Leaving Bulgaria for some higher “Picos”

Four years ago Rich and I said ideally we would like a second location for the summer months. This was to escape the heat of the Costa Blanca, to allow us to continue offering guiding and climbing courses, so good rock was a must. We also wanted somewhere with grass...

Constantly Improving!

On the 19th of April this year, 2019, Rich and Sam will have owned “The Orange House” for 16 years, crikey thats a long time! What it quite scary is that each year they find a better way to run things and notice that something can be renovated and or...

What is an “Orange”

Without the “orange” scheme we would not be what we are today and we really value the time given to us from some really amazing people in the past! Work is mainly cleaning rooms and communal areas, bathrooms, toilets but we like people to be flexible and...

The Orange House NOT “for sale”

“Is The Orange House for Sale then?”  The main topic of discussion since moving full time to Bulgaria, 2 years ago, to open Orange House no 2. Quick recap! Sam Mayfield, Rich Mayfield and Rachel Sparrow bought the Orange House in 2003 with a business plan...

“Oh how brave you are as a guide”

A few years ago I was guiding some clients on a multi-pitch route on The Penon, Costa Blanca. I was moving independently so I could observe them whilst allowing them to climb and place gear. What I did not expect to see, was them completely strip “my...