Hello, thanks for having a look at my profile, I'm Patrick an ageing (57) Englishman living alone on a 1,2 Ha Quinta in Nogueirinha, near Oliveira do Hospital in central Portugal. My ex partner and I have hosted 'Workawayers' for some time and on the whole it's been a positive experience as you'll see from the reviews.
The day to day running of the Quinta coupled with my other work is pretty much a full time job in itself. The property is currently for sale, thus it's a priority to keep it clean and tidy for when potential purchasers visit.
In addition to running this place I also help with another 'Workaway' hosts eco / enviro project at Loriga, so it's likely that volunteers will assist, both here and there, depending on the time of year and what we're up to, the key is flexibility.
When I say I live alone, I actually share the place with my little dog Eccles, two cats and two hens plus local wildlife including wild boar. The accommodation is comfortable, with all modern facilities, volunteers have their own room and private facilities. Within easy walking distance of the house is a small shop with adjoining cafe/bar and the local Associação (social club).
The 1.2 hectare quinta sits on hillside, with a mix of woodland and terraces. The (upper) wooded area supports native trees, and the (lower) terraces are used for cultivation of seasonal crops, vines, olive and fruit trees.
I endeavor to have a sustainable lifestyle, however this isn't an 'eco project', insecticides and herbicides are used where necessary. I feel it's important to make this clear to potential volunteers to prevent them working in an environment in which they would be uncomfortable.
I provide food for volunteers, but have to be honest, I'm no genius in the kitchen, no being very honest I'm pretty terrible! I eat practically all 'conventional' foods, anyone with an unconventional or 'alternative' diet should let me know when applying to volunteer. If you have specific dietary requirements causing greater expenditure, please be prepared to make a contribution.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
I like my volunteers to integrate at all levels, we all have areas where we excel and others where we are barely competent so I believe it's good for us to learn from each other. Work is varied, like keeping the house clean, shopping, preparing meals or maybe working on the land which is very varied.
English, a little Portuguese
Volunteers have their own bedroom in the house and their own bathroom facilities. I have television and wireless internet.
Due to the terrain, volunteers need to be 100% physically and mentally fit. Due to the risk of forest fire and the environment in general, I prefer non smokers. The nearest main town (for bus transport) is Oliveira do Hospital (6Km). There isn't a railway station nearby, the nearest being at Nelas (35Km, approx 45 minutes). The quinta is not suitable for children due to a plethora of hazards including wells and mines (water not land!).
When not working, volunteers can visit the spectacular Serra da Estrela (mountain of stars, peak 1993m) where skiing is available in the winter months with a full range of other outdoor activities throughout the year.
Locally there are many walks and areas suitable for mountain biking. Rock climbing and kayaking facilities are also available nearby. Although I am an hour or so (by car) from the sea, there are many beautiful local river beaches (Praias Fluviais) with freshwater swimming, bars, cafés etc.
For those less energetic (or needing a rest) there are excellent museums, annual cultural attractions (festivals etc), local bars and restaurants. The large cities of Coimbra & Viseu are both about an hours drive away (Regular luxury coaches to Coimbra). The Spanish border is about an hour away by car.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
25 hours max
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