Come play with us in Wonderland -Coimbra and Center, Portugal



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 Min stay requested: at least a week

  • Description


    Description en français disponible sur demande..Envoyez- moi un message si vous êtes curieux/ intéressés...

    Laetitia ( French, 40, artiste), my daughter Amanda ( 6, show girl ), my friend Christina ( American, 50, world wanderer) and Nuinoir ( portuguese,1, snake charmer cat )
    It is a wonderful hidden heaven of about 7 hectares, loved in a private valley cut in two by a beautiful river, 2km away from Sandomil, a pretty, typical village at the feet of the Serra de Estrela national park.
    The Quinta was abandoned about 30 years ago and consumed by the 2012 fires. There was a lot to do but we couldn't help falling in love with it at first sight.
    And start this dream....
    Dreaming a dream of rehabilitating this land into an artistic playground, providing a peaceful yet vibrant and inspiring environment for people to come spend time in.
    We would like, in coming months, to continue to organize the property in order to be able to host people for camping, events, classes, workshops, ect...
    And most of all, maybe with your help, create an interactive promenade on the land, a maze full of little surprises and insolite places.

    As Christina is often away, we ( Laetitia and Amanda ) are looking for sociable, skilled and inventive people to come play with us, give us a hand with general house hold and company in the ongoing dream of the moment.

    We live simply but well ( we can very well fit in edonist category..;)),.
    We believe that this simplicity gives us more freedom and time to be and enjoy being natural human beings.
    We are flexible, easy people with a sense of humour but with manners too..;)
    We expect the same from you ( independent, respectful and clean)
    We don't have a special diet and are ALL foods lovers so we will accommodate you whatever is your preference.
    We like to share dinners with our guests, the rest of the day is more flexible but food always available.
    As we go to town twice a week at least, you'll be welcome to join us for buying your extras or make a to buy list for us.

    This year 2019-20 we would like to focus on two main themes:

    1-For obvious reasons ( see pictures ..;)) we try to use what we can find on site in a rustic way as much as possible to minimize carrying stuff up and down the terraces...;)
    Thus we would like to find creative builders to work on some basic installations all along the property and river of picnic areas, resting points and a few autonomous camping sites for visitors.
    So Inventive-Natural-Eco-Crazy-Diy-Builders-Campers&co are very welcome.:)

    2-We would also like to focus on beautification of the Quinta
    and thus invite ''people with talent'' ( send us some pics of what you do.)
    to stay with us and help start the walk towards our ultimate goal, The Lunatik Graden...:)

    As you can see on pics, the property is a quite sportive Inca style maze of terraces.
    You have to come here in good shape and good shoes to enjoy yourself...

    And of course, don't forget headlamps and such to see where you're stepping at night...;)
    We have a very basic grey water system feeding our flowers, so bio soaps are a must...

    Because of the mountain weather we live in ( big difference between day and night temp.) , you'll need warm clothes even in summer.

    And finally, you must have a personal health insurance.

    Até Jà Maybe....
    Happy travels anyway!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Babysitting and creative play
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Art Projects
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity 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

    We travelled for the last 10 years before ending up here in the Quinta, our first house and settling project. We love to meet people from around the world and share stories. I also love foraging, and making plant based remedies for the house..I will happily share that kind of fun with you. From time to time you might also help Filipe, our local friend working with us, and learn some portuguese.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    This year 2019 plan: lots of white washing and decorative projects. Building and organizing camping and wild bathing sites around the property. Building the duck house.And Again and always, moving rocks around, clearing land, gardening...;) etc... A bit of company in the house everyday duties of course and, according to seasons, there is also picking, drying herbs and veggies, collecting seeds and olive picking to make our oil ( December ).Anyway, you won't get bored..;)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent
    Turkish: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We have 1 private room with bathing area that can accommodate a couple or up to 3 persons. ( 1 single, 1 double bed)
    There is also plenty of beautiful camping spots if you prefer the wild life...
    The room has a shower space but we have also an outdoor solar shower for summer.

    Shared family meals for lunch and dinner. Free to make your own breakfast with food provided since I just have coffee in morning.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Sandomil village has a nice river beach on rio Alva and is a nice little 30 min.walk through the vines from the house.We are also 20min away from the 2 biggest towns of the area.Seia and Oliveira do Hospital where you can find all you need.We are just an 1h30 from the coast and 2h from Porto if you dream of a little get away weekend by the sea.Bus travel is very easy.

  • 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, 6 days a week

Host ref number: 153347758929