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Windmill in central Portugal

Portugal, Mação

Pets

  • Dog(s)
  • Cat(s)
  • Chicken(s)
  • Goat(s)

We have a very sweet border collie that loves attention, two cats, as well as chickens and four goats.

Duration

  • Period available: 1 week, 2 days
  • Starts: 4 November 2022
  • Ends: 13 November 2022

Testimonials

They have 2 testimonial s (view below)

Facilities

They have WIFI

About this assignment

We are ideally looking for a responsible couple with experience looking after animals and good references. If the exact dates don't work for you, we can be flexible - though we're looking really for the first 2 weeks of November. There may be more opportunities for future house sits also, as we go away a few times each year.

What responsibilities are required of the house sitter

Mainly feeding the animals and walking the dog twice a day, as well as taking care of the property. There will be no need to look after the garden, at this time of year.

What are the good features of the property and location

The location is rural and feels remote, though we are just 10 minutes away from the main road to Lisbon (1.5 hours drive, or similar on the train) and also 10 minutes to the nearest town, with supermarket, pharmacies, restaurants, etc. The windmill is a fun, quirky place to stay, the views are awesome, and the animals very friendly!

What does the house sitter need to consider before applying for this assignment

Because it's remote, you'll need to be able to drive, but not necessarily have your own transport - we can pick up from the train station and leave you our car to use. You can of course do what you'd like whilst here, but we ask that you are at the property for the animals each morning and late afternoon. Also - it can be cold. In November it should still be ok, but the mill was not exactly built for living in(!) and if there's a cold snap it can be pretty chilly. There is an open fire you'll be able to use.

Last updated: 15 September 2022
Only 1 sitter has applied for this assignment

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Testimonials

Magical experience!

I still can´t believe at this amazing opportunity I had to house-sit in a restored windmill in central Portugal! Fiona and Simon are a wonderful couple and I am very grateful to them for their trust right from the beginning. I received very clear instructions about the intricacies of the place, and they made sure I was connected with other locals, in case I should need assistance. There were no pets to look after when I was there. I loved the solitude and quietness of the location and if I had the chance, I would for sure repeat the experience! Very highly recommended to people who like quiet spaces and enjoy being by themselves!

Rocio, 29 February, 2020

  • Friendly
  • Reliable
  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Helpful with problems
  • Kept in contact
  • Gave good instructions

Lovely people and interesting place.

Fiona´s windmill is definitely a special place, surrounded by a beautiful landscape in a remote but accessible area, our daughter loved the place and the owners. Fiona and Simon are great people, friendly and so cheerful, they deserve every help they can get, I just wish we could do more there, but the time was very short and we got an electrical problem that prevented us to help more. All the happiness for you guys. If you are looking for a special and rare place to sit, the windmill is a great choice.

Ricardo, Portugal, 07 July, 2019

  • Friendly
  • Reliable
  • Tidy
  • Organised
  • Helpful with problems
  • Kept in contact
  • Gave good instructions