Small mixed quinta near Serra da Estrela with permaculture systems, reforestation and building projects in Portugal




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    *️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️️Currently seeking people with their own camper van to stay here longer term in exchange to help maintain the quinta, terms to be negotiated depending on your needs and ours*️️️️️️

    We are in the process of setting up our quinta for self-sufficiency, we would also eventually like to produce enough food to exchange locally. We are creating growing spaces based on the ideas of synergistic gardening among other designs using Permaculture principles in setting up all systems. We are lucky enough to already have lots of existing fruit trees and olives as well as nuts so we already have a head start on food production. The woodlands around us burned in the fires of October 2017 so we would like to reforest this area.

    We are also in the process of rebuilding the barn into a house so this is another exciting project. Other building projects we need help with are setting up animal housing for chickens and sheep, we would also like to build some small wildlife ponds and rock beds.

    A bit about us - Leah is passionate about food and soil, loves animals and working with nature. Andre is a skilled tree surgeon and we are both keen to be part of reforesting our local area with native species. Andre is Portuguese and grew up in this area but lived in the UK for 11 years, me (Leah) I am English, after some visits over the last few years we decided to start a new life here in Portugal. A year later we had our baby Oscar, he is now 9 months old and shares our love for being outdoors. We have friends around, a good mix of people from all over the world. We are early 30's but welcome people of all ages and backgrounds.

    Check out the photos at the bottom of this page to get a feel of what its like here and we have some photos of trips out that we regularly do such as Tabua market and mountains, lakes and river beaches.

    Our quinta is on the edge of a well populated village so you will have good opportunity to learn some of the language and experience the local culture.

    We are a friendly and sociable family, enjoying the company of others but also enjoy having a peaceful space to relax in, you will experience being part of a traditional Portuguese community so have the opportunity to learn some of the language, you will also meet other like minded friends and see other similar projects, visiting beautiful local sites and going on some adventures.

    UPDATE: We are currently living at my mums place near by since we had Oscar, while we finish the house, so we may accommodate you there or at the quinta depending on your situation and what you prefer, we were living in our van at the quinta before we had Oscar, off grid so you must be happy with this very basic lifestyle if you want to stay there. We hope to have the house ready by early springtime. At the quinta we have a compost toilet which is only for poops so you must be happy to wee in the woods. At my mums place there is a cabin with all facilities and a basement flat separate to her house so there are many options. She has wonderful views from the house and garden looking directly over to the mountains.

    Campervans, couples, dogs and friend groups also welcome.

    UPDATE: We took the solar and camp kitchen down but if there is anyone who wants to stay longer term then we can get this back up. If you want to stay shorter term then we have accommodation at my mums quintal, she has some gardening jobs, a bread oven to build and we would do day trips to work at our quinta a couple of times a week. So this would be a shared workaway experience between us and my mum.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can offer you experience in sustainable ways of growing food, knowledge of soil and plant health, cooking tasty meals with fresh seasonal produce, preserving and fermenting, how to safely use tools including a chainsaw (optional), visiting beautiful places and being part of the local community, tasting Portuguese life authentically and meeting people from all over the world.

  • Help


    We need help with setting up more growing spaces, animal housing, some help with building our house. We will eventually have animals to help care for and baby Oscar to play with.
    On top of the quinta tasks we also expect guests to take on their fair share of tasks such as cooking and domestic duties. We expect guests to be clean, tidy and mindful of others space.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and Portuguese

  • Accommodation


    Camping - tent or van
    House - cabin or basement flat

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Visit local markets, see the mountains, rivers beaches, go walking and explore a beautiful area. Near by towns are Seia, Oliveira do hospital and Tabua. There is a bus from the village but we can offer lifts when we are going into town.

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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?


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    Hours expected

    negociable (max 25 hours)

Trip to the mountains in the summer
The Tabua market
A few months in and the food is growing
A trip up the mountains
Chica the pup of the quinta

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