Spacious countryside house, 6 bedrooms. Big garden. Swimming pool with sheltered poolhouse. Set in a little village in a peaceful, beautiful countryside.
Seducing small rural white manor house, surrounded by walls, at the edge of a small village, where we are wellcommed and pampered by the locals.
It is a refugee for our big family and friends, although only 1 1/2 hours from Lisbon, it makes us feel we are far far away. The buildings and decoration somehow remind us of North Africa. The unspoilt surroundings – like the working windmill – makes us feel in the early XXth century!
Built in 1889 by wealthy farmers the house was recently recovered using traditional materials (taipa), that preserve the indoor temperature cool in the summer and cozi in winter.
Since its purchase 4 yrs ago we have been slowly restoring it to its original appearance.
5 kms away in the typpical old town of Messejana, you can find restaurants, newspapers, a bank, a drugstore and other kind of stores.
Also 5kms away you have the “Monte da Rocha” lake, where you can swim, fish, and practice non-motorised water sports.
Further away, approximately 15kms, you have the bigger towns of Aljustrel, Castro Verde and Ourique with historic and cultural sites: castles, churches, and museums.
The magnificent coastal beaches of Alentejo are 45 kms of empty roads away. The Algarve coastline is situated less than 80 kms south. Lisbon is only 170 kms by motorway.
A car is recommended to fully enjoy the area.
“Casa da Torre” is located in the small village of Conceição, with a population of 60 inhabitants.
The basic needs like groceries, fresh bread, fruit, vegetables, fish, cheese and local sausages are sold in the local store or delivered daily by salesmen that come to the doorway.
This is Portugal....not the plastic version represented by much of the Western Algarve haunted by the "Great British Vest" tourist and the lazy expats who after 25 years still cant speak any Portuguese!
There is no Wet and Wild here thank goodness. No "Great British Breakfast" No "SKY Football Here" signs. Just peace and tranquility.
Casa Torre is Eclectic. Interesting. Seducing.
The owners description is accurate. The house is well appointed. We wanted for no facility. It does what is says on the tin!!
We were a party of 4 married couples and the ensuite accomodation suited us fine. The showers were excellent. One couple even used the cottage (but they were a wee bit disturbed by next doors dogs which no-one in the main house heard)
Jorge the owner was so very helpful both by text and phone.
The villagers were lovely, very helpful. They seemed to understand my poor Portuguese. It was not unusual to find a couple of ladies on our doorstep making a mobile call (good signal apparantly) or just having a chat. I guess that step has been used like that for many a year.
The shop met immediate needs. There is a small bar and the "Sociedad"-the locals club-plus a small Post Office.
The surrounding area is rolling arable land. The roads are deserted.
The Western Coast is just an hour away.
Local towns are interesting but your holiday here will be about the pool, eating and maybe reading your book. Relaxation rules OK!
If you need contact with the outside world via the net, a quick trip to Castro Verde which offers free wifi via registration at the tourist office (take some ID) will fit the bill.
Oh and I nearly forgot. Just up the IC1 there is Herdade dos Conqueiros a vinyard where you can buy very satisfactory wine for just €1.10 a litre (take an empty 5l water bottle)
Leila from N. Vancouver
Stayed Nov 2007
A fair price for a fair house, should be lovely when all the work is complete! Was a little disappointed with the garden, the pool area is lovely as the photo shows but the rest of the garden still needs to be completed and is a bit of an eye sore! Would of liked to of known that the kitchen is not in the main house, although only across a small patio in a seperate annex, for myself and my children it was a bit of a pain to go out and get a drink etc. (maybe we are all just too lazy!)
Overall though a very relaxing week in a lovely village with really friendly people !!
Andrea from Surbiton
Stayed Aug 2007
Beautifully restored house, full of character, in the midst of a tiny but friendly village. Plenty of space both indoors and outdoors. Salesmen come in their vans 6 days a week to sell fish, bread and cakes and the local shop is surprisingly well stocked.
The area is very tranquil and ideal for a relaxing, stress free break yet within half an hours drive of several towns.
Excellent value for money and would definitely recommend.
Thank you Jorge.
pedro from guimaraes
Stayed Aug 2006
Nice house. for a good price.
The only issue is the fact that the owrks are not finished, but we were able to leave with that!
Rrgds to Jorge.
Martin from BELFAST
A fabulous property with a large garden, plenty of room(s) and very well equipped. The owner couldnt have been more helpful. A great base for visiting the Alantejo/Castro Verde area. We were a group of work colleagues on a bird-watching trip and there were plenty to see especially the Great Bustards! We were there in late May and apart from one wet afternoon the weather was fabulous (25+ degrees and even over 30 degrees). A thoroughly enjoyable and very relaxing visit to this part of Portugal.
susan from london
We were two families of four holidaying together, and we were all very impressed with the quality of the accommodation. This is a very beautiful house.
There was plenty of room for all of us,and a high standard of decoration throughout.
The kitchen was extremely well equipped,allowing us to enjoy cooking together, and the daily deliveries of fresh bread, fish and fruit to the village made a pleasant change from large supermarkets.
The owner worked hard to ensure an internet connection enabling one of us to do some necessary work.
There is a useful standing market each morning in Aljustrel the nearby town which is a good source of varied fruit/veg/meat and fish.Do visit!
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This is a wonderful house in the quietest spot of the alentejo; great to look at the stars, to bake in the sun, to have a siesta, to read a book, to ride a bycicle, to drink a bottle of wine. If you need a rest, this is it.
It is a wonderful surprise to find such a beautiful house with pool treas and space in such a little village in the middle of the Alentejo. The owners are doing a wonderful job renovating this century old house, - some parts of it are still closed,- but the available rooms and living rooms together with the pool area and separate kitchen are a wonderful setting for a short holiday in any season. We were there in the autumn, we will go back in the summer.... Thank you Jorge and Bicha for the warm welcome...
The property built in 1889, comprises two houses: the main house and a cottage, garden with swimming pool and a poolhouse with a barbecue next to swimming pool, equiped for meals and bar, including an extra fridge and dishwasher.
Most rooms are equiped with a wood stove.
there are bicycles for riding