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Hello! I'm Derek and I live with my beloved pet, Beagle Ben, on a 1 hectare former farm in the magnificent mountain area of Monchique. I moved from Wales to Portugal in 2018 and it has been the most incredible experience of my life. The farmhouse has now been fully modernised and the next project is landscaping using eco materials and, working with the land, to create a natural paradise. I look forward to welcoming you, seeking your ideas and your support in realising my life project. To experience living in both a National Park and protected ecological zone is something to enjoy and truly appreciate.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
You will see the wonderful scenery of Monchique and expereience the unique mountain culture of the local people. You will stay in an area of outstanding natural beauty located in the Serra de Monchique. You will experience the historic town centre with Roman history, views from the two mountain peaks of Foia and Picota as well as hiking, bird watching and biking. There are also hot sulfur springs, with baths and health spas in 'Caldas de Monchique' (Spring of Monchique).
Garden design, landscaping using natural materials including stones / boulders from the land and garden manitenance including strimming, safe fires and natural water stream clearance.
This host offers a language exchange
I am fluent in English and am currently learning Portuguese.
Fully modernised villa with kitchen, bathroom, dining room, TV and music lounge, your own private bedroom and unlimited Wifi. Food will be provided and no need to do the dishes as dishwasher can do that job :)
Great bus links to Monchique, Marmelete and Portimao and bike available for local travel. Other destinations are Lagos and Aljezur with fantastic beaches and nightlife.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
I am also a teacher and often work online with students. The villa has access to reliable and unlimited Wifi.
1 hectare of land with space for parking campervan.
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week