|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
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 overlooking the pool- 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
We fell in love with the Alentejo in 2005 whilst visiting friends
Our place in the sun-to recharge batteries-our home from home.
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.
With its panoramic views over the undulating alentejan countryside this country house with its private pool is ideally situated to explore the fabulous alentejo and the algarve. Easy driving to the unspoilt beaches of the west coast -surfing,walking the rota vicentina or simply enjoying the beaches of the unspoilt resorts with their great seafood. The algarve with its numerous golf courses,aqua parks and more sophisticated resorts is also an easy drive. Vineyards producing fabulous red wines and olive oil can be visited. There are lovely old towns to explore ,lakes to fish in,fantastic bird life to see. For the adventurous canoe down the river Mira or quad bike at a local estate.
Lisbon can be reached by car or even train from the local station, Evora-a world heritage site within 2 hrs.
Walk into our local village for your bread in the morning or take the car it's just a 5 min drive. The town of Ourique with all it's amenities is only a 15 min drive. Restaurants offer simple traditional food that is cheap.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Sep 7 2014 - May 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
May 30 2015 - Sep 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||£100|
electricity,gas and logs for fire in winter included.unfortunately due to rocketing electricity prices there is a cost for underfloor heating..Pool heating may be available (shoulder mths - april/may/October) at a cost of £150/week(it is a large pool!) please discuss with owner.
A 25% deposit secures the booking !the balance + a refundable security deposit of £100 will be due 8 weeks before arrival.
The deposit and balance can be paid by cheque or bank transfer.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (GBP) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.