Rural Retreat in Central Portugal

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  • Description

    Description

    # Looking for two people / couple to stay long-term over the Autumn and Winter months looking after the farm, gardens and cat / dog, please get in contact for more details #

    A rural creative space in the green heart of northern Portugal - connected to the old world and distant from the rush of modern life.

    We are usually doing creative jobs in the old stone houses, gardens, kitchens and gardening and renovation on the farm land.

    There is a large yoga space + co-working space and dip pool which volunteers are always welcome to use.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Other
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Teaching

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Portuguese language skills, traditional crafts, off-grid and remote working - to name but a few :)

  • Help

    Help

    Daily tasks are gardening, cooking, maintenance of the land and buildings and creative jobs all around :)

    We offer simple local, seasonal, vegetarian food - lunch and dinner is prepared and eaten together.

    If volunteers have specific food requirements, we ask that these are discussed and agreed upon before visiting - thanks!

    Requests for long-term placements, please get in contact to discuss.

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    A little history...

    Based in a remote and peaceful old farm, located in the Serra do Caramulo mountain range - 50km from the Atlantic coast.

    The farm is totally off-grid, energy is provided by solar and micro-hydro generation ( from a small stream that borders the land ), we are gradually working towards being more self-sustainable and producing more of our food and others resources as locally as possible.

    All volunteers have the opportunity to learn a few things about off-grid living, sustainability, traditional farming and land management or helping with locally sourced building materials, such as stone or wood.

    The land is open and spacious, with areas given over to living, farming, grazing, herbs, flowers and woodland - the valley below gives open views to the peaks of Portugal's highest mountains - The Serra da Estrela.

    Spring is an amazing display of colour and life - starting with the mimosas in February all the way into summer - flowers, birds and life in general celebrate the return of the heat from the suns rays.

    The aim is always to create durable, attractive, useful additions to this amazing space - built were possible with local and natural materials - simply moving them from other locations on the land to use.

    The neighbours are frequent visitors, bringing on their goats to graze - they are always on hand to offer advice and to place objects or concepts into context - they are connected to this land in a deep, yet simple way - they embody all that is good and positive about Portugal.

    The area has very few foreigners, and the locals generally only speak Portuguese - lack of language skills in no ways blocks communication - but a basic spoken level can be of help in certain situations.

    Portugal is a safe, tolerant, relaxed and naturally beautiful land.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Spanish, Portuguese

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Bed in 6 bed dorm - clean and comfortable.
    Old VW camper van - basic, but unique!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Please note:

    We would ask that all volunteers have their own travel or health insurance cover - we, of course take great care to avoid any dangers and aim to provide a safe and healthy environment - but we do not have or offer insurance to the volunteers that come.

    ~~~ Due to fire risk we do not allow any form of open fire or smoking anywhere on the farm ~~~

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    4 hours / day - 5 days a week.

The barn
Micro-hydro Electrical system
Yoga space
Sunset
The farm house
Yogi the dog :)
Ray :)


































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