A 200 year old traditional Alentejano farmhouse on a 540ha working Cork Farm, with shared family swimming pool a short walk away available for weekends and short term lets. The farmhouse has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room with open fireplace, kitchen & a terrace with spectacular views over the surrounding plains.
Situated in beautiful countryside of cork trees, olive groves and vineyards. In the foothills of the Serra D’Ossa 20km south of Estremoz and 40km west of Evora. Ideal for sightseeing in a scenic and historic part of Portugal. Within easy reach, by motorway, of Lisbon 2hrs and Spain 1hr. The farm itself offers good opportunities for country walks, bird watching and quiet country life. Historical tours of Evora can also be arranged through a private guide.
There are a myriad of activities to enjoy on the farm. For the walkers or mountain bikers there are kilometers of footpaths around the 540 hectare farm for you to explore and for those wishing to venture further afield, the nearby peaks offer unrivalled views of the surrounding countryside. Serra d’Ossa lies at 500 metres above sea level and boasting one of the driest climates in Europe. The absence of light pollution makes this an astronomers’ paradise.
Twitchers can enjoy seeking out over 70 species of birds in the unique habitat provided by the cork forest, several of our past guests are members of the RSPB and have made lists of the birds they have seen / heard. Here is a list of a few: White Stork, Booted Eagle, Red Kite, Kestrel, Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Hoopoe, Red-Rumped Swallow, Great Bustard, Little Bustard and Bee Eater. Visitors to the local damn include black winged stilts and the occasional avocet. Very occasionally, bustards can be seen in the lower plains.
Within a one-hour drive from the farm, you can also explore nearby towns including Evora (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Estremoz famed for its Saturday morning market, Vila Viçosa with its two royal palaces, Reguengos and even neighbouring Spain.
Vineyards : While predominantly a hilly cork forest , a vineyard has recently been planted in an open valley producing Alicante Bouschet, Aragonêz, Touriga Nactional and Syrah quality grapes. Most of the grapes are sold; however a selection of the best quality grapes are retained for the production of a high quality red wine sold in Portugal under the Cem Reis label, and in the Netherlands under the Het Tientje name. This wine has been awarded silver medals in Wine Masters Challenge (Portugal), Mundus Vini (Germany), and Challenge Du Vin (France). Next year a white wine will also be produced from viognier grapes.
Hi, my name is Philip and I'm the farm manager of Herdade da Maroteira. The farm has three houses in a beautiful traditional cork forest, with amazing views of cork trees, olive groves and vineyards. The area is ideal for sightseeing in a scenic and historic part of Portugal, within easy reach by motorway of Lisbon (2 hours) and Spain (1 hour).
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!
Phillip Mollet purchased this farmhouse in 1900
Our policy, as a family-owned farm is to farm in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and provides value to the local community through employment and resource-sharing.
When you book us you will be helping us protect the cork forest and the local enviroment.
We stayed in the Shepherd's Cottage on this property in October 2014 (ie not the accommodation pictured in this listing but another, smaller residence in the same building). The Cottage was cute but unfortunately not very well maintained. For example, a cupboard door in the kitchen was just about off its hinges. The kitchen itself was poorly equipped and there was lots of improvising when cooking meals. Note that there is no dishwasher (but we did know this before we arrived). The washing machine was in another part of the building and it was necessary to brave the elements to access it. Furnishings were a bit shabby. The environment was lovely and the Cottage was a great base for exploring other sites in the area. The host was charming and we were very interested in the information he gave us about the operation of the farm. Overall, we enjoyed our stay, even though the accommodation was a bit disappointing.
Nous avons passé une très belle semaine dans cette maison pleine de charme, spacieuse et confortable pour 4 personnes. La vue sur la campagne environnante est superbe et reposante.
La maison est accolée à l'habitation des propriétaires, très accueillants, souriants et attentionnés en toute discrétion...merci encore pour la réservation du transport en bus et pour nos discussions très enrichissantes!
Petite précision concernant la piscine: elle se situe à une petite dizaine de minutes de marche de la maison
This is a comfortable, old fashioned farmhouse on a farm which grows grapes for wine and trees for cork. Wonderfully sunny area in front of the house to barbecue and eat dinner, a great collection of books to read and good air-conditioning for when it gets hot in the afternoon. My daughter loved the swimming pool and the dogs.
We stayed in the farmhouse with 2 children (2 and 5). Lovely, characterful place to stay, well-equipped and very clean. Good space on the terrace for playing, with panoramic views. Mollet family very welcoming and helpful. Dogs very friendly and lively - might just be a bit too lively for little ones (or others) who are not comfortable with dogs. (Our two little ones loved them 95% of the time and were just a little bit over-awed by them on rare, brief occasions). Our 5 year old loved exploring around the farm. The estate's own wines are very fine and mummy and daddy loved exploring those. The area around has loads to see - castles, delightful medieval towns, markets, megalithic sites etc. Would heartily recommend.
Maroteira turned out to be everything we had hoped for and more. We were looking for a place where we could centre ourselves to explore the Alentejo and yet have a quite base to relax on the days when we just wanted to chill out and read books. The farm house is about a mile from the perimeter of the farm on a private road which winds up through cork trees. The only sound to be heard is the occasional tinkling of goats bells.
The beautifully furnished and extremely well equipped stone built house is well over a hundred years old and it is easy to imagine life when the only transport was pulled by a horse or donkey. The house was very clean and its construction ensured it was always comfortably cool even when the outside temperature was baking hot.
The nearby small town of Redondo has a small supermarket locked in a 1960’s time warp where essential supplies can be obtained. A large, modern, more customer orientated supermarket can be found thirty minutes’ drive away on the outskirts of Estremoz. The roads in the Alentejo are well surfaced and completely deserted of vehicles making driving a real pleasure.
Philip and Margarite are excellent hosts always ready and willing to help with advice when needed but equally quite happy to leave their guests to their own devices, if that are what they want. The wines produced by Philip are very good with the red being excellent, make certain to try some.
We are looking forward to staying at Maroteira again in the future.
March is not the warmest time but we appreciated Philip's central heating and unlimited supply of logs. The view is magnificent and the farm is full of interest,cork trees,vines,sheep,goats,hens,not to mention five friendly dogs. No shortage of lemons and oranges either! Too cold for the swimming pool but beautifully situated away from the house but not too far to walk.
There has not been the enormous amount of building development in the Alentejo that exists in some places in Portugal. Traffic is minimal by our urban standards and all the historic locations can be reached easily without getting lost in the suburbs.
Philip and Margarite were as helpful and friendly as they could possibly be and we look forward to going back.
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Apr 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
1 night minimum stay
Meals, Welcome Packs, Wine Tastings and *Guided farm tours can be informally arranged.
3 course Dinner €17,50/person Excluding Wines
Welcome Pack €20 ( Bread,Eggs,Milk,Fruit,Butter,Bacon,Yogurt and Orange Juice)
Farm Tours €12,50/ Person
Wine Tastings €20 + The price of the wines opened.
* Please note that farm tours are subject to Philip's availability
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.