About the Homestay
We are John and Sharren and we have lived in central Portugal since November 2017. We started our life in Portugal as Workaway volunteers and have since hosted volunteers while we were renovating our property. We are both very sociable, enjoy company and chat and sharing meals with friends. We have explored our local area in detail and can give a lot of advice and guidance about where to go and what to do in the area. Between us, we have many interests, have travelled a lot and people find us both very easy to get along with. We both love cooking and can cater for most dietary requirements.
There is a basic free wifi provided by the church, but the location is not suitable for working online from home.
The area is rural, but with many local interesting places to visit and authentic village experiences awaiting you.
Your stay with us can be as sociable or as private as you wish.
- Internet Access
- Smoke alarm
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Caldeirinhas is a small, traditional Portuguese village in the remote, rugged mountains of the Beira Baixa region of.
The area lends itself to nature trails, hiking, cycling and bouldering.
The surrounding local villages of Bendada, Penalobo and Aguas Belas offer cafe facilities and a local shop in Bendada (5km away) provides most basic supplies. The larger towns of Sabugal and Belmonte are around 20km away,
There is a river beach at Penalobo and many beautiful and historic places to visit locally, most noteably, Sortelha Castle. We are approximately a 1 hour drive from the Serra de Estrela mountain range.
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Half Board
- Packed lunch
Diet Type available on request
- Lactose Intolerant
- Nut Allergies
Payment in full required on arrival in cash.
Noise to be kept to a minimum after 11pm
Gates to be kept closed.
Your host is a non-smoker.
Smoking is not allowed.
I throughly enjoyed my three nights and two days with Sharren and John, and their beautiful German shepherd Katan. The dinners were delicious (the steak pie was outstanding!), the conversation lively and engaging, and the wine free-flowing. Thank you, John, for showing me some amazing historic sights during our walks together. For me, the best thing about traveling is meeting people and making new friends, and I am delighted to count Sharren and John among them.
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 250 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.