Meet the Team

Sophie Kempin


Sophie started Pure Portugal Ltd in 2004 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 originally started the business 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.

Joana 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 for sale, holidays and rentals

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

She also manages the Holidays and Rentals website alongside Daniel.

Contact Raquel if you’d like to advertise your property for sale and/or to list your holiday or long-term rental accommodation with Pure Portugal.


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.

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

To know more about my dreams and passions, please read the article: Sharing her love of travelling and making connections

Daniel Cunha

IT and Communications Manager, Holidays & Rentals Website

Daniel is our IT wizard and helps us continually improve our website and communications. He also manages the Holidays and Rentals website alongside Raquel, and helps out with property for sale listings and translations.

Contact Daniel if you’d like to list your holiday or long-term rental accommodation with Pure Portugal.


My name is Daniel and I’m from Porto, Portugal.

I’m helping Pure Portugal with the property uploads, letting you know the amazing opportunities in this beautiful country. Also I will be helping in the holidays site so you can explore all of Portugal’s hidden treasures.

I’m technology passionate. Since little I’m attracted to computers and how technology can transform our lives. I like programming websites and to development apps for mobile phones. I’m also helping develop and improve Pure Portugal’s social media channels – in particular Instagram and Twitter.

I really believe technology can improve the world we live in and nowadays we are on the verge of several breakthroughs for a new, cleaner, more sustainable world. From renewable energy, electric cars, solar panels, energy storage, smart farming, transport efficiency and much more. So, I follow closely all this developments and breakthroughs.

As hobbies I really like to travel, to explore different places, new cultures, new ideas and realities. And also enjoy recording, editing and publishing videos of all those amazing experiences.

To know more please read the article: Sharing his love of technology and travel

Deborah Richmond

Services Directory 

Deborah’s role is to build and grow relationships for the services directory and build businesses in Portugal. Contact Deborah if you’d like to advertise:

I was born in England, initially with a career in advertising which led to constellation coaching, yoga teaching and shamanic work. We have land in Central Portugal called Quinta Das Abelhas, Bee Farm in English. This is an invitation for humans to put nature and form a deeper connection with nature, with an emphasis on learning from the honey bee. For more information visit us at

You can find me dancing, hiking, running and biking 🙂

Clare Monson

Newsletter, Mailouts, and Facebook Group Admin

Hello! My name is Clare, I am thrilled to be part of the fabulous Pure Portugal Team!

I originally moved to Central Portugal with my husband and two sons after we bought our farm in 2013. We started in the middle of a very hot August with just a bell tent and a sun baked olive grove, no water or electricity and a 4 year old and 4 week old baby! From here we taught ourselves how to make our own solar system, got water running on a gravity fed system, made a tiny old dilapidated barn habitable and lived in this for a year while we built our own strawbale house. The farm became transformed into a wonderful space and we offered many free and pay what you like workshops on strawbale building, herbalism, mindfulness, meditation, storytelling and much more.

In 2017 we decided to sell our beloved farm and start a new challenge, however life threw an unexpected event our way which mean we had to head back to (our equally beloved) Cornwall, we now plan to split our time between Cornwall and Portugal and hope soon to buy another new little farm in Portugal.

We continue to grow vegetables using permaculture principles, keep hens, home school our children, and very much live the good life! I have a huge passion for living off grid and living in a low impact way. My other hobbies and interests include traveling, writing, herbalism, cooking and most loved of all – spending any free time at all with horses!