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Converted Shepherds Cottage in Traditional Cork Forest, Near Evora

Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

2 Bedrroms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 5

Converted Shepherd's cottage with family shared swimming pool, available for weekends and short term lets. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Living room, kitchen and private terrace. Situated in beautiful countryside of cork trees, olive groves and vineyards, on the foothills of the Serra D’ Ossa 20 km south of Estremoz. Ideal for sight seeing in a scenic and historic part of Portugal and within easy reach by motorway of Lisbon (2 hours) and Spain (1 hour), 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.

Twitchers 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

Phillip Mollet
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

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 cottage 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 cottage 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

Guestbook comments from the owner

“What wonderful days we have spent at Herdade da Maroteira. The cottage is very comfortable having everything you need to make you feel at home. Its location is absolutely perfect for exploring all parts of the Alentejo region. The hosts are very friendly and helpful. this peaceful place we give the highest marks.”

Lena and Vladmir Lepler

Jerusalem, ISRAEL

“To enjoy a fine glass of local wine on your terrace still warmed by the evening sun. To listen to the humming of the bees and to the song of the cuckoo…while staring down the slopes of the Alentejo hills. Add all this to a most friendly welcome by our hosts to complete a picture of the lovely Herdade da Maroteira. ...we felt so welcome not only by the generously filled fruit basket and a bottle of good wine we found in the house but also by the attention you arranged for our twins... !”

Monique, Mario, Kyra and Oana

The Netherlands
Nov 2007
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Estremoz Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 3 twin/ single , 2 baby crib , Bunk beds
  • 1 double room, 1 room with 1 single & 2 bunks beds
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • 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
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Family shared swimming pool a short walk away


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Converted Shepherds Cottage in Traditional Cork Forest, Near Evora
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Charlottetown, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful 5 weeks at Herdade da Maroteira - exploring the vineyards, the cork and olive trees, "walking" the dogs, observing the birds, sheep, goats and chickens, and relishing the scenery.

The cottage is clean, well-maintained and very comfortable with everything provided - just like home! The location is perfect to explore the Alentejo region; along with visits to Lisbon, the Algarve and the Douro Valley.

Our hosts were very friendly, warm, sincere and extremely helpful. We felt very welcome and comfortable at Herdade da Maroteira with its peaceful and breathtaking scenery.

Our only regret was we had to return home after 5 weeks of peace, tranquility and warm bliss.

Thank you to Philip, Margarida, Mafalda, Bea and all for making our holiday wonderful and a dream come true!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2008
  • Stayed: April 2008
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Long weekend away

  • 5 of 5

Had a long weekend here with my 3 boys. They spent most of there time playing with the dogs.

We also did the farm tour which I must say is a must.

This place defiantly get 5 out 5 in my books

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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At this time we split our time between Colorado and California.

A perfect three night stay...

  • 5 of 5

Peace and quiet unknown to most of the western world. Generous hosts, perfect pets as undemanding companions, stars galore and the spirit of lifelike cork trees all around.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Fantastic Holiday.

  • 5 of 5

Herdade de Maroteira was a fantastic holiday place, the information regarding the farm was very helpful. We found the area as very idyllic and peacfull.overall we had a fantastic time. The crok trekking tour was very informative and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

unexpectedly my wife was taken ill and has to be hospitalized but the help and support we received from the Mollet family and staff was absolutely amazing they are some of the most genuinely well meaning and kind people we've ever met.

Finally we wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to our family and friends and hope to see you all again

thank you so much.

premathilaka family.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Stay away from it all

  • 5 of 5

OMG if you want some where quite this is the place to go. Loved the house, swimmingpool and the loaction

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 4 days in the cottage and really enjoyed it. The cottage is fairly basic but fine. The cork farm is very nice and peaceful for walks. We also took the jeep tours and that was worth it. Remember to buy a bottle of their best vine. That is very good. The new pool 40 meters from the cottage was fantastic with a perfect view over the landscape and you could probably see for 30-40 km. They had 5 dogs and our children really loved them and they followed you when you went for a walk in the cork farm. Theire is only A/C in the main living room in the cottage and not in the 2 bed rooms, but even though it was hot outside the bedrooms were still cool. The people at the farm were very friendly. Very recommended if you want a quite place to stay with beautiful nature.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
170 Kilometres
Lisbon Airport
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A6 Estremoz
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Aldeia da Serra
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Bird watching, walks, vinicultural tours, visits to places of cultural and historic interest.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $30.77
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 €20 + The price of the wines opened.
* Please note that farm tours are subject to Philip's availability

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund