We are a young-hearted couple in the late 50ties from Switzerland and Germany with two adopted dogs, a little, sweet senior and a lovely big young dog, both had been abondoned and appreciate their safe and loving home. We are installing ourselves in our holiday house/property for a possible permanent stay. We are happy to welcome honest-hearted and friendly people, who also love and respect nature, who like to share their possible skills or else learn some, who like to work hard, to get dirty at work and to generally be a clean person, outside but also inside their heart and mind. We enjoy the quiet and remote countryside and go for walks with our dogs, occasionally go cycling or go to the beach, do lots of work outside in the field and garden, love healthy and fresh food and we usually like quiet evenings. We are open-minded for new ideas and activities and appreciate cultural exchanges, there are lots of possible projects at our place we can do in team-work or partly individually.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Enjoy nature and calm area in a remote place in Alentejo (north of Algarve), Portugal, surrounded by trees, bushes, flowers, January to June picking oranges and of course eating ;-) them, lemons, learn about some herbs for cooking and tea, relax in lovely clean house with big glazed winter garden, view to sea (10km areal distance), learn about nature, cooking together, baking Swiss cake, making a Portuguese dish, lots of happy gardening, enjoy organic vegies and salad from our garden, eggs and meat and fresh milk (if you like all that) we buy at local farms. We have a piano, just lack practice to play really. Lots of space outside with tables, deckchairs, etc. You may go cycling with us (you may borrow one of our bikes), you can go on short or long walks or a run, in the evening enjoy the sunset outside or in the winter garden, read a book, with a cup of tea with herbs from the garden or a glass of Portuguese wine.
In beautiful remote Portuguese countryside with view to the sea. Depending on your skills there are various possible projects: lots of gardening, building a dry toilet and an outdoor shower, various woodwork, building pergola, making pallet furniture, little renovation, painting, building walls with natural stones from property, or maybe cooking and baking, interior decoration, sewing curtains and cushions.
You enjoy working outside, partly inside as well, please bring along good working clothes and good shoes for the countryside.
It’s important that you love dogs, too. Maybe you would occasionally like to take them for a walk.
English, German, some French (only one of us), some Portuguese
Remote, clean house, little separate room for you and guest bathroom with shower. Our house is partly traditional and modern, glazed winter garden, modern kitchen. WiFi can be used regularly but limited and it’s turned off at night and also for 6-8 hours a week when one of us needs it without disturbance for online (language teaching) work. We have solar system for electricity and our own well for water, which means you may have a new chance to appreciate such resources with moderate and conscious approach and respect for our wonderful nature. There is no public transport from here and we live really out in the country, but we can pick you up, 20 minutes drive to next town, 30 minutes drive to the beach. We have mostly healthy food (often from our garden) vegies, salad, fruit, sometimes barbecue etc. and occasionally wine. We like local meat and fish but we also often cook vegetarian meals. We cook for lunch between 2-3 pm, breakfast, dinner and in-between snacks you can just help yourself, fresh food is always available. We prefer non-smokers. We normally enjoy quiet evenings.
We would pick you up from the next town, São Teotónio, coaches commute either from Lisbon airport southwards within 3 hours to that town or else north from Lagos (train from Faro to Lagos). Sometimes we need to do shopping near Faro and could then combine taking you to the airport or picking you up. If you wish, we can take you once or maybe twice a week to a place you may like nearby (beach, town, etc.) because we really live in a remote place. In summer, there is sometimes a stone pizza evening in the neighborhood we can invite you to on a Friday evening. You may also enjoy barbecue/grilling with either meat or vegies.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week