We - Andreas (vegetarian) and Christine (non-vegetarian) - are a couple of around 50 years (feeling younger ;-)) with a lovely 3 hectare Quinta outside a small village in Central Portugal.
We would love your support on our land with vines, olive and various fruit trees, forrest (damaged by 2017 fires), liquor making (and tasting the results of course ;-)), and with various projects like natural stone walls, a new chicken house, repairing the damage a flood did to our land last year and innumerable other things - whenever we look around, new stuff pops up ;-)! We are originally from Germany, started to "really" live in Portugal since the mid of last year and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Our workaways will have their own, nicely equipped and newly renovated apartment in the village (5 minutes from the Quinta) with double bed, bathroom, kitchen and free internet (100 MB), so you will have absolute independence when you are not working on the land. We have 2 cats and one of them is really shy and absolutely scared of dogs (takes off and goes missing for days...), so we unfortunately cannot accomodate you with a dog.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
We are experts in gardening, making our own liquors and goodies from the stuff we harvest and are happy to share this knowledge with other people. We have learned how to work with natural stone, wood, concrete (as limited as possible) and will be happy to forward all the handyman skills we acquired in the past years. You will meet our lovely Portuguese neighbours who are always happy to drink a "coppo" of their selfmade wine with others. Swimming in the lakes nearby (10 minutes by car), joining the "Festas" of the Portuguese during summer, hiking alongside the rivers will in most cases create a bond to this beautyful country. Plus of course the great buildings / cities with lots of history, plus the typical Portuguese music (Fado), plus etc.
You will definitely learn about ecological and endemic reforesting, as this is our main topic at the moment!
Priority # 1 are the fruit and olive trees which replace about 1 hectare of burnt forrest. Terraces have been made by machines and still need preparation for planting. This is quite hard physical work (shoving stones around etc.) but rewarding when looking at all the young trees after planting them...
3 hectares are a lot of work anyhow, but our complete forrest was badly affected by the fires 2017 and needs cleaning and an ecologically sensitive reforesting. We plan to reforrest the remaining 2 hectares (which will not be fruit and olives) with endemic trees - no Eukalyptus - these are trees that are not endemic in Portugal and take away immense amounts of water from the land (Eukis are normally used for drying out swamps...), ruin the fauna and flora through their etheric oils and are one of the main reasons for the indominable fires in the past years. Last year, we had a torrent with a flood following - there is still quite a lot of damage resulting from this, which needs repairing - among other things removing stones and sand from the area where we used to plant our vegetables... Otherwise there is always stuff to plant, harvest, cut - like vines that need to be pruned. Andreas will also need a strong hand to rebuild some of the natural stone walls that keep our terraced land. There is plenty of work and with just 4 hands we are a little at loss... So help is highly appreciated!
Own, independent apartment (ca. 45 m²) in the village with bedroom (doublebed), bathroom (shower, wc, washbasin) and a fully equipped kitchen / living area (including a dishwasher - a luxury, which we are still missing at the Quinta ;-)) with great views and right around the corner form a café / minimercado. The apartment is a five minute walk from the quinta and has wifi (100 MB). Regarding food, we will eat together during your work at the Quinta (if you want to) and certainly have some BBQs and dinners together.
Otherwise, we will equip your fridge with food from the quinta and from the markets / supermarkets according to your preferences (vegetarian, vegan, etc.), so that you can cater for yourselves.
We have two cats (so someone with an allergy might back off), which do not like dogs - so unfortunately, we cannot accomodate you with a companion on 4 paws...
We are both smokers (only outside the house though), so strict non-smokers might feel uncomfortable.
We still work for our living, thus we will (depending on our customers' demands) partially be bound to the house. You will thus be expected to work partially on your own. Generally our guests should be self-sufficient, as our time-schedules are quite tight. We enjoy sepnding time with our guests, but it sometimes is less than be both wish due to office demands. On your days off, just tell us, if you want to be brought somewhere - hiking, swimming, bus to cities etc.! We will be happy to provide you with all infos you need and advice regarding rewarding activities according to your personal interests.
People coming here should be aware of the fact that the Quinta and village are really very rural and calm - there is no big parties going on, so you should be the type to enjoy peace and quiet. A rental car would certainly be a good idea (usually not very expensive here), at least for a week to visit Lisbon or Porto (1.5 hrs drive), the seaside (1 hr drive), cultural centres of the knights templar etc. Bus connections are quite good from the town of Serta (we will bring you there and pick you up), otherwise there is a bus you can order in the village.
Please also be aware that in 2017 very much of central Portugal was badly hit by forest fires - also our forest and the neighbouring land. So the land is unfortunately not as green as it used to be - which is very sad! We will do all we can to change this in a sensitive way as far as we can influence it.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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