Hi, we are Mark and Suzan. Mark is 34 and from England. Suzan is 34 and from the Netherlands. We met a long time ago on an island in Australia and since then have been making many adventures together. Our latest adventure, after living in Amsterdam for a number of years, was to move to the beautiful Portuguese countryside. We bought an old farmhouse and accompanying land, around half a hectare (4400 m2). For the past year, we have been renovating the farmhouse and starting a permaculture food forest. We are close to completing the farmhouse, which is contemporary in style and follows many sustainable principles - use of lime mortar, high insulation, solar panels, etc.
Our goal is to complete the farmhouse so that we can rent it as a BnB in the summer of 2020. Suzan is pregnant with our first child and we plan to have the baby in the Netherlands during this time. After we will return to our farmhouse. We also want to turn the land into a rich, organic, biodiverse, food-producing, insect promoting paradise. This will take a while but we are now at the exciting stage of planting trees and bushes.
We know about building and are learning all the time about permaculture. We need help between February and April, before we set off back to the Netherlands, with completing the renovation of the farmhouse and working on the food forest.
Both Suzan and I have online businesses, therefore we split our time between working online and working on the house and land.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
We live in an agriculturally rich area of Portugal, with enough rain and plenty of sun to grow anything you want. We are learning ourselves about permaculture and growing nuts, fruit and vegetables. The house we are building follows sustainable principles. We are living in a Portuguese community with a local wood-fired bakery, Chicken Piri Piri, market with fresh local produce and surrounded by traditional farmland and forest. We are both outgoing people and love to socialise for example we like to have an evening with the firepit, barbecues and listen to music. If you like sports such as surfing, kite-surfing, running, football, yoga or mountain biking we would be very happy to join you and take you out.
We're looking for friendly, hard-working and low-maintenance people. You will be working on painting the outside and inside of our house, small furniture projects, general maintenance, landscaping, planting trees, chopping and organising firewood and strimming grass.
You will get your own bedroom and bathroom in our large newly renovated home. We are flexible and would be very happy to cook for you but if you prefer to cook yourself and shop for yourself we can give you an allowance for the supermarket. Either way, the fridge will always be full and yours to use. We call ourselves flexitarians and mainly eat vegetarian food but are flexible with our diets.
We are also close to the towns Caldas da Rainha and Obidos, both are historically interesting towns. In addition to this Peniche is 30 minutes drive away and one of the best places in Portugal to surf. Foz do Arelho beach is also a great beach to surf and even closer at 15 minutes away. The surrounding countryside is very nice to walk in and we have mountain bikes you can borrow to explore the area.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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