We are a French and Polish couple who decided to stop working 8 to 5 and moved to Portugal. We bought a beautiful granite house in a calm little village in the countryside and it needs some work. The land is 3000m2 which was mostly abandoned by the previous owner so there is a lot of cleaning to do. Our goal is to start a bed & breakfast in the house, providing organic food that we grow ourselves. We plan on having chickens and ducks, maybe a goose, at a later stage. For now, we have two cats and two dogs ! We are currently living in the house and the comfort is so so : the kitchen is amazing (that's the only almost finished room right now), the bathroom has no door but just a curtain and all the bedrooms are not renovated yet. It is perfectly liveable for whoever is OK with a rural setting. If you are looking for something fancy, only the food might be (and our pets, they are awesome) :)
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
I am French and my partner is Polish. We speak English fluently and I also speak Portuguese and can help with languages. Portugal is a very welcoming country and there is a lot to do if you like nature. We have a lot to share about gardening and renovation : we have learnt so much in one year already !
We are looking for people who are either knowledgeable in permaculture and love to work in a vast (3000m2) land that requires a lot of cleaning and sorting OR someone who knows about building, in particular lime plastering, carpentry, for the renovation of a beautiful granit house in Central Portugal
English or French or Polish
Depending on who's here : single ou king size bed in yet to be renovated room (comfy but not fancy). There is only one bathroom for everyone right now and we only have dry toilets (compost toilets)
We ask for about 5 hours of help per day (variable), we provide of course accommodation, food and laundry facilities. It is absolutely possible to talk about taking some days off to visit further cities like Lisbon or Porto. However, as we have only one truck for now, we cannot lend a car for the moment.
Oh, we have two cats and two dogs, we are smokers who are desperately trying to quit (to no avail for now) and we like to relax nicely when we're not working. People usually say we are really nice hosts. We pride ourselves in quite good hearty cooking, vegetarian and meat-based !
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week