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Mac19

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Year of past OR future Camino
2019
Good day to my fellow pilgrim's.
Not long ago my other half and I spent a few months walking on the Camino or Camino's, we started in Lisbon to Santiago, followed northern route to France and then back along the French and the San Salvador.. couldn't get enough. We are now feeling that we would like to live on the Camino and was wondering if anyone knows a good resource to find any albergues for lease or rent? Parochial, municipal,private,donitivo etc as we are not looking for a business as such and would like to return the hospitality that we have been given.
We will get some volunteering done first and we have 10years experience in managing backpacker hostels and guesthouses. Anyone any thoughts? Many thanks
 
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2018
Good day to my fellow pilgrim's.
Not long ago my other half and I spent a few months walking on the Camino or Camino's, we started in Lisbon to Santiago, followed northern route to France and then back along the French and the San Salvador.. couldn't get enough. We are now feeling that we would like to live on the Camino and was wondering if anyone knows a good resource to find any albergues for lease or rent? Parochial, municipal,private,donitivo etc as we are not looking for a business as such and would like to return the hospitality that we have been given.
We will get some volunteering done first and we have 10years experience in managing backpacker hostels and guesthouses. Anyone any thoughts? Many thanks
My first thought is that you are unlikely to find a parochial, municipal, or association albergue for lease, but might find a private one.

My second thought is that this is likely both an excellent and a terrible time to be looking. It's a terrible time because - well, it's a terrible time what with the terrible pandemic and all. That is affecting the ability to walk the Caminos and to offer hospitality on the Caminos. The fact that you aren't looking at this as a business but just a chance to live on a Camino and offer hospitality mitigates that somewhat. It is likely an excellent time (and it pains me to say that) because sadly a number of albergues have been really hard hit and forced to close their doors. Leasing the albergue may be a good solution for the owners of these albergues, allowing them to maintain an income until the situation improves again.

Normally, the advice is to get the hospitalero training offered by a number of the Camino associations around the world and do a few stints as a volunteer hospitalero in a donativo before taking a plunge like this. But with the pandemic not quite beaten, I'm not sure how many training sessions are being offered right now or how many donativos are open right now.

A third thought is that you might want to chat with someone like @Rebekah Scott who has done something similar in terms of finding a place to live on the Camino and offering hospitality, but not as a business. She bought, rather than leased, though.
 

Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
Yes, definitely get advice from @Rebekah Scott. We have a couple in Australia who were very interested in either buying or leasing an albergue. They ran a guest house here, so had hospitality experience, and fell in love with the Camino experience. They sought advice from Rebekah, who organised for them to do a two week stint as hospitaleros. It was invaluable experience and also put them "in the loop" with what was available and feasible.
 

mdeayala29

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Year of past OR future Camino
2014
Hello, I have a small B&B and Bar on the French Camino. I may have some information for you. If you´re interested you may send me a private message. Thank you.

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Year of past OR future Camino
2018
Good day to my fellow pilgrim's.
Not long ago my other half and I spent a few months walking on the Camino or Camino's, we started in Lisbon to Santiago, followed northern route to France and then back along the French and the San Salvador.. couldn't get enough. We are now feeling that we would like to live on the Camino and was wondering if anyone knows a good resource to find any albergues for lease or rent? Parochial, municipal,private,donitivo etc as we are not looking for a business as such and would like to return the hospitality that we have been given.
We will get some volunteering done first and we have 10years experience in managing backpacker hostels and guesthouses. Anyone any thoughts? Many thanks
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