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My husband & I moved to the Algarve in October 2016 and have absolutely fallen in love with our new home country and our home which comes with 5 acres of land and sits behind a mountain (well officially a hill ;-) )! We run a mini dog sanctuary consisting of 12 rescue dogs who keep us busy and entertained! They have separate access to their own room in the from a fully enclosed paddock.
We love the workaway scheme that enables us to meet some truly amazing people and to learn about different cultures and experiences. We think we offer a great place to stay in beautiful surroundings where hopefully you'll find value in the work you do whilst enjoying time out! The accommodation is private - a charming detached annexe with two very comfortable single beds away from the house with private bathroom and unlimited internet access.
Please feel free to contact us - we always reply even if we are unable to host you at that time :-)
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We live in the countryside in a mountainous area of the Algarve. From our experience not many tourists visit the area so you would be able to experience an authentic Portuguese lifestyle within the local community.
For anyone with experience or a desire to gain experience of working with dogs - training, behaviour, general dog care etc.
Basically if we go out unless its for a doctors or hospital appointment you'd be invited to join us whether its visiting the beach or shopping in the local town of Sao Bras.
We would love some help outside with the land, dogs and help around the house including cooking. Projects that may be of interest are:
- Planting fruit trees
- Olive harvesting Oct/Nov
- Clearing weeds, undergrowth and trimming back trees
- Carpentry, Painting, Construction, Plumbing and Tiling
- Outwitting our clever dogs finding escape paths ;-)
- General maintenance such painting external walls
- Help with daily food preparation and cooking - either for humans or dogs!
- Maybe some help trying to keep house clean-ish - all dogs live inside and they have their own completely enclosed paddock with a door straight into the house!
And the best bit ... giving the dogs lots of TLC if of course you love dogs as much as we do!
English, Basic French
Self contained, detached annexe which has a bedroom with two single beds and a shower room.
For breakfast and lunch we provide food items which you can prepare in the annexe. There is a kettle, toaster, electric hob and fridge in the room. In the evening I or we or you (!) prepare dinner and we eat together outside or inside depending on the weather. As I lack imagination if you're vegan or vegetarian I ask you to cook the evening meal (the main kitchen is all yours) for all of us.
In your time off you would be welcome to spend time enjoying the land and beautiful views. You are welcome to use the pool during your stay and come out with us when we are out and about. We also have a couple of bikes you can use during your stay.
You can also visit the local villages and towns embracing the local culture and community. The town of Sao Bras De Alportel is a beautiful mix of old and new and has most the facilities you could want and we go in about 3/4 times a week (10 mins by car). In Estoi you can enjoy the traditional culture of drinking coffee with the locals in the cafes on the numerous quaint squares. Azinheiro itself has a café/bar/restaurant about 1km from us. For everything else you may need Faro is about a 30 minute drive away and we generally go to Faro once every couple of weeks. The beautiful seaside town of Fuesta is a 20 minute drive away with its sandy beach and clear blue sea and amazing fish BBQ's.
In the UK we hosted Norwegian students as part of family which we enjoyed immensely. Whoever visits our home needs to love dogs and have an understanding of rescue dogs. We are pretty flexible, easy to get on with and happy to help wherever we can.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week