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Moita Raza Luxury Farmhouse, near Marvao, Sao Mamede Natural Park - Montinho cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights



Montinho cottage

Montinho is a two-bedroom farm cottage between Marvão and Castelo de Vide within the São Mamede Natural Park. Situated in its own 60 Acres of pastures, oak forest, organic orchard and olive grove, the ground behind the house rises steeply to a rocky hill ridge. Wild boar are endemic to the area as are a wide range of birds of prey. The house sleeps 4.

Fully equipped kitchen with wooden dining table, comfortable sitting room with large stone fireplace and log burner, all under one vaulted chestnut wooden ceiling.

About the property

Luxury Farmhouse

Situated in the beautiful Vale de Rodam, near Marvao and Castelo de Vide and within the Sao Mamede Natural Park.

'Montinho' farm cottage and 'Monte Raza' farmhouse are totally independent adjoining properties which can be let together or separately. The properties share a 12m (1.8m deep) swimming pool with lawn and gardens. Together they comfortably sleep 10, ideal for a large family or 2 family groups.

Activities: Birdwatching:

Guests at Raza will be given advice on the best spots in the area to see the different bird species, and you can arrange with Peter to go on a guided tour. A half day trip will cost you the price of the fuel and lunch! You can see a wide range of birds including egrets, vultures, eagles, great and lesser bustard, black-shouldered kite, azure-winged magpie, hoopoe, blue rock-thrush, bee-eaters and many more.


Walking the medieval tracks through the hills is a must, and we will provide you with details. Some tracks start from the house.

Guided walks can be organised as well as self-guided walking maps and notes, with lunches or picnics.

Mountain biking:

There are 8 mountain-bikes for guests use. The area has many quiet tracks to explore, and maps and advice can be given.


This area is very suitable for serious cycling with good road surfaces, quiet traffic free roads, good and long hill climbs and all amongst the wonderful scenery of the Sao Mamede hills, combined with a good climate and delicious local food and wines.

We can meet groups with their own equipment at Lisbon airport with a minibus and provide backup as required.

Swimming - besides the swimming pool a stones throw from your room, river bathing is available on the River Sever at Portagem and at various lakes in the area, the most convenient being Apartadura (6km) and Barragem do Póvoa (10km). There are superb municipal swimming pools at Castelo de Vide including an indoor heated pool.

Fishing - Bass and Carp fishing on the Caia and Apartadura lakes. Private fishing can be arranged on a 4 hectare Alfarofia lake near Elvas where the Portuguese record carp was caught this year, weighing 24kgs or 52 lbs! You will need a licence which can be obtained in Portalegre.

Horse Riding - Cordero the mule and Improvisto the donkey are residents of Raza and Montinho properties and can be ridden to explore the farm. Riding can be organized locally and a visit to the National Horse Stud at Alter do Chão cannot be missed.

Rock climbing and abseiling under supervision can be arranged nearby.

More Details

Peter Eden
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 2, 2017

About Peter Eden

Peter and Rosemary have lived in the Alentejo for many years and very much enjoy the local culture, wonderful landscapes, delicious food and wines, warm and sunny climate and the unique castles and villages of Marvão and Castelo de Vide, just voted the best place to live in Portugal 2016.

Peter Eden purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Peter Eden chose Santa Maria de Marvão

the most beautiful and unspoilt area and just the perfect place to get away from it all.

we grow our own olive oil for us and our guests, and have a flock of black sheep and two horses.

Guests here can enjoy exploring the olive groves and woodlands as well as a large area of wild rocky land for the more adventurous.

followed by a glass of local wine or beer by the pool.

what more do you want?

What makes this cottage unique

we love the walking on ancient tracks surrounded by totally unspoilt scenery. also amazing wildlife and flowers and exciting birds (over 70 species seen here).

this valley, Vale de Rodam, has a very special view of Marvão castle on its craggy mountain.

peace and quiet, but very easy to get to Marvão and Castelo de Vide by car or by foot on ancient tracks.

also Spain is only 10 mins away to enjoy a change of culture and tapas!

no wonder our guests keep coming back and want to buy property here!

Available Rentals

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Price for 2 guests per week Montinho cottage (2 double bedrooms) 2017
2 January - 16 June 550 Euro
17 June - 16 September 660 Euro
17 September - 22 December 550 Euro
20 December - 3 January 660 Euro

Price for up to 4 guests per week
2 January - 16 June 750 Euro
17 June - 16 September 860 Euro
17 September - 22 December 750 Euro
22 December - 3 January 860 Euro

Infants under 2 are free of charge - 2 cots available.
Prices are in Euro - exchange rate conversion calculated at time of booking
Prices include Portuguese VAT at 6%.
To confirm your booking, a 50% deposit is payable via bank transfer or a cheque. The remaining 50% is payable 15 days in advance.

For booking address and further information:

Peter and Rosemary Eden,
Monte da Moita Raza,
Vale de Rodam,
Bloco 3, Caixa 7,
7330-151, Marvao,


Santa Maria de Marvão Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Bedrooms: Double bedroom with hand painted very confortable double bed and en-suite bathroom, with bath and shower. Double doors lead onto a private patio with views of the Rodam valley and Marvão castle. Twin bedroom with hand-painted confortable Alentejano beds and adjoining bathroom with sunflower head shower. All fresh towels and bed linen are provided on a weekly basis.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 4 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
full seasonal price range for 2 or 4 people at Montinho in Notes on price page. Monte Raza farmhouse and Montinho farm cottage are totally independent adjoining properties which can be let together or separately. The properties share a 12m (1.8m deep) swimming-pool - both combined comfortably sleep 10 - ideal for a large family or two family groups. The houses have spectacular views of Marvão castle and are situated in 60 Acres of pastures, oak forest, organic orchards and olive groves.


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Montinho cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

One with nature in Castelo de Vide

  • 5 of 5

Peter and Rosemary are awesome hosts and Montinho Cottage was the perfect residence for two couples. We are thrilled to have followed Peter's helpful advice on trusting the very narrow lanes to take us through to Nisa and Vila Velha de Ródão's gorge. Thank you as well for the tasty treats and unforgettable memories.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The property is absolutely marvelous for those who are in search for peace and silence. The owners know very well the region and can show you the best walks and tell you about the good restaurants in the villages nearby. The house is all furnished with confort and good taste. The swimming pool is really big (this is not normal in many of the houses we've been to recently) and there are wonderful views to Marvão and its castle. There are bikes available and the roads around are perfect for a ride. I totally recommend it! Last but not least (on the contrary!): Peter and Rosemary, the owners, are wonderful hosts.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2010
  • Stayed: August 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Winnpeg, Manitoba, Canada

From Canada to Portugal

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the cottage for two weeks in August. Our stay could not have been more perfect. The hosts have created an idyllic getaway, and a true home away from home. As comfortable and welcoming as the cottage is, we spent most of our time lounging by the pool and taking meals on the covered patio. It must be mentioned that guests are welcomed and encouraged to pick fresh fruits from the trees in the garden. Our hosts topped our vacation off by giving us a personally guided tour of the region, complete with nature walks and interesting history lessons of Portugal. Who could ask for more? And if you need more incentive, imagine watching a spectacular sunset, sipping a glass of local wine, and listening to the musical clanging of the sheep and goat bells as they are herded home. We could not recommend this more highly. The only note is that you will need a car to reach the wonderful markets, towns and restaurants in the area. And there are many!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2010
  • Stayed: August 2008
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Nearest Airport
220 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
excellent selection in Marvao and Castelo de Vide
Car: recommended

The houses have spectacular views of Marvão castle and are situated in 60 Acres of pastures, oak forest, organic orchards and olive groves within the Sao Mamede Natural Park.

Other Activities: birdwatching, guided walks.


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