Be a caretaker in an old farm in Douro Valley, Portugal



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  • Description


    We are in a farm located in the Douro Valley with a magnificent view over the Douro river. It has 25 ha of vineyard and 35 of forest in an intimate valley. We produce wine grapes, olives for olive oil, fruit. We also have a vegetable garden. We have also some animals, sheep and chickens. We are changing from an intensive way of production to a more sustainable way of organic production. We have some beautiful housing structures that we intend to rebuild step by step mixing traditional and eco methods. We are focused in joining together the traditional, the organic and technology. We are engaged with a simple way of living respecting all the beings in this system. We have a great compromise with art, we give preference to artists that intend to have an inspiring retreat in which they will develop their own artistic projects. Artistic Residences is one of our main current projects.
    We consider that the stay should be in minimum one month. We feel with the experience we had that is really important engage with this sistem and the project. Time to arrive. Time to get involve. Time to give and receive the best from/to this place.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will benefit from organic production technics, Systemic Constellations, learn portuguese, possibility to enjoy a tranquil, intimate and simple environment as well an inspiration for any kind of art or retreat from the stressfull urban life

  • Help


    Now in summer we are preparing the harvest and we are pruning the orange trees. Doing maintenance and rebuilding some structures.
    In Winter we have olive harvest, cleaning the hills of the veinyards, selecting and keeping seeds and trees of the forest. Preparing the soil in the gardens. From February onwards we need help with preparing the vegetable gardens(plant the seeds).
    Feed the animals, keep them clean and happy ( all the year )

    In spring we need to look after the garden.

    We have a wine cellar where we will be making organic wine with the traditional method (stepping) in either August or September depending on the climate.

    All year round we really need help with rebuilding, painting, carpentry, building walls, farmkeeping.

    Very important issue: we need some skills related with carpentry, energy ( sustainable sistems- solar/wind ). Watering sistems. One of our big challenge is rebuild an old roof.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Portuguese, Spanish and French ( a little ) and English

  • Accommodation


    Rooms with two singles beds, so you might have to share with one more person. In case of a couple coming, we also have rooms with double bed. This is a house that has also a kitchen you can use, bathroom with hot water. All meals are prepared executed and eaten in family in the main house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    100 km from Porto (airport, trains and buses with connections everywhere)
    10 km from Peso da Régua (closest city) with train and bus station. Here you can visit Museu do Douro or enjoy a river cruise. (If you travel by train from Porto it's an extremely beautiful journey)
    15 km from Pinhão with one of the most visited train stations in Portugal.
    20 km from Lamego one of the oldest cities of Portugal.
    30 km from Vila Real one of the most populated cities of this region.
    70 km from Viseu the city in Portugal that is considered to have the most life quality.
    70 km from Vila Nova de Foz Coa - Parque Arqueologico do Vale do Coa - you can't miss it.
    All these cities have a great urban, artistic and architectonical heritage.
    Around our farm there are many farms you can visit and get involved with the region's lifestyle.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 a day, 5 days a week

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