Stone House in small village Mid Portugal
My house is in a valley in the Caramula hills in mid Portugal. It is situated on the edge of a small village, Saide, overlooking the valley and forests. The village is considered isolated by many, it has good access through winding roads but is in a most beautiful location. The nearest town of Anadia, is around 12km away and has excellent supermarkets cafe's and restaurants. There are no cafe's close by. The house is around 100 years old, built of stone it is partially renovated, it has 4 bedrooms and two bathrooms, it is spacious and warm in winter. It is centrally heated by a wood burning cooker, there is plenty of wood.. Children are welcome. The house is just an old farmhouse so is not luxurious, it is an unusual house and very comfortable. The house has mains electricity and mains water but I have a solar system and solar water heater which both work well. I would wish the sitter to stay a day before I leave so I can show them the workings of the house
I am looking for a period of almost 4 months but realise the visa constraints. Those from outside of Europe can only have a visa for three months. I am therefore flexible on there being two sits, they can be either 1 month or nearly three months or two at nearly 2 months
Our Home & Location
The house is in the middle of a forest, there is fishing 10 minutes walk away and a large reservoir 30 mins drive away. There are many walks locally. A railway station is 25min drive away and provides access to most of Portugal including Porto and Lisbon each about 2 hours by train. Trains are very good value. the Algarve is 6 hours away by train. If you wish to go away for say 2 days then cover can be arranged. There are vinyards nearby, the house is situated mid way between the Dow and the Bairada wine regions. Wine in Portugal is cheap and very good. The coast is around one a hour drive away
Responsibilities & Pets
The sitters will be responsible for our one Daisy. Daisy is, small and friendly, loves people and good with children and has a lovely character. She is very easy and is kept inside the house at night. Daisy adopted us by just turning up in the courtyard. I have no idea of her breed. The land is looked after by two of the local villagers, the garden is wild and needs a little tending to.