About the property
- House3767 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
Large 3 bedroom house with all conveniences in beautiful Alentejan countryside
Monte do Telheiro is perched on a hill with views over olive groves, cork forests and the village of Santiago do Escoural. Shady verandas are ideal for long lunches and for watching the sunset after a peaceful day relaxing by the pool. The property is registered in Portugal as an Alojamento Local with Reg No. 29574/AL.
The large bright house is elegantly furnished and equipped with all the necessities of modern living and all the extras that make a home from home. This spacious house is ideal for families or friends looking for relaxation in the peace of the countryside.
The quaint village of Escoural, just 5 minutes walk away, has bakeries, shops, cafes, some excellent restaurants and a weekly fresh produce market. Situated in the Alentejo wine region there are numerous local wineries offering tastings and tours.
Inside the House
• The first bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with large bath and shower and opens onto an outside shower.
•The second bedroom has a double bed and the third has a linked bed which can be set up either as two singles or a properly joined double.
• An additional single bed is available on request so that the house can be configured as three doubles (plus one single if requested) or two doubles and two singles (plus one additional single bed if requested).
• Each bedroom has air-conditioning to ensure a comfortable nights sleep.
• The second and third bedrooms share a bathroom with combined bath and shower.
•The kitchen is large and well equipped with electric oven, gas hob and granite work surfaces. The kitchen table seats 6 comfortably and is ideal for casual meals or sociable cooking.
• The kitchen opens up onto the pergola covered veranda with charming views of the village of Escoural.
• The utility room is equipped with washing machine and tumble dryer (although the washing line at the back of the house is a much speedier option in summer).
• The high ceilinged lounge is spacious with doors onto the verandas that can be opened up on both sides allowing the cool breeze to keep the room comfortable on even the warmest afternoons.
• The lounge is equipped with TV, DVD player, cable TV decoder (70 Channels), sound system with Ipod docking station. The book cases are stocked with books and a small library of DVDs is available.
• The dining room table seats 10 comfortably and the dining room table top can be removed to reveal a half size snooker table (cues and balls provided).
Outside Areas, Garden and Pool
• Under the veranda a large wooden table and benches are the ideal place to lose an hour or two enjoying the local food and wine with the back drop of the rolling hills and olive groves.
• Sunloungers and a hammock are available for soaking up the sun or that well earned afternoon nap.
• The 10m by 5m pool is salt chlorinated which is much kinder to your skin for those refreshing dips and the diving board offers the opportunity for hours of fun for children and adults alike.
• A child safety fence for the pool is available on request. The fence is removable and is made from a transparent mesh of a climb resistant nature and has a self-closing gate. The fencing has been tested and approved in both America and France, conforming to their strict standards and legislation.
• The barbecue area sheltered under olive and oak trees with Weber kettle barbecue and separate charcoal grill is ideal for perfecting barbecue skills.
• The large garden and surrounding olive fields are full of wildlife and bird life.
• Welcome pack provided on arrival.
• English-speaking representative available to answer any questions.
• Removable child safety fence for the pool is available on request.
The Local Area
The Alentejo is Portugal’s secret. Commonly known as the “bread basket” of Portugal the landscape is a patchwork of breathtaking plains and gently rolling hills forested by cork oaks and olive trees. Dotting the lightly populated countryside are beautiful towns steeped in history going back to the Romans. The major tourist attraction of Evora (a UNESCO world heritage site) is just 28km away. The surrounding countryside is ideal for walking, hiking, horse riding and mountain biking.
The Alentejan coast boasts a magnificent beach that stretches 60km from Troia to Sines. On the stunning beaches of Comporta and Carvalhal (an easy 70km/44mile drive) you can doze next to the turquoise sea to the sound of Atlantic breakers or while away the hours eating fabulous seafood.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
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I don't even know where to begin ... The house is gorgeous, immaculate, has everything you need for your stay. Simply the most peaceful vacation I've ever had.
Details: the house is much larger than you might think, looking from the outside. The master is at the opposite end from the other bedrooms, so plenty of quiet and privacy. The living room is huge, looking out at the pool; again plenty of room so that you can be together, but separate when you need to. The kitchen is huge and well-appointed.
There's internet, satellite TV, DVD player; so we did not want for "entertainment." But mostly we all picked our favorite spot -- the hammock by the pool! -- and read.
The property is at the top of a hill, so you look out and over miles of countryside. Such peaceful isolation. And, at night, it's so dark that the stars just pop out of the sky. (I'm so glad I had a constellation identification app on my iPad! We spent many hours looking up, identifying, and then exclaiming!)
The village is quaint with several places to eat. I do recommend learning some Portuguese phrases; English is not common in these rural areas.
It's an easy drive (10 miles) into a larger town with grocery stores, pharmacies, ATM's, etc.
We alternated eating out and eating in. We cooked, both indoors and grilled outdoors. Frankly I would have been satisfied sitting out on the patio with a pizza and a bottle of wine.
Barely a day had gone by when we started discussing when we could come back. And we will. I can see returning every couple of years for a needed refresh.
Great stay in a lovely, well-situated area and home
We had a lovely stay here in early July. The pictures do not do justice to the comfort, simplicity, and elegance of the house. It is situated at the top of a hill, providing amazing views of the countryside and the adjacent small village. This siting -- and the many windows and doors -- allowed for a continuous breeze, which, along with the pool and bedroom a/c, kept us cool even on the hottest days. The house is in a terrific location for exploring the region, with many delightful small towns nearby and Evora within an easy half-hour drive.
Lawrence was a perfect host - so organized and responsive, providing great directions and suggestions. He really has thought of everything that you might need, and the house is well-equipped. It was also great to have Vera and Franclim, the caretakers, available on-site, though nothing arose that needed their attention (to note: they don't speak English but we managed well with googletranslate).
Returning home to the pool after a day of exploration was especially great for our boys (ages 9 and 10). They loved being able to swim with sheep grazing in the pasture next to them (of course, with the lovely rural location comes country creatures like the occasional lizard or field mouse - all outdoors, though!). And we, the adults, enjoyed the beautiful sunsets and the easy walk into the village for dinners.
Highly recommended vacation stay for families with children and would be a wonderful longer stay for anyone (writer, artist, etc) seeking a peaceful and inspiring location for their work.
Comfortable house, situated for exploring region
Highly recommend this rambling, comfortable house well situated for exploring nearby prehistoric caves, Evora and other points of interest in the region. House is clean and well-equipped, but caretaker is nearby to handle any need. Owner is knowledgeable of region and generously offers suggestions on restaurants and other highlights (the Comporta beach is one of the best I've visited). If you want to explore and experience the Alentejo with ease, this should be your home base.
Incredible house and surroundings
We were sorry to leave this gorgeous house. It is filled with light, beautifully decorated and well kept, and so spacious. In our many trips to Europe, we have never stayed at a home that was better equipped. The kitchen had everything anyone could need and it was fabulous having a clothes dryer-- truly a first for us in our travels. We awoke every morning to a view of nearby cows staring at us. Lambs were born on the property while we were there. The sunsets were indeed gorgeous and the pool is large and pristine. The weather was a bit borderline, but some of us swam anyway. We absolutely loved Evora and all of the small towns nearby, plus wandering the countryside looking at prehistoric sites. The hiking from the house is pleasant and peaceful. We were two couples and the house has three bedrooms and bathrooms, so we had more than enough space. The outdoor shower is lovely, by the way.
This was an absolutely wonderful place to stay which lived up to, and in many ways exceeded, expectations. From the initial booking, I felt confident that the property would match initial descriptions and this proved to be the case. All instructions and recommendations from Lawrence, the owner, proved to be spot-on (even down to a particular dish in one of the local restaurants!). The house was extremely clean, very comfortable (particularly the beds) and tastefully furnished. Great book collection, too! This really is a very unique holiday house. The best thing about the property, however, has to be the exterior and the setting. There is an amazing view from every aspect; we had genuinely never seen such sunsets. Another bonus was the chance for starlight swims! The pool won our vote as best pool of the holiday (we stayed in three places) because of the diving pool and the depth. Our children are now teenagers, so safety is not the same issue, but we could see a safety fence available if needed. We didn't see much of the caretakers (everything worked like clockwork so we didn't need to) but they were friendly when we did see them and were obviously keeping an eye on the place. We have other commitments next year, otherwise we would have been considering returning to this lovely place. It would suit many types of groups as the living space is very flexible. Fantastic place - really can't recommend it enough.
Magnificent home in tranquil setting
After a very busy week in Paris we decided to relax in Portugal. On the advice of both Conde Nast and Travel and Leisure magazine I decided to look in the Evora area. This is NOT a tourist area which was perfect for us. Instead it is quiet, beautiful, pastoral area. The closest village to the house is Escoural. Evora is about 30 minutes away over country roads. This is a great location to do short day trips out and spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool in the warm sun.
We found the house immaculate with everything we needed for our first evening including complementary wine, coffee, tea, cheese and bread. There is a grocery store in route from Lisbon.
There are activities to do in the area and I would suggest that you take a trip to the cromlech (megaliths ala Stonehenge) and for sure see the Escoural Grotto that has cave paintings and etchings from 30,000 years ago. This is a by schedule only visit that can be reserved at the office in town. We also enjoyed watching the sheep, goats and cattle that roamed in pastures adjacent to the home.
From our first contact with the owner, Lawrence, he provided us with extremely responsive service. The booking was easy and he provided us with information about the area. The home is beautiful and every was as described. Each window framed a lovely view to the outside. The soaker tub in the master suite was an added plus. A caretaker and his wife were at hand to assist with any issues that arose (we had virtually none) and welcomed us as we arrive. The owner quickly returned our deposit upon exit.
I would strongly urge you to rent a car for this location unless you are planning on spending your entire visit at the house. The owner will supply you with explicit directions to follow from the airport.
Have already recommended this home to friends...
The easiest journey is to fly to Lisbon (from the UK on British Airways, TAP, EasyJet or Thomson Flights) and then hire a car at the airport. The major international car hire companies (Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Sixt) operate from the airport or alternatively book with HolidayAutos for a range of prices. The drive from Lisbon Airport to Monte do Telheiro is 114km (71miles) of which 94km (59 miles) is on motorways. The drive is very easy and will take about 1 hr 15mins. Detailed printable directions are available on request. GPS co-ordinates of Monte do Telheiro are: 38° 32’ 34.92” N 8° 10’ 33.51” W