I volunteered at Casalinho for the first half of August 2017- I only wish it could have been longer! It was my first experience of wwoofing without friends or family in tow. I felt so lucky to find such an awesome place and meet such fantastic people. Really inspiring.
Our morning tasks included feeding and cutting grasses for the sheep, pigs, goats and guinea pigs (every day), clearing bracken, brambles and bushes (many days), and picking up pig poo (a special treat!). The jobs were well-explained and not difficult, but there was still room for using your initiative, which I appreciated.
2 minutes down the road, the bathing pool was perfect for an afternoon wash and refresh. After that, we could chill out in the shade of a chestnut tree, wander down to Unhais for another swim, or up the hill for a beer and tremocos.
August might be hot but it's still a great time to stay. If you spend the morning battling brambles, picking a pot full of blackberries in the afternoon makes the scratches seem worthwhile. It's also festa season, which is super fun (as long as you're not too much of a lightweight). And the shooting stars!!
Andrea and Jeroen are amazing hosts - honest, tolerant, generous, and funny, it was a real pleasure to get to know them. The food was also fabulous, I could probably write a whole review just on that. Goat's cheese and jeropiga were particularly special (you can pass on grilled lizard...)
A big thanks to everyone who made Casalinho such a beautiful experience. There are already many lush reviews here, but if you're in any doubt, I'd say you have to visit! And if you can wake up early enough to walk up the hill, the sunrise is just stunning...