Come help us develop our farm and creative spaces near Penamacor, Portugal



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  • Description


    Set over 10 hectares close to the Spanish border, the farm possesses an amazing 360 degree vista. To the west is Portugal’s highest mountain range, Serra da Estrela, which provides the backdrop to what are frequently spectacular sunsets. To the east the sun rises over the Spanish border hills and the castle and village of Monsanto. To the north close by is the village of Penamacor, with cafes, restaurants, shops and banks.

    For many years the farm has sat unused and consequently much of the work of the next year focuses on regenerating the land through caring for the existing trees and vines, as well as renovating buildings, so we can accommodate greater numbers of interested individuals and/or groups.

    Whilst we are in the initial stages of the project, the farm itself appears previously well cared for, with mature and productive vines, fruit trees, and both ancient and more recently planted olive trees.
    We want to create environments and spaces in which events such as film, music, art festivals can be held, as well as more intimate spaces for solo practitioners and adepts.

    Activities include:
    Natural wine making (1.25 hectare vineyard)
    Pruning, maintaining and harvesting vines
    Pruning, maintaining and harvesting olive trees (300+)
    Land regeneration through tree planting
    Renovation of farm buildings into community, living and art spaces
    Permaculture design of farm
    Caring for large cork oaks
    Experimental archaeology projects (first phase of stone circle created this summer in conjunction with UCL academic)

    We are an extended family from England and France; some of us have relocated to Portugal whilst the others are completing education in the UK.

    Alex qualified as an archaeologist before subsequently working in newspapers and IT.
    Gilda writes fiction having previously worked in IT.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Art project

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Visitors to the farm will learn to live with a small but enthusiastic and ambition group of people learning many new skills and adapting to a very different way of life. Equally, we bring many skills from our previous roles that maybe of interest. Two languages are spoken fluently on the farm (English and French).

  • Help


    Help will be varied across the farm.

    Our immediate focus will be upon:-
    Tree pruning.
    Vine care.
    Renovating buildings to create a community space

    Workers will need to be fit and able to work at least five hours a day, five days per week.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French

  • Accommodation


    In return we can offer peaceful camping facilities, with plumbed-in hot water shower and indoor toilet.
    Tents, or a heated caravan in the colder months are provided as accommodation. Feel free to bring your own tent or camper van if you wish.
    We provide a communal lunch; even though we often eat meat ourselves, we will be more than happy to cook vegetarian or vegan food for communal meals, depending on the needs of the helpers staying at the time. We provide cooking facilities (stove, kettle, fridge) as well as ingredients for you to cook your own meals in the mornings and evenings.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The closest large railway stations to the farm are in Castelo Branco and Guarda.

  • A little more information

    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

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 966372343934