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 dream was living a simpler life, close to nature, to rebuild an old 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.


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!


Amber Lewis

Pure Portugal Post Girl

I’m 14 and have lived in (central) Portugal almost all my life, just going back to England to visit friends and family.

I live on a smallholding with quite a few animals including chicks, chickens, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, and a pony called Lucky who I rescued last year.

I’m home educated and have been all my life, I love all animals and plan to be a part time veterinary nurse and and inspector for the RSPCA when I’m older.

I’ll try my hardest to get all your newsletter subscription free seeds and products to you on time and will be posting them up to 3 times a week. Have fun planting!


Deborah Richmond

Events  & Services 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 services, events and courses 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 in collaboration with nature.

We have land near Serra Da Estela called Quinta Das Abelhas, HoneyBee Farm in English to support the bees and explore the potential of renewable energy, natural building, re-forestion and grow lots of food and seed save. 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: