Apply for 2016
We have three small traditional houses and one apartment in a stunning location on the Silver Coast overlooking the tidal Obidos lagoon – one of the most beautiful locations on the western Portuguese coast. The renovation and redevelopment of our houses and gardens, which are set in almost two acres of hillside, have been an on-going labour of love for us for several years now!! Our location is rural. We have one small dog – an enchanting Italian greyhound.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Gardening, including some re-landscaping, and planting.
External minor repairs and painting
Garden: ground clearing, digging, planting and strimming….understanding of and competence with a petrol driven strimmer is more than useful.
Houses: Preparation and painting walls both internal and external. DIY skills. Cleaning.
Up to 5 hours per day....Monday through to Friday.
Fully equipped Self Contained Studio with kitchen, bathroom and bed/sitting room with double bed…so would suit single person or a couple. Balcony with views to the lagoon plus access to the terraces and gardens. Must be over the age of 20.
Self catering with all food provided…please tell us your dietary needs or any special requirements before arrival
We are near the small village of Nadadouro – approx 1.5 km away and around 4km from the small resort of Foz do Arelho where there are bars (some late night), restaurants small shops and a bank together with a stunning beach where the lagoon meets the ocean. At Foz do Arelho the gentle protected lagoon side is perfect for windsurfing/sun bathing with the contrasting wild Atlantic on the other side providing excellent surfing…..for strong/experienced swimmers only.
There is small sailing club offering windsurfing/sailing within walking distance. The part of the tidal lagoon we overlook is a wonderful location for birdwatching…with many wading birds and flamingos and storks often appearing later in the summer months. We are surrounded by a rural landscape with footpaths and opportunities for walking and photography.
The main town of Caldas da Rainha is about 7 km away and served by a limited bus service from Nadadouro. Caldas da Rainha is a market town with history.
Protection from mosquitos for early mornings and evenings is a must....so for your comfort do ensure that you have some.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week