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Luxurious Traditional Farmhouse on Alentejano Cork Farm

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,506 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse

Overview

About the property

2 bedroom farmhouse to sleep 4/5

A 200 year old traditional Alentejano farmhouse on a 540ha working Cork Farm, with new swimming pool is available for weekends and short term lets. The farmhouse has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room with open fireplace, kitchen & a terrace with spectacular views over the surrounding plains.

Situated in beautiful countryside of cork trees, olive groves and vineyards. In the foothills of the Serra D’Ossa 20km south of Estremoz and 35km west of Evora. Ideal for sightseeing in a scenic and historic part of Portugal. Within easy reach, by motorway, of Lisbon 2hrs and Spain 1hr. The farm itself offers good opportunities for country walks, bird watching and quiet country life. Historical tours of Evora can also be arranged through a private guide.

There are a myriad of activities to enjoy on the farm. For the walkers or mountain bikers there are kilometers of footpaths around the 540 hectare farm for you to explore and for those wishing to venture further afield, the nearby peaks offer unrivalled views of the surrounding countryside. Serra d’Ossa lies at 500 metres above sea level and boasting one of the driest climates in Europe. The absence of light pollution makes this an astronomers’ paradise.

Bird watches can enjoy seeking out over 70 species of birds in the unique habitat provided by the cork forest, several of our past guests are members of the RSPB and have made lists of the birds they have seen / heard. Here is a list of a few: White Stork, Booted Eagle, Red Kite, Kestrel, Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Hoopoe, Red-Rumped Swallow, Great Bustard, Little Bustard and Bee Eater. Visitors to the local damn include black winged stilts and the occasional avocet. Very occasionally, bustards can be seen in the lower plains.

Within a one-hour drive from the farm, you can also explore nearby towns including Evora (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Estremoz famed for its Saturday morning market, Vila Viçosa with its two royal palaces, Reguengos and even neighbouring Spain.

Vineyards : While predominantly a hilly cork forest , a vineyard has recently been planted in an open valley producing Alicante Bouschet, Aragonêz, Touriga Nactional and Syrah quality grapes. Most of the grapes are sold; however a selection of the best quality grapes are retained for the production of a high quality red wine sold in Portugal under the Cem Reis label, and in the Netherlands under the Het Tientje name. This wine has been awarded silver medals in Wine Masters Challenge (Portugal), Mundus Vini (Germany), and Challenge Du Vin (France). Next year a white wine will also be produced from viognier grapes.

More Details
Registration Number : RNT - n.º 7076

Owner
Phillip Mollet
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, portuguese, philipmollet@gmail.com
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

About Phillip Mollet

Hi, my name is Philip and I'm the farm manager of Herdade da Maroteira. The farm has three houses in a beautiful traditional cork forest, with amazing views of cork trees, olive groves and vineyards. The area is ideal for sightseeing in a scenic and historic part of Portugal, within easy reach by motorway of Lisbon (2 hours) and Spain (1 hour).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Phillip Mollet purchased this farmhouse in 1900

Why Phillip Mollet chose Estremoz

Our policy, as a family-owned farm is to farm in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and provides value to the local community through employment and resource-sharing.

When you book us you will be helping us protect the cork forest and the local enviroment.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Other than the Accommodation Herdade the Maroteira is a 540ha working farm with several activities (Cork production, livestock, Vineyards, Wine production and Olive groves).

We also live in a very privileged area of Portugal with a lot of historical locations and sites.

For you to be able to make the most of you stay with us we have set up some actives with a full time local guide, who would love to show you the best of what we have.

Our Tours

1 Hr Visit of the farm

5km Walk of Cork Forest

10km Walk of the Cork Forest and Vineyards

20km Walk of the farm and surrounding hill

Explore the Dolmens of the serra D’ossa

2hr Jeep tour of the Farm

Amenities

Estremoz Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1506 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • Max sleeping is 4 adults and a baby.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Sand Box
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

Reviews

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Luxurious Traditional Farmhouse on Alentejano Cork Farm
average rating of 4.75 based on 28 reviews
5

We had such a wonderful stay, we can’t wait to return.

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. Originally booked the main farmhouse for 1 week and enjoyed it so much we extended our stay. Unfortunately, the main farmhouse was booked so we had to move to Til’s - also very nice. Still prefer the main farmhouse though. Owner’s, Phil and Marge, are warm and welcoming, and the dogs and cats are most amusing and fun. Great pool, beautiful views. Really enjoyed the Jeep tour of the cork farm. Highly recommend. Our guide, David, was a lot of fun and informative. Not only does the farm produce cork but is also in the business of wine making, which by the way is excellent. This is definitely a place to stay if you want to relax and enjoy the countryside and small villages. Well located for visiting nearby towns of Evora, Maroteira, Estremoz and Elvas.

Our only complaint was the bed was a little hard but we did get used to it. Would still prefer a softer bed.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Quiet and hautingly beautiful

  • 4 of 5

We had been following Maroteira for several years and finally were able to visit. Very nice in all respects. The house was comfortable and could easily handle four adults or a family. Our tour of the property with Jesu was wonderful and the dogs were a hoot! No words can adequately describe the space, the beauty and the quiet. Amazing. Would have liked some time with Philip but this is a working farm/business so it was not possible. We were a little surprised that there was no premium red available, the Cem Reis. One of the main reasons we chose Maroteira. Would like to return but for a longer visit.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Great location, Great people

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay and especially appreciated philip's red wines and the company of the dogs as we went on walks through the cork in Oak Forest. The jeep tour of the farm by Ze was fun and seeing the stripped cork. They've just added a beautiful pool with fabulous view, day trips were easy to 3 interesting cities . We appreciated the 1903 manor farm house for comfort and ambience, the family interaction was perfect too!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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5

Omg

  • 5 of 5

Never in my life had I had a better travel experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Wondrous

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely way to travel to a place in time where sheep and cows and dogs and trees and a shepherd and the weather rule! Yes. There is internet. Yes. There is plumbing. But most of all, there is peace and quiet and beauty.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Great Way to Experience Ranch Life in the Alentejo

  • 5 of 5

All five of us (60-yr old women from Minnesota) LOVED our stay at Herdade da Maroteira. The ranch is fascinating ! The owners and staff SO accommodating. The old farmhouse was clean, interesting, and fun to stay in, and the view is beautiful. We loved our jeep tour and wine tasting, and got wonderful advice for touring the area. We highly recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
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Map

Herdade da Maroteira
"Herdade da Maroteira is a local working farm were you can do activities like a jeep tour th..."
Nearest Airport
170 Kilometres
Lisbon
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Evora
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Estremoz
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Restaurant serra d'Ossa
Car: necessary

Enjoy one of our cork tours during your stay.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $29.48
Tax Rate 6.0%

Meals, Welcome Packs, Wine Tastings and *Guided farm tours can be informally arranged.
3 course Dinner €17,50/person Excluding Wines
Welcome Pack €20 ( Bread,Eggs,Milk,Fruit,Butter,Bacon,Yogurt and Orange Juice)
Farm Tours €12,50/ Person
Wine Tastings €25

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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