Renovating a house in Portugal



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    I packed in the rat race and am now renovating an old house here in beautiful sunny Central Portugal. I'm in my late 40's and my partner is in his 50's. I'm here full-time and my partner is here on and off but I many friends nearby who are doing the same kind of thing as we are.
    We are smack bang in the middle of Portugal about 25 mins from Tomar. We;re about 1 and a half hours by train from Lisbon and 2 and a half from Porto. Prefare couples or 2 friends.

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    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house

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    The house is nearly finished now but still there are bits to do, like finish off door frames, painting, tiling, fence erecting, making my vegtable plot, gardening, general tidy up, wire up outdoor electric lights as well as other bits and pieces. Lots of creative stuff going on here too.
    I've also got an old concrete water tank I'd like partly demolish to make a small patio and clad in stone and turn into a bathing area. I'm always happy to listen to your ideas on things that need doing or could be done. 2 or 3 heads are better than one.
    I'm friendly, tidy, easy going and like people who can work on their own infinitive.

    Happy to take people last minute if I can accommodate.

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    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Beginner

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    A large double room in an annex next to the house with a bathroom next door to it. We'd share the bathroom during the day but you'd have sole use in the evenings. The kitchen is is the main house and we'd share meal making and washing up.I've also got a twin room with 2 single beds in the house if single beds are needed. We share cooking and washing up.

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    What else ...

    I'm looking for either a couple or 2 friends. It would be good if you had a little experience and if you are applying I would like you to tell me a bit about yourself if you contact me.
    I could take a one week placement but I am open to much longer visits but only if the first week goes fantastic.
    There is a couple of cafe's within walking distance, a large shop that sells almost everything and a bus stop on the corner that will take you to larger towns. We are 25 minutes from Tomar. If you had a car it would be preferable if you wanted to see the sites but I'm happy to take you out once in a while too. The bus will get you around but there are only a few a day. Nearest train station is half an hours drive from us but we can pick you up when you arrive

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      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    5 hours a day

Where I go daily to walk the dogs

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