February 26th, 2017 - that's when the last blog post appeared on the Mas del Encanto blog; it was about all the hard work we did in the winter of 2016-2017. It called for an update (things looked so much better when everything was done!), but instead I dropped the curtain and started writing on Simple Living in Spain exclusively. If you wanted, you could still follow our adventures on Facebook, Instagram or with the bimonthly newsletter.
We do feel the need to put the occasional news about our farm and B&B out there though - hence this, a new tiny blog.
The newsletter only gets sent out every two months and can never contain everything noteworthy about our little farm -slash- bed and breakfast; if you subscribe to the RSS feed of the Mas del Encanto News though, you'll get an e-mail in your inbox every time something new appears here.
I'll just drop a few numbers here to recapitulate...
We moved to Matarranya, Teruel, Spain, in October 2014. Read here about the scary-but-fun weeks we had when we just moved here and had to adapt to all the little things that were quite different from the city we just moved away from...
The winter of 2014-2015 was spent making plans and rebuilding an old mule stable that was on the land already. Axel and a local friend got it a new roof, rebuilt the walls, laid out a floor, put in electricity (a tiny solar system) and running water (from our well, of course). We spent our first summer living in that little "maset", with friends and family members - visiting, camping on our land, and just generally having fun. It was a summer to be remembered.
In March 2015, work finally began on building our "real" house: a 5-bedroom masia (local style rural house) where we'd live on the first floor, and the ground floor would be reserved for guests. It's difficult to say when the house was finished - we feel like there's still so much to do! We moved in on April 29th, 2016. No floors, no doors, but at least we had shelter from the storm that night. If you're interested in our building process, do take a look at this post: What to expect when building an off-grid home in Matarranya.
In the summer of 2016, we had a few guests - mostly friends and friends of friends, to test the waters and see what direction we needed to take with the bed & breakfast. Little did we know.
In March 2017, we opened for real; so far, we had guests from all over (from Russians to a Canadian), from all walks of life (artists and motorbike fanatics, hoteliers and business people) and all ages (from a few weeks old to 85+). Needless to say, we were happy with all the experience - and with all the kind feedback and awesome reviews we got from our guests. We've come a long way; if you see how much the B&B has changed between March 2017 and September 2017... it's just a different concept.
I will write more about the concept in the next few weeks - expecting to put one post online every week. Some will be about the B&B, others about our animals (alpacas, chickens, dogs and a really old cat), maybe a few on the garden as well. If there's anything you'd like to know more about, do feel free to contact us!