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We are a young-hearted couple in the late 50ties from Switzerland and Germany with two adopted dogs, a little, sweet senior and a two years‘ old new shy female, who had been kept on a short chain and now appreciates freedom and a safe, loving home. We are installing ourselves in our off-grid house/property for a permanent stay with the idea of self sustainability. You are warmly welcome if you‘re also honest-hearted and friendly, love and respect nature, like to share your possible skills or else learn some, like to work hard, you are happy to do any jobs that need to be done as long as you know or are taught how to do them, enjoy variety of tasks, don’t mind to get dirty at work but you’re generally a clean person, outside but also inside your heart and mind. We enjoy the quiet and remote countryside and go for little 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. Are you also 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
Welcome at our home and enjoy nature and calm area in a remote place in Alentejo (just 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 and garden and teach us :-) !, learn about local trees and fruits and veggies,
learn about solar system,
cooking together, baking Swiss cake, maybe making a Portuguese dish,
lots of happy gardening,
depending on the season you can enjoy organic vegies and salad from our own garden, eggs and meat and fresh milk (if you like all that) we normally buy at local farms.
In beautiful remote Portuguese countryside with view to the sea. Depending on your skills there are various possible projects: lots of different garden work, possibly building, various woodwork currently building a dry toilet and outside shower next to the accommodation and tool container, making some pallet furniture, little renovation, painting, maybe building walls with natural stones from property, we also appreciate if you like to cook, we also need help cleaning the house, we can bake, sew curtains etc.
You enjoy working outside and partly inside as well, please bring along good working clothes and also good shoes for the countryside and garden and a hat and any necessary sun protection.
It’s important that you love dogs, too.
English, German, Schwytzerdütsch, French (only one of us), basic Portuguese
Remote, clean house, little separate room or accommodation container, access to little guest bathroom with shower. Our house is partly traditional and modern, glazed winter garden, and you can enjoy a roof terrace and a beautiful view to the sea (within 10 km areal distance).
Our home is really off-grid, out in the wonderful countryside, it’s really remote out here, we ‚only’ have solar system for electricity and our own well for water, which means you need to be open for a chance to appreciate these resources with moderate use and conscious approach and respect for our wonderful nature. Internet only sometimes works.
There is absolutely no public transport from here, but we can pick you up, 20 minutes drive to the next town, 30 minutes drive to the beach.
We have mostly healthy food, we are growing food in our garden but partly also have to buy fresh food in the shops. We love vegies, salad, fruit, sometimes barbecue etc. and occasionally wine. We like local meat and fish but we also often cook vegetarian meals. Therefore, vegetarians are welcome too :-)
We usually cook for lunch between 2-3 pm, whereas breakfast, dinner and in-between snacks you can just help yourself with fresh food is that is always available.
We prefer non-smokers and normally enjoy quiet evenings and sometimes early nights.
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 northwards by train from Faro to Lagos and by bus from Lagos to S Teotónio.
Sometimes, if we need to do shopping near Faro we 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.
You may also enjoy barbecue/grilling with either meat or veggies. We also have a piano. There’s lots of space outside with tables, deckchairs, etc. You may go cycling with us and you can 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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week