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Guesthouse on extensive Farm with Riding Center

Bedrooms 3
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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.

Registration Number : ERT 6068

Property Manager
Barbara Thomann
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, German, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About Barbara Thomann

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.

Barbara Thomann purchased this farmhouse in 1995

Why Barbara Thomann chose Alcáçovas

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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Alcáçovas in Municipality of Viana do Alentejo

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • 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
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • 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
Notes on accommodation: Breakfast, meals and picnic baskets can be ordered, 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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average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
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Absolutely amazing!

  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Herdade De Mata was by far the best part of our trip to Spain and Portugal.

Barbara, Georg, Rita, Carlos , Migas, Paula, Vincent, Sultan and the entire staff went far and beyond to make us feel like royalty.

The guest house had everything we needed and more. We are already planning our next trip, this time will be more than just 5 days...

Thank you so much to everyone at Herdade de Mata for making our vacation unforgettable

Jorge and Silvia

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Jorge and Silvia - you were fantastic guests and we truly hope to seeing you again soon at Herdade da Mata
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Roman Temple of Évora
Praça do Giraldo
Roman Remnants
Recinto Megalítico dos Almendres
Menir dos Almendres
Megalithic Sights
Roman Villa of Sao Cucufate
Palace of the Dukes of Cadaval (Palácio Cadaval)
Adega Cartuxa
Nearest Airport
160 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Alcáçovas, Alentejo

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £31 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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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