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Building a Cob Outdoor Kitchen & Oven in southern Portugal


July 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - August 6, 2017 @ 2:00 pm Contact

Location & Project

Quinta do Rabo de Palha is a 7-hectare parcel just outside of the city of Castro Verde, in the Lower Alentejo region of southern Portugal. This region is traditionally known for raising free-ranging cattle, sheep and goats and growing grain for feed. The plains in this part of the Alentejo are extensive and far-ranging. Several protected bird species like the buzzard (otis tarda) and the “peneireiro das torres” live here. Birdwatchers love to frequent this area.

Susana and Rui, our “green” hosts, who own a successful local solar installation company and love to receive AirBnB guests at their home, purchased the abandoned Quinta land in 2013.  The project is a family farm for breeding the regional “serpentina” goats, growing vegetables and planting an orchard.  In their fields they grow pumpkins, tomatoes, zuchinni, eggplant, cabbage, lettuce, favas, onions, garlic, peas, potatoes, etc.  Their orchard consists of fig and olive trees.  They have built a barn for their growing families of goats and now produce the renowned, unique and delicious serpentina goat cheese (a mini goat cheese-making workshop can be planned as an added bonus!)

July and August is usually hot in the Alentejo, however we will be in the shade of olive, fig trees and cork trees on their farm, with a municipal swimming pool nearby and the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic coastline only an hour away for the weekend break.

In this protected region, due to all the endangered bird species, the project they have decided on is a beautiful semi-circular outdoor cob kitchen.  We will have alot of freedom in design and will be coming in with the foundation already or partially built, as it is a 7-day workshop.  We will build 4-5 foot walls and the roof structure and you will learn EVERYTHING you need to know to build a cob building: windows, shelves, electrical, plumbing, plasters, floor, bottles, sculpting, etc.  If there is time we will make a mock cob oven!

Workshop will be taught in English and Portuguese, as needed, with option for French and Spanish.


July 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
August 6, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
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Quinta do Rabo de Palha
Castro Verde, Portugal


Whatsapp +1 831 212-7225