Family rural homestead, van life friendly amazing park-up near Santa Catarina, East Algarve, Portugal




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  • Description


    We are a young family with 2 girls; now 15 and 17 years old, living in a once abandoned beautiful old village in the foothills behind Santa Catarina, east Algarve ... just half an hour from the stunning Rio Formosa coastline, near Tavira and Faro.
    We are a creative, active and busy family and have lived here for over 14 years.
    We are passionate about restoring this traditional tiny village, using ecological materials at hand. We are set in an empty wild valley with peaceful hills stretching for miles all around, where we live with 2 horses, 3 dogs and 2 cats.
    We run a busy campervan build and rental company so we are often out at work during the summer season and need help tending the farmstead and animals

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Experience living in a different culture
    Enjoy living in a beautiful peaceful rural setting and caring for animals
    Learn hands on practical skills
    Having the space and peace that surrounds our beautiful home …. It’s like a sanctuary

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  • Help


    We are seeking Workaways to come and help around our rural home. There's much to do here! From building /pointing stone walls, carpentry, gardening, painting... we generally find a job to suit whoever visits! Practical hands on skills and the right attitude is essential! Help with the feeding of our 2 horses... so someone with experience with horses would be most welcome, but not essential .. they are easy beasts !
    Occasionally we may need to be away for a night or weekend, so being responsible and keeping the animals feed and watered is essential.
    Our land needs tidying, veg plot tended and the carobs, almonds and olives need to be collected, dogs brushed and horses petted, when we are too busy out at work!
    We would like someone who is happy with their own company and space, as we often work long hours in the summer and so the being capable of making decisions and to live independently is welcomed.

    We are looking for helpers initially for one to 2 weeks but this could become longer depending on skills offered and our development of particular projects. Its always changing ! We always need help throughout the summer.

    We would like to invite a van dwelling couple/individual the option of an amazing free park up/hot showers in exchange for flexible care taking when needed!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    A cosy self contained caravan with own cooking facilities, electric etc-
    Or perfect private parking with use of a bathroom for vanlifers.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We live in an isolated traditional village that was deserted 20 years ago. We are slowly bringing it back to life. The nearest beach is only 20 minutes away by car, it’s 20 minutes to Tavira which is is a stunning historic town on a river. We live near a river and our surrounding area is spectacular for walking, mountain biking and horse riding.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    For digital nomads living in vans we can offer an amazing park-up with incredible views and good mobile reception to use your own wifi-box

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We initially found our home here after years of travelling Europe in our converted truck and our business is now based on the van life concept, so we enjoy welcoming independently-minded adventurous nomads. Having your own wheels explore this area is a bonus but not essential as there’s many beautiful walks in the hills around here.

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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Host ref number: 969231367976