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Converted Shepherds Cottage in Traditional Cork Forest, Near Evora



Updated: 28-Nov-2016
2 Bedrroms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 5

Converted Shepherd's cottage with family shared swimming pool, available for weekends and short term lets. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Living room, kitchen and private terrace. Situated in beautiful countryside of cork trees, olive groves and vineyards, on the foothills of the Serra D’ Ossa 20 km south of Estremoz. Ideal for sight seeing in a scenic and historic part of Portugal and within easy reach by motorway of Lisbon (2 hours) and Spain (1 hour), 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.

Twitchers 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
  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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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!

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Speaks English, Portuguese

Guestbook comments from the owner

“What wonderful days we have spent at Herdade da Maroteira. The cottage is very comfortable having everything you need to make you feel at home. Its location is absolutely perfect for exploring all parts of the Alentejo region. The hosts are very friendly and helpful. ...to this peaceful place we give the highest marks.”

Lena and Vladmir Lepler

Jerusalem, ISRAEL

“To enjoy a fine glass of local wine on your terrace still warmed by the evening sun. To listen to the humming of the bees and to the song of the cuckoo…while staring down the slopes of the Alentejo hills. Add all this to a most friendly welcome by our hosts to complete a picture of the lovely Herdade da Maroteira. ...we felt so welcome not only by the generously filled fruit basket and a bottle of good wine we found in the house but also by the attention you arranged for our twins... !”

Monique, Mario, Kyra and Oana

The Netherlands
Nov 2007
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16 Reviews

based on 16 holidaymaker reviews

Charlottetown, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada

Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful 5 weeks at Herdade da Maroteira - exploring the vineyards, the cork and olive trees, "walking" the dogs, observing the birds, sheep, goats and chickens, and relishing the scenery.

The cottage is clean, well-maintained and very comfortable with everything provided - just like home! The location is perfect to explore the Alentejo region; along with visits to Lisbon, the Algarve and the Douro Valley.

Our hosts were very friendly, warm, sincere and extremely helpful. We felt very welcome and comfortable at Herdade da Maroteira with its peaceful and breathtaking scenery.

Our only regret was we had to return home after 5 weeks of peace, tranquility and warm bliss.

Thank you to Philip, Margarida, Mafalda, Bea and all for making our holiday wonderful and a dream come true!

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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A piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

This is a place not to disappoint. It was such a pleasant and peaceful time and we enjoyed our daily drives around. Philip and Monica where awesome. We had an amazing view from the re-modelled shepherd's cottage . You do need to bring in some food from the local grocery store in Redondo or just enjoy a wonderful meal at one of the authentic local restaurants. So much to see but some of our best time was sitting on the picnic table over-looking the valley and having a nice bottle wine from the farm. A true gem. Remo and Claudia (Canada)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful part of tipycal Alentejo, very friendly. Definetly recommend staying at Herdade Maroteira.

  • 5 of 5

When looking for a few days escape we came across Herdade da Maroteira, Sheperds Cottage in Redondo. Really what we were looking for and we have spent 4 amazing days in Redondo. Truly recommend staying at Herdade da Maroteira! The Cottage was lovely, fully equipped and in a very peaceful area with amazing views. We enjoyed sitting outside every evening with a nice glass of Alentejo wine, listening only to the sounds of nature.

Everyone was very welcoming, Philip and his family, Sr Chico and Sr Inverno (Mr Winter as my children called him). Sr Inverno was around to help with anything we needed and was extremely kind, friendly. We did the jeep tour around the property and this is a "must"! If you ever visit the Herdade you must take on the jeep tour!! Fantastic!! Amazing views, 2hr around the property. We learned so much about Cork & Wines! Thank you Mr Inverno, for being so enthusiastic and caring!!

This property located in Redondo, is close to some very attractive sites, places to visit like Monsaraz; Evora; Elvas... make sure you visit them.

Sheperds Cottage was a beautiful place, located inside a traditional cork forest. At night, we could only see the stars and listen to sounds from nature. The pool was located in the property but it was a good 800m walk, which in July and August with high temperatures, was a little bit distant from the cottage but still lovely. I have been told that next year a new pool will exist just in front of the cottage, so if you have children will be a plus. The area is not fumigated so you have to expect to see the natural insects that will populate around the forest, we even managed to see some scorpions (which we were told we may see them during August). We all had a wonderful time (including the children aged 12 and 10) and we truly recommend staying at Redondo, Herdade da Maroteira, Till's Cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Philadelphia, PA, USA

Slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

Great way to spend four days/nights in Portugal, at this working cork farm/vineyard with welcoming hosts and staff, three dogs to escort us and serve as pets-in-waiting, and relaxation all around. The estate is centrally located among the key hill towns in this part of the Alentejo -- Evora, Monsaraz, Estromez and Elvas. They make for great half-day visits. But don't sell short the pleasures of the estate itself. Sample the wines. Take a jeep tour of the vast acreage. Enjoy the swimming pool. Chat with Phillip, his family and the whole team. And take their advice on where to eat and what to drink.

It was a great experience for our whole family, especially the city-raised boys (14 and 10).

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Host, Great Location

  • 4 of 5

High Standart Farm, well equipt , Very warm welcom. the Location is great and not so far from many places in the erea.

Highly recomanded place to stay

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place is very special

  • 5 of 5

This was one of my most enjoyable holidays ever! I had never been to Portugal before, but now intend to learn the language in order to return to this most spacious and beautiful part of the world. This area of Portugal is awash with forests, amazing historic monuments and relics that takes the mind back easily to even pre historic times, nearly every little town or village has something worth seeing; an ancient fort, castle , ancient burial grounds, even whole (still occupied)historic walled villages, all open and available to the public yet beautifully preserved and cared for. The Portuguese people are extremely friendly and helpful, even when I struggled to master even basic Portuguese. The cottage itself overlooks a wonderful cork forest and is completely quiet and private. The owners could not be more caring and friendly, yet leave you alone to enjoy your own space. It was a wonderful home from which to explore this whole area, but also a beautiful and restful place just to be and sit and relax or walk in the woods. We were there for three weeks but still I Was not ready to come home. I really loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Lisbon Airport at 170 Kilometres Nearest Train : Evora at 35 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A6 Estremoz at 25 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Aldeia da Serra at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : at 150 Kilometres Car: necessary

Other Activities: Bird watching, walks, vinicultural tours, visits to places of cultural and historic interest.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Low Season
1 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Christmas / New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Low season
9 Jan 2017 - 1 Mar 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
High Season
2 Mar 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Low Season
1 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £21
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

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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Staff


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 80 m²


  • Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom - 3 Single Bed, 2 Cot, Bunk beds
  • 1 double room, 1 room with 1 single & 2 bunks beds


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs


  • Booking Possible
  • Booking Possible
  • Catering available

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Family shared swimming pool a short walk away

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