Vale da Cegonha Casa Coruja e Aguia
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Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Vale da Cegonha is 20 glorious acres of unspoilt countryside in the southern Alentejo. Here you will find Casa Coruja ea Aguia which is a long low traditionally styled Alentejo country villa and Casa Andorinha which is a delightful farm-workers style cottage.
It is the perfect rural retreat where you can just relax and unwind, yet close enough to the nearby town of Ourique (4 miles) which has a good selection of supermarkets, shops, cafes, restaurants etc to cater for all your needs. Ourique also has excellent road links which makes Vale da Cegonha an ideal place from which to explore much of southern Portugal.
Casa Coruja has 2 large ensuite bedrooms plus a spacious open plan living area.
Doors lead from here to a large covered terrace which benefits from fabulous views over the swimming pool and valley, towards the distant hills.
The villa also benefits from subtle design features such as wider doorways, level thresholds and very large stylish wetroom shower rooms, which makes it totally wheelchair friendly.
Casa Aguia serves as our reception but there is also a third bedroom available which may be rented in conjuction with Casa Coruja to accommodate larger groups. It has a double and single bed plus a full bathroom ensuite which includes a bath with shower over, WC washbasin and bidet.
This room is not available separately.
Evenings at Vale da Cegonha are a real treat. As the sun sets behind the hills there is no better place for an alfresco supper washed down with a glass of delicious local wine. Afterwards, you will be treated to a dazzling display of starlight, thanks to our clean clear air. Truly breathtaking!!
So our invitation to everyone is to come, relax, explore and enjoy!
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Milfontes 50 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 90 km, Nearest railway: Funcheira 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Both of the bedrooms in Casa Coruja have zip and link beds that can be made up either as 1 large double bed or 2 single beds, whichever you would prefer. An extra small childs bed or cot can be added to either bedroom if required.
Both ensuites are large, stylish wetrooms which include a shower area, washbasin and WC.
The open plan living area is bright and extremely spacious and includes comfortable seating plus a dining suite for up to 8 people. There is also a flat screened satellite TV/CD/DVD player plus a library of books, games, CD's and DVDs as well as a comprehensive selection of visitor information covering useful emergency numbers etc as well as details of places to visit, things to do both locally and further afield, and places to eat. This includes a guide book which specifically covers places accessible to wheelchairs.
The kitchen area includes a cooker, microwave, fridge, toaster, blender and kettle as well as all cooking utensils and crockery etc needed to cater for up to 8 people if necessary.
It is also wheelchair friendly as it includes an extra worktop at a lower level plus an open space beneath the sink unit.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside on the terrace there are tables and chairs for alfresco dining as well as a charcoal barbeque. A pathway leads from the villa to the swimming pool terrace. Beside the pool is a large shady pergola and a sun terrace with sun loungers. The pool itself has a shallow end suitable for children.
Apart from the immediate areas around the villa and pool, the grounds at Vale da Cegonha are left deliberately natural as they are a haven for the stunning array of wildlife and birdlife found locally.
There are walkways around the grounds, from where the lovely countryside can be enjoyed, including stunning hilltop views of the nearby Monte da Rocha Lake.
There is also a boules pitch and set of boules available as well as 2 adult and 2 children's bicycles.
The villa comes fully equipped including all sundry items - teatowels, dishcloth, washing up liquid etc as well as toilet rolls, kitchen rolls, cling film and aluminium foil.
On arrival you will also receive a comprehensive welcome grocery pack, with our compliments.
We have an extensive list of mobility equipment which can be either provided FOC or hired. Please advise us of your requirements, when booking.
We offer a 24hr laundry service at a cost of 5 euros per large load, which includes detergent etc.
An iron and ironing board is available for guests own use.
We are resident proprietors at Vale da Cegonha, here on hand if you need us, in the background, if you don't.
Guests at Vale da Cegonha should be a minimum of 21 years of age unless accompanied by older friends or family.
We are self sufficient for our energy supplies. Our natural spring water is pumped and heated by solar power, including the pool heating, LPG is used for cooking and we have our own generator for all other 230V supplies. Guests needing a constant 240v electricity supply for medical purposes, should advise us when booking
About this location
The Alentejo region
The Alentejo has been described as both Europe's last unspoilt wilderness and Portugal's secret paradise. Both are true.
The landscape is known as 'Montado' which describes the gently rolling hills and valleys with clusters of cork oak and holm oak trees which are home to a unique and very beautiful collection of wildlife and birdlife including majestic birds of prey.
The ground beneath the trees is carpeted with wild flowers and herbs in the Spring, which produce a riot of colours and the heady scents of cammomile, mint and rosemary.
It is the perfect place for birdwatchers, botanists, artists and photographers as well as those who will love the outdoor peace and tranquility found in this lovely area.
The nearby Monte da Rocha Lake and surrounding rivers also provide great sport for anglers. Trout, and Carp up to 20lbs in weight have both been caught here.
Traditionally the local black pigs (porco preto) have been fed on the acorns. As with all livestock here they are free range reared and the quality of the meat is superb. A definite 'must' while you are here.
The Alentejo is also an area steeped in history. From archaeoligical sites to Roman, Moorish and Medieval towns there is much to discover here - Lisbon, Beja, Evora Serpa and Monsaraz all have a long and fascinating story to tell.
If you fancy a day at the beach then you can have that too. A 45 min drive will take you to the west coast where you can have a beautiful, unspoilt beach all to yourself within a nature reserve. If you are looking for something more lively, then the Algarve beach resorts are less than an hour away and make a great day out for the children.
If you are feeling active or adventurous why not visit a local vineyard where you can sample the excellent local wine, then enjoy a superb lunch followed by an afternoon of quadbiking, horseriding or taking to the air in a hot air balloon or light aircraft?
You can even take to the water in a canoe on a river, a day cruise on Europe's largest lake or a day sea fishing.
So, whether you want a day of activity, discovery or pure relaxation, the choice is yours.
Ourique is a typical Alentejo whitewashed town perched on the top of a hill, with lovely views over the local countryside. As the county town it has supermarkets, shops, restaurants, cafes and bars as well as banks, a cinema, library and a health centre, 2 chemists and a fuel station, which provide for all daily needs.
Many local restaurants have their 'speciality dishes' - if it is chicken you fancy then head for the local lakeside bar/restaurant. For the best local pork head for the bar/restaurant in the nearby village of Garvao where the owner Jose raises black pigs (preto porco) and his wife Manuella cooks the pork - truly superb.
If it is steak that you fancy, so tender that you can cut it with a fork, yes a fork!, then there is a restaurant just outside Ourique where you can find that too.
Typical local fairs and festivals occur throughout the year beginning with 'Carnival' on Shrove Tuesday and ending with the festival of 'Sao Martinho' on 12 November where chestnuts are roasted and the 'new wine' flows freely.
All promise a truly 'Portuguese' experience.
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3 Jul 2012
"Beautiful Setting, Immaculate Accommodation"
We stayed at Vale Cegonha a couple of years ago and enjoyed it so much that we decided to go back this year.
We were driving up from Faro and heading much further into central Portugal. Vale Cegonha made a lovely stop off point on the way.
The Location: Close to the small but pretty town of Ourique with a great Pingo Duce supermarket where you can get just about everything you need in the way of provisions. From the town it's just one winding road. In May the storks were nesting on platforms all along the road, we had some great views of them. The house is set back off the road on a dirt track; it has a lovely hilltop position looking over the private land of the home.
The House: The building looks traditional, painted blue and white but is quite new. It is split into two halves with two bedrooms in each and an adjoining door if it is one big family or group staying. As we are just a couple we rented half of the house. Each half is beautifully furnished and self - contained. Even with just one half we had two generous double bedrooms one with an en-suite wet room and one with a bathroom. The decoration and fittings throughout are immaculate and tasteful and the kitchen is lovely. We took a peak inside the 'other half' and it was similarly well equipped and fitted out.
The Surroundings: Peaceful and beautiful. When we had visited before in October it had been dry and sun-baked (as is the whole area0 but in May it was a riot of wonderful wild flowers, cistus, lavender, mallows and much more. My husband photographs birds and was delighted with what he managed to 'capture' this time. As well as storks, little owls, bee eaters, hoopoe and soaring birds of prey and lots of smaller birds. There is plenty of scope for long walks, a swimming pool and a shady terrace for relaxing.
Penny and Greg, who own Vale Cegonha are friendly and helpful at every turn. We had some problems connecting our laptop to the internet and Penny went out of her way to help. A lovely 'welcome pack' awaited us when we arrived (wine, beer, butter, cheese, bread).
What a wonderful spot to unwind and a omfortable base for touring!
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