Quinta da Bazágueda

If you want to have a good experience of day to day life in a traditional farm and learn how to take care of tasks that are almost not in use anymore in "industrial" farms!

We are a young Portuguese family who is very interested in maintaining ancestral knowledge: we enjoy preserving these farming techniques and we are happy to pass them on to the next generations. We maintain a minimum stay of 23 days so that you can get a full scope of how things go. Throughout your time you will work in different areas of farm life: There is the taking care of the animals — we have indigenous cows (that you almost don’t find anywhere!), a herd of sheep, chickens, a few geese and other farm animals. Then there is looking after the vegetable/fruit garden, which is different every season. Finally we are working on the reconstruction of barns and houses, using very old techniques. This means you can learn a lot: building with clay, stones and wood! But, stones can be heavy (and usually they are heavier than they seem!).

Quinta da Bazágueda is a very ancient farm. It's a farm in its true meaning, not a house with a garden or a little field with crops. Which also means that the farm is very ISOLATED and it has NO INTERNET access nor any cell phone connection — if necessary you can walk 30 minutes up the mountain to get signal. Being an ancient farm, we offer basic accommodation and you share a room together with the other volunteers. The houses are from the 16th century or older — which means that in winter it will be cold! If you arrive on a rainy day, the farm will still need to go on as most tasks cannot be delayed. In summer it gets really warm so we start the working days very early. As mentioned, the farm is isolated, and it is 12 km from the nearest village! You can walk in or out of the farm as you want (it is two hours walking through an abandoned area), the farm only provides car rides to volunteers in the previously agreed days of arrival and departure. Also, please note that it's not possible to prepare specific food for you in case you have a very different diet from "most" people. We always have vegetable soup, so if you're vegetarian you're welcome to come, but if the rest of the team is having meat with plain rice, you can have soup with rice but there will not be a specific dish just for you, unless you provide it.

Having all of this in mind, please read everything carefully, including the REVIEWS. If you have any questions or doubts, we are happy to answer them. And if you decide to come we will look forward to welcoming you! We can assure you, this will be a true experience that you cannot find in many places!

Please make sure to bring a sleeping bag and working gloves.

The work is sometimes hard, but somehow adaptable to your best skills. You'll be explained about the reasons and importance of your tasks and you're alway welcome to ask if in doubt.


Reviews

4.5
28 reviews28

Staff & Host

4.5

Hours & Tasks

4.0

Hostel

4.5

Learning & Fun

4.5

Spain

2

I'm aware that my expirience was completely influenced by the weather conditions, there was no light for days cause the solar panels don't work when it's cloudy, the house got flooded from the rain and all of our stuff got wet so we had to leave early, it was really hard to dry our clothes cause it was really humid and the wood was wet so we couldn't lit a fire easily. Also I found the amount of food insufficient for the amount of work.
I feel like the experience could be better in summer or spring, also Marta and Fernando were really polite to us and I would've love to talk more to them.

about 1 month ago

Germany

4

An experience certainly different to everything I was used to!
To be honest: due to challenges I did not always enjoy my stay, but still it was a valuable time. If your looking for a nice and easy time abroad it might not be the right place for you. If your looking for a place to learn how to adapt to given circumstances and find out what you actually need in life, I would recommend this host.
For some reasons space for review is very limited. If you want to know more, feel free to contact me! I could also give you advice what to bring for the journey.

about 1 month ago

Sweden

2

I had a shorter stay then planed from the beginning, because I arrived at rainy season and had the unfortunate experience that the volunteer house got flooded. There was not much to do about this as we had no heater in the room for drying our clothes, apart from the fireplace, and i think the host did not communicate enough to help us. Also I can see the amount of food insufficient for the amount of work. Apart from all of this, the nature they live in is amazing and I found their way of living facinating, still i think this is something i could find somehere else with better conditions.

about 1 month ago

United Kingdom

5

an incredible environment, experience and excellent hosts. thank you Marta and Fernando.
10/10 recommend

2 months ago

Germany

4

The place is beautiful. Me and my friend went there in winter so it was really cold (no heating). When you are hurding the cows you are supossed to go through the river, so expect to live with wet clothes for the time you are there. I think this place is even more beautiful in the summer(also because your clothes would dry way faster). The hosts were very nice and I felt really welcome :)

2 months ago


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