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Castle, Swimming Pool, Stars, Olive Trees, Bikes, Winery Route, Relax, Evora

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Wonderful cottage and magnificent outside areas and surroundings for 6 guests

Beautiful and typical rural property in Evoramonte, with special views to the castle and surroundings especially on sunset.

Our aim is to provide comfort and tranquility for family vacation, to friends who feel that country side is a step near to our own nature.

The cottage offers 3 bedrooms, 1 living room with fireplace, equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms. Outside a long porch and a wonderful swimming pool, offer the chance of leaving all stress behind and spend quality time with family and friends, cooking natural breed food on the barbecue.

The location is superb, half way between 2 historical villages - Evora and Estremoz, and with direct access to Lisboa, Coimbra, Porto and Algarve.

Perched romantically on a barren hill in the Serra de Ossa, high above the surrounding plains, the massive round towers of the Castelo de Evoramonte are visible for tens of kilometers. The castle has been an eyrie watching out for attack and invasion since the time of reconquest. The views from the battlements are breathtaking, and wandering around the tiny village that spreads around the castle´s feet, within the secondary walls, is a delight. A fortress was built here shortly after Gerard the Fearless – the liberator of Evora, expelled the moors from the hill in the 12th century, but it was Dinis who commissioned the construction of the first castle proper in 1306, after building his palace in nearby Estremoz. The building was further fortified by Dom Manuel I, who employed one of the great architects of the Manueline era, diogo de Arrudo – brother of Francis and the architect of Tomar´s Temple Caste and Viana do Alentejo´s magnificent Igreja Matriz. De Arruda gave the castle its cylindrical towers, and within the keep you can see his trademark lavish decoration an embellished piers.

Evora is a charming city that is situated in the heart of Alentejo region. Historically, Evora was a significant centre for both trade and religion, which resonates through the sheer variety of tourist sites. Most of which are all conveniently contained within the city’s ancient walls.

Estremoz, along with the nearby towns of Borba and Vila Viçosa, is the center of the marble quarrying area of the Alentejo Plain. Estremoz is made up of upper and lower towns. The newer, Lower Town is surrounded by a 17th century wall and is centered on the huge Rossio Marquês de Pombal square, simply referred to as "Rossio" by the locals. The large Saturday market takes places around the square selling local pottery, goats cheese, pickled plums.

More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 26, 2017

Map

Nearest Airport
160 Kilometres
Lisboa
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Evora
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
A6
Nearest Beach
120 Kilometres
Comporta

Perched romantically on a barren hii in the Serra de Ossa, high above the surrounding plains, the massive round towers of the Castelo de Evoramonte are visible for tens of kilometers. The castle has been an eyrie watching out for attack and invasion since the time of reconquest. The views from the battlements are breathtaking, and wandering around the tiny village that spreads around the castle´s feet, within the secondary walls, is a delight.

A fortress was built here shortly after Gerard the Fearless – the liberator of Evora, expelled the moors from the hill in the 12th century, but it was Dinis who commissioned the construction of the first castle proper in 1306, after building his palace in nearby Estremoz. The building was further fortified by Dom Manuel I, who employed one of the great architects of the Manueline era, diogo de Arrudo – brother of Francis and the architect of Tomar´s Temple Caste and Viana do Alentejo´s magnificent Igreja Matriz. De Arruda gave the castle its cylindrical towers, and within the keep you can see his trademark lavish decoration an embellished piers.

Evora is a charming city that is situated in the heart of Alentejo region. Historically, Evora was a significant centre for both trade and religion, which resonates through the sheer variety of tourist sites. Most of which are all conveniently contained within the city’s ancient walls.

Evora is an ideal tourist destination and should be a definite consideration; whether visiting as a day trip. Evora has an abundance of Portuguese national monuments and is home to the second largest collection, after Lisbon. These range significantly, and together provide tourists with an absorbing cultural experience. Highlights include; an impressive Roman Temple, majestic cathedral, intriguing prehistoric standing stones and the macabre Chapel of Bones, amongst many others. The city’s quaint, cobbled streets, lined with traditional painted houses, are a delight to explore and have remained unpreserved through the generations

Estremoz, along with the nearby towns of Borba and Vila Viçosa, is the center of the marble quarrying area of the Alentejo Plain.

Located 18km from Evoramonte, Estremoz is a relaxing town to wander and enjoy the beautiful marble buildings and the views of the plain below.

Estremoz is made up of upper and lower towns. The newer, Lower Town is surrounded by a 17th century wall and is centered on the huge Rossio Marquês de Pombal square, simply referred to as "Rossio" by the locals. The large Saturday market takes places around the square selling local pottery, goats cheese, pickled plums. The 18th century Câmara Municipal (Town Hall) is on the south side of Rossio and was once a convent, though it now houses the police station; the Igreja de São Francisco (Church of St. Francis) is on the northern side of the square. A small Museu Rural displaying the famed local earthenware is on the east side of Rossio. The Upper Town is enclosed by fine zigzagging fortifications and is the most historic part of Estremoz. At its center is the bare fortress-like palace built by Dom Dinis for his wife Isabel of Aragon in the 13th century. The building was restored in the 18th century and is now called Pousada de Santa Rainha. The palace was almost completely destroyed by an explosion in the arsenal in 1698 but the Torre das Três Coroas (Tower of Three Crowns) survived - the name refers to the hands of three kings in the tower's construction: Sancho II, Afonso III and Dom Dinis. Opposite the tower is the Museu Municipal housed in a converted almshouse with displays of furniture, wooden figures and, of course, the celebrated Estremoz pottery.

Amenities

Estremoz Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 3 bicycles
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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Castle, Swimming Pool, Stars, Olive Trees, Bikes, Winery Route, Relax, Evora
average rating of 4.631579 based on 19 reviews
Vancouver BC Canada
4

rustic villa in the Alentejo

  • 4 of 5

We (2 senior couples ) spent 5 nights at this well equipped property near Evoras. Our host was charming and helpful. There were a few minor drawbacks. The toilet in the master suite was abutting the vanity making it a challenge to actually use it but fortunately the third bathroom by the pool was a good alternative. The second bedroom was equipped with a 3/4 bed. Be sure the second couple are on very intimate terms. The third bedroom bunkbeds were suitable for kids. The pool was perfect for us. We could have spent the entire time at poolside. Overall excellent value. It was a good base for exploration of the area.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

An experience in paradise

  • 5 of 5

It was really a wonderful experience of Portugal and Alentejo.

From the location we were able to roam free in all the region and easily went to Lisbon.

What's even better is that after an long day on the road, there was always the pleasure to go take a swim!

Everything was perfect!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sedro-Woolley, WA USA
5

A fabulous setting , great food, and the best people

  • 5 of 5

We arrived on Jan 4 for 3 month stay and were met by Miguel's father. His welcome was so warm and friendly, we felt at home immediately. The house exceeded our expectations. We have rented homes in several countries, but here we found almost everything you could think of at our disposal. The dishes provided were very nice and plentiful. Various appliances including a coffee grinder, juicer, toaster, coffee machine, single cup coffee machine, hot water heater, etc. were available. Sra Antonia kept the house and our clothes clean and was delightful.

Although we arrived in winter, the house was warm and the bedding was wonderful. Miguel even provided rain suits for our use. My sister and I used them on a few rainy days. The house is set up well for two couples and two singles or two children (we had my sister and 2 friends stay with us for part of our time). We also never had a problem with hot water or water pressure. You could look out the windows or step out the doors and be greeted by the castle just above us. Next door, the farmer had three ewes, which all had lambs while we were there. We met new lambs and baby goats pretty much where ever we went and were highly amused by their antics.

The house is well situated and a short drive to Estremoz or Evora for groceries. A small grocery in the village also provides much of what you need on a daily basis. We found the Café O Emigrante in the village a wonderful place for meals. Iana speaks English, French, Spanish, and probably a few others, which makes ordering easier. We recommend taking time to explore the walled city and wander through its castle. The views alone are worth the trouble. Vila Vicosa, Elvas, Marvao, Monsaraz, Evora, Merida, Montemor-o-novo are just a few places we would recommend seeing as well as the antas and caves.

We chose this spot as our center for explorations and found it to be a marvelous base. You are only 60 km from the Spanish border, you are close to a toll road and there are several other roads leading in every direction you will want to go. There are several roads/paths to walk around the house and village and Miguel also provided us with a link to a site "Alentejo a Pie" for walks/hikes throughout the region. We tried a few and really enjoyed ourselves.

We left on March 25. We were sad to leave this beautiful place with its warm people, great food, and fabulous areas to explore. We will definitely come back and highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A place to come back

  • 5 of 5

I didn't think it was possible for Santa Rita to be more impressive in real life than it is in the photographs but it is. We spent the christmas holiday and new years eve there. The bedrooms are all well appointed, and kitchen is complete. The outdoor eating area is just the perfect place to relax. Then there's the pool. And the olive trees...What a hidden gem. We spent countless hours out there enjoying the wonderful Portuguese night views and stars. On top of this fabulous house, the owner, Miguel is super helpful. He was a great resource when I wanted to put together a wine tour of the region, helping me find and communicate with vineyards, organise transport and many other things. At the last minute the maid, Antonia looked after our dog so we could spend the day in Lisbon, they made sure the fridge was stocked with everything we needed and kept the place tidy. Overall a fabulous holiday was had at Santa Rita

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Alentejo Sommer 2015

  • 4 of 5

positiv: ruhige schöne Lage ideal für Ausflüge in die nahgelegenen Städte Evora, Estremoz, Elvas, Alter etc., über die Autobahn ist auch Lissabon gut erreichbar. Das Haus ist sehr sauber und es gibt viele Handtücher auch für den Pool. Die Betten wurden nach einer Woche frisch bezogen, das Haus geputzt und die Handtücher ausgetauscht. Man kann sich hier wohlfühlen und relaxen.

negativ: Die Zimmer sind recht klein, insbesondere die Badezimmer, Dusche für korpulente Personen ungeeignet. Es gibt keine Spül- und Waschmaschine., allerdings kann die Nachbarin, wenn nötig, für einen waschen. Pool hätte gereinigt gehört.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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4

Amazing view, wonderful outside patio

  • 4 of 5

A wonderful place well located near from the beautiful cities of Estremoz and Evora and near good wineries such as Herdade las servas. Good place to enjoy a family vacations really well-equipped. Thanks Miguel you are a good host. We hope to go back again and would définitely recommand this place to our family and friends. Christine and Frederic Canada July 2015

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $71.08
Refundable damage deposit $296.17
Pet Fee $0

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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