Team Monte Rosa


Sandra is the founder of the Monte Rosa guesthouse. Born in Holland in 1954 she started her professional career as a teacher for children with impaired hearing. In 1984 she moved to Portugal, where she created a succesfull health food restaurant and juice bar in Lagos. In 1993 she moved, with 3 years old daughter Arianne, to the countryside and commenced the Monte Rosa project. With the ethos that a healthy life style and open and friendly communication should be key principles for her guesthouse, Sandra created Monte Rosa to what it is now. She has a great interest in environmental matters and personal development. While running the guesthouse she also trained herself in hypnotherapy and became a nutricinist. Sandra is a representative for the Findhorn Community in Scotland, a place that has always inspired her.



Theo came to Monte Rosa 2011, after a wonderful 39 year career in education in Holland. He and Sandra met in 1976, when they were colleagues at a school for children with learing and education problems. After not having seen one another for a period of 35 years they met again in 2011 and became a couple. With a warm, witty and charismatic personality Theo has proven to be very versatile at Monte Rosa, always willingly to help with any task that needs attention. His favourite job is working in the vegetable garden. Theo loves cycling on his race bike and created some nice tours for the Monte Rosa guests. He also like to play tennis and invites you for a game.

Theo the partner of Sandra


(1979) Ten years ago Marieke fell in love with Portugal. She decided to study Portuguese Language & Culture and spent a lot of time on the Costa Alentejana. In the Netherlands she worked as a freelance copywriter and gained experience in various PR and communication functions. The Portuguese landscape, the wonderful climate, the outdoor life rhythm of Portugal continued to draw and at the start of 2018 the helm changed. Together with her dog Billy, Marieke moved to Monte Rosa. She now takes care of the administration and guest communication and is also your host. As an enthusiastic hiker, Marieke can also contribute to organizing and guiding walking tours.



(1978) is an always positive and hardworking lady. She was born in Lagos, where she grew up with a mother that was running a guesthouse. Many years Sandra was a dental assistant. In March 2013 she wanted something new and started her job at Monte Rosa, to help with cleaning, serving breakfast and helping with the BBQ. She also gives a warm welcome to the English and Portuguese guests.
She is the spouse of Chico and mother of Ricardo, André and Marta. The children also visit Monte Rosa sometimes, especially at BBQ night.



(1980) was born in Northern Portugal and is still a fan of football club "Porto". He works at Monte Rosa since 2008 as all round handyman, builder, gardener, grill man and assistant for airport transfers. He is the partner of Sandra Pinela and father of 3 children, with who he lives at an animal farm in Pereira. Chico, with his optimistic character, is a great guy to have around. He can repair almost everything you will ask him to, which is of unmissable help at a place like Monte Rosa. His English is improving day by day as he is actively learning to speak the language.

chico of monte rosa

Voluntering opportunities

We regularly welcome volunteers at Monte Rosa who are multi-deployable and can stay for at least a month. They help in the perma garden, irrigating or preparing meals, table cover, serving and washing dishes and pool maintenance. You can also be asked for a cleaning job or paint job. If you are interested in working for a while on a voluntary basis, please send an email with your CV, a photo, the period that you are available and a short description of yourself, your education, qualities and motivation.

volunteer on monte rosa


(1990) is the daughter of Sandra. From her third year she lived on Monte Rosa and she saw how a small pension net grew into a large holiday park. Arianne pledged her heart to Lisbon, where she studied communication, marketing and graphic design / design. She now has a nice job at a start-up of a fashionable Portuguese shoe brand. Since April 2017, it occupies a stylish accommodation in the beautiful historic center of Lisbon, from which it rents the front 3-room apartment. This allows our guests to combine their holidays with a cultural stay in the heart of Lisbon. Arianne is your hostess and can show you around in this charming city.
Pictures of the apartment can be found on our website at `accommodation' and on

Arianne the daughter of   Sandra
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