Central Portugal farmstay in Fontainha

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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We do not use any pesticides, just organic gardening, we try to re-use water as much as possible, we do tend to use as little electricity as possible, we use solar heated hot water, composting ... We take care of the environment by using as little plastic as possible, we seperate rubbish into plastic, glass, compost and rest. We minimize buying things as we try to re-use as much as possible, especially old materials for building and renovating our houses. We integrate as much as possible all authentic materials and use those for new purposes. We have a grey water system to use the waist water for watering the plants. We never throw away any food, we use it for lunch the next day, feed it to the goats or chicken or freeze it. We encourage our guests to use bio degradable cleaning liquids and shampoo. We organize workshops in making organic olive oil soap, to encourage people to use this instead of chemical soaps. We make our own washing machine liquid. We do not use a dishwasher to save water. We only have a washing machine for sheets and bed linen and wash all other things by hand to save water and energy. We garden organic and by permaculture principles, using raised beds, keyholes. We have no electric heating systems in rooms or apartments, only wood burners. We have wood burning hot water system for showers in the apartment and our own house. We have a wood burning stove in our own house to limit the use of gas and electricity.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We are living in a friendly way together with our portuguese neighbors. We give away the things we have loads of and use what we get from them. We try to take care of others and we work as volunteers in the abandoned dog shelter in the area. We help organizing a yearly castration project for this dog shelter. We buy the home made wine from our neighbor and help them in harvesting grapes, corn, potatoes and so on. We buy the food we need (if not from our own organic gardens) in the market in the town, to support the local farmers. We organize several workshops for people to learn ´old fashioned´ skills from our neighbors. We ask advice about gardening to the old people around us and we garden by using the moon calender (the old farmers use that as well). We give our guests the possibility to travel by public transport by picking them up from the bus stop in town and organizing trips for them, so they do not need to drive their own car.

Climate

1 Reviews of Central Portugal farmstay in Fontainha

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Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The beautiful location, the hospitality from Lied and Jo, and Lied’s amazing cooking!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring your walking boots so you can get the most out of the walks. Being in a valley there are lots of ups and downs but then that’s Portugal for you anyway!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. They harvest their own olives, cut back overgrown pathways which are not their responsibility, grow their own fruit and vegetables and support the local market buying fresh produce each week.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very relaxing and perfect if you love nature and walking.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your lovely review Kimberley! We fully enjoyed your company and I am very
happy I made you happy with my food! Hope to see you and Steve again some day...

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