|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
CASA ANTIGA/SUITE AMARELA and CASA DO FORNO/STUDIO - The old farmhouse dating back more than 300 years, each with the original old baking oven, and still features the domed ceilings, and the original sit-in fireplaces.
CASA ANTIGA (sleeps 4/6)- Living/dining room, full Kitchen, 1 bedroom with large double bed, 1 bedroom with 2 single beds, and 2 pull-out single beds(sleeps 4)1 bathroom; adjoining (optional) SUITE AMARELA (sleeps 2/3) double bed, single bed, ensuite bathroom, breakfast maker unit. Outdoor dining terrace and barbecue
CASA DO FORNO (sleeps 4/6) Living/dining room, full Kitchen, 1 bedroom 2 twin beds/double, 1 bedroom 2 single beds, 2 bunk beds in alcove, 1 bathroom; adjoining (optional) STUDIO (sleeps 2/4) double bed in alcove, 1 bathroom, spiral stairs to open mezzanine with double bed, breakfast maker unit. Outdoor dining terrace and barbecue.
Both houses together can sleep 12/19 people.
Plus CASA PISCINA sleeps 4/5
Plus CASA JARDIM sleeps 2/4
TOTAL 20/25 people
MONTE BRANCO consists of farmhouse cottages set around a garden full of palmtrees and flowers bordering the lawn, an oasis of green amongst the summer dryness, when a dip in the pool is necessary to cool off. The spring displays the most spectacular countryside full of colour and wild flowers. A nature lover and birdwatchers paradise. The house has a big open fireplace, making winter breaks possible...a great place to get a group of friends of family together (sleeps up to 26 people) to spend Christmas or New Year, or just beat the the 'winter blues'. The pool area has a covered barbecue and dining area, and has wonderful panoramic views to the ancient fortified town of Monsaraz, which is dramatically illuminated at night. The recently restored animal barn The Celeiro provides a large open space (100m2) with a large covered varandah (50m2) for guests to get together, sit by the big fireplace in the winter, or to enjoy the shady cool of the open varandah in summer. Great meeting space.
MONTE BRANCO consists of four cottages set around a garden full of palm trees and flowers bordering the lawn; an oasis of green amongst the summer dryness. The spring displays the most spectacular countryside full of colour and wild flowers. The pool area has wonderful panoramic views to Monsaraz, especially at night when the town is all lit up.
The recently restored barn’s have been converted to a big open-space (100 m2) and covered terrace (50m2)
Ideal for meetings, workshops or just for guests to get together. There are 2 WC's and cloakroom, a bar-kitchen, and a big cosy sit-in fireplace.Lots of books, puzzles, games, and a covered varanda with view to Monsaraz
Whatever your specialty is - yoga, painting, music...bring your own group and create your own workshop
CASA JARDIM sleeps 2/4 in Studio Cottage
Living/diningroom with single sofabed, fireplace,
fully equipped Kitchenette
Alcove with double bed and single bunkbed above
Outdoor dining terrace
CASA ANTIGA/SUITE AMARELA/CASA FORNO/STUDIO...this ancient house dating back 300 years with its old domed ceilings, sit in fireplaces, and old bread oven (still working) is furnished in simple rustic farmhouse style, two fully equipped kitchens with old slate counter tops. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms,two living/dining rooms, ....(can sleep 6/10/14/18 people)
Outside dining patio shaded by Wisteria with large slatestone table, covered Barbecue and old breadoven
POOL HOUSE - (sleeps 2/5) next to the barbecue, with covered dining area - large slate table....the spot for gathering all the guests together .....or sit in the archway watching the sunset with a cold glass of 'something' and some nibbles.
Living/dining room with big sitin fireplace (circulates underfloor heating in the winter - very cosy),sofa bed, fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher, one bedroom with hand painted Alentejo furniture, double bed, with single bunkbed above, one full bathroom with pretty hand painted tiles
All the cottages together can sleep 20 to 26 guests Rate: 550€ per night summer 500€ per night winter
Born in England and having travelled the world extensively, I am so priveledged to have discovered the wonderful life in Portugal. Living in Sintra and bringing up my two sons Anthony and Francis...Monte Branco became our weekend and summer home. Bought in 1985 the Monte was abandoned so first priority was to install a bathroom and running water in Casa Antiga... second priority was to build a swimming pool to refresh from the summer heat...and plant palm trees to creat a little oasis! Monte Branco then grew slowly each year, converting another building and becoming a fun meeting place for friends and birthdays. The last conversion was the old animal barn ...now the Celeiro a large communal room ideal for events, weddings, yoga workshops or just for guests to gather and relax. Monte Branco guests are made to feel at home and even when full (20 - 25 guests) there is always a quiet shady corner! It is wonderful to now be able to share this hideaway with others!
Jane Doody purchased this farmhouse in 1985
What a wonderful place to celebrate New Year with all my friends and family. Lots of cooking in the well equipped kitchens, big room with a huge fireplace and lots of firewood supplied. The children loved the distant fireworks at midnight see from the varandah....great place to party!
All houses sleeps 20/26 - 550€ p.n. Summer 500€ Winter
Casa Antiga/Suite Amarela sleeps 6/9 in 3 bedroom cottage
Casa Forno/Studio sleeps 6/10 in 3 bedroom cottage
Casa Antiga sleeps 4/6 in 2 bedroom cottage
Casa Forno sleeps 4/6 in 2 bedroom cottage
Casa Piscina sleeps 2/5 in 1 bedroom cottage
Casa Jardim sleeps 2/4 in studio cottage
Studio sleeps 2/4 in Suite
Suite Amarela sleeps 2/3 in Suite
Jane is a wonderful hostess & couldn't do more to help make our holiday one of the best our whole very large family have taken together. Jane recommended some wonderful places to visit, some fabulous restaurants & went out of her way to ensure we had all we wanted at Monte Branco. Our children had such a fun time - the pool is sit rounded by a shady veranda to sit & relax or eat under which meant the adults could really relax & keep a watchful eye over the kids as well. The views from Monte Branco are truly outstanding & the skies are big & beautiful there. We wholeheartedly recommend Monte Branco to any family wanting good quality time together away from it all - peacefulness & in an outstanding part of Portugal. Very reasonable prices too!!
A truly amazing place! Set among rolling farmland and ancient olive trees. The property is lovely and very we'll maintained. Gorgeous pool and grounds and the house (casa Antiga in our case) was very well equipped and clean. The owner is fantastically helpful and a real mine of useful local information.
A really beautiful part of the country and still relatively unexplored, the real jewel of Portugal.
overall, a unique and tranquil place.
We had an excellent long WE in Monte-Branco from November 8th to 11th. 7 adults and two young children (2 years old) stayed in Casa Forno.
The weather (still summer like) really helped, but here are the highlights of our stay and the accommodation:
- stunning location in the quiet countryside with direct view to Monsaraz castle (which makes a really nice visit for a day), easy access (by car) for a day or more to the Unesco's world heritage city of Evora, near-by walks and sightseeing of ancient dolmens&menhirs.
- charming old farm house (still fully equipped) with fire place, outdoor swimming pool and wide relaxing terrace.
- excellent reception and service, with nice possibilities to have delicious catering/diner (e.g. when you arrive or for last evening).
In a nutshell, highly recommended between March and November (winter months may be a bit cold considering it is an old farm house).
other things to mention:
- you need a car to go there (a bit more than 2h from Lisbon airport) and enjoy the sights around. The owner gave us really good indications how to reach the place (even by night).
- This is an old farm house, clean, fully equipped and with a charming style and atmosphere. Still not for those looking for fully modern apartment/villa.
O monte está situado num local sossegado próximo de Monsaraz. Possui dimensões adequadas apesar de necessitar de conservação. A casa apresentava-se muito descuidada e com falta de limpeza. As louças e utensílios da cozinha estavam pegajosos pelo que tivemos que os lavar antes de usar. A piscina apresenta água suja imprópria para alguém se introduzir no seu interior. As cadeiras de apoio à piscina estavam também elas sujas e impróprias para descanso. O quadro eléctrico é fraco pelo que um secador de cabelo e o microondas em simultâneo dispara o disjuntor eléctrico. Ou seja, enquanto um elemento, após o banho, estiver a secar o cabelo os outros não podem preparar o pequeno almoço. Uma coisa de cada vez, afinal o local é de descanso.
Resumindo, um local bem situado com infraestruturas bem dimensionadas mas a necessitar de conservação e essencialmente de limpeza.
Era para ser a reunião de família do ano, arrendamos todas as casas e fomos chegando com a expectativa de um lugar harmonioso é bom para crianças e adultos. Logo no fim do segundo dia começou um verdadeiro pesadelo: casas de banho entupidas com derrames de água, calor infernal e algumas casas nem ventoinhas tinham, piscina sem limpeza, bichos por todo o lado nas casas, electromorsticis a dar choques e finalmente falta de luz! Chegamos com algum sacrifício ao terceiro dia, altura em que fomos todos embora.... Este lugar não tem qualquer manutenção é uma armadilha!!!!!
Local perfeito para passar umas férias em Monsaraz. A casa, tipicamente alentejana, está cheia de pormenores encantadores. A limpeza e manutenção impecável. Como somos um grupo grande (20) ocupamos a totalidade da casa o que nos proporcionou total privacidade. Tivemos a agradável companhia da Jane (proprietária) que ainda conviveu alguns bons momentos connosco. Esperamos um dia voltar!
Description: The monte/farmhouse is situated on the edge of a little hamlet in the heart of typical Alentejano countryside, with its ancient olive trees, corn and sunflower fields. Peace and tranquility is only interrupted by the sound of birds and goat bells. The nearest village Motrinos is 1 km away, a short walk for local shopping, fresh bread, and fresh goats milk cheeses. The historical World Heritage town of Monsaraz set within its ancient fortified walls high on the hill, is about a 5 km drive; there are several excellent restaurants, craft shops and a castle dating back to the 11th century. S.Pedro Corval, the biggest pottery center in Portugal is a 10 minute drive. Nearby is the newly formed lake, Alqueva, the biggest in Europe, a natural reserve with fishing and boating. There are two ancient neolithic burial chambers dated back to 3,000 BC just a 10 minute walk away.
Visit the ancient olive trees - 1,000 to 3,000 years old
The well-known city of Evora is a 40 minute drive
Other Activities: archeology, birdwatching, pottery making, wine tasting.