Does living in a small, quaint village on a bay in the Algarve sound dreamy? It’s still doable but, as housing costs rise and the ever growing number of expats invade Portugal, the best way to find a reasonably priced home may be to have your feet on the ground and locate property by word-of-mouth. Brits Karen and Nick Telling went on holiday in the former fishing village of Carvoeiro and soon found themselves settling there. On Episode 113 of Retire There, Karen explains that she was smitten with the picturesque town while on vacation, but it was the warmth and kindness of the Portuguese people that truly captured her heart.
Karen Telling’s book, Another Day in Paradise, explains how dealing with a life-changing-illness opened her eyes to the goodness of the Portuguese people.
Karen’s second book, Our Little Piece of Paradise, begins with the purchase of her home in Carvoeiro, Portugal and tells the story of life in a small village on the Algarve.
Karen Telling was born in Scotland and moved to Hampshire, England with her family at the age of 5.
She married Nick Telling in 1987 and they bought a house together in Nick’s home village of Crowthorne in Berkshire, in southeast England. After running their metal finishing business for several years, they sold everything and moved to Carvoeiro in Portugal. As a lifelong animal lover, Karen has rescued and bottle fed countless abandoned puppies and kittens. She also supports and contributes to a number of small, local charities including the Algarve Network for Families in Need, and crochets blankets, hats and hand warmers to be distributed by the charity. Karen is now retired and Nick still works part time.
Karen is an author with 2 books about living in a small village in the Algarve, the first published in 2021 called Another Day in Paradise followed by Our Little Piece of Paradise, released in 2022.