Maintaining a farm house and cultivating its land in Cercal do Alentejo, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 5 May 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks



  • Description


    We are a German-Italian couple (Matthias & Michele plus our two dogs) with a traditional Alentejo farm house and 1ha of land near Cercal plus a yurt. The location is about 10km inland from the west coast, half way from Lisbon to Algarve.

    We started in 2021 to work the land, restore the old farm house, take care of the fruit trees and growing some vegetables. Right now, we are still setting main infrastructure and amenities, so you have still a wide choice and range of things to do and bring in your ideas and capabilities.

    We are also very open for long-term stays like several months. In this case you would partly be by yourself at our place with a few main responsibilities like taking care of one of our dogs and watering the plants and vegetables in summer.

    Our stand-alone house and land is nestled in a very quiet corner of the never ending Alentejo hills. Unlike the surrounding hills in summer, the place is quite green all year, as it borders a small stream. Cercal with a big variety of shops, cafés and daily some bus connections to Lisbon is just 5km away.

    We are simple, down-to-earth people, open to all respectful and caring lifestyles. One of us talks lot, the other much less, so we should be in a balance :-)

  • 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 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

    Matthias is German, Michele Italian, our dogs Romanian and Portuguese :) and our friends and neighbours in the area are Portuguese, British, Brasilian, Dutch, French, Israeli, Irish etc. So you will be in a place with many languages spoken.

  • Help


    We would mainly need support with taking care of the land and the garden. If you are interested in building with cob, Michele can teach you and you could take part in building. Also restoring and maintenance of the farm house with its old taipa walls will keep us busy for quite a while ... But it is also up to you what you are interested in. We will find fitting and meaningful things to do that you will enjoy.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    Portuguese: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    For guests we have a seperate room in the farm house available. In the farm house there is also the kitchen and an outside bathroom. People with campervans will find plenty of space on the land. We will cook for you and with you if you want. We can adapt to all preferences from vegan and vegetarian to "classical" food.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The surrounding is good for many activities. The west coast with many wild beaches is very near (15min by bus/car). The hills are perfect for hiking, especially from autumn to spring. The small town of Cercal is nearby with all necessary infrastructure/shops and is connected with Lisbon by a direct bus line several times every day.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    The farm is equipped with an own private LTE antenna for signal reception and boosting. Signal repeaters provide a stable signal inside the house, the yurt and their surroundings. We do video conferences, HD streaming etc. without any problems here.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Campervans are welcome, there is a good spot for them on the land.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    4 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 194772397538

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