Cottage near Marvao, Alto Alentejo, Central Portugal - Situated On The Edge Of A Small, Peaceful Alentejo Village
'Casa do Brasao', The Coat of Arms Cottage, originally built in 1856, is a fully restored and stylishly decorated cottage situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Walks on Roman roads, Roman ruins, Megalithic stones, historic towns with castles, vineyards, olive groves and a rich bounty of flora and fauna. This charming cottage is located on the edge of a small, peaceful Alentejo village untouched by time. Discover cobbled streets surrounded by beautiful olive groves, cork oak trees and ancient pathways. There are a number of small cafes and a small village shop for a few essentials. A wider choice is available at a good supermarket (Pingodoce) in Castelo de Vide - 9.5km, and a mini market in Santo Antonio das Areias - 2.6km. The 3 bedroom cottage is surrounded by a garden with huge granite boulders, cork oak trees for shade, a sun terrace, a small plunge pool, a barbecue and off street parking.
Top Traveller Review
Amazing house in an amazing region
About the Owner
Guestbook comments from the owner
Casa do Brasão has been an excellent base for us to discover an area that has hitherto been unknown to us. Marvão is an absolute must to visit - an amazing place, for both adults and children. The locals are wonderfully friendly. A journey to Spain to Caçeres - spotting eagles and kites on the way, was good. We enjoyed the local walks and had a delicious meal at O Poejo. Casa do Brasão has been wonderfully restored and decorated! Obrigado!.
Rydym wedi mwynhau'r wythnos yn fawr iawn. Diolch.
August 2010.Y telu Llewellyn, Cardiff, Wales ( Pais de Gales)
Leaving with a bit of a crush.
July 2010. Andrew & Molly, York, Great Britain & New York USA
Had a lovely stay in the beautiful house, excellent views. Compliments for the fine route maps, and also on the interior of the house, really nice! We love the environment / region. And sure come again some time.
Barbara, Rotterdam, Holland
5 based on 3 holidaymaker reviews
Amazing house in an amazing region
We arrived at this amazing house to find something that was way better than anything we had expected. A well equipped and comfortable house in a very pleasant village. Birds singing and the bells carried by the sheep were the main sounds that accompanied us throughout the stay. The region is a wonderful place for hiking and spring flowers made this a real treat. We would have loved to stay much longer but time to move on. Thank you for making our vacation such a pleasant one!!
Incredibily peaceful and beautiful place to stay
We had an amazing time here last summer. The house is very stylish and has everything you could possibly need. The kitchen is really well equipped and there is a lovely dining area outside which we thoroughly enjoyed in the evenings. There is internet access, satelite TV (good choice of channels) and lots of books and board games.
The pool provides welcome relief from the Alentejo heat, although it does have a lot of chemicals in it, which can be a problem for people with sensitive skin. We recommend a quick hose down after swimming. Towels are also provided.
The surrounding area is one of the most beautiful places in Portugal and it is so quiel and calm. You really do feel like you have left everything behind and you can relax completely.
I would definitely recommend this house to anyone wanting to visit this area.
A lovely gem!
We had a wonderful time at the Casa do Brasao. A beautiful, clean, well-equipped cottage in a quiet location. We enjoyed many mornings out on the stone table listening to birds, hearing the sheep bells and enjoying the olive grove. We will definitely recommend to friends.
Activity and Interests
Lisbon airport is 225km (2 hours 37 minutes). Car hire is recommended.
Marvao is an imposing and peaceful town on the highest crest of the ‘Serra de Sao Mamede’ Natural Park. A picturesque walled town of white houses, narrow cobbled streets, Gothic arches, Manueline windows and the magnificent castle, with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Castelo de Vide’s castle is surrounded by the town’s white houses and dominates the surrounding landscape. Steep, narrow cobbled medieval streets, Gothic architecture and the historical area known as the Judiaria.
Walks. The region of Marvao and the Serra da Sao Mamede, a protected nature reserve, is a wonderful place for walking. A mountain range with the highest point of 1,025 metres, is a treasure of rich and diversified flora and fauna. A micro-climate with thick vegetation, ancient roman roads and pathways, megalithic stones, an abundance of wildlife including rare birds of prey such as the vulture, kite or Bonelli eagle, and with a some luck you might see wild boar or deer. Wines. Alentejo is particularly suited to the production of wines of exceptionally high quality. It is dotted with vast areas of vineyards on extensive plains under a scorching sun that illuminates and matures the grapes that make Alentejo’s wines so special. Discover these great wines for yourself. Gastronomy. The Alentejo cuisine puts a touch of creativity and imagination into every dish. The Alentejo was formerly a major grain producer, whereas out among the Hispanic oaks and olive trees, large herds of pigs feed on acorns. Thus, bread, pork and olive oil form the basis of one of the best developed regional cuisines of Portugal. Swimming. A few kilometers away in Ranginha, there is a medium sized swimming pool and bar. Portagem has a large outdoor pool with a separate infants' pool. The facilities include a restaurant, snack bar and tennis court. Castelo de Vide has an outdoor pool with small water slides and also a separate infants' pool, restaurant and snack bar. Portalegre has a small outdoor pool with a cafe. There are also two dams in the region, Apartadura and Povoa, where you can fish or take a swim. It’s also a great place for a picnic. In the area there is also: tennis, horse riding, fishing, hunting, Karting and ballooning.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
2 Oct 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Once you have decided that you wish to confirm a booking, you can book by email or phone. We will need to know your full name / number of people in your party / your postal address and Email / A contact telephone number. Reserved deposit 30% by bank transfer. Balance 70% 30 days before arrival. Exchange rate conversion calculated at time of booking.
Minimum stay from 1st June to 31st September is for 7 nights. Other dates minimum stay is for 3 nights. Departure before 11.00am and arrival after 17.00pm (time for us to make sure the cottage is clean and tidy for you).
Notes on prices:
Our prices are based on 2 people. Charge for an extra person is 30 euros per week or 3 nights.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom - large step-in multifunctional shower, bidet, toilet, hand basin and heated towel rail.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/6 (3 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom1 - mezzanine with large double bed. Bedroom 2 - antique double bed. Bedroom 3 - two single children's beds.
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: This cottage is ideal for couples or for families with older children. It is not suitable for babies and very young children. The plunge pool is only available for use from the May to October. Wood is provided for the fire free of charge in the colder months (There is no central heating but we provide electric heaters in the rooms). For health and safety this cottage has a no smoking policy and no pets allowed. Outside: Garden with large granite boulders with great views of Marvão and Castelo de Vide, cork oak and orange trees, arched patio, a cobbled sun terrace with a 5.5x3 plunge pool and cover, 2 sun loungers and 2 easy chairs, stone table and chairs for dining alfresco, a barbecue and off street parking. The plunge pool is only available for use from the May to October. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen, bath towels and pool towels are provided. Gas and electricity are included in the price. For rental periods of more than one week fresh bedlinen and towels will be provided and the cottage cleaned.