Natural Building | Sustainability

Cara Creek Eco Lodge has been constructed with the utmost respect for nature, and complements the beauty of the property.

Below is a photo from the opposite side of the valley shortly after we arrived. We had already cleared much of the invasive species, but still had lots more to clear before starting to build!

The stone ruins were preserved and renovated using the traditional methods of repointing with limecrete - a mixture of water, sand and lime. For extensions and new structures, natural building materials like timber, cob, and stone have been used.


We've up-cycled whenever possible, collecting old clay tiles for the roofs of the building. The naturally occurring element of Borax preserves the wood, and linseed oil polished it. 


From foundations to finishing touches we've had a minimal carbon footprint. Friends and work-exchange volunteers have and continue to help along the way.

One of our earliest projects was the spiral-shaped outdoor shower that was built with stones, limecrete, Cob (sand, clay, and straw mixed) and weaved mimosa.


Being as sustainable as possible has been and always will be a priority for us. 

Fire wood sourced from our land and used in our wood oven for cooking in winter and to heat water for showers. Electricity is powered by solar, and we're fortunate to have our own mountain spring for drinking water.

We've implemented permaculture principles in our garden and land maintenance using pigs and chickens to turn over the soil for our kitchen garden and provide compost. We grow some of our own food, and our goal is to be mostly self-sufficient.

Interested in a work exchange opportunity?

We have opportunities here to learn about: natural building, life off-grid, running a retreat center, gardening, cooking, looking after the farm animals and pets, and more. All the while, living in a beautiful place in nature.

We provide tent accommodation and food 7 days per week in exchange for 25 hours of work per week. Contact us by following this link to email us for more information to see if this would be something for you to explore.

Cara Creek Eco Lodge


Lounge by the infinity pool; star gaze from the hot tub; break a sweat in the sauna; wild swim in the creek; read on the river beach; paddle board down the Mondego; workout in the open-air pavilion; hike to the waterfall... There's plenty to enjoy no matter what you're in the mood for!



Sleep in close proximity with nature with the comforts of a cozy bed in one of our eco pods - every "glamper's" (glamorous camper's) dream. Alternatively, book a private room in one of our sustainably renovated stone houses.


Treat Yourself

To treat yourself during your stay, there are a variety of holistic therapies to book including: Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment, Soul Coaching, and Private Yoga.


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Cara Creek Eco Lodge

Cara Creek Eco Lodge
O Mondego, Fiais
Ervedal Da Beira, Oliveira do Hospital
Contact us directly at +351 965 162 534

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