Cabeceiras de Basto
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 2,5
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 17425
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Last Updated: September 13, 2012
Hi, I'm Natascha, 33 years old, living in Portugal for 2,5 years with the intention of staying! I've recently bought an old 17th century farm up high in the Portuguese mountains (the ends of Serra da Cabreira) and am working hard to turn this into a magnificent nature surrounded sustainable camping.
When I first 'met' this old farm, it was in good shape yet abandoned for many years...and it seemed to have lost its soul.
Now, after receiving many people here, friend, families, guests, workers and volunteers... I can truely say it's a magical place..with all the soul and spirit we need! People, animals and nature seem to get along just fine here!
However...it IS a lot of work to do...Too much for just me. Therefore, I'm always looking for some help...in all kinds of projects, in any month of the year.
Of course, during summer time, it's all about the guests.
Year-round, there's a lot of maintenance, carpintry, garden work..and..hopefully the start of a series of earthbag buildings!
Porto and North
Type of work
Helping with Tourists,
Help in the house,
Help with Eco project,
Cooking / shopping,
gardening: prepare soil for vegetable garden, plant trees, make protection (fences/cages) against the animals, make coble stone footpath
animal farm: clean stables, ride/train the horses, feeding & watering, but allso build a shed for the horses, hen house, fences, small duck pond etc.
furniture: restore old furniture (simple restoring)
farm: clean up and restore inside walls, make a shade roof
building; build small earthbag building to replace the current canvas tents, build dry toilet and sun heated ecological showers on the terrain
During summer; coocking, cleaning, serving guests, maintenance, guiding horseback riding groups, mounting and dismounting all tents & furnishment.
During winter: from time to time a house- and animalsitter
English, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese
Depending on availability; During summer, it's preferrable to bring your own tent Other months; guest house or basic glamping tent
What else ...
The farm is situated in, what I call, a pristine, rugged paradise! At 865 meters, you get to enjoy an all day long beautifull view and all the calmness and serenity you need.
However, this altitude also implies that the nearest town/shops are located at 8 kms, that all the social life is limited to the simple (yet everso kind) village bars (nearest at 4,5km), and that it can get foggy, windy and cold in the winter. (The landscape however, turns into a mysterious spooky fairy tale land) It's amazing!! But only for those accepting and apreciating the farms unique location.
One more thing: the farm is populated with quite some animals. Therefore, being an animal lover/liker is a big plus.
Public transport is available, but only limited.
Taxi to the village cost about 8 euros.
And of course, whenever I need to go to town or any other place, I can give you a ride.
THINGS YOU MAY ENJOY DOING DURING YOUR TIME OFF
This all depends on whether or not you came with your own transport.
The little village of Juguelhe only has 15 inhabitants...you can imagine public transport isn't all that present. This means that, should you want to visit one of the lovely towns or cities such as braga, amarante, barcelos, vila real, porto, guimaraes, that you will need an entire day to travel, visit and enjoy.
For those loving nature, old granite villages, old customs, mountains, simple life, making new friends etc., they will be just fine here! Loads of hiking trails, existing and new ones to be discovered, it's also a paradise for horseback riders, mountainbikers, climbers, outdoor sport lovers, 4x4 drivers.
Rural nightlife means nothing more than having a cup of coffee and a drink at a friends house or at the local café, and from time to time, go to a small discotheque that seems to come right out of the early 80ies.
Life here is slower, simpler yet somehow sometimes, profounder.