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Area (ha): 1
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Category: Homestay
Host ID: 48133
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: May 14, 2016

Can you help? Unfortunately this week our swimming pool was damaged so we need a strong person to help Rob repair it. He will have to dig up some of the tiles to fix it. We are also hoping to alter a wall. You don't necessarily need building experience, just a willingness to work along with him and some labouring work. This job is taking priority. Our guest room is available until June 20th.

We are a married couple enjoying living in and updating an old farm cottage. We have installed some solar power, a wood burner and plumbing, so the essential services are there but we would be pleased to have some help to tidy up the cottage and garden/grounds. We have worked hard in clearing 15 years of overgrown foliage. Typical jobs we are working on include: building a rockery, sorting an overgrown flower bed, raking into piles for future bonfires, splitting and moving logs, and general maintenance such as preparation and painting iron gates, iron furniture etc, We have a double room with ensuite shower/toilet. 4g internet (although for big downloads we go to a coffee shop in town) and a swimming pool. You are welcome to help out with cooking if you wish. We think around 25 hours help a week is fair, but we would prefer full days of work and full days free. Ideally you can get on with some tasks on your own when you have been shown how. We would be pleased to help you with English if you wish, and you can tap into our knowledge of alternative energy, internet in fringe areas (without satellite), plumbing, electronics in car/stationary engine maintenance. Please contact us if you are available any time during May and/or June.

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