Come and practice skills related to gardening and building, increase your knowledge about music and science in Catraia de São Paio, Portugal

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Portugal

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    Last activity

    13/09/2019

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  2019 

 Min stay requested: at least a week

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  • Description

    Description

    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..

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Help

    Help

    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.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Danish, Portuguese (Some)

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Views from our door to the Serra da Estrala Mountains
This was the view from our sunroom before the fires.
Serra da Estrala Mountains from our front door.
Fog in the Valley from the Sunroom
Looking down on our lands from sunroom
Amazing Sunset from our Quinta
Our House
Host ref number: 292172138558