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Owner

Member since: 2005
Speaks english, portuguese

Luxurious Traditional Farmhouse on Alentejano Cork Farm

22 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Estremoz holiday farmhouse

2 bedroom farmhouse to sleep 4

A 200 year old traditional Alentejano farmhouse on a 540ha working Cork Farm, with shared family swimming pool a short walk away available for weekends and short term lets. The farmhouse has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large living room with open fireplace, kitchen & a terrace with spectacular views over the surrounding plains.

Situated in beautiful countryside of cork trees, olive groves and vineyards. In the foothills of the Serra D’Ossa 20km south of Estremoz and 40km west of Evora. Ideal for sightseeing in a scenic and historic part of Portugal. Within easy reach, by motorway, of Lisbon 2hrs and Spain 1hr. The farm itself offers good opportunities for country walks, bird watching and quiet country life. Historical tours of Evora can also be arranged through a private guide.

There are a myriad of activities to enjoy on the farm. For the walkers or mountain bikers there are kilometers of footpaths around the 540 hectare farm for you to explore and for those wishing to venture further afield, the nearby peaks offer unrivalled views of the surrounding countryside. Serra d’Ossa lies at 500 metres above sea level and boasting one of the driest climates in Europe. The absence of light pollution makes this an astronomers’ paradise.

Bird watches can enjoy seeking out over 70 species of birds in the unique habitat provided by the cork forest, several of our past guests are members of the RSPB and have made lists of the birds they have seen / heard. Here is a list of a few: White Stork, Booted Eagle, Red Kite, Kestrel, Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Hoopoe, Red-Rumped Swallow, Great Bustard, Little Bustard and Bee Eater. Visitors to the local damn include black winged stilts and the occasional avocet. Very occasionally, bustards can be seen in the lower plains.

Within a one-hour drive from the farm, you can also explore nearby towns including Evora (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Estremoz famed for its Saturday morning market, Vila Viçosa with its two royal palaces, Reguengos and even neighbouring Spain.

Vineyards : While predominantly a hilly cork forest , a vineyard has recently been planted in an open valley producing Alicante Bouschet, Aragonêz, Touriga Nactional and Syrah quality grapes. Most of the grapes are sold; however a selection of the best quality grapes are retained for the production of a high quality red wine sold in Portugal under the Cem Reis label, and in the Netherlands under the Het Tientje name. This wine has been awarded silver medals in Wine Masters Challenge (Portugal), Mundus Vini (Germany), and Challenge Du Vin (France). Next year a white wine will also be produced from viognier grapes.

More Details
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Owner
Member since: 2005
Speaks english, portuguese

About The Owner

Hi, my name is Philip and I'm the farm manager of Herdade da Maroteira. The farm has three houses in a beautiful traditional cork forest, with amazing views of cork trees, olive groves and vineyards. The area is ideal for sightseeing in a scenic and historic part of Portugal, within easy reach by motorway of Lisbon (2 hours) and Spain (1 hour).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

The Owner purchased this farmhouse in 1900

Why The Owner chose Evora region

Our policy, as a family-owned farm is to farm in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and provides value to the local community through employment and resource-sharing.

When you book us you will be helping us protect the cork forest and the local enviroment.

Reviews

4.7
based on 22 traveller reviews

Luxurious Traditional Farmhouse on Alentejano Cork Farm
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 22 reviews
5

Farmhouse and cork tree farm tour

  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Farmhouse and learning about the cork industry was one of the true highlights of our vacation in Portugal! Phillip and all of his staff were most hospitable, and made our time together a lifetime memory.

I'd recommend the cork tree tour, but most of all, (though we didn't have time to enjoy), would suggest wine and cheese on the summit overlooking the farm and countryside. Truly a peaceful view and one that you could enjoy under the stars! As an added benefit, the wine that Phillip creates from the farm vines was great (unfortunately, it disappeared rather quickly). Let me know when you can export to the US!

Thanks again to Phillip and the staff.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

amazing

  • 5 of 5

A wonderfull old farm in the middle of nowhere. Friendly hosts, lovely pool and a enourmous environment (what a view on top). The guided tours are very interesting ; the wine is delicious. The perfect place to feel totally relaxed.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Incredible property, hosts, and ranch

  • 5 of 5

This is long overdue high praise for Philip, his wife and family, dogs, and this incredible ranch stay property we enjoyed last fall. I could not praise Philip and his wife more. They are consummate hosts. The property is incredibly special. We even bonded with the dogs, who accompanied us on long walks through the acres of this beautiful cork farm. Philip's wine is knock out, too, and like much of the quality Portuguese wine, very well priced. We rented the two bedroom historic farmhouse and loved it. We cooked many nights. The kitchen is lovely, and had all we needed. The setting was incredible and peaceful. The beds were comfortable. The living room was quite special. The property is immaculately clean, but know that this is a rustic setting. I cried to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

This is the Alentejo at its very best.

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have chosen a better place than this 1000 acre farm of cork forest and vineyards. The Mollets are professionals when it comes to making sure their guests have everything they need to ensure the holiday is a complete success. The wild flowers were magnificent and the bird life is fascinating. Would we return? Most definitely.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

A real taste of Alentejo living

  • 5 of 5

This exceeded our expectations. From the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, to the brilliant milky way, the skies are endlessly fascinating. We learned so much about the vines and wines, cork production, and the rhythm of an Alentejo farm, and felt at home. The dogs are delightful and great company for endless strolls through the cork oaks. The pool was very nice, and welcome on hot September days. The food recommendations were fabulous, we enjoyed the local foods immensely. Highly recommended, beautiful memories.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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2

Shepherd's cottage

  • 2 of 5

We stayed in the Shepherd's Cottage on this property in October 2014 (ie not the accommodation pictured in this listing but another, smaller residence in the same building). The Cottage was cute but unfortunately not very well maintained. For example, a cupboard door in the kitchen was just about off its hinges. The kitchen itself was poorly equipped and there was lots of improvising when cooking meals. Note that there is no dishwasher (but we did know this before we arrived). The washing machine was in another part of the building and it was necessary to brave the elements to access it. Furnishings were a bit shabby. The environment was lovely and the Cottage was a great base for exploring other sites in the area. The host was charming and we were very interested in the information he gave us about the operation of the farm. Overall, we enjoyed our stay, even though the accommodation was a bit disappointing.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
170 Kilometres
Lisbon
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Evora
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Estremoz
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Restaurant serra d'Ossa
Nearest Beach
140 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Other Activities: Redondo (7km Away)

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in Estremoz, Portugal

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Low season
1 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
A$135
A$669
A$2,677
 
 
Christmas / New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$169
A$845
A$3,380
 
 
Low Season
9 Jan 2017 - 1 Mar 2017
1 night minimum stay
A$135
A$669
A$2,677
 
 
High Season
2 Mar 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
A$169
A$845
A$3,380
 
 
Low Season
1 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
1 night minimum stay
A$169
A$845
A$3,380
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee A$36
Tax Rate 6.0%

Meals, Welcome Packs, Wine Tastings and *Guided farm tours can be informally arranged.
3 course Dinner €17,50/person Excluding Wines
Welcome Pack €20 ( Bread,Eggs,Milk,Fruit,Butter,Bacon,Yogurt and Orange Juice)
Farm Tours €12,50/ Person
Wine Tastings €20 + The price of the wines opened.
* Please note that farm tours are subject to Philip's availability

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Estremoz, Portugal

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 140 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • soap
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , 1 cot
  • Max sleeping is 4 adults and a baby.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • sand pit
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming