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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  • The customer is always right.... 2 weeks 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...
  • Planning to Retire... 3 weeks ago Spreadsheet time… Having made the decision to bring forward our retirement date, I needed to create one of my infamous spreadsheets. These have numerous tabs in which I pile up different information. The most important tab was the one looking at how much monthly income we will need to live on at...
  • Time to Retire ...please! 1 month ago April 2017 – I have noticed our contempories are starting to plan for retirement sooner rather than later and some have even acheived it. It's no longer a case of what will we do with ourselves when we retire but how soon ... please! When I started work the state retirement age in the UK for...
  • Time to get ready for another rental season... 1 month ago March 17 contd We were back to get the house ready for the forthcoming season and knew we would not be back again for six months. This was partly due to family commitments in the UK including a new grandchild and an 80thbirthday celebration and also because we had made a decision not to visit...
  • Spring Showers 2 months ago April 2017 – We have just arrived back from a nine day visit to our house to get it ready for the 2017 season. Our youngest daughter Megan has travelled with us nine weeks before she has her second baby. The internet was full of information about pregnant women meeting with airline difficulties...

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