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We, Angelika(66) and Christof(63) are living in an old shist-house at the edge of the village Chã de Alvares in the mountains. The house is completely restored with 5 rooms, 2 guestrooms, kitchen and bathroom with solar warm water.
There is a small chicken-house, some sheds, a workshop and a garden with greenhouse, fruit and olive trees and a big variety of plants. There is another small house with three more rooms that needs a lot of renovation to be done, inside and out.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
We have good contacts to our portuguese and foreign neighbours and often help each other.
We also take part in local events and do a part of our olive harvest together. There is a café and minimercado just 400m away from our house.
At the moment there is mainly help required for construction work.
The tasks in the garden are season-dependent: seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting and picking cherries, raspberries, grapes, kiwis, olives....
In the house: making juices, jams and chutneys, cleaning, cooking, etc.
Christof is happy for each hand helping to do repairs in the
old building, lay floorboards, repairing fences,
making firewood etc.
We have one guest room for 2 people and one single guest room.
WLAN is accessable in the kitchen and in the single guest room.
There is common use of our kitchen and the bathroom.
If you want to come, please mail us in advance or give us a call.
Work is 4-5 hours daily except for Sundays. Meals, also for the days off, are included.
We have bicycles, there are beautiful trails through the deserted mountains around as well as hiking and canoeing trails. You can also use our inflatable canoe and make a trip on the huge “barragem do Cabril”, which is 4 km away.
There is a bus on Monday to Friday at 16:30 from Coimbra directly to Alvares, the bus stop is called Santa Margarida.
There are also buses from Lisbon or Porto to Pedrogão Grande (20 km from here), where we can pick you up if you arrive late or on a weekend.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
4 - 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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