Hi, my name is Mark, and I am 51 year old British man. I live alone half the week, the other half I have my lovely 10 year old son (who was born here) with me. I speak english and a little Portuguese, while my son speaks fluent english and portuguese. Also living here are six dogs, six cats, chickens, and many lizards and tortoises outdoors. Three of my dogs are very big but friendly It's important you like dogs and cats if you want to come here. But most of the time the dogs are outdoors. The exception being during extremes of weather, especially in the summer when they are indoors during the day. I also have a pair of donkeys and many chickens for eggs.
I have a thick walled granite house, basic but comfortable, PV solar panels, with mains electricity, and solar water heating with backup when the sun does not shine. So there is always running hot and cold water. The house is heated with a large wood stove from logs cut on the farm. WIFI available, British and Portuguese TV. The place is very quiet and tranquil, and perfect if you like animals and wildlife.
The house is cosy and rustic. One main room for rest with fire place and a cooking area, plus three rooms coming of that (two bedrooms, and a shared bathroom). I am vegetarian, nearly vegan. I can provide vegetarian, or vegan food. No meat or fish. There are always plenty of eggs from my own chickens. I would like help with preparation and cooking please !! Normally you need to prepare your own breakfast and lunch with food provided, and we can share the cooking of evening meals.
I expect 20 hours of help please, i.e 4 hours a day for 5 days a week. Plus on top of that help cooking meals.
The vegetable garden is run on organic principles, no nasty sprays, or inorganic fertilisers here. At the moment the vegetable garden is full of organic summer veggies.
Please no smokers here, non smokers only.
Help in the house
I hope I can show visitors the surrounding area, and it may be possible to visit some amazing places like Monsanto, or Vilha velha de rodao. I am certainly pretty knowledgeable about local wildlife, and I can help you identify some the incredible fauna and flora found locally. I love sharing my love of local wildlife.
Help needed with bramble/shrub clearance, gardening, cleaning out stables, feeding some animals. Cutting wood for fire, and other similar work. The farm is unusual in that I keep a lot of lizards outdoors in very large vivariums, so help with providing fresh water would be very useful. NO need for hands on work with the lizards.
English and some Portuguese.
single bed in large area upstairs (one big room). There is a simple wardrobe for clothes and a hairdrier if you need it.
BY car 20 mins from Castelo Branco, 40 mins to Monsanto, 60 mins to Covilhã and the Estrela Mountains. The nearby village is about a 20-25 min walk from the farm.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4 hours a day, 5 days a week