Off the beaten track, the village is set high up in the mountains of a beautiful protected natural park. Fantastic for walking, cycling, photography. If you are interested in real Spanish culture and living like a local then this is for you. Otherwise, you will be more suited to somewhere busier and may find it too quiet. It is not isolated and has a few bars and restaurants in the village, with more to explore in the nearby towns. But it is quiet, rural and relaxing. If you want lots of people and bars, shops, special dietary foods in the village, then this won't be suitable. But you can get to famous Ronda in 45 minutes by bus and if we are not completely full with guests, happy to take you on a trip to Cadiz. Any excuse to go! Just over an hour to the coast of Cadiz by car. Buses will take you longer as the first is not direct. The region is one of the sunniest parts of Spain. But winter can be cold and sometimes wet. Very sunny days too! The house is heated and very comfortable. We live in a relaxed style with our two small dogs and our home is spacious with lots of character, set just behind the pretty village square.
Steve is a photographer and Dawn is in Marketing. We both love walking and exploring. We are almost at the end of the renovation of our house, which is already a guest house offering different experiences. We are sociable and enjoy meeting new people. We like to cook and provide very comfortable stays. We are happy to be sociable and take volunteers out when we have time. But we also need our own space and time therefore need people to also be very independent.
Lamentablemente no fue una buena experiencia para ninguno y mi aporte no es lo que necesitaban. Se presentaron malos entendidos quizá por la barrera de idioma y cultura, porque no congeniamos o porque están pasando por un momento de estrés a causa de la licencia pero no me sentí cómoda a diferencia de los otros voluntariados en los que he estado. Por otra parte, nada justifica el trato ofensivo en la última conversación de parte de Dawn, por esa razón me fui antes.
Con otro ambiente de diálogo se hubiesen podido solucionar los problemas. Resalto la amabilidad de Steve y la naturaleza.
20 days ago
We went for a week and end up staying for almost 20 days, and when we left we felt like it was too soon. Dawn and Steve really know how to make you feel at home, they are thoughtful and always have a funny anecdote to share.
The region is incredible, with wonderful landscapes. The house is stunning and has a beautiful garden. The tasks were simple, cleaning, painting, gardening and some translations. Not to forget walking the lovely dogs, Zorro and Badger.
Everything was delicious, the food, the wine, the ice cream.
Thank you so much for the amazing time!
We will be back
27 days ago
Se você vai com mais alguém para ajudar no trabalho, pode ser bom, ou ainda se você tem costume em limpar 4 ou 5 banheiros, quartos e sala, em um período de 5 horas sem almoçar, pois só se relaxa após finalizar tudo. Ah, você também precisa falar o inglês, pois não se fala espanhol na casa. Foi uma experiência de crescimento, sobretudo para o autoconhecimento. Tudo é aprendizado.
4 months ago
Hello. We both know this was a terrible experience. The worldpackers here all loved their stay.
Unfortunately, you had no awareness of how to help and of the situation.
We had three rooms to change, not five. In the first two hours that I left you, hardly anything was done. I asked you if you wanted a break. Finally, we finished, with a lot of my help and me recleaning everything that you should have done. We finished at 2 pm and you started at 10.am. That is four hours.
In addition, you said that you could speak some English and could help us speak Spanish. Therefore, as we are English and do not speak very much Spanish, it would make sense that you could communicate just a little with me.
When you decided not to give it another day (because you said you were a writer and teacher and could not do it), you then proceeded to ignore me and then after eating left plates and pans for me to wash and clear away.
None of these things are how a worldpacker should be.
Steve y Dawn son geniales y el lugar es presioso fue una muy grata experiencia. Los perritos son lo más hermoso del mundo!!. En cuanto a las labores, ayudarlos ha sido muy satisfactorio ya que han trabajado muy duro por este lugar. Es un lugar muy tranquilo y de mucha paz!!.
4 months ago
I’ve learned a lot with Steve and Dawn, from marketing to cleaning walls. They’re very friendly and respectful. The village is super super quiet perfect to rest, get into the culture and connect with nature. They were very attentive and took me to meet some places around. Wonderful experience. I fall in love with the Village
5 months ago