Help wanted with just about everything in a village near Castelo Branco in Portugal



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    My husband and I live on the outskirts of a tiny village near Castelo Branco in Portugal. It is very, very quiet so perfect for people looking for peace. Better if you are a couple or two friends, as otherwise you could get a bit bored. The house is fairly large and old, and is in the process of renovation, so not everything is perfect just yet. It sits in a plot of 3000sq metres in the process of planting up.
    We have 6 rescue dogs - all small, all friendly, but all a bit odd.
    There is a railway station and bus stop within walking distance for travelling around the area and the old 4x4 is available for anyone with a valid licence
    Fit dog walkers would be a plus.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are both English, but I speak fluent French and Richard speaks Dutch. I also have a smattering of schoolgirl German. Our Portuguese is abysmal, so would be delighted with a Portuguese person wishing to learn English. Or French.
    For night life, there is very little going on locally - we boast two small cafés/convenience stores and that's it. And one of them has recently closed! But Castelo Branco has all the normal things and there is a village nearby with an excellent cinema/cultural centre.

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    What I mostly need is someone who can turn their hand to more or less anything. We are both in our 70s and running out of steam!
    Our small caravan has been moved to a more discrete area of the garden, but still needs a bit of TLC and the installation of bathroom. A shelter above would be nice.
    If you can wield a spade, lawnmower, tree loppers etc. you will be most welcome.
    Things to do could be different depending on the season. The yearly glut of figs and oranges needs dealing with as and when.
    I am the world's worst cook, so meals are usually simple but nourishing. My cake making skills aren't much better - look terrible, taste great. So please do not expect a gastronomic experience.
    If you prefer to do the cooking, you are more than welcome!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is now upgraded to a double bedroom with lounge area and en-suite bathroom having knocked down lots of walls and built up others. There is another sitting room downstairs with TV DVD player and another bathroom. The caravan is also available if you value your privacy more than your comfort.

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    What else ...

    There is a railway station and bus stop within walking distance for travelling around the area. If you have a valid European or international driving licence, you are welcome to use hubbie's creaking but efficient 4 wheel drive. I am thinking about buying bikes for workawayer use, but would appreciate some ideas on that, as I know strictly nothing about bikes!

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    Guest suite is equipped with a desk and office chair and is connected to good speed wifi.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    4 hrs a day 5 day week Negotiable

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