Mad dogs and Englishmen
10 – 23Sept – Experience the real Spain on a finca rural Aragon Spain for a sweet dog and a cat
We need someone, a couple or a family, to look after our dog and cat while we are away in England and Ireland going to a wedding and visiting elderly relatives.
We need to leave on Thursday 1st September very early morning in order to catch a ferry in France on 2nd September. We have a ferry booked to return to Spain on 22nd September. However, if you want to join us for the Fiesta in our village, this takes place in the Bank Holiday weekend and the few days before. It would be a good opportunity to meet some of the locals and for us to show you around a little before we leave.
At this time of year, the heat of summer is dimming ,and life is starting to fall back into the easy routines.
Our finca is very spacious and has 4 bedrooms. We have good wifi through satellite connection. It is completely off grid and is 5km from the nearest village. Applicants will be best advised to have a car, as the location has no public transport apart from one bus per day from the village to Alcañiz. In the immediate area of our finca there are many walks to be had either with or without the dogs. We have no neighbours at the finca and no street lighting, so after dark, you are entirely dependant on moonlight for showing you the way! On the plus side, if you are a stargazer, there is plenty to see, as long as it isn´t cloudy!
The animal routine is fairly light. Both our dogs are rescue dogs with their own personalities! All 3 animals get along fine, and appreciate human company. Valiente is loyal and likes nothing more than to be with his humans. Atila is more terrier and likes to keep himself occupied. He is a home bod though and will turn back on walks when he has had enough! Sid, the cat just needs feeding once a day, and then he comes and goes as he wants through his cat flap. We are training our dogs using Absolute Dogs training, so neither dog is fed from a bowl, but we play simple games with them which strengthens their desire to be with us and they learn that it is fun to be with the family and doing as we want gives them rewards! It does not use “adversive” methods, whereby you aim to teach a dog what NOT to do! Playing games is easy and can be fitted around the routine of the day.
The house is fully equipped with most mod cons, including a washing machine and WiFi.
In September, the daytime temperature is a high of about 30 degrees.
We also have a house in the village which we are renovating for letting as rural tourist houses. If the heat gets too much, you can always retreat to that house to sleep, leaving the dogs locked in at the finca. This accommodation has air conditioning. We can discuss this, if you want to come.
We live in the Matarraña area of Aragon, which is known as the Spanish Tuscany because of the olives grown in this area. Spaniards say these olives are superior to Italian olives. We will let you be the judge! The closest village has most things that you could need including an estanco, 2 bars , a butchers, fishmonger and a small supermarket. The local Coop sells olive oil produced in the village and has a small museum with some of the old machinery in it and photos from times gone by. There is also official tours of the historical things in the village including the old hospital, the cells where suspects were held before being taken the 200km(on foot) to the Court at Teruel, the Parish Church and Hermita perched on the hill above the village. Nearest airport is REUS (1.5 hr) and BARCELONA El Prat (3 hr)