Simon Carr

After retiring, Simon discovered an abandoned smallholding in the depth of central Portugal. With the help of a digger, a tractor and with the long-suffering support of the Medelim community, he developed the wild, bramble-covered property into an idyllic little domain. He now lives there for two-thirds of the year in a restored field house with a verandah overlooking eighty olive trees, a vineyard, beehives, a pinewood, a eucalyptus copse and an orchard. He has never been happier.