“A super-cosy hideaway in an undiscovered hilltop village with long views across a lake to the hills”
If you want the view, try for the rooms at the back; if you want a tiny balcony, ask for those at the front. If you're not sure, stay for a week and swap halfway through; you won’t regret it. All the rooms are lovely: simple, but elegant with a very friendly price. Expect pure cotton sheets, freshly-cut flowers, ceiling fans and terracotta-tiled floors. Walls have been painted in smart creamy colours, so have some of the wooden beds. Funky rugs were woven up the road, groovy glass was blown by a local hippy.
You get power showers in neat little bathrooms. Some are tiled in Portuguese style, others are more contemporary with cast-iron lampshades and round terracotta sinks. Wander at will and find West African wall hangings, small TVs, decanters of port and angels above one bed. One room at the front has room for an armchair in an alcove; you can throw open the French windows, gaze up at the castle and lose yourself in a good book (there are many sprinkled around). All are shuttered, so you can sleep with the windows open in summer and still outwit the wicked mosquito.
A snug breakfast room is nicely social and the window frames views of the hills. The buffet includes a few treats: a jug of freshly squeezed juice that comes from village oranges, homemade muffins and banana bread, plates of freshly cut fruit (pineapple and papaya, melon and peaches), local honey and jams, strong coffee anyway you like it and a selection of teas.
Gourmet picnics can be arranged: wine, bread, smoked local ham, cheese straight from the maker. Or if you're staying in, you can use the Casa's kitchen to prepare snacks and simple meals.
There's no dinner, but the food in the area is exceptional. In the village, a tascas (simple restaurant) serves good pork and lamb.10km up the road in Alandroal, A Maria and O Chaminè are both well-respected. Or head to São Rosas in Estremoz for the best grub in the area.
Children under 10 are free sharing their parents' room. Cots and babysitting are available on request.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking