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I'm a mature single woman and am developing the quinta (smallholding) along with the help of volunteers.
There's 3 hectares of land which is mostly grazing, with some pine woodland and oak woodland.
I'm renovating the farmhouse on a tight budget, making use of and patching up where possible what's already there, aiming to create a modest home full of character.
I've been practising permaculture for over 15 years and will be slowly developing gardens and a mini food forest.
I have four horses so a lot of the work revolves around their care, and there may be opportunities to ride, and walk out with them. I'm also developing a way of working with horses to help resolve personal issues - based on Family / Systemic Constellation work - and you'll be welcome to help me explore this.
I work in real estate, specialising in smallholdings, so if you're looking to buy property in Portugal I'm happy to share my knowledge and advice.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Great opportunity if you'd like to help with renovating a traditional Portuguese farmhouse on a budget, re-using whatever is possible. Developing permaculture gardens and a small food forest from scratch. Learn about horses and how we can develop our human-horse relationships.
Simply lending a hand with whatever's on the go at the time. It's great if you see yourself as part of the household and help wherever necessary, rather than counting hours (though we use 5hrs per day, 5 days per week as a guideline).
I'm happy when possible outside of work hours to offer horse activities (riding lessons for beginners, trekking for experienced riders, walking with the horses, therapy sessions, etc).
Building / renovation work / land clearing & maintenance / fencing / gardening / helping with the animals.
Perhaps looking after things so I can have a night or two away in my campervan, or taking care of the animals in the morning so I can sleep late!
I'd particularly love to hear from you if you're an experienced and open-minded natural horseperson to help me with the horses / training, an experienced dressage rider who can give me some lessons, a builder, carpenter, or gardener. Cooks are always welcome, and if you're not up to the heavier work then feeding those of us who are is a much appreciated task. An electrician would be especially welcome to do the house wiring!
Accommodation is in a tiny but comfy 20 year old Talbot campervan "Gertie" with (small) double bed, gas heater, hob and oven OR a comfortable caravan with (small) double bed, woodstove, hob and oven.
Facilities are still very basic, there's a bucket toilet and a new bathtub with shower that will be inside a greenhouse (help from a carpenter to build the greenhouse from a stack of old windows I have would be amazing!).
Food is provided and we'll eat meals together but there is also the option to have more privacy/time out with cooking facilities in your accommodation, if preferred. Most diets can be accommodated, just let me know in advance.
There's plenty to do and see in the wider area - paragliding and skiing, fantastic restaurants with cheap local dishes, stunning mountains to discover on empty roads and tracks, rivers and lakes, prehistoric sites, etc. There's a great little international community here and there are occassional social events and workshops. However if you're looking for nightlife you're probably going to be disappointed! You'll also need your own transport to get around or rely on a lift with me. I'll do my best to make sure you're not too isolated / stranded but I may not be able to take you everywhere you want to go. The nearest town 5km away has train and bus stations.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
5 hours per day, 5 days per week as a guideline