we had a marvelous time at the Herdade da Maroteira in Redondo. Everything about it is as described or pictured, but even better. The house was lovely and very comfortable, and the pool was most inviting. At night, the stars were so plentiful and bright! I don't know when I have seen such a full and beautiful night sky. We enjoyed trying the various wines made by the family. They were all excellent, but the Cem Reis Syrah was fabulous. We also ordered a meal one night which was delicious and sufficient for several meals-lamb from the Herdade with potatoes, salad, gaspacho and a lovely biscuit cake.
Best of all were the people. Antonio greeted us when we arrived and could not have been more helpful. He directed us to the local grocery store, and just by chance, when we arrived for our first visit, he was there and assisted us with some local cheeses. He also took us on our tour of the cork forest and was extremely informative. Philip and Marguerita were very attentive and helpful in making suggestions for day trips and restaurants. Jezerel (?) in the office was very kind as well and even went to the trouble of writing out for us exactly what kind of Maria cookies to buy to make our own biscuit cake and printed a recipe off the internet for us. I cannot go without mentioning the wonderful dogs. They are an integral part of the operation and are ready to greet you in the mornings or upon returning and are mostly happy to go on walks with you.
The house was a great base for visiting the other towns in the area as well as the Neolithic and Paleolithic ruins. I was there for 16 days and moving on to one of Portugal's lovely pousadas but was so sad to leave Maroteira.