Cara Creek Eco Lodge has been constructed with respect for nature, and therefore complements the natural beauty of the property.
We continue to optimize the beautiful piece of paradise to its potential with permaculture principles in mind, and have built and renovated using sustainable architecture techniques and with only natural building materials.
The stone ruins were preserved and renovated using the traditional methods of repointing with limecrete - a mixture of water, sand and lime. For new structures, natural building materials like timber (some from the land!), cob, and stone were used. The naturally occurring element of Borax preserves the wood, and linseed oil polished and finished it. From the stone foundations, to finishing the touches of paint, we've had a minimal carbon footprint by using natural and locally sourced materials.
Cara Creek Eco Lodge maintains a low carbon footprint by being completely off grid. Our lodge uses fire wood sourced from our land in our wood oven for cooking and to heat water for showers, and the wood fired hot tub. Electricity is powered by solar, and we're fortunate to have our own mountain spring for drinking water.
Our natural swimming pool remains chemical free by using plants, as well as a UV and sand filter to keep the water clear.
In both our garden and our overall project, we have implemented permaculture principles. Our pigs and chickens have turned over our soil for our kitchen garden, and provide compost. We grow lots of our own fruit and veggies, raise chickens for fresh eggs and poultry, raise pigs for pork, and raise goats for milk and cheese. We use most of our own grown and raised produce in our kitchen and if we do not grow it or raise it ourselves, we get it from the most local and organic source as possible. Our intention is to be fully self-sustainable.
We also have 4 lovely dogs and 2 friendly cats as on-site pets. They are all friendly and polite with our guests, and if welcome they love to join for a stroll along the river Mondego.
Interested in a work exchange opportunity? There's opportunity here to learn about natural building, about living more sustainably and off-grid, what it takes to run a retreat center, gardening, cooking, looking after the farm animals and pets, and more. All this and living in a beautiful place right on the River! We provide tent accommodation and food 7 days per week in exchange for 25 hours of work per week. Contact us directly for more information to see if this would be something for you to explore:)
Meet Lily and Lola, our dwarf goats! Maintaining our permaculture principles, they eat the weeds and provide us with milk to make fresh cheese. We have pigs that enjoy roaming freely down by the river, and chickens for fresh eggs, too. We also have loveable pets, 4 dogs and 2 cats.SEE MORE
Sip a coffee as the river flows past your private deck of one of our 5 Penta-Pods. Star Gaze from bed in one of our 4 Tetra-Pods. Pitch your own tent in our camping area. Or from Spring 2020, stay in one of our renovated traditional Portuguese stone houses.SEE MORE
We have built some eco-friendly facilities that blend in well to those that are naturally provided. Paddle in the natural swimming pool, relax in the wood-fired hot tub, rock jump into the creek for a wild swim, or stand up paddle board along the River Mondego....SEE MORE