Help on the land, around the house and experienced house-sitting at my beautiful off-grid Quinta in Central Portugal

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 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Hi! In the mountains of central Portugal, I live with my dog in a remote, south-facing, beautiful off-grid Quinta with several original rebuilt slate houses and barns.
    I am in my early 60 and left 12 years ago a busy former world behind to live a sustainable life. Out of the city, back to nature, enjoying the land, fresh air and the wild life around. Deer, foxes, wild boar, birds and my bees are just a few of the animals who share their land with me. As there are no streetlights anywere around there are great starlit night skies!
    One of my passions is taking care of the land, Mother Earth. I value and respect the peaceful tranquillity of the land and like to share this space with like minded people, who like to help out, and have a joyful and perhaps even a healing time!

    For you to know that the old cultivated land, the forrest of Oak/divers trees on the Quinta and the houses were fortunately spared in the major fires of October 2017. For the last years cleaning the forrest and reforesting has been done and is still one of the main projects that is still going on. Planting new trees (re-afforestation) is happening mainly in wintertime when there is enough rain for the young trees to grow. I am replanting also from my own little tree nursery.

    I am very lucky to live opposite a nature reserve with mostly native trees, which is very special in this country.
    In spring there are many wild flowers on the Quinta. Everywhere young Pines, Oaks, Chestnut, Cork Oaks, other native trees and bushes, like flowering heather, are coming back, Nature is very resilient :-). There is a small waterfall in the river that you can sit under to cool off in the lovely fresh water!
    I am part of a beautiful community, and there are activities organized, helping eachother out, connecting people.

    Keywords; My lovely dog, Nature, Earth, Animals, Sustainability, Gardening, Reforesting, Trees, Eco system, Nature, Respect, Team work, Music, Meditation, Humor, Laughter, Buddhism, Connecting people, Open for new things/ideas, Singing, Dance, Philosophy, Reading, Photography, Positive thinking, Cooking, Healing Tao, Thich Nhat Hanh, Art, Community, Martial Arts, hiking.

    Keywords property: Remote farm in nature, old agricultural terraces, mountains, silence, off-grid, sustainable, eco-farm, vegetable gardens, composting, grey water system, gardening, native forrest, forestry, beehives, little river, wildlife, birds, Healing land.

    Just to let you know, I am not on facebook or any other social media. Hope you appreciate and respect this kind of privacy I have chosen consciously. I have WiFi (but sometimes limited because of my location).

    Cooking and meal preparation will be shared amongst those confident in cooking :-).
    Some DIY, painting and construction around the house has to be done in the season(s) depending necessity.

    - I would also very much welcome Couples who would like to help out!
    - Looking for experienced and responsible house sitters; to look after my dog, the vegatable gardens/land (Preferably
    own a 4x4 car with experience driving on sandy roads/tracks).
    - In October/November two people needed for PICKING OLIVES!
    - Need volunteers that, besides loving working outside, also have some technical skills, like repairing tubes, gates, and
    oiling wood (summertime/early autumn job), etc.

    - Unfortunately my hosting place is not suitable for families or a pet of your own.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I offer a place to experience the alternative way of life. Learn about many ways of Off-Grid living. The beautiful land and Quinta feels very quiet and peaceful, it may give you more than you could think off. Meet other people who live in the same circumstances, other off-grid family's and artists. Be your true self (ore find it :-)), it is all possible here at the Quinta!

  • Help


    I would like to have help with:

    * Farm/house sitting (experienced people only)
    * Carpentry
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Revitalising the land
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Preparation and maintenance of vegetable gardens
    *️️️️️️️️️️ Reforesting / forest management
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Preparing firewood. (Chopping and splitting wood)
    * Handy with machines would be helpful
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ General Maintenance help on buildings, like wood treatment, small repairs, cleaning etc..
    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ Maintenance of cultivated lands.
    *️ Cooking : your input in cooking is very welcome!
    * When necessary driving a 4x4 car
    * …… And dog-whispering :-)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Portuguese: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    I have a beautiful little guesthouse with one double bed (140x200cm), shower, kitchen, compost toilet, wood burner, with a little terras.

    In exchange of your help, I provide accomodation and vegetarian food. Or, if you like, you could also now and then could make your own food in the guesthouse.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The nearest village is a 25 minutes walk through nature (10 minutes by car). It has a little hotel with café/restaurant/mini supermarket. The café/restaurant has free Wi-Fi. Once a day a bus is going to the nearest town(s).
    I am part of a nice and inspiring alternative community in the nearby valleys with artists, craftsmen, therapists, musicians, farmers, writers etc. Twice e a month there is a eco market, and in 2 larger towns not so far away, a weekly big market is organised.
    Events (music, art, dance, movie, workdays, workshops, etc.) are organised by the community.
    There are walking tracks close to my Quinta and in the National Nature Forrest and beautiful villages nearby. Close to my village is a big waterfall, nice for walks or meditation. The mountains around offer lots of possibilities for picknicks, walks, and swimm.
    From the nearby village it is another 20 minutes walk to the next village that has a nice Esplenada with a café and a river pool, or you could take the local bus to the nearest town, which leaves early morning and returns in the end of the afternoon.
    A small city, 1h.15 drive away, is very beautiful to visit, has nice restaurants, bars, national music events and theatre.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 143294999851

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