Help with reclaiming, repurposing and maintaining an old house and garden in Santarem, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 20 Mar 2023



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    I am a retired Brit living in village close to Almeirim in the Santarem area of the Ribatejo. The main industry here is growing and making wine. After 10 years living on the Silver Coast I moved here and have acquired an old house that I have been restoring from it's ruinous state into a comfortable home.

    I have several friendly dogs, two Lusitano horses and work sometimes as an equestrian writer horse trainer.

    Please be specific about what dates you want to come having first looked at my calendar. If it is in red there is no current availability. I will not be answering messages asking for stays outside of the times marked as potentially available in my calendar (which amounts to about 80% of messages I get)

    Please read and digest my whole profile before you message me.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I feel competent to impart my knowledge of ...Organic gardening, Horse training, Cookery (see my feedback), The British sense of humour. Spurious advice gleaned from six decades on the planet.

  • Help


    Aptitude for cleaning and tidying appreciated. An interest in DIY skills carpentry particularly, painting , mosaic, repurposing and reclamation projects desirable. An artistic bent might be allowed expression. No under 18's please. We are LBGT friendly. English speaking is a requirement for all volunteers (it doesn't have to be perfect!) Applicants need to be self starters, willing and able to get out of bed in the mornings, not physically weak and with the ability to follow simple instructions without constant supervision. I provide food. Breakfast is DIY i prepare lunch. Evening meal flexible. Please state your food preferences prior to arrival.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Portuguese: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Two guest bedrooms . When reclamation progresses guest apartment will have its own separate bathroom, currently has to share main bathroom ( 10 metres away)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are bars, cafes, restaurants, shops, post office, bank, chemist, hairdressers and more in our small town. In Almeirim (5km), the nearest big town,there is much more bustling life and a bus station. Across the river in Santarem (12km) you may even find night clubs and a railway station.

    Anyone interested in horse training is welcome to come to the horse farm with me in the afternoons (Or evenings in the hot summer)

    People tell me that I have a great sense of humour but it is a little dry. The following comments have been added due to the experiences I have had with previous WW'ers

    I like vegetarian food so long as I can have meat with it. Vegetarians are welcome but any who want to lecture me about that will get short shrift. Sorry no vegans, I had too much grief with them already.

    Alcohol is very cheap in Portugal and drugs decriminalised. I also enjoy a glass of wine (often as little as 30cents a glass in the cafes here) but take a dim view of people who want to come here just to get smashed out of their faces on one or the other and spend nights sleeping in bushes on their way back from the bars.

    Yes we have WIFI but only if you bring your own appliance to receive it with.

    Couples - It's challenging sometimes I know (I have 3 ex-husbands) but having high volume domestic screaming/slanging matches in the street outside my/our neighbours houses will not be tolerated.

  • A little more information

    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

    Fibre internet

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Easy access. Suitable for any size of vehicle

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Sociable dogs.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours per day, 5 days per week, all afternoons free after lunch

Host ref number: 998287442641

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