A 200 year old traditional Alentejano farmhouse on a 540ha working Cork Farm, with shared family swimming pool a short walk away 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 40km 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Staying at the Farmhouse and learning about the cork industry was one of the true highlights of our vacation in Portugal! Phillip and all of his staff were most hospitable, and made our time together a lifetime memory.
I'd recommend the cork tree tour, but most of all, (though we didn't have time to enjoy), would suggest wine and cheese on the summit overlooking the farm and countryside. Truly a peaceful view and one that you could enjoy under the stars! As an added benefit, the wine that Phillip creates from the farm vines was great (unfortunately, it disappeared rather quickly). Let me know when you can export to the US!
Thanks again to Phillip and the staff.
A wonderfull old farm in the middle of nowhere. Friendly hosts, lovely pool and a enourmous environment (what a view on top). The guided tours are very interesting ; the wine is delicious. The perfect place to feel totally relaxed.
This is long overdue high praise for Philip, his wife and family, dogs, and this incredible ranch stay property we enjoyed last fall. I could not praise Philip and his wife more. They are consummate hosts. The property is incredibly special. We even bonded with the dogs, who accompanied us on long walks through the acres of this beautiful cork farm. Philip's wine is knock out, too, and like much of the quality Portuguese wine, very well priced. We rented the two bedroom historic farmhouse and loved it. We cooked many nights. The kitchen is lovely, and had all we needed. The setting was incredible and peaceful. The beds were comfortable. The living room was quite special. The property is immaculately clean, but know that this is a rustic setting. I cried to leave.
We couldn't have chosen a better place than this 1000 acre farm of cork forest and vineyards. The Mollets are professionals when it comes to making sure their guests have everything they need to ensure the holiday is a complete success. The wild flowers were magnificent and the bird life is fascinating. Would we return? Most definitely.
This exceeded our expectations. From the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, to the brilliant milky way, the skies are endlessly fascinating. We learned so much about the vines and wines, cork production, and the rhythm of an Alentejo farm, and felt at home. The dogs are delightful and great company for endless strolls through the cork oaks. The pool was very nice, and welcome on hot September days. The food recommendations were fabulous, we enjoyed the local foods immensely. Highly recommended, beautiful memories.
Other Activities: Redondo (7km Away)
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 €20 + The price of the wines opened.
* Please note that farm tours are subject to Philip's availability
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.