Portugal’s largest province, the Alentejo, is known as of one the least populated areas in Western Europe. The expansive rural landscape with rolling hills, wide fields, unspoilt villages with their typical whitewashed houses, the fantastic climate and the friendly people make the Alentejo a very special holiday destination. 30 kilometers south of Evora near the village of Alcáçovas lies the farm "Herdade da Mata". Suckling cows, Lusitano horses, donkeys, goats and many other animals enjoy the good life of an extensively cultivated farm. The Swiss owners bought the farm 20 years ago and, with much personal dedication, turned the place into what it is today: a well organized farm where the well-being of animals, especially various endangered Portuguese species, and the conservation of nature are important concerns of the owners. In 2011 an equestrian center was built up where Lusitano horses are bred and trained. In order to share this special way of life not only with family and friends the owners opted to open their guesthouse for interested clients.
Guesthouse in Alcacovas, near Evora, Alto Alentejo, Portugal - 30km south of Evora (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
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- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 15, 2019
About Barbara Thomann
In 1995 George and I decided to change our life and move from Switzerland to the Portuguese Alentejo. We had already known the Algarve for many years but were fascinated by the unspoilt beautiful landscape of the Alentejo. So we bought our farm, started to breed cattle, especially an old endangered species, the Garvonesa cow. In the meantime many more animals, endangered and not endangered ones, as well as an equestrian center with Lusitano horses completed our activities. We love our country life in this wonderful climate and are happy to share it with our friends and guests.
Barbara Thomann purchased this Farmhouse in 1995
Why Barbara Thomann chose Alcáçovas
The property is very conveniently located, not too far from urban Lisbon and close to historic Evora and the vast Alentejano beaches. The large size of the farm with it's private lake offers great privacy.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Our guests cannot only spend a relaxing holiday but also follow the daily life of an extensively cultivated farm with suckling cows, horses and a great variety of other animals. For guests interested in equestrian activities we offer riding lessons on our Lusitano horses for beginners and experienced riders as well as visits to our stud and training center.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Staying at the Herdade De Mata was by far the best part of our trip to Spain and Portugal.
Barbara, Georg, Rita, Carlos , Migas, Paula, Vincent, Sultan and the entire staff went far and beyond to make us feel like royalty.
The guest house had everything we needed and more. We are already planning our next trip, this time will be more than just 5 days...
Thank you so much to everyone at Herdade de Mata for making our vacation unforgettable
Jorge and Silvia
Thank you so much Jorge and Silvia - you were fantastic guests and we truly hope to seeing you again soon at Herdade da Mata
We were very impressed about are stay at the countryhouse on Herdade Da Mata.
Barbara and George are very nice people and we enjoyed all the animals and the breathtaking view over the very big property, we like the house, the nature, the staff and the hospitality and the wonderful Alentejo.
It was great having you, we hope to see you again.
Special interest holidays:
Horse/pony riding, riding lessons with professional teacher, assist training of Lusitano horses, guided tours through the farm to see the different animals, fishing in the private lake, birdwatching, walking tours, picnic.
Fantastic beaches on the Costa Alentejana (Comporta, Carvalhal, Melides), approx 60 min drive, endless sandy beaches with nice restaurants, not crowded even in summer months.
Lisbon Airport 90 min drive, very good roads, mainly highway, access to farm on dirt road but well maintained. Use of car essential.
Alcáçovas is a small village with only some local stores. Viana do Alentejo is a 15 km drive with two supermarkets, restaurants and cafés. Evora, 30 min drive, is a beautiful town with all facilities and many Roman ruins of great interest. Boatrenting at Alqueva, the largest artificial lake of Europe, (60 min drive), nice restaurants on the shore of the lake. The medieval town of Montsaraz is about a 2 hours drive. Beautiful market on Saturdays in Estremoz (1 hour drive).
In Alcáçovas all necessary items (excellent farmacy) are available but for more pleasant shopping it is worth driving to Evora. There you can find all kinds of shops and nice restaurants with good fresh food for reasonable prices. Walking through the town you can visit many interesting archeologic sites, e.g. the famous roman temple of Diana, rest in one of the numerous cafes and enjoy the fabulous atmosphere of this Unesco World Heritage Site.
A pleasant roundtrip brings you trough some of the most interesting sites of the Alentejo: Evora-Evoramonte-Estremoz-Borba-VilaViçosa-Monsaraz-LakeAlqueva.
Booking Notes: Booking by email, phone or fax, 50% deposit with booking, rest 4 weeks before rent starts. Confirmation of booking and payment by email. Payment by international bank transfer. If a cancellation is made later than 4 weeks before rent starts, the full amount is due. Changeover Day: Changeover day flexible, arrival between 4.00pm-8.00pm, departure before 10.00am Notes on prices: Discount for one week or longer letting. Breakfast, meals and picnic baskets upon request. Riding lessons not included.