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Andrew, Lesley, Abbi & Chloe: Welcome you to Casa Chickenrun… Where the emphasis is on a relaxing stress-
Water: We will endeavour to run a water line to your chosen spot. Our water is pumped from a fresh spring water well. We run the pump each day in the morning between 9am & 10am, and in the evening about 5pm. If you need water at other times please let us know and we will run the pump as required. Please be aware that water is a scarce resource here and is usually only for domestic use. Car/van washing etc may be possible at certain times of the year but we ask you to consult us before using water for any purpose other than domestic use. There are buts and bottles at the stand pipe so please feel free to use these, they are frequently topped up. Please do not tie washing lines on the orange trees but rotary driers are ok.
Waste Water: Grey waste can be run to the base of the nearest tree. There is a chemical waste disposal point at the far end of the site by the chicken run. We would ask that you do not dispose of hygiene products or nappies in this point.
Household Waste: There is a collection point about 100metres down the lane. Turn right out of the site and it’s at the second driveway on the left.
Scraps bin: If you have any food scraps please donate for the animals or feed them to them yourself.
Electric: We have 8.2 amp electric distributed from 2 banks of 6 outlets on the site. If you need an additional cable please let us know & we will endeavour to provide it.
Dogs: There are 3 family dogs on site, which roam free and are harmless, but they do bark when strangers arrive, so provide good security! If your dog is well behaved then by all means let it run free, but please clean up after it. If you come across poo for which your dog is not responsible, please mark it and let us know so we can clear it up.
Children: We love children and want them to enjoy the freedom our beautiful site provides. There are 2 horses, 2 kid goats, ducks, numerous chickens, 2 cats and the occasional visiting mule on the site, plus family & visitors dogs. There is also a very deep well and a drainage ditch, so we would ask you to keep the usual parental eye on very young children. Teens can look after themselves as they know everything !!
Shopping: There are supermarkets, pharmacy, bank with cash point, post office and hairdressers in Mexilhoeira Grande. The village is about 15 minutes walk or 5 minutes in the car. If you are on bikes, and have heavy shopping, let them know at the till-
Eating Out: There are numerous restaurants in the area, ranging from traditional Portuguese to British, Indian & Chinese. It’s not possible to list all our favourites, so let us know what you prefer and we’ll make a booking for you and provide directions.
DVD/Books: Please feel free to borrow books, DVD’s from the back of the blue Trojan truck on the drive, it’s always open so help yourself. BBQs: also help yourselves-
Security: We do not leave the site unattended at any time and the presence of our dogs reduces the risk of unwanted visitors; however we would ask you to observe basic security precautions when you leave your van and go off site.
Taxi Service: We have a seven seater taxi which is available for trips, as a guide click here to see our prices
Friday Club: Each Friday, hardened Chickenrunners retire to the local bar at about 2pm to put the world to rights and enjoy a Caneca or three in the sun, about mile in each direction. Be aware that recent returnees have fallen off their bikes, fallen over and on one occasion collided with a wall which appeared from nowhere. All are welcome. Guide prices: Red or white wine 60 cents a glass, large beer €1.70, gin & tonic €2.30, soft drinks €1.00.
General Site Rules: We don’t have ‘do’s & don’ts’ at Chickenrun, as we think adults are capable of using their common sense, however we reserve the right to ask any person[s] for what we consider to be inappropriate behaviour to leave the site. All we ask is that you respect the peace and privacy of others on site and treat the locals with respect, remembering that very little English is spoken in the surrounding villages.