We are a mature, active couple from Britain and came to live in Portugal about six years ago. We are generally busy most days with garden maintenance and the usual household tasks. We have two smallish, friendly dogs.
DIY and building projects
This area is extremely peaceful but offers the opportunity to explore Portugal and learn about its people, their customs and history! The population is mixed and local towns have plenty of bars, restaurants and other attractions.
Large garden set in 2 - 3 acres (1+ hectare) at the edge of woodland/forest combination of edible crops and decorative areas. A few years ago we started converting two old stone houses into a modern dwelling suitable for our own living accommodation and offering as a venue for small retreats and sometimes B and B. We try to manage the gardens and house as ecologically as possible with solar power and wood -burning'recuperador' for hot water and using the minimum of sprays/pesticides in the gardens (working on eliminating them altogether eventually!) There is a continual need for basic garden maintenance, the dreaded weeding, strimming, pruning, planting and so on! Skills with and knowledge of light garden machinery use and maintenance would be an asset for us! There may be other DIY, light building jobs needed from time to time as well!
Obviously the type of work and intensity varies according to the time of year and the weather patterns, but generally speaking there is always basic gardening to do, so being willing to pull weeds out by the roots thoroughly as well as knowing the difference between weeds and cultivated plants in addition to any other gardening skills you may have would be desirable.
Sometimes Isabel would appreciate a break from the everyday routines of keeping house and putting good wholesome food on the table, so help in these areas would also go down well with us!
We are the first house in a small village of about 40 families surrounded by rolling hills and close to beautiful countryside, great area for walking, cycling, fishing, river swimming and generally exploring. The nearest town is just 4kms from us with transport links (local buses) to larger towns and cities like Coimbra, Lisbon and Porto.
We offer a twin-bedded room and the use of your own bathroom. There is normally good internet service as we now have fibre-optic connections to the house. Hot-water supply is from solar panels during the Summer months and gas or wood -fire at other times. Our drinking water is from our bore-hole and is generally excellent. Unless you want to 'do your own thing', generally you would eat with us as a'family member'.
The University City of Coimbra is about 40 minutes drive away (a little longer by bus) and is an excellent kicking-off point for getting to know what Portugal is all about. There are good tourist information centres in the City and you will have no problem finding places to visit in 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