We are Catherine and Simon, our project involves the renovation of large farmhouse and 5 acres of surrounding land. Our aim is to create a retreat space for holistic practices like yoga and Qi Gong and creative workshops. We have been here for 3 years but there is still a lot to do, from remodelling and decorative work in the house, lots of sanding, filling and painting, to the up keep and maintenance of the land. We are very keen gardeners, and have an extensive ever expanding vegetable patch as well as a kitchen garden and medicinal herb beds. We have a natural swimming pool, that is self cleaning through the water garden planted along side and a wood powered hot tub. We enjoy cooking and love using produce straight from the garden, we have an outside kitchen with its own pizza oven. We have internet connection, a table tennis room and there are plenty of nice walks and wild swimming spots in the local area.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Learning organic gardening methods, some medicinal plant knowledge, building and maintenance skills, composting.
Organic gardening, building compost and we are also building a solar powered outside bathroom in a camping field . Lots of sanding, filling, painting , digging, weeding, strimming, moving rocks, pool maintenance, cleaning etc.
We have a Caravan if you want more secluded accomadation or we have 7 bedrooms to choose from or a bell tent
We are close to Aveiro, sea side town, 1 hour from Porto , also many beautiful walks and waterfalls near by.
Part of Aveiro is famous for the canals that run through it, bridges and beautiful painted boats called moliceiros, similar to the gondolas of Venice. For this reason, the city is called the "Portuguese Venice", although the comparison is obviously exaggerated.
The real charm of Aveiro lies in its coast, with its fantastic sandy beaches has São Jacinto, Barra and Costa Nova. This local coast is well known as Silver Coast, due to the beautifull and clean beaches.
Aveiro has humid wet temperate climate, coolish in the summer and not so cold in winter. November, December, and January make up the rainy season, while July and August are the driest months. Autumn and Winter tend to have strong coastal winds, excellent for kite or wind-surf, as well as amazing sailing conditions.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week