Ourique Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description
4 bedroom 4 en-suite bathrooms sleeps 8
This single storey traditional country house is set within 19 acres of unspoilt rolling alentejan countryside. There are panoramic views from all aspects. The high vaulted ceilings and wood shuttered windows keep it cool in the hot summer months,underfloor heating and a wood burning stove for the cool winter nights enable year round use of the property.
The large airy lounge has plenty of comfortable seating, TV, satellite channels inc sports, DVD, Wi-Fi, a selection of books and DVDs. French doors open onto a covered terrace overlooking the 15m pool area with its plentiful sun loungers and shaded areas. Dine on the terrace (seating 10) watching the amazing sunsets- breakfast on the kitchen terrace catching the morning sun. The kitchen is well equipped with an extensive range of quality utensils,crockery and cutlery and has a dining area. After a relaxing day by the pool and a great meal with fantastic local wines retire to one of the 4 bedrooms each with its own en-suite bathroom.
The Alentejo is an ideal place to take a holiday- one that can be relaxing or active. The location of Monte Novo dos Cachorros makes it a perfect base from which to explore the Baixo ( lower) Alentejo with its fantastic unspoilt West coast where there are traditional Portuguese resorts. Recently The Sunday Times Travel section has mentioned one of our favorites Vila Nova de Milfontes(40 mins drive) river and ocean beaches and great seafood restaurants- details in our info book in the house. Inland there are white washed towns steeped in history,vineyards such as Malhadina, and Herdade de Grous where we have sampled the fantastic red wines but they are just 2 of many producers in the Alentejo. If you like walking there are tracks from our gate- you can walk for hours through the forest of eucalyptus up and down the rolling hills dotted with oak trees. In the spring there is an abundance of wild flowers but with the heat of the summer the landscape dries and the land becomes golden the light can be ethereal the cry of the kites echoing as you walk along. There is a large lake/ reservoir just 10mins drive where you can fish or even swim if you like. Horse riding can be arranged there's quad biking even hot ballooning at a local hotel.
Or you might simply want to relax and enjoy our home. The pool is large enough to enjoy a good swim- there are several terraces so if you want peace and quiet away from the pool you can do so.
There is a good supermarket in Ourique with a fresh fish counter. Our housekeeper will meet you and take you to the house. If there are any problems during your stay she is at the end of a mobile to help should you need it.
There are several small traditional restaurants locally serving simple cheap food- info available in the house.
We love our home in the Alentejo we hope you will too!
For large parties we have another house available 5 mins drive-prop no 1011182 Escola do Vale Guenim it sleeps 6
- pets considered
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
In 37 years of villas in Portugal- this is the best.
The quality and style is just to our tastes and we loved our stay here in your home away from home that you are obviously and justifiably proud of.We enjoyed the larger than average pool which has prompted us to new heights of fitness.We enjoyed the nearby reservoir and a general drive through the laid back countryside( oxen pulling ploughs!) and we gambled in the Atlantic surf.
All in all a blissful holiday in delightful surroundings from very generous hosts.
Oh! and PS. Maxine is a gem.
I live in Nottingham with my husband.
We fell in love with the Alentejo in 2005 whilst visiting friends
Our place in the sun-to recharge batteries-our home from home.