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Francine and Loek

We, Francine Satijn and Loek Mandaat, bought this beautiful house 8 years ago, before our retirement. We knew we could build a beautiful house out of these ruins. When we bought the 'Quinta' which means farmhouse, it had been empty for fifteen years. In the first five years we thought of ideas, planned, reconstructed and rebuilt the house, together with our Portuguese neighbours. Next to this we reconstructed our garden, went to Portuguese lessons, met a lot of other people and made friends. But above all we enjoyed our lives here, which were different from the lives we led before our retirement, when we worked as teachers and in coaching.

One of the things we do is to rent out our two apartments and a yurt. It is a way to meet people and to pass on our enthiousiasm for Portugal. In 2009 we welcomed our first guests and every year we have more guests. We organised 'walkingweeks' and we work together with a local Portuguese riding-school for the people who love to ride. And guests are still interested in 'our special week'.

Lars, Claudia and Fadi

In October 2014 our team is expanded with our youngest son Lars, his partner Claudia and their son, Fadi (2011). The five of us have many plans for the coming years...

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Lisa (13 jaar)
Ik vond het superleuk om bij jullie in het huisje te slapen (Adega) . Wij hebben veel leuke dingen gedaan: spelen met Bo en Snorro en Chamoor aaien en iets lekkers geven. Maar het allerleukste vond ik samen kanoën met Maite! Dat was superrrrrrrrrr gezellig. Een herinnering die i...