There is told to be a secret grove close to the White Castle... in Castelo Branco, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 5 Nov 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 1 month



  • Description


    (Hinweis: Kurzversion weiter unten. Der folgende Text kann bei Bedarf auch auf Deutsch verfügbar gemacht werden - bitte melden!)
    (Astuce: Version courte se trovue au-dessous. Le texte qui suit peut être mis à disposition aussi en français - ecris-moi s.t.p.!)
    (Informação: A versão mais corte encontra-se mais em baixo. O texto a seguir pode ser pôr a disposição em portugues. Escreve-me se faz favor! )

    Hello traveller, would you allow me to ask you where are you heading to? Oh, where your feet might take you? Ha, hence your feet have a good sense of orientation for the place that is hidden right behind that corner is .... Wait, come closer, just a little bit closer so you can hear me whisper the following words; Nobody else hears us, right? For that is a secret... Estimated traveller, you have never been to a place like that on your hitherto journey.

    You want to follow me further up that dusty road? Please let me guide you the way; Concentrate on this very moment, on every step you take, observatively smell the taste of the air and how it pours into your lungs, listen without any distraction to the sound of the wind in the leaves and and widen the sight of your eyes... Yes, now follow me deeper into my secret grove, follow me...

    Hello traveller! You made it! What an honour to have you here at my place! Please, see my trees of various fruits like oranges, mandarines, almonds, apples, pears, olives, plums, kaki, peach, medlar and figs and oh, there they are, the 'Boys' my animal companions, two dogs of whom one though he looks like a dog, he must be another being. Oh, you already took notice of the manifold birds flying their way through the fragrant air? Not now in summer, but in autumn to spring they oftenly perform with virtuousity tweeting concerts. Ah, you are right, I completely forgot to introduce myself I was just so excited! I am a 34 year old formerly student at university. To my luck, the Plandemic made me to look for new ways in life and I ended up as an apprentice of agriculture, handycraft, self-sufficiency and in general taking responsibilty for my life, to invest my breaths in the most important discovery that is to be made.

    Oh, there is my mother promenating along the roses, affectionately looking fortheir wellbeing, calling me here and there to enlighten me on our rooted fellow creatures, on how to look after them, how to see and sense their desideratums. My father? He is here too, but I just don't acutally know where exactly what he is currently doing. You surely will meet him one day.

    It's hot outside isn't it? Let's go into the shady cool interior of our house. Allow me to hang your dusty coat, here have a seat. May I serve you something to drink? You must be thirsty after your long journey, right? What would you choose; we have; home made lemon or orange sirup, home made water kefir or komucha, verveine tea from the garden, coffee or apple juice from the supermarket, or just a glass of water from the borehole? When you are a bit relaxed, would you tell me a bit about your story? Where do you come from, what makes you wandering? What are you looking for?

    Ah, that was a very interesting afternoon! Now we are hungry, right? Now, as it is already evening, we would eat some bread and fruits. For those who like, cheese and meat is served too. Usually, we dine around 1300 and have a good Swiss-Italian kitchen with various other influences that reach all around the world- ah, you would like to cook yourself or just to be a guest on the table with a good appetite?

    Dear traveler, you seem exhausted after your long journey, so allow me to show me your own chamber. Or would you prefer to stay in your own shelter? Then, follow me and I'll guide you around the land, pointing out to you the havens under old cork trees, gently rustling, strong and protective. ... enjoy your sleep, count the brilliantly shining stars on the far arch of the Portuguese lovely nightsky.

    Good morning! Did you pass a restful night?

    It is summer, it is best if one wakes up very early in the morning in order to benefit from the still quite moderate temperatures. Today morning, we are going to see the quinta so that I can show you what works we are currently occupied with; the water system is almost completed but many trees, herbs and flowers still need to be attached to the dropping system. There is still a wastewater system that is to be built. We want to water bamboo or reed with it which makes utterly good construction material. Some beds are already dug, weeded and mulched and thus prepared for the winter. During this summer, there is only little culture being made - on an experimental scale; some tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, salads under the trees. Planting under trees is the traditional portuguese method. We must to get to know the soil. Furthermore are there terraces to be erected, for nature stone walls just look so pretty! A chicken pen awaits its construction - and many many more things; cleaning, walk the dogs, weeding, weeding, weeding and... weeding. Watering, watering and... what was the third one? Ah yes; watering; pruning, transplanting..
    Principally, we apply real traditional Swiss gardening techniques (that means we work organic of course) but are inclined to the idea to imply astronomy, biodynamic and permacultural ideas. This would be a bigger project and also another experiment to set up - but hey, we are on the brim of a new Era!

    Ah... It's getting hot, let's go to the nearby lake in Lardosa or into the house and have a refreshing drink. It is almost time for dinner anyways... I hope, you have appetite?

    Yours sincerly,

    PS: One of us speaks (and writes...) English, Portuguese, French and German and a bit of everything, two speak French and German. Spanish and Italian are also a possible vessels of communication. Und alli reded mir au Schwizertütsch, Bärndütsch geit oo.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    As I have pointed out, this place is intended to learn how to take responsibilty for oneself. Garden works are the best activity, the best environment to settle down, to concentrate on oneself. We want to learn from each other, we want to develop techniques, to learn the soil, the weather, and how to best accomodate the rooted fellow beings. They will finally allow us to life as independent of a dying society as possible. I am very interested too to develop a hub of culture, of trade, of productivity of any kind.

  • Help


    Some of the necessary works in the SUMMER (23)
    - cut, fertilize and cultivate trees
    - harvest olives
    - mow, root out weeds, plant fruits and vegetables
    - arrange the greenhouse (done)
    ---- cover the greenhouse with a protective tissue
    - dig trenches for the water, put tubes, building an irrigation system (partially done)
    - a variety of woodworks ( fences, a bed for the dogs)
    - Erect an refurbish fences and walls
    - help in the kitchen, prepare meals, peel fruits and vegetables
    - process fruit and vegetables and nuts, canning, making juice
    - household works
    - oversee the dogs, feeding and caressing
    - watering and planting of cions/shoots.
    - cut and root wild brambleberries
    - etc!

    Eine Auswahl an anfallenden Arbeiten im SOMMER (23)
    - Bäume schneiden, stutzen, düngen, pflegen
    - Oliven ernten
    - Ackerflächen mähen, jäten und bepflanzen
    - Treibhaus einrichten (fertig)
    ---- Das Treibhaus muss noch mit irgend einem Schutz abgedeckt werden.
    - Wassergräben ziehen, Rohre verlegen, Bewässerungssysteme einrichten (teilweise fertig)
    - Verschiedene Arbeiten mit Holz (Dach, Zaun, Hundebett)
    - Zäune, Mauern errichten und instandhalten
    - Küchenhilfe, Abwaschen, Kochen, Rüsten
    - Einmachen, Entsaften und Verarbeiten von Früchten und Gemüsen aller Art
    - Haushaltsarbeiten
    - Aufsicht über die Hunde, füttern, streicheln, liebkosen
    - Setzlinge giessen und einpflanzen
    - Brombeerbüsche zurückschneiden, ausreissen
    - Brunnen reinigen
    - Steine zusammenlesen
    - usw.

    Uma escolha de trabalhos necessários no verão (23)
    - podar, adubar, cultivar árvores
    - colheitar azeitonas
    - segar, arrancar, plantar os partes hortícolas
    - equipar a estufa (completo)
    ---- Cobrir a estufa com uma proteção
    - cavar valetas para água, instalar tubos, construir o sistema da rega (partialmente completo)
    - vários trabalhos com a madeira (telado, cerca, cama para os cães)
    - erigir e restaurar cercas e muros
    - ajudar na cozinha, lavar a loiça, cozinhar, preparar comidas
    - transformar frutos, legumes, nozes etc., fazer a conservação, fazer sumo
    - serviços domésticos
    - vigliânca dos cães, alimentar, fazer carinho
    - regar e plantar mudas
    - cortar e arrancar a silva
    - etc!

    Une choix de travaux possibles dans l'ÉTÉ(23)
    - couper, amender e cultiver des arbres
    - cueillir olives
    - fauchage, arracher le malherebe e planter des fruits et légumes dans les parties horticulturales.
    - préparer la serre (terminé)
    ----- Il faut encore appliquer une toile protectrice
    - creuser tranchées pour l'eau, installer tubes, construire le système d'irrigation (partiellement terminé)
    - plusieurs travaux différents avec du bois (toit, clôture, lit pour les chiens)
    - érigir et restaurer clôtures e murs
    - aider dans la cuisine, cuisiner, préparation
    - travailler fruits, légumes, noix etc. Consérvation, faire de jus
    - travaux de foyer
    - surveiller les chiens, donner à manger et les caresser.
    - arroser e planter les boutures.
    - couper et arrancher les mûres sauvages
    - etc!

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Portuguese: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner
    Italian: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Laissons-nous parler français! Wenn Du Deutsch oder Schweizerdeutsch lernen oder sprechen möchtest - auf geht's. Revela-me os segredos do português, se faz favor.

  • Accommodation


    The house provides a nice and quiet bedroom which is already furnished Aside there is of course access to the bathrooms, the kitchen and all other public spaces.

    Das Haus verfügt über ein schönes, ruhiges und bereits eingerichtetes Zimmer Daneben besteht natürlich freier Zugang zu den sanitären Anlagen, der Küche und der anderen öffentlichen Räume.

    A casa põe a disposição um quarto bonito, calmo e já mobilado A parte há naturalemente acesso para as salas de banho, a cozinha e tudos espaços públicos.

    La maison met à disposition une belle et calme chambre qui est déjà meublée A part de ça il y a naturellement accès aux salles de bain, la cuisine et tout autres espaces publiques.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are several markets taking place in Castelo Branco, Fundão, Relva, Idanha-a-Nova, Alpedrinha etc. There is a lake in Lardosa which is very beautiful. Meetings, workshops, courses and parties are taking place too but sometimes can be quite far away. You can also stay here and enjoy the peace.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Wohnmobile bis 6.5 Meter caravans jusqu'à 6.5 mètres camper vans until 6.5 meters autocaravanas até 6.5 metros

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Auf jeden Fall sind Haustiere willkommen. Allerdings gilt es anzumerken, dass es insbesondere für Hunde lebensgefährlich sein kann, wenn sie herumstreunen (Giftgas, Sperrfeuer, Schafsjagdt). Os animais domésticos são bem-vindos mas atenção que não va dar um passeio individual, porque risque de ser mesmo fuzilado, enveneado o um agressor das ovelhas. Les animaux doméstiques sont bienvenus. Mais notez que c'est dangereux pour eux de se promener individuellement parce qu'ils risquent d'être poisonnés, tirés ou de chasser des moutons. Definetly, but remember that it is dangerous for your pet (for example dog) to stray around outside of our quinta. Poison, guns, sheep (to chase which is not good).

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    ~ 4 hours a day, max. 5 days a week

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Small farm in idyllic countryside on Portugal's Silver Coast
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