Casa do Brasão
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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
'Casa do Brasao', The Coat of Arms Cottage, originally built in 1856, is a fully restored and stylishly decorated cottage situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Is a three bedroom cottage composed of a spacious living room, fully equipped, modern kitchen, large, modern bathroom, a large mezzanine bedroom, and two smaller bedrooms. Outside, there is a good sized garden, sun terrace, arched patio, 5.5x3 m plunge pool with cover and off street parking.
Walks on Roman roads, Roman ruins, Megalithic stones, historic towns with castles, vineyards, olive groves and a rich bounty of flora and fauna. This charming cottage is located on the edge of a small, peaceful Alentejo village untouched by time.
Discover cobbled streets surrounded by beautiful olive groves, cork oak trees and ancient pathways. There are a number of small cafes and a small village shop for a few essentials. A wider choice is available at a good supermarket (Pingodoce) in Castelo de Vide - 9.5km, and a mini market in Santo Antonio das Areias - 2.6km. The 3 bedroom cottage is surrounded by a garden with huge granite boulders, cork oak trees for shade, a sun terrace, a small plunge pool, a barbecue and off street parking.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lisbon 253 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Living room - enclosed wood burning stove, satellite TV with access to free channels and DVD player, a selection of books, games and DVDs.
Kitchen - large table for six people, electric oven, halogen hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, washing machine, iron, ironing board, all crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils and pans.
Bathroom - large step-in multifunctional shower, bidet, toilet, hand basin and heated towel rail.
Bedroom1 - mezzanine with large double bed. Bedroom 2 - antique double bed. Bedroom 3 - two single children’s beds.
|Further details outdoors|
Garden with large granite boulders, cork oak and orange trees, arched patio, a cobbled sun terrace with a 5.5x3 m plunge pool and cover, 2 sun loungers and 2 easy chairs, table and chairs for dining alfresco, a barbecue and off street parking.
The plunge pool is only available for use from the May to October.
-Welcome pack provided on arrival.
-Swimming pool only available May to October.
-English-speaking representative on hand to answer any questions.
-Bed linen, bath towels and pool towels are provided. Wood is provided for the fire free of charge in the colder months.
-Gas and electricity are included in the price.
-For rental periods of more than one week fresh bed linen and towels will be provided and the cottage cleaned.
-For health and safety this cottage has a no smoking policy and no pets allowed.
The Alentejo region
• The Alentejo is a south-central region of Portugal. It’s name’s origin, “Alêm do Tejo”, literally translates to “beyond the Tagus”. The region is separated by the Tagus river and was fought over fiercely by the Moors and Christians.
• With its scenic countryside the Alentejo is one of Portugal’s most picturesque regions. You will find prehistoric menhir and dolmens, Roman ruins, Medieval castles and Gothic towers are among the region’s rich history. With villages that have not changed for centuries.
• To the northeast is Alto Alentejo and the “Castle Route” with fortified villages such as Nisa, Castelo de Vide, Marvão, Portalegre and Alter do Chão. To the south, the landscape is flat and warm, scattered with sunflower and golden wheat fields, wine estates and olive groves.
• In the center is the World Heritage city of Evora and to the northeast, the towns of Estremoz and Vila Viçosa. Everywhere the landscape bears traces from cultures which once tried to conquer ancient Portugal - the Moors, the Romans, and the Cathaginian
This charming cottage is situated on the edge of the small, peaceful Alentejo village of Barretos. Discover cobbled streets surrounded by beautiful olive groves, cork oak trees and ancient pathways.
A bull festival is held in the village every second weekend in August (Festa Largada de Touros) when the brave men of the village entice the bulls to charge. This is followed by music and dancing well into the night.
There are a number of small cafés and a small village shop for a few essentials. A wider choice is available at a good supermarket (Pingodoce) in Castelo de Vide - 9.5 km, and a mini market in Santo António das Areias - 2.6 km.
Marvão - 8.5 km (5.2 miles)
(New York Times Travel - Seeing for Miles From a Village High in the Sky)
• An imposing and peaceful town on the highest crest of the Serra de São Mamede Natural park.
• Was used as a place of refuge by Ibn Marúan, a Moorish warrior, during the 9th century.The Arab domination ended with the military campaign of the Christian forces led by D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal.
• Picturesque walled town of of white houses, narrow cobbled streets, Gothic arches, Manueline windows and the magnificent castle, with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
• Municipal Museum in the church of Santa Maria and nearby there is a tourist office for more information.
• Chesnut festival held at the begining of November with the streets lined with stalls selling genuine Portuguese handcrafts, artists demonstrating their traditional skills, various street artists and folk music. And of course chestnuts and delicious chestnut cakes.
• Near to the village of Marvão in São Salvador da Armenha are the ruins of the Roman city of Ammaia. Here you will find a museum housing several important archaeological objects and an exhibition illustrating the life of the Roman population at that time. Guided tours are also available for a small fee.
Castelo de Vide - 9.5 km (5.9 miles)
• The castle, surrounded by the town’s white houses, dominates the surrounding landscape and is undoubtedly the first of many surprises encountered by the visitor.
• Steep narrow cobbled medieval streets, Gothic architecture, and the historical area known as the Judiaria (Jewish Quarter), one of the most important examples of the Jewish presence in Portugal makes this place a fascinating experience. The doors of many of the houses still retain their ogival gothic structure with sculpted symbols.
• One of the oldest chapels in the region dating from the 13th century is Capela do Salvador do Mundo, whose interior is covered with panels of blue and white azulejos (tiles).
• On the outskirts of Castelo de Vide on the opposite hill you will find the Capela de Nossa Senhora da Penha, where you can enjoy a totally different view of the town and the stunning surrounding countryside.
Spain 17 km (10.5 miles)
• A few kilometers away is the region of Extremadura, Spain, with spectacular mountain ranges, fertile plains and valleys and fascinating historic cities including:
• Caceres - The capital of Upper Extremadura has a beautiful old quarter, enclosed by Moorish town walls with great watch-towers.
• Trujillo - The birthplace of famous conqueror Pizarro is well known for its beautiful main square and a great medieval castle and the well.
• Merida - preserves some of the most outstanding Roman monuments, including a colossal theater, an amphitheater, two aquaeductus and bridge, and a Museum of Roman Art.
The region of Marvão and the Serra da São Mamede, a protected nature reserve, is a wonderful place for walking. A mountain range with the highest point of 1025 meters, is a treasure of rich and diversified flora and fauna. A microclimate with thick vegetation, megalithic stones, ancient roman roads and pathways, full of wildlife including rare birds of prey such as the vulture, kite or Bonelli eagle. And with a some luck you might see wild boar or deer.
In this nature park there are 5 walks listed below:
- Esperança Route - 18 kms. Point of departure and arrival: Esperança. (Arronches)
- Marvão Route - 8 kms. Point of departure and arrival: Portagem. (Marvão)
- Galegos Route - 17 kms. Point of departure and arrival: Galegos. (Marvão)
- Carreiras Route - 10 kms. Point of departure and arrival: Carreiras. (Portalegre/Castelo de Vide)
- Reguengo Route - 10 kms. Point of departure and arrival: Reguengo. (Portalegre)
You can ask for maps in the Marvão tourist office or you can download these walks by sending your E-mail to us.
We also supply a number of maps with local walks in the cottage.
Alentejo is particularly suited to the production of typical wines of exceptional high quality. It is dotted with vast areas of vineyards on extensive plains under a scorching sun that illuminates and matures the grapes that make Alentejo’s wines so special.
Among others there are six varieties of grapes that distinguish Alentejo’s wines: three white ones - “Roupeiro” with a well balanced nose and lemony tones, “Rabo de Ovelha” a productive variety with a light open colour, and “Antão Vaz” which has a very distinctive nose; and three red - “Castelão” with its pleasant fruity and smooth taste, “Trincadeira” with its particulary fresh taste, and high alcohol content and “Argonez” a dark red that gives the wines plenty of body.
The wines of the “São Mamede” region are of exceptional quality. The specific micro-climate and the grantite based soil on which the majority of the wines grow, produce wines which are clearly different in character to those from other areas of Alentejo. Here red wines are predominant - deeply coloured and, while still young, giving off an intensive aroma of the red fruits of summer, backed by a certain sharpness and full body.
There are three wine routes in the Alentejo region: The São Mamede Route, the Historic Route and the Guadiana Route. For more information:
In the area there is: swimming, tennis, horse riding, bird watching, fishing, hunting, karting and ballooning.
A few kilometers away in Ranginha, there is a medium sized swimming pool and bar.
Portagem has a large outdoor pool with a separate infants’ pool. The facilities include a restaurant, snack bar and tennis court.
Castelo de Vide has an outdoor pool with small water slides also with a separate infants’ pool, restaurant and snack bar.
Portalegre has a small outdoor pool with a café.
For river and lake bathing there are two dams in the region, Apartadura and Póvoa, and the river Sever at Portagem.
They are also a great place for a picnic.
There is fishing at the Apartadura and Póvoa dams and carp fishing at Alfarofia Lake (Lagoa da Alfarofia) near Elvas.
Horse riding farm and museum
Coudelaria de Alter is a big farm where racehorses are bred and is the home of the famous Lusitania breed. It is situated nearby the lovely Alter do Chão village. There is a guided tour available, contact: Tapada do Arneiro, Apartado 80( 7441-909 Alter do Chão) Tel. (+351) 245610060 / 74.
Hot air balloon rides are available in Alter do Chão and at other locations in the Alentejo.
Outdoor activities including rock climbing, canoeing, BTT cycling, archery and others.
The Alentejo cuisine puts a touch of creativity and imagination into every dish.
The Alentejo was formerly a major grain producer, whereas out among the Hispanic oaks and olive trees, large herds of pigs feed on acorns. Thus, bread, pork and olive oil form the bases of one of the best-developed regional cuisines of Portugal. Of particular note is the way herbs and spices are deployed to infuse countryside aromas.
Soup represents a main dish and may be served cold, as in Alentejo gaspacho, or hot with bread an essential feature in game, cod or tomato and sausage soups. The wheat influence continues with the ‘migas’ breadcrumbs that are served with pork, or the stewed lamb bread dish ‘ensopado de borrego’ or in the stewed bread embodying the ‘açorda Alentejana’. Any of these specialities can be found in any self-respecting restaurant in Estremoz, Évora or Beja. Alternatively, opt for a plate of game, highly typical of the Alentejo’s gastronomy, and gain a great insight into quality rural cooking!
And make sure some time is given over to the convent-originated cheeses and sweets. And to accompany one of the highly reputable cheeses of Nisa, Serpa or Évora, try one of the red wines from Portalegre, Borba, Redondo, Reguengos or Vidigueira. As for the sweets... Truly, there were many convents in the Alentejo and the labour the monks put into finding new ways to combine eggs with sugar and almond still bears results in the sweets and cakes on offer today!
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20 Nov 2013
"A lovely, quiet gem"
A beautiful, quiet gem of a cottage. Comfortable and well-equipped. We spent lovely mornings out on the stone table enjoying breakfast overlooking an olive grove, hearing the sheep bells and enjoyin… More
15 Nov 2013
"A lovely gem of a cottage in a quiet village"
We recently spent a week at Casa do Brasao with our two adult children. A lovely, clean, comfortable, well-equipped cottage in the middle of a nice quiet village. Beautiful views of both Marvao cast… More
15 Aug 2013
"Nice and surprising"
We spent 10 days in Casa do Brasao in February 2013, and the overall impression was great. As an architectural student, I was also impressed with the careful renovation work which has brought the hous… More
24 Jul 2013
"Portuguese pleasure at the Casa do Brasão"
Casa do Brasão is on the edge of Barretos, a tiny village in the north east of the Alentejo province of Portugal close to the Portuguese-Spanish border. The scenery is amazing: rugged, sunbaked, wit… More
6 Aug 2012
"Wonderful relaxing base from which to explore the Serra de Sao Mamede National Park"
This is a great house, full of character with all amenities and great sunsets. Ideal base for just walking out the door into the surrounding countryside. Not too far from nearby towns of Beira, Marvao… More
25 May 2012
"Wonderful House! Weather -- we'll be back when it's not cold!"
What a wonderful stay -- even if the weather didn't cooperate. Cold and rainy in May! Not something folks from Arizona, USA see often.
The property was fantastic. Centrally located to the areas we wanted to visit and tucked away in a small village without traffic, noise, etc. Sheep run down the street to the pasture every morning. The amenities were special for the price. Pool, laundry, wonderful bath accommodations.
Thanks for the chance to visit and enjoy.
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