Hello my name is Geoff. I am 68 years of age and my wife Linda is 65. We bought our land in Central Portugal in 1990 and until 2004 spent winters here and summers in the UK to earn money to invest in our project of building a villa with a pool. We now have an Alojamento Local (Local Lodgings) and enjoy having people visit us from all over the world. We have 8 acres of lakeside land mostly terraces and we are in a conservation area and in summer we have a rowing boat moored at the bottom of our land. Unfortunately, I had a fall some 3 weeks ago and I broke 4 ribs. Although we have talked about getting someone in to help (and play) alongside of us, it is now definitely time we did just that as Linda is struggling to cope and we will need that someone during the autumn and winter as well. That will be the time that we need help in brush cutting and pruning trees. We only have a small vegetable plot but if someone cares to make this larger and tend to the watering and weeding, we certainly have no problem with that. We have two dogs... Bobi who is 16 years of age, large and hairy, kind and loving. Cleo is smaller, less hairy, loving and friendly. We have 3 chickens - we know that's not many but if you get 3 eggs per day you begin to realise that you don't need any more!
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Meet local people in the cafes. Majority of local people do not speak English so we can help you with basic Portuguese to make it easier when shopping, etc. The Portuguese are very kind and helpful even if you can't speak much Portuguese and have a wicked sense of humour
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WANTED enthusiastic honest person capable of assisting in various gardening (mostly brush cutting and pruning large trees) including weeding flower beds. To help with normal domestic chores including feeding and watering the chickens and dogs. Also helping with walking our dogs in the morning and sometimes during the afternoon depending on how hot it is. We are able to walk directly into the forest with lots of different tracks and go swimming in the lake.
We are currently landscaping an area to provide a 6 man tent in a private meadow with proper sanitary conditions, ie. toilet and shower so that you can have your own private space.
Would prefer someone who can drive as the local bus service is quite limited. In Portugal the car is insured and not the person as in the UK. In addition to the villa holidays we also provide motorcycle holidays and Geoff has taught a lot of people how to ride a motorbike. Arganil town is only 15 minutes away and we have cafes/bars within 2km. It is a good fishing area - a licence is required but costs pennies.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week