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Palpung Sera Nevada

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Palpung Sera Nevada

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  • DescriptionWe 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... And a great veggie garden.
    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.
  • LocationSpain, Andalucía, Granada

  • Work
  • Type of work General maintenance work on a mountain farm. In summer we have horses/donkeys.
    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.
    Obviously seasons will dictate the work. We feel that 3 to 6 weeks for a stay is a good amount of tim
  • Hours per day 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.
  • Work requirements: 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.
    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.
    Finally, 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.
  • Host's preferences
  • Availability: Send a message to inquire.
  • Duration of stay: A minimum of three weeks
  • Maximum number of helpers: 2
  • Last minute requests: Okay
  • Host
  • Languages:English, Spanish French
  • Has pets? Three big dogs, and cats.
    We offer comfortable accommodation, 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, you do the others.
  • Smokes at home? No
  • Accommodation: Large mezzanine inside, or tent if so wishes.
  • Additional info
  • 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.