We own a beautiful private Quinta on the side of a mountain with amazing views of the Rio Alva and Serra da Estrella mountains.
I am a retired scientist, who did Diabetes research for 25 years. I also am a musician and play and record music. My band tours internationally as well. My wife is also retired. We are native English speakers but I (Ricardo) also speak Danish and some Portuguese. We love music, good food (we are both excellent cooks- Indian, New Mexican, Thai, etc.), and nice people. We are non-smokers and have two small puppies. We are not on the internet constantly and do not have smartphones so it might be a day or two for replies..
Help with Eco project
They can learn skills related to gardening and building, increase your knowledge about music and science, play music (I have guitars, mandolin, keyboards, etc..). We can teach them how to make Indian food. Improve your English skills.
We recently had a fire and need a lot of help to rebuild paths, terraces, plant trees, make steps, put up fences, building stone walls, making drainage ditches, setting up irrigation tubes, etc.. We need to bring back the land in the most ecological way possible. Below is a list of work we need help with:
Cut trees, stack wood, burn small branches
Make steps- many places- ampitheatre, etc..
Build a small shade structure around the water tank
Build wall to support terrace below pool are
Lower garden area- Remove all invading plants, put in new plastic and stone on the paths.
Plant new plants in lower garden area (below patio terrace)
Lots of gardening projects.
English, Danish, Portuguese (Some)
We have a private guest accommodation under out main house with two rooms, living room-kitchen and bathroom. One room has a double bed and the other has a single bed and bunk bead. We have internet. There is no TV downstairs but there is a stereo with CD player and cassette deck. Possibility to do laundry once a week. We have two dogs but they are not allowed downstairs, in the guest accommodation.
We will provide breakfast (juice, tea or coffee, cereal), lunch (bread, cold cuts, veggies, cheese), and dinner (usually some sort of ethnic food (indian, thai, New Mexican, cajan, Italian).
If you are into music, you will be in heaven here.
No smoking allowed inside.
We are only 10mins by car from the main town and a 20min walk up the hill to Lidl. There is a lot of great hiking paths here and nature in the area, despite the recent fires which burned down most of the forests in the area. There is a main bus station in town (Oliveira do Hospital) that can take you to the other local towns (Seia, Tábua) or even Lisboa, Coimbra, and Porto.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week