Converted Shepherd's cottage with family shared swimming pool, available for weekends and short term lets. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Living room, kitchen and private terrace. Situated in beautiful countryside of cork trees, olive groves and vineyards, on the foothills of the Serra D’ Ossa 20 km south of Estremoz. Ideal for sight seeing in a scenic and historic part of Portugal and within easy reach by motorway of Lisbon (2 hours) and Spain (1 hour), 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 cottage 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 spent a wonderful 5 weeks at Herdade da Maroteira - exploring the vineyards, the cork and olive trees, "walking" the dogs, observing the birds, sheep, goats and chickens, and relishing the scenery.
The cottage is clean, well-maintained and very comfortable with everything provided - just like home! The location is perfect to explore the Alentejo region; along with visits to Lisbon, the Algarve and the Douro Valley.
Our hosts were very friendly, warm, sincere and extremely helpful. We felt very welcome and comfortable at Herdade da Maroteira with its peaceful and breathtaking scenery.
Our only regret was we had to return home after 5 weeks of peace, tranquility and warm bliss.
Thank you to Philip, Margarida, Mafalda, Bea and all for making our holiday wonderful and a dream come true!
This is a wonderful place to spend some time. Relaxing, great views and the dogs. Take them for a walk and you'll have friends for life. Especially Trash. Phillip is an unbelievable host. Enjoyed talking to him. And his wines are excellent. If you go spend some time walking around the property. It is really worth it. And the Cottage is a great place to stay. I'm a big VRBO user and this is one of the best places that I have stayed in for the overall experience. Thank you Phillip for your hospitality.
A delightful two week stay; we were later than expected arriving but Phillip had a meal of soup, seafood pancakes and fruit salad waiting, with a bottle of his very good wine. (Later we discovered he had even more delicious reds and whites.) The cottage is spacious, with free supplies of logs for the fire; the separate bath and shower rooms are an asset (even more so with children). It stands high in a beautiful, inspiring landscape that deserves every support tourism can offer to protect it from monoculture that seems to have encroached on flatter areas.
Although the weather was mixed we managed to go out every day, sometimes for several hours at a time. Footpaths lead in many directions. The wild flowers were a delight and the birds we had hoped to see were almost all present. The dogs were great company and would not trouble any child. Phillip offered to keep them in kennels in case they warned off the birds but that wasn't necessary.
Cleaning and linen change were done as promised: this: even the fire was cleared. There was plenty of local crockery to use as well as mugs, wine glasses, cooking pots, cutlery and - something we have missed in some properties - several cork screws. We were delighted to support the cork industry, as we heard also that a film and a sculpture would be doing at the end of May. This came from the driver who was taking a load to David Nash for a commission at Kew Gardens, and we were privileged to watch this being loaded before Phillip took us on the fascinating farm tour.
Our bird watching highlights included two sightings of hoopoe, the second right outside the cottage as we prepared to leave, meeting a little owl perched on a fence post as we drove in one afternoon, and getting really close to cattle egrets and storks near the wonderful fortified town of Monsaraz, which miraculously seems to have avoided being a typical tourist trap.
We must add a word about Redondo, which seems to do nothing to promote itself. We went several times, finding something new each time.
Phillip provided excellent information and was very interesting to talk to. The holiday was, as we wrote in his guest book, more a home from home than a holiday property. It was like visiting a friend; in fact we feel we have made a friend and will certainly return, not least to bring away more of the excellent wine. Needless to say we recommend it highly.
This is a lovely cottage that was fully equipped, clean and comfortable, set in a beautiful location with fabulous views, very peaceful, Phillip and his wife and staff were all very friendly and helpful, we enjoyed having the farms dogs welcome us each time we arrived back at the cottage from our trips out, my wife was a little upset to be leaving the dogs behind as she grew attached.I would definately stay there again if I am in that area on my next visit.
The extremely comfortable farmhouse and its location ticked all of our boxes for the perfect holiday: a peaceful away from it all location; stunning landscapes; great wildlife; history and archaeology; friendly and informative hosts; excellent wine. All of this in a country where, as one person put it, the only access law seems to be 'shut the gate behind you!' Miles and miles of tracks provide endless opportunities for walking and some great off road cycling, which we managed to combine with birding, but next time we'll take a compass with us. It's very easy to get lost!
Birding highlights within 50 miles of the location included: Booted, Short-toed and Bonelli's eagles, Azure-winged magpie, Black-winged Kite, Black-bellied Sandgrouse and Griffon Vulture.
We'd definitely recommend this property to people wanting to enjoy the wildife associated with the traditionally managed cork forest of the Alentejo region.
We spent 4 wonderful days on Philip´s and Magarita´s cottage - what a pitty we could stay longer!! It´s a beautiful, absolutely peaceful place, close to interesting cities like Evora and Estremoz in the middle of oak wood trees. If you like quietness of nature with cultur nearby and if you get along with dogs (they´re very lovely!), it´s definitvely one of the most beautiful places to be in Portugal. We highly recommend it!
Other Activities: Bird watching, walks, vinicultural tours, visits to places of cultural and historic interest.
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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.