How The Quinta came about ...

Working at the Quinta
The Quinta has been a labour of love that has come about over the last thirty years or so.
Primarily powered by the hard and unrelenting effort of its present owners, Daniela and Frank, it has also had contributions from many diverse nationalities as the oasis has been created, many of whom have come through the excellent Workaway site.
Its primary goal was to become a small business in an area of isolated beauty which could provide employment for a local population and aid to arrest the "flight to the cities" that is the inevitable result in an area of low employment and poor soil.
In this it has been successful and nowadays boasts that it keeps five families in the area that otherwise would have bought their tickets out.
So it has always employed locally in its effort to keep the surrounding countryside alive, but it also hosts volunteers every year in our other effort to spread the word of sustainability by giving practical experience of the way we run our operation to those interested. Many of these volunteers return year after year, so if you or anyone you know is interested in either learning how to run a Lodge such as ours or are interested in learning how to run a sustainable enterprise, and are willing to be a committed member of our team we can teach you how we do it. This is definitely NOT a few hours every day! No clock watchers please …. our minimum volunteer positions are a month and we prefer two or three.

We like applicants to be motivated, have a positive attitude, sense of responsibility and sense of humour. General all-rounders …

You must be able to work as part of a team or on your own. If you’re not prepared for this please don’t waste your time by applying for a position here. Also please note that we are fairly isolated - at least by European standards; if you need a disco on your doorstep this definitely isn’t the place for you, but you do have free wifi if you bring your own computer/iPad etc. Days and hours are flexible within reason. Volunteers get full use of our facilities on time off, including sauna, canoes, SUPs etc.


We accept animals at the Quinta provided that their owners take full responsibility for their behaviour and any damage caused by their charge. The Quinta has several dogs and other animals who live here including Steve the cat and Uncle Harry the parrot, and damage to any of these is included in the above.

Please note that it is a legal stipulation that no animals are allowed inside our dining or drawing room. They are allowed inside the bedrooms, but not on the furniture or beds.