Arrifana Dreaming

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Arrifana Dreaming
The Vale da Telha are a relatively unknown but beautiful corner of the Algarve. We bought a dream house there to rent out for now and retire to later. This is the unfolding story of that journey.
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  • Preparing for the Big Move! 2 weeks ago By October 2017 it had been six months now since we had decided that we would be retiring after my present job role comes to an end in Spring ’19 and at that point we would move permanently to the Algarve. That meant we had already come a quarter of the way towards that point in time. We hadn’t...
  • Star Safari time 1 month ago Sept 2017 contd …When we finished the painting on Wednesday morning we had time to turn our attention to other jobs. I love the house and am quite happy pottering about with a bucket and cloth washing squatted mozzies and other scuffs off the walls. But as I got down on my hands and knees to...
  • The Honest Low-Down on Pros and Cons 1 month ago I have decided to repost this from last January as it seems timely at a point in the year when people are setting goals and making plans for the coming year.....I’ve decided it would be timely to have a review of the pros and cons of having bought our house in Portugal to retire to. One of the...
  • Damp spirits.... 2 months ago Sept 17… At 10am Karen came around with the builder to review the ‘damp’ problem. She said the period before the guests left ,demanding a full refund from Airbnb, had been particularly humid and consulting her diary, we found the house had been empty and shut up for three days. In her opinion...
  • The customer is always right.... 3 months ago Sept 2017 – Two weeks before we were due to fly back to Portugal in the third week of September we were disappointed to receive an email from Karen informing us that the latest guests had checked in and had checked out immediately the following morning saying the house was too damp. And they had... Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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