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Area (ha): 0.364
Persons: 1-2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 10549
Country: Portugal

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Last Updated: November 4, 2019

We are an English couple aged 65 and 67, who speak just a little Portuguese. The house has a garden to one side and behind. Adjacent is an olive grove with fig trees. Our home will enable you to experience the real Algarve, where shepheards can still be seen minding their sheep and goats.
It is situated about 75 metres from the centre of a small village in the hills,approximately 20 mins drive from Faro city, airport and the nearest beaches. It is about 8 kms from the towns of Loule and Sao Bras. There is a limited bus service to the village from Faro and Loule.

We have lived here since 2005 and have slowly refurbished and updated.
What we are looking for is help with mainly outside general maintenance, repairs, painting, gardening,pruning. Someone who is competent with a strimmer and a chainsaw would be appreciated. A person who can erect guttering would also be welcome. A small amount of inside painting needs doing too. There is room outside for more wall mural work or a piece of 3D art for a gifted artist to create.

We are flexible in terms of times for work hours but think that 20 hours minimum per week is reasonable. We only ever offer initially up to a two week stay with the possible option of extending the time if both hosts and helpers are happy with each other. Please note we do not take helpers in July and August as it is too hot to do sustained physical work during this time.

Internet access is available.

The dog we have is very gentle and loves people, however she does not get on well with other animals. We therefore can not take anyone who is travelling with their own animals.

We are non-smokers . We are a genuine couple who would appreciate a little help. Please contact us ONLY if your intentions are serious. We enjoy meeting people from different countries and cultures.I need to point out that we are a homestay host only.

The lifestyle we have is simplistic and not materialistic in nature, however we do not feel that our way of life is compatible with those practising new age sustainable living, vegan diets, meditation etc.

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Accommodation on offer is a separate downstairs apartment (shown in the photographs) with its own entrance. This consists of a lounge and dining area, kitchenette with a fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle , a bedroom with 2 single beds and separate bathroom. We have a dehumidifier, electric heaters and a pellet burner should they be needed for your comfort. Meals will be provided as required. Breakfast and lunch can be taken in the apartment or grounds with the evening meal being a shared time. It is suitable for a couple, or pair of friends though a single person would be welcomed.

reviews (16)
Helper: Francisco Clarindo Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Brazil Date: July 3, 2018
Derek and Pamela are amazing people, during the two weeks i had rest in your ... view complete review

Helper: Norma Schurman Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: March 15, 2018
I had a wonderful 10 days with Pam and Derek. Unfortunately it was a wet 10 d... view complete review

Helper: Tyler Hamelin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: April 4, 2017
Pam and Derek were fantastic hosts from start to end. They took me to various... view complete review

Helper: Konstantin and Neyya Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Russia Date: September 24, 2016
We stayed with Pam&Derek for a couple of weeks, and it was brilliant time for... view complete review

Helper: Joannie and Simon Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Canada Date: September 14, 2015
We spent 2 weeks at Pamela and Derek's house, living comfortably on the first... view complete review

Helper: Clarke and Frances Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: July 6, 2015
Pamela and Derek were wonderful hosts who were able to take us in at very sho... view complete review

Helper: Janet and John Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: July 31, 2014
We stayed with Pam and Derek for 10 days in March 2014 and what a lovely time... view complete review

Helper: Edmund E.J. Hobe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Estonia Date: March 4, 2014
Stayed with Pam & Derek for a couple of weeks from mid-February to early Marc... view complete review

Helper: Marek Mech Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Poland Date: February 3, 2014
Pamela and Derek are people who truly feel the spirit of HelpX. It was only 6... view complete review

Helper: Bogdan Budai Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Romania Date: September 30, 2013
Pamela and Derek were amazing hosts. I felt great helping them around. We d... view complete review

Helper: Nick Simpson Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: March 18, 2013
Pamela and Derek were the perfect hosts for my first Helpx experience. I was... view complete review

Helper: Natascha and Andy Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: July 7, 2012
we really enjoyed our time at pam and dereks house!we felt allways welcome an... view complete review

Helper: Dago and Viviana Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Mexico Date: June 24, 2012
We were with Pam & Derek and we spent o wonderful week. The work is easy a... view complete review

Helper: Adam stenhouse Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: May 6, 2012
I spent a brilliant week with Pamela, Derek and the dog, scraping the outside... view complete review

Helper: Ian and Margaret Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: April 15, 2012
Our stay with Pam and Derek was great. They met us from the airport and we ha... view complete review

Helper: Hannah Howes Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: New Zealand Date: November 6, 2011
Derek and Pamela are a kind couple living in a small town near Faro. Pamela w... view complete review

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