Experience traditional life on our smallholding in rural Alentejo, Portugal

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Portugal

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  • Description

    Description

    THE handbuilt cob house is almost finished and it is now time to begin the outside area of cobwalls for the garden and the outside cob hot tub. this would be an ideal project for people who are looking to learn natural building techniques.

    The water retention and rainwater harvesting project has begun but there is still some water retaining swales to be done. If you are interested in ways to heal mother earth then this will be of interest to you.

    There are many farm jobs to do like making gates, fixing fences, putting poles in etc are always there and will be a part of your day as well. Plus sharing in the care of the animals -- horses, donkeys, dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys, and ducks. We are part of the Local Food Initiative where we exchange our duck and hen eggs for other produce.

    Planting trees and re designing the vegetable garden will be a part of the land based regeneration project.

    We are a chilled out, quiet place where you can live independently and enjoy your own space.
    We have two person caravan with its own outside kitchen/veranda it is comfortable and dry. we welcome people with their own van.
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    We moved to the Alentejo in 2004 and we lived in the caravan for two years until we moved into the small mud/straw/clay eco house.

    It is essential that you like animals and if you have a knowledge of, or interest in, horsemanship then this would be very welcome.

    We offer accommodation and food which you can prepare in your own outside kitchen. we are 2 hours from Faro about 40 minutes car ride from the beaches at Vila Nova do Milfontes. we are very rural so if you have transport that would be good for you but this place is ideal for people who like the quiet life and happy with their own company. Our village is only 15 minutes walk and it has a bar, shop and padaria.

    We are off grid but we have wifi

    There is always some gardening to do plus walking the dogs and grooming the horses.

    NO DOGS because of the livestock.

    This is a very rural area, the Alentejo, it would therefore suit a person/people who are happy in a quiet rural environment.

    We are about 30 minutes from the Atlantic coast with some of the most fabulous beaches you will ever see. Our village has a bakery, small shop and a cafe so we have all of life's necessities close by!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    this area is a traditional, rural Portuguese area largely farms and villages in the typical Alentejo style. the coast line is the magnificent Atlantic and there are a number of surfing areas that hire out boards. there is also the relatively new Costa Vincente walking path stretches the length of the coast from Sagres to Setubal the whole route is now sign posted. the area has a number of communities including Tamera and Mooji

  • Help

    Help

    Our farm is only 10 acres but there is always a lot to do and we could certainly do with a general helping hand.

    Particularly practical things like repairing/making fences; making gates; putting in irrigation

    Plus some building work like woodworking and building walls of cob (mud and straw).

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    caravan and an outside kitchen. compost toilet and shower.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    i will be away for two weeks from the 22nd september.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    3-5 hours maximum per day 5 days a week











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