Meet the Team

Sophie Kempin


Sophie started Pure Portugal Ltd over 10 years ago and is responsible for overseeing the company as a whole.  She also manages the Pure Portugal website, social media and networking.


I’m the Director of Pure Portugal and started the business over ten years ago with my husband after we were asked to produce a website to advertise a few holiday properties in Portugal owned by friends.

Others were soon asking to list their holiday and rental properties on the website and then people started asking if we would consider listing properties for sale. Eventually the original website became cumbersome and confusing and so we split the business into two – the properties website and the holidays/rentals website.

My background is in web design, and I used to be a Local Group Co-ordinator for Friends of the Earth.   Together with my husband, we ran Quinta das Abelhas (aka Portugal Smallholding) which, over the ten years we were there, hosted hundreds of volunteers and several events such as an annual Seedy Sunday.

I live on a riverside smallholding near the Serra da Estrela mountains where I love growing all kinds of plants and keeping chickens.  I also love travelling and discovering Portugal in the campervan.



team-joanaJoana Soares

Property Manager

Joana manages the property listings on the Pure Portugal website, liaises with owners, agents, and buyers, and helps with translation.

Contact Joana if you would like to list your property for sale, or make any changes to your existing advert.


I am Joana, one of the members of Pure Portugal’s Team.

I was born in Porto and I first fell in love with nature and countryside when my family moved to the mountains in Central Portugal to live a more natural and rural life. Though my childhood, teenage and pre-adult life was passed between the city and countryside.

I studied Design in Porto and lived there for a few years, but my real dream was always to have a simple life, to rebuild a house and become a proud farmer, so about ten years ago I chose the beautiful Serra da Estrela mountains to chase my dream and make a home.

I’m a landscape designer and gardener, and more recently I am glad to be a member of the Pure Portugal team. My main task is adding the new properties to the website and answering buyer enquiries.


Raquel Ribeiro

Property Listings and Personal Helper / Property Finder

 Raquel helps with the property listings on the Pure Portugal website, liaises with owners, agents, and buyers, and helps with translation.

Contact Raquel if you need extra help with finding your dream property.


I was born in Porto, Portugal and I have been living around the area ever since.

I have always worked in the social sector, in Nonprofit Organisations. My background is in organisational psychology, quality management and also in tourism management and hospitality.

I am in a process of living by a new paradigm and my inspiration is “Less is more”. So, in the last 2 years I have been travelling, doing house sitting, working with green tourism, permaculture and eco-community projects, managing events about sustainability and helping with environmental education.

With Pure Portugal I work mainly as a personal helper and property finder, helping people to find their dream home, as well as giving Joana a hand with property advertising. I’m also working on promoting networking and learning opportunities with Pure Portugal members.

So, working with Pure Portugal I am making my dreams come true too!


Hatti Burt

Holidays and Rentals Manager / Family Advisor

I am Hatti, and I have relocated to Portugal having lived most of my life in the English Lake District. I have always been a country girl but have craved living within a different culture, warmer climate and somewhere me and my family can enjoy a simple off grid life together for a long time. My husband and I have had a dream of living a more self-sufficient life with our two sons for a while and came across Portugal this year, then quickly decided to make the move and the rest is history!

I have been running a graphic & web design agency for over 5 years since after my son was born. I love the the flexible hours and freedom it gives me which enable me to work around family and also actually to enable me to move abroad too! I have also studied a few holistic therapies and have almost qualified as a flower essence practitioner, which I hope to do more with in the future.

Living in Portugal feels like a dream come true. My family and I enjoy the laid back way of life and feel so blessed to be living somewhere which has lots of fruit and olive trees and where the sun shines even in November!

I work mainly with Pure Portugal Holidays and Rentals, helping people to find accommodation for their property viewing trips, but also give Joana a hand with uploading new properties for sale.

Contact Hatti if you’d like to advertise your property for long or short term rental:


Deborah Richmond

Courses and Events Manager

Deborah’s role on the team is to build new relationships with like minded people and organisations in Portugal and support them in marketing their events, courses and education programmes through Pure Portugal. She is building Pure Portugal as a hub for sharing knowledge and to connect people to the inspirational work that is happening around the country.

“I was born in England with a background in advertising which moved to supporting corporates through constellation coaching and conflict resolution. Along this time I also become a yoga and shamanic practitioner and ran retreats. I am constantly fascinated by people and myself and how we can live at our optimum potential: physically, mentally and spiritually.

We have land near Serra Da Estela called Quinta Das Abelhas, HoneyBee Farm in English. I believe the role of humans is to be guardians of nature, which is what has led me to be here in Portugal. Our vision is to create a sustainable community and collaborate with our neighbours and projects around the world.

Our first step in 2017 is to support the bees and to create a sanctuary for them to thrive. Over the coming years we will focus on renewable energy, natural building, seed saving, reforestion and food production. We see our land as a place to celebrate the cycles of nature and to dream a new reality into being by constantly acting in new ways to transform the global challenges we are facing.

I also love to dance, hike and run and really want to learn to ride a horse.”

Contact Deborah if you’d like to promote your course or event: