Passareiro is a truly beautiful and much loved historic home with an authentic feel of times gone by.
Elegant and informal, this large whitewashed home extends over one level, with long vine-shaded terraces running along the length of the bedrooms and living areas. Antiques and rustic pieces are scattered throughout, adding to the rich sense of character and history of the house. There are lovely gardens and an outdoor dining area to totally relax in well as a spacious living room, dining room (both with giant fireplaces) games room and study inside.
Set two minutes from the house, the stunning pool is fed by a natural stream and is a great favourite with all our guests. It is the perfect place to totally unwind and enjoy the prefect views over vines and citrus groves. At night, eat out under the stars by lamplight and if you like, spot the constellations in the incredible night sky with our telescope.
GREAT LOCATION - Remote yet totally acessible
Passareiro is within easy reach of Lisbon (about 1hr), Sintra and the coast by motorway so you can easily get do a day trip and have the best of both worlds! You will need to rent a car to get around and explore the area, although most find their good intentions evaporate once they get near the pool!
There is plenty to do in the area. The Alentejo is extremely beautiful and you will be in the heart of its stunning landscapes and rural pace of life. Nearby is the famous town of Evora - a Unesco World Heritage jewel, with a splendid Roman temple and Roman remains which can be seen throughout the whitewashed cobbled streets. There is also a range of great restaurants and wineries in town as well as closer to home.
You will also be welcome to walk on the estate and soak in the beautiful scenery of ancient cork forests and vineyards. There are some great spots for picnics and if you are lucky you might spot eagles and other bird life. We are located within a Natura 2000 area for natural biodiversity and wildlife and actively participate in local conservation schemes.
EXCELLENT SERVICE - self catering at its best - and you can cheat if you want to!
Most of our guests book Passareiro on a self catering basis, but it's worth remembering that even as such, we offer a very high level of service. As described below, maid service is included in your stay but in fact you can have as much service as you like.
Sandra our housekeeper will be there every (bar Sundays) to do a general tidy up throughout the house and pool, replenish the wood (or coal for the bbq in summer) and make your bed made for you. She can also be booked for extra hours to help in the kitchen to prepare meals or babysit if you want to go out. We find this option takes the pain out of catering for large groups without adding too much to the cost.
For those who really don't want to lift a finger, we work with a great private chef who can be booked for you during your stay, or to arrange a special meal. He can also give informal cooking classes in the kitchen for those who are interested.
Simple home cooked meals on arrival are also available, arranged in advance.
This is a photo of our family (well almost all of us!) watching the cork strip in late July this year. The Alentejo's beautiful oak forests produce most of the world's cork and stripping is a fascinating process, done entirely by hand by local workers using skills that haven't changed for hundreds of years. We love walking out into the forest and watching them work. It's just one of the things that makes Passareiro special for us as a family, aside from the main house and the world's most relaxing pool, we love the space one has to roam and the sense that here, time stands still.
Passareiro has been in our family for 5 generations and so there's a rich sense of tradition about the place. It's been a favourite spot for our family to get together and enjoy the company of friends in a totally relaxed atmosphere for over 100 years.
Our aim is to provide top notch accommodation with total privacy and a great level of service. Our house is beautiful in an understated, simple way and extremely comfortable. There's plenty of space to stretch out here, take a book to a quiet corner of the garden, explore the vineyards or soak up the last golden rays at the pool.
We want guests to relax and enjoy Passareiro for what it is and not have to worry about cooking and cleaning, it's a holiday after all! Although most people do like to cook for themselves, we've designed our service to be flexible to your wishes and budget. You can have as much or as little help as you like and we are happy to discuss what works best for you.
Passareiro is so much more than a gorgeous house, it's the feeling that once you arrive, you seem to leave the world behind you.