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Guesthouse on extensive Farm with Riding Center



Updated: 11-Nov-2016
Guesthouse in Alcacovas, near Evora, Alto Alentejo, Portugal - 30km south of Evora (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Portugal’s largest province, the Alentejo is known as of one the least populated areas in Western Europe. The expansive rural landscape with rolling hills, wide fields, unspoilt villages with their typical whitewashed houses, the fantastic climate and the friendly people make the Alentejo a very special holiday destination. 30 kilometers south of Evora near the village of Alcáçovas lies the farm "Herdade da Mata". Suckling cows, horses, donkeys, goats and many other animals enjoy the good life of an extensively cultivated farm. The Swiss owners bought the farm 15 years ago and with much personal dedication turned the place into what it is today: a well organized farm where the well-being of animals, especially various endangered Portuguese species, and the conservation of nature are important concerns of the owners. In order to share this special way of life not only with family and friends the owners opted to open their guesthouse to interested clients.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the Owner

In 1995 George and I decided to change our life and move from Switzerland to the Portuguese Alentejo. We had already known the Algarve for many years but were fascinated by the unspoilt beautiful landscape of the Alentejo. So we bought our farm, started to breed cattle, especially an old endangered species, the Garvonesa cow. In the meantime many more animals, endangered and not endangered ones, came to us. We love our country life in this wonderful climate and are happy to share it with our friends and guests.

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From the Owner

The property is very conveniently located, not too far from urban Lisbon and close to historic Evora and the vast Alentejano coastline. The large size of the farm with it's private lake offers great privacy.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : LISBON at 160 Kilometres Nearest Train : CASA BRANCA at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : EVORA at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : ALCAÇOVAS at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : COMPORTA at 70 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Horse/pony riding, riding lessons with professional teacher, assist training of Lusitano horses, guided tours through the farm to see the different animals, fishing in the private lake, birdwatching, walking tours, picnic.


Fantastic beaches on the Costa Alentejana (Comporta, Carvalhal, Melides), approx 60 min drive, endless sandy beaches with nice restaurants, not crowded even in summer months.


Lisbon Airport 90 min drive, very good roads, mainly highway, access to farm on dirt road but well maintained. Use of car essential.


Alcáçovas is a small village with only some local stores. Viana do Alentejo is a 15 km drive with two supermarkets, restaurants and cafés. Evora, 30 min drive, is a beautiful town with all facilities and many Roman ruins of great interest. Boatrenting at Alqueva, the largest artificial lake of Europe, (60 min drive), nice restaurants on the shore of the lake. The medieval town of Montsaraz is about a 2 hours drive. Beautiful market on Saturdays in Estremoz (1 hour drive).

Further Details:

In Alcáçovas all necessary items (excellent farmacy) are available but for more pleasant shopping it is worth driving to Evora. There you can find all kinds of shops and nice restaurants with good fresh food for reasonable prices. Walking through the town you can visit many interesting archeologic sites, e.g. the famous roman temple of Diana, rest in one of the numerous cafes and enjoy the fabulous atmosphere of this Unesco World Heritage Site.

A pleasant roundtrip brings you trough some of the most interesting sites of the Alentejo: Evora-Evoramonte-Estremoz-Borba-VilaViçosa-Monsaraz-LakeAlqueva.


Rental rates

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Booking by email, phone or fax, 50% deposit with booking, rest 4 weeks before rent starts. Confirmation of booking and payment by email. Payment by international bank transfer. If a cancellation is made later than 4 weeks before rent starts, the full amount is due.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day flexible, arrival between 4.00pm-8.00pm, departure before 10.00am

Notes on prices:
Discount for one week or longer letting.
Breakfast, meals and picnic baskets upon request.
Riding lessons not included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 11-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

Our guests cannot only spend a relaxing holiday but can also follow the daily life of an extensively cultivated farm with suckling cows, horses and a great variety of other animals.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays


  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Staff


  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • All bathrooms en-suite with shower and separate WC.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All bedrooms have 2 twin beds and are comfortably furnished and colorfully painted in the Alentejo style, one bedroom with french window to the terrace, cots available upon request, nice fresh fabrics make a friendly atmosphere.


  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Breakfast, meals and picnic baskets can be ordered, price list in the house. Daily cleaning included in the rental price Outside: Private terrace with built-in barbecue surrounded by garden and patio. Direct access to (fenced) pool (12x6 meters) only sharing with owners, stunning view over fields with cattle, donkeys and other animals, next to the old farmhouse of the owners, private covered riding hall. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen of best quality included, daily cleaning service, personal washing and ironing upon request and against extra fee.

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