Off-grid farm in the mountains of central Portugal
There are two separate and well maintained granite stone buildings on the property ( check the photos ) providing private space to live, relax and sleep :)
I am looking for two experienced house-sitters ( a couple or friends or any other combination ) , who are practical, hands-on, reliable and happy to spend a long time with each other in a remote place....
I always spend a short time with new house-sitters introducing them to everything and everyone, before leaving my animals and property in their care.
The property will be up for sale from spring 2019, in case anyone wants to come and try before they buy :)
I have been renovating this old farm for many years with the aim of having a peaceful and low-impact living and working space - both for myself and for others to enjoy.
For some months a year I need to travel to get new inspiration and meet new people - sometimes my dog travels with me within Europe in the car, but I never take him on planes.
The buildings are not like normal houses - not worse and not better - but different - remote, peaceful and historic - but it requires love, patience and knowledge to live in and look after.
The farm is large - 2 hectares - and the buildings are old, hand made from granite stone - and the energy system is totally off-grid - as are the water and sanitation systems.
The spring is long and summer can be at times very hot, while autumn and winter can be mild, but often humid and at times very wet - late winter can get cold at night - the farm is also remote and a good vehicle is required to access it - the nearest shops are 15km away.
The energy system can be complex and requires hands-on experience of having worked with similar systems both to maintain it and also to guarantee power and confort while staying on the farm.
In general all systems require a mixture of knowledge, know-how and guile to keep them up and running optimally, but once they are, the place runs like a wonderful old engine, warm and sweet!
I have also hosted WorkAway volunteers for many years. + More info
Our Home & Location
Central Portugal is historic, wild and beautiful - it offers everything that is good in life if people are open and willing to discover it all.
Some Portuguese language skills would be helpful and own transportation is required - as the farm is remote and access is via a dirt track.
Responsibilities & Pets
Care for the pets, houses, gardens and farm land - and a good understanding of the principles that make this farm and area of Portugal amazing and peaceful - be kind and generous to neighbours and strangers alike.
The energy system is off-grid - a mixture of solar, hydro-electric and a backup petrol generator - this system is reasonably reliable and requires regular simple maintenance to keep it working optimally and extend the battery life....
The farm is run on simple ecological principles, not rigid, but based on traditional methods and common sense. + More info
October 2016 | Robert D