Little House on the Corner
from £80 /night help Price for guests, Nights
from £80 /night help Price for guests, Nights
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House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 6 Home 1106993
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House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 6
Welcome to the little house on the corner, sitting in one of the loveliest, most unspoiled corners of the Alentejo region, on the corner of a tiny hamlet, right in the heart of the Serra de São Mamede National Park. The house has beautiful views of the vast skies, undulating hills and charming cork-tree fields that fill the region.
You'll find a charming, single-story, whitewashed home - typical of the region - surrounded by verdant, exotic gardens.
Inside is clean and simple with lots of local stone and oak used. There's a full kitchen, dining table for 6 and lounge area with sofas/TV/Dvd. Two double bedrooms plus the reception room's large leather sofa - a comfortable double, accommodating 2 more guests. The one bathroom has a walk-in shower. A wood burning stove keeps the house toasty in the winter months - the shutters and thick walls keep you cool in the long, sun-soaked summer months.
Step outside into beautifully landscaped gardens with exotic cacti, palms and flowering fauna. Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Pomegranate and Fig trees dot the gardens; bougainvillea and fragrant Jasmine keep terraces shady . The surrounding countryside is a haven for birds of prey and makes for a great spot for bird watching and hiking.
We have a beautiful pool, set amid the gardens - In the heat of the Spring, Summer and Autumn months it's a blissful haven!
Though the house feels very private and secluded, it does have neighbors, including the owner's house which shares the plot. Many of the villagers are farming families, so animals - dogs and goats - can be heard at times.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lisbon or Seville Airports, Nearest railway: Arronches|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Fireplace, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Furniture||2 Double Beds, 1 Sofa Bed, Cots available (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
The Alentejo region
This particular corner of the Alentejo region has, thankfully, stayed largely off the tourist map. As a result, it feels untouched by time in many ways, with a traditional way of life preserved.
The surroundings are largely farming land, where the principle crops are cork, wine and the famed Porco Preto (Black-foot pigs) that feed on the ancient cork oak's acorns. This meat really is unlike any other and, to our mind, the finest pork in the world. It's found in many of the local restaurants, as are a delicious array of regional specialities - there's fabulous eating to be had throughout the area.
Vineyards dot the landscape and many open their doors to wine-lovers for tastings - there are too many regional wines to mention but suffice to say they are mainly superb and staggeringly affordable! The area produces some of Portugal's best wines - many unknown beyond the country. Near to the house are some prehistoric caves, complete with ancient cave paintings, which you usually have all to yourself. River or lake swimming are both a short drive away. There are almost endless walks to be had right from the front door, taking you across undulating fields, through shady cork-tree groves, dipping in one of the natural pools that dot the landscape, should you feel like it.
The area is a magnet for birdwatchers, with numerous birds of prey regularly spotted. There's a tiny village with 3 cafes about 2miles from the house. The nearest town is Arronches (15min drive) with its pretty square, stunning church, two small supermarkets, various cafes and good traditional restaurants - all shopping essentials can be found here.
A little further afield are some wonderfully preserved towns such as the fortress town of Estremoz, with a large open air antique and local goods market each weekend and great little eateries tucked away along its narrow winding lanes. Evora is a must visit too, for its intricately stone laid boulevards, markets and shopping. Monforte is stunning too. Just another 15 min drive takes you over the border to Spain and day trips to various Spanish towns. Much closer, just across the border is a lovely natural swimming spot on the river Gevora.
This is an ideal spot for lazy holidays, enjoying the sun, the countryside, the quiet and the wonderful (and very reasonably priced) food and drink.
Unspoilt, rural, typical. Beautiful, uninterrupted countryside, offering new delights with each season. A working farming community, a true slice of old Portugal.
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14 Jan 2014
"Two beautiful houses, with fantastic facilities in a gorgeous region of Portugal - cannot recommend enough!"
My partner and I stayed here with out 2 year old son, and a group of friends with their families. There was 10 of us staying there and we didn't feel cramped. The pool is perfect for all ages, and we felt very comfortable letting the young children play around the poolside as even the pool's 'deep' end, isn't too deep. The two houses are brilliantly kitted out with tasteful furniture from the region but with modern kitchens and bathroom facilites. The area is off the beaten track, but not too far from towns should you need to get provisions, want to have day trips out, even or want to eat in local restaurants (although the houses are so beautiful is was hear to tear ourselves away). The local food is exceptional, and there are many restaurants to choose from, only a short drive away. Ideal for couples wanting to just 'get away from it all' or for families to enjoy, as it's a very safe place to let the children run free - infact, we often took the children out for walks to explore the area. We all had a very relaxing stay and I cannot recommend it highly enough. We'll definitely be revisiting it soon!
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