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House and land to bring back to life in Pai Cabeca near Castelo do Bode Lake, Portugal

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    UPDATE March 2024

    *** Looking for help from March onwards when my son is restarting the building and renovation Project. Anyone with a some experience, keenness to learn or improve any related building, plumbing, tiling etc. Also lots to do on the land - preparing vegetable and herb gardens.

    Hi My name is Annie and I am retired and live in the countryside near Tomar on the edge of a forest and near to the 70km long Castelo do Bode Lake. I purchased the property in August 2018 with a view to using part as my home and part to create a seasonal letting. I am a keen gardener and cook, so nobody goes hungry and I enjoy walking, water sports, films and live music.

    My son Jonathan who is 40 is often here to help with this exciting project and is here now until its completion in 2024. He is a qualified Ski instructor, Life Guard and excellent surfer and will be travelling to the waves on his time off. He is proficient in woodworking, electrical insulation, plumbing, ceramic tiling, kitchen and bathroom installation, landscaping and qualified in using heavy earth moving equipment. He enjoys various outdoor activities including, cycling, walking, climbing, water sports etc….

    The house is on a hill overlooking a small village on the edge of a lovely forest with an exciting downhill bike course and is good for running and walking. We are 6 minutes by car or 20 minutes on foot to the stunning 70 km long Castelo do Bode lake, which has river beaches where we picnic, swim, canoe, paddle board and wake board. The roads around are quiet and good for cycling and running. We have an olive grove which produces delicious olive oil, several vines, lemon, orange, tangerine, plum, pear, peach and apple trees. We have created a flower gardens, bio vegetable, salad and herb gardens. There is a plunge pool for hot days. There is a large bread/pizza oven, paella cooker and BBQ we use often and a fire pit for chilly evenings. The old stone cottage in the grounds currently used as a garage and store requires some renovating also..

    My niece, her partner and their two young boys have a similar project in the same village up on the opposite hill. They also invite work aways and we often get together to socialise, share a meal and make some music. We are a relaxed family and welcome people from all over the world.

    Our aim is to become as self sufficient as possible and create a harmonious place where people are respectful, work with integrity and have fun! I am eventually planning to resume my fortnightly dinners in the Adega (wine room) when complete in 2024 and anyone who is a keen, good cook around that time would be very welcome to help. I am planning to live downstairs when that part of the renovation is complete.

    Downstairs there is a sitting/dining room, bedroom, shower room and under cover kitchenette kitted out for a 'help yourself' breakfast. I either prepare lunch or supply the food for you to help yourselves. We often sit all together for the evening meal that I have prepared, however, depending on the day and to give myself a break from cooking there is a freezer with healthy, tasty, home cooked sauces, casseroles, chilli etc and a good supply of pasta, rice and vegetable for you to prepare at your leisure. There is a hard standing for camper vans with electric and water and scenic spots for your tents.

    Please contact me if you would like to be part of our project.

    I look forward to hearing from you

    love and light Annie

    *** Taking bookings for early/mid October to mid November for OLIVE HARVEST. Looking for keen pickers with a can do attitude. We work full days and give time of at the end of the pick. We usually join forces with my niece Janine’s Workaway’s to make a group of 10/12 people. She manages the picking and everyone takes a turn to help me do prep, cooking and cleaning. It is a really fun time with good food and hopefully some music around the campfire.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Projets artistiques
    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et construction
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    We welcome people from all around the world and we often gather around the fire pit to share a meal with my niece and her family and their work aways and we are always keen to hear peoples stories and listen to music. I have a love of cooking and I always like to share this and teach people how use the Pizza Oven and create delicious Pizzas.

    As well as the many building skills he can pass along, Jonathan is passionate about water sports loves to teach people to surf or paddle board. 

Being on the edge of a beautiful forest and only a walk away from the lake it is very easy to be instantly in nature and to walk, cycle, run and swim and to be free.

    Opportunity to learn Grape vine pruning and Olive harvesting and pruning. Please see note below regarding Olive Harvesting. Any keen marmalade and jams Makers are welcome as are anyone who likes to cook.

    The 70km long lake is perfect for swimming and water sports within 20 walking distance or 5 mins by car,
    The local city of Tomar is home to the ’Convento de Cristo’ which is listed as a World Heritage site. The Old part of the city is lovely and is packed with restaurants, bars, cafes and lovely old streets. You will never run out of things to do here.

  • Aide


    My son Jonathan is here to manage all the tasks that need completing and you will be helping alongside him on a daily basis. I have listed some of the tasks below to give you an idea of the what there is to do.

    Building and renovation:

    Stone wall and step building and repairing
    Door and window rubbing down and treating
    Re-pointing internal old stone walls
    Installing a kitchen and bathrooms
    Installing a thermal hot water and central heating system
    Lining the walls
    Re-laying the floors
    Interior/exterior preparation and painting

    Land and garden:
    Installing an irrigation system from the existing well and bore hole

    Re-landscaping the grounds
    Preparation and planting of vegetable and, herb and flower gardens
    wall repair/building
    path laying

    Anyone with any experience of the above or interest to learn/or improve a skill would be amazing.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant

  • Hébergement


    I have one bedroom, living room, bathroom and covered outside kitchen with fridge, toaster, kettle and breakfast/lunch supplies etc.. downstairs separate from my accommodation upstairs. We also have space for small/medium size camper or tents with water/electric and use of all of the downstairs facilities and a washing machine.

    There is also further bedroom accommodation in the main house

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Swimming, Paddle Boarding and canoeing from the River Beach 5 mins by car.

    Sao Pedro 5 minutes by car - Doctors, pharmacy, Bank Machine, cafe, Restaurant, Church.

    Serra 10 minutes by car, Petrol Station, Butchers, Supermarket, Doctors, Pharmacy, Post Office, Bank machine, cafe's and restaurant.

    Tomar a market Town with the Convento de Cristo - World Heritage site of the 'Knights of the Templar' 10 minutes by car. Cinema, Theatre, Restaurants, cafes, shops, supermarkets, Banks, Post Office, Hospital and sports centre. Large market on a Friday. Bus station and Train station - 90 minutes to Lisbon.

    Bus passes through Pai Cabeca to Tomar. Short walk to the Serra Road where there is a bus stop with a more regular service. Good walking, special downhill cycling track behind the house and plenty of forest to ramble through. Transport would be useful but not necessary.

    I make regular trips into Serra, Sao Pedro and Tomar. The train service is good and cheap if you want to get around. Coaches run to Lisbon and Porto from Tomar.

    Train travel is cheap.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Cet hôte a indiqué qu’il aimait accueillir les digital nomads.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Hard standing with electric and water next to the house. Further parking down on the adjacent land with no electric. Room for tents in Olive Grove.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

    Plus de 2

  • ...

    Nombre d'heures attendues

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

N° de référence hôte : 174851976736

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