pick people up from Ugijar which has buses from Granada, or from Almeria. www.alsa.es for info. I like to pick up early in the day so I can show you around before it gets dark.
I now have limited internet access, via satellite, which you can use occasionally. Please email me. Karen

No busco ayudantes en este momento: para el desbroce, riego y deshierbe, mantenimiento de la propiedad en general y cuidar perros.
Situado en lo profundo del Parque Natural, en lo alto de la montana, ven y experimenta como se vive de modo auto-suficiente para ver si te gusta.

Tengo un pequeno terreno (aprox. 10Ha) muy remoto, en un entorno totalmente tranquilo y aislado, rodeado de bosque. Esta en el Parque Natural de Sierra Nevada a 1700m de altura. Hay un pico de 2800m (San Juan) a 3 horas a pie, para que los amantes de la montana puedan subir en sus dias libres. El aire es muy limpio y fresco. Hay docenas de senderos por las montanas, ideal para hacer senderismo. Hay abundante vida silvestre, plantas raras y espectaculares vistas al mar y a la montana.
Pido a la gente que trabaje alrededor de 5 horas al dia, 5 dias a la semana. Echar una mano en las tareas comunales y, en general, tener una actitud positiva ... no se necesita experiencia.
Es muy tranquilo y relajado aunque necesito ayuda para mantenerme motivada! Es demasiado facil relajarse y postponer el trabajo. Esta apartado de la "civilizacion", usamos el agua del rio para lavar, que esta canalizada para dar servicio al cortijo y recogemos el agua natural del manantial de la montana para beber. El sol calienta el agua y lavamos nuestra ropa a mano.
Hay paneles solares y un molino de viento, energia suficiente para ordenadores portatiles, mucha musica, luces y para mantener las bebidas frias.
Hay una pequena casita con ducha que es independiente para los ayudantes, sin luz, tambien una furgoneta grande con una cama doble (para su uso en verano). Hay letrinas exteriores donde a veces puedes ver aguilas mientras vuelan por el cielo. Tengo 2 perras muy carinosos y una gata.
Las comidas se realizan en comunidad y preparo comida vegetariana (y me gusta el picante). Lo mejor es pasar un buen rato, nos gustan los juegos de mesa, y pasar ratos divertidos.
El pueblo mas cercano esta en las Alpujarras y se llama Valor, esta a unos 11kms (aprox 2 horas a pie) de distancia a traves de pistas forestales. Suelo conducir alli una vez cada dos semanas y el paisaje es impresionante.
Yo soy escocesa y puedo hablar bastante espanol, (escribo peor!) encantada de ensenar lo que se, y continuar aprendiendo.
Trae unas buenas botas, pantalones largos, ropa de abrigo y un frontal.
Puedo recoger a la gente de Ugijar donde llegan autobuses desde Granada o Almeria. www.alsa.es para obtener informacion. Puedo recoger a los voluntarios por la manana para poder mostrar los alrededores antes de que oscurezca.
Asi que el correo electronico es lo mejor ya que tengo antena parabolica y WiFi que puedes usar. Por favor, enviame un correo electronico. Karen

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Helper: Luke Myer Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: November 4, 2015
Hope you're ready for games! Karen is a fiend, and she's more than willing to... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: September 17, 2015
Karen hosted me and a friend for 2 weeks and it was great! We both learned a ... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: August 29, 2015
I wont forget my time at Karens. She was a hoot from the start. I had a love... view complete review

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From: Canada Date: December 28, 2014
We went there 3 weeks during fall 2013. We did mostly gardening, fruitpicking... view complete review

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From: Poland Date: July 25, 2014
I stayed with Karen for 2 weeks in July and absolutely enjoyed her place. The... view complete review

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From: Netherlands Date: July 22, 2014
I had a great time with Karen and my fellow volunteer Tomek... I stayed with ... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: December 11, 2013
Unfortunately I am one of the other few 'misfits' whom Karen decided she woul... view complete review

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Helper: Haley George Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 27, 2013
I stayed for about three weeks with Karen in September/October. I tried to le... view complete review

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From: Italy Date: October 25, 2013
I stayed at Karen's house for almost one month between september and october ... view complete review

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From: Austria Date: October 22, 2013
I stayed almost one month at Karen's farm and it was amazing!! I can only r... view complete review

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From: Norway Date: October 15, 2013
We have only positive experiences to tell about our stay at Karens lovely pla... view complete review

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From: Poland Date: October 15, 2013
I also feel the need to speak up about mine and my girlfriends experience on ... view complete review

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Helper: Maxwell McGeorge Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: October 4, 2013
Hate to be the odd ball here, but I felt Karen was rather rude to me and noth... view complete review

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From: Sweden Date: July 24, 2013
Karen provides delicious food and plenty of it. Accurate at description. It i... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: July 17, 2013
Karen deserves every one of these excellent reviews! She is great company ... view complete review

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From: Germany Date: June 12, 2013
I spent the last two weeks with Karen and her crazy dogs (who tried to eat me... view complete review

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From: Belgium Date: June 9, 2013
SO Karen, What else can I say after all these reviews ?! Card games, thousa... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: January 17, 2013
what a place. made some great friends here. the highlights a Saturday night w... view complete review

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From: New Zealand Date: January 6, 2013
Helping at Karen's was an awesome, satisfying experiencing. Karen is a very h... view complete review

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From: Hungary Date: November 7, 2012
the real paradise. there is no doubt. the landscape is just beautiful all aro... view complete review

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From: Spain Date: September 24, 2012
Karen is a really nice host who live in a paradise. She was really friendly, ... view complete review

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From: Poland Date: September 24, 2012
I spent 3 weeks here and I liked it very much. The place is remote yet very b... view complete review

Helper: Edward Hill Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: August 29, 2012
Up in the mountains Karen runs as close to perfect a helpX stay as you are li... view complete review

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From: United States Date: August 17, 2012
Karen has created a paradise at fuente del espino. I only stayed there for a... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: August 16, 2012
Karens place was a brilliant first site for me, newbie helpxer that i was. Mu... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: July 20, 2012
We stayed with Karen for two weeks at the end of June and were blown away by ... view complete review

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From: New Zealand Date: February 28, 2012
Karen is a very real and friendly person. Her thirst for playing games even r... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: February 3, 2012
Karen's cooking is inspirational, the things she can manage on that little st... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: January 3, 2012
I stayed here for around 11 days and I had a great time, always something to ... view complete review

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From: Canada Date: December 26, 2011
Staying with Karen was excellent. The view is breathtaking, waking up every m... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: December 20, 2011
Me and mate Joe spent just under two weeks with karen. She greeted us with gr... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: October 10, 2011
I apologise for the late review. I and my friend Tristan stayed at Karenīs in... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: October 9, 2011
Karen is a really great host! Me and Blaga stayed in the bunkhouse in late Ju... view complete review

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From: Switzerland Date: August 21, 2011
We hitchhiked until Ugijar. Karen, her charming dog and 2 other helpers were ... view complete review

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From: United States Date: May 10, 2011
Whilst staying here we enjoyed wonderful food, lively company, beautiful surr... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: April 25, 2011
Not really sure where to begin! When I arrived here, it was a rainy and cloud... view complete review

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From: United States Date: November 29, 2010
Karen's was awesome - a beautiful and very secluded spot in the mountains wit... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: November 14, 2010
We recently spent a week here. As with many of our helpx hosts, we'd love to ... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: October 31, 2010
My girlfriend Piia and I had a lovely time in Karen's little piece of the Alp... view complete review

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From: Israel Date: October 21, 2010
Although my time with Karen, Jimmy and Sid was short, It was still long enoug... view complete review

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From: Canada Date: August 27, 2010
If you are looking for a quiet place, to be surrounded by nature and experien... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: January 19, 2010
I stayed with Karen and Iain for two weeks or so, and I wish now it had been ... view complete review

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From: France Date: December 26, 2009
I stayed with Karen and Iain (and Annie who stayed there at the same time) fo... view complete review

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From: Israel Date: December 10, 2009
karen and iain very kind and full of giving, i was with them for a week, and ... view complete review

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From: New Zealand Date: November 23, 2009
Karen and her dog Jimmy were an absolute pleasure to stay with, unfortunatly ... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: October 20, 2009
I stayed for two and half weeks in August (and should have got round to writi... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: September 12, 2009
I stayed up the mountain with Karen and Ian for three and a half weeks in aug... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: August 7, 2009
Stayed at Karen and Iain's for the month of July and had a fantastic time. Di... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: July 26, 2009
I had a wonderful time staying with Karen and Ian for a week in august. Real... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: June 30, 2009
I stayed with Karen and Ian for three weeks in May. Fuente Del Espino is a re... view complete review

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From: United Kingdom Date: May 27, 2009
We spent a couple of weeks with Karen and Iain and really enjoyed ourselves. ... view complete review

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From: United States Date: February 25, 2009
I spent a few weeks with Karen and Iain this past summer and had an incredibl... view complete review

Helper: Olivier le Dortz Profile: hidden - premier members only  
From: France Date: August 30, 2008
Hi Karen and Iain, we had lifed a very good time in the montains. Goods feel... view complete review

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From: Australia Date: August 16, 2008
Itīs all true. If you donīt mind being dirty and you like things quiet, Karen... view complete review

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From: Hungary Date: July 5, 2008
There isnīt much to add to what already has been said. The place is just stu... view complete review

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From: Ireland Date: July 1, 2008
This place is great. Its up in the mountains in the heart of nature, wildlife... view complete review

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From: Ireland Date: March 24, 2008
I came here for a week and stayed for three! Really cosy cortijo, incredible ... view complete review

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