Couple required to help run small, boutique campsite in northern Spain - Barcelona

Couple required to help run small, boutique campsite in northern Spain - Barcelona

Posted: 11/14/2016 - 9:26 am

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Great opportunity for a well organised couple to live on site and manage the day to day running of a very small, boutique glamping site. The site is set on a remote, forested hill top with spectacular views and is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees in northern Spain - just over an hour outside Barcelona.

Mainly working outdoors, you would be responsible for managing the day to day running of the site, including welcoming guests, changing over tents, cleaning of the communal spaces as well as preparing and delivering breakfast.

In exchange we will provide a comfortable room in our beautiful house, which you will also be free to use and the chance to experience living in a spectacular part of the world and be part of growing a new and exciting business. We will also provide a modest monthly living wage sufficient to cover all your living expenses while here.

The opportunity would be to start in mid / late March 2017 and run until at least the end of September 2017 with the possibility of a longer stay beyond that.

 

Details

Forest Days is a new and very small, boutique Glamping site with just 4 tents set in secluded woodland in the foothills of the Pyrenees. We are in the centre of the Spanish region of Catalonia just 1.5 hours from the buzzing city of Barcelona and just over an hour from Andorra and the Pyrenees mountains.

We are a Catalan / English couple who moved from professional careers in the UK and have spent the last 3 years setting up and running the site ourselves. We are looking for a friendly, energetic couple to live on location and take over the day to day running of the site while we direct our energies to expanding what Forest Days can offer our guests.

Our site is located in a remote, rural spot and the tents, which all run off-grid (solar lighting, wood fires and composting toilets), are positioned across 5 acres of wild forest, so you must enjoy working in the middle of nature and have a resourceful and energetic disposition.

Often working alongside you, on site, during the day, we will continue to manage all the booking and administration tasks required to run the business in addition to expanding what Forest Days offers its guests. Your main commitment will be to look after the guests and all the behind scene chores which go into the smooth running of the site on a daily basis.

Whilst no day is ever the same, a typical 24 hours at Forest Days could include: preparing and delivering a breakfast basket to each of the 4 camps ; cleaning the outdoor cooking and communal eating space ; collecting and washing-up the breakfast baskets ; cleaning and re-stocking our central bathrooms and facilities area ; checking in or out guests ; changing over camps ready for new guests ; dealing with any guest queries ; re-stocking and cleaning of occupied tents ; preparing an evening campfire ; maintaining the outdoor spaces (grass cutting / weeding / repairing paths and tracks).

Whilst a lot of your work will be outside, your working base will be an old repurposed hunting lodge and restaurant with huge windows and fantastic views of the surrounding landscape.

Here is where everything needed to run the site on a day to day basis is kept including a huge, professional kitchen which you will be free to use when food preparation for guests is not taking place.

It is a large and inspiring place to work and there is plenty of scope to set up your own, personal work area whether that’s for painting, writing or computer based work.

Set above this is a comfortable, private, double bedroom with a sofa area and an adjacent bathroom and shower.

As with all tourism businesses the work schedule will vary depending on the season. From mid-July to mid-September the site is typically occupied every night and full for most of these nights.

This means you will need to be on site every day.

When the site is full, a typical working day consists of around 5 – 7 hours of actual work spread across the course of the day, again determined by the arrival and departure of guests.

Outside of this peak period, while weekends will always be full, there can be free days within the week.

Given this you would need to be very flexible on your working hours and be prepared to look at time off over the 6 months as a whole (although we will, of course, work with you to ensure you get time off when needed in the busy periods).

Even during the peak season there are always typically a few hours every day you can get away. Apart from the great walks in our forest, there is a lovely river at the bottom of our hill with great cooling off spots in summer and our closest town is only 20 mins drive away and is a really interesting and historic place to spend a few hours.

When you get full days off you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent, natural surroundings (river, lakes and mountain trails) and experience first-hand the vibrant and friendly Catalan culture of the nearby towns of Solsona and Berga as well as the fascinating and culturally stimulating city of Barcelona.

We are a very small, boutique glampsite and we pride ourselves on the level of care and customer service we provide.

We are looking for an outgoing and well organised couple who have an eye for detail and take pride in a job well done. Working outside throughout the year, in whatever nature decides to throw at you,  a ‘can-do’ attitude and cheerful disposition is essential!

You will both need to be fluent in English (which is the language we work in day to day) and at least one of you should be fluent in Spanish. As we are in a remote and rural location at least one of you should have a European driving licence and access to your own car would be a huge benefit.

 

 

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