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Large Farmhouse, 12m Pool and Amazing Views in 120 Acres of Alentejo Countryside

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse in Odemira, Alentejo Coast, Central Portugal, Portugal - Beautiful Rural Location, 40 Mins from Stunning Beaches, Peace & Quiet Free from Traffic and Noise

Farmhouse, sleeps 8+. Imposing, large, airy, recently converted farmhouse on 120 acres of olive groves and wild cork oak forest, with stunning views. 12m swimming pool with crystal clear water. Sleeps 8+ in 4 bedrooms, 3 en suite. Wild and natural countryside, 15 mins' pleasant drive to Odemira with all its facilities, 40 mins to fantastic beaches. Ideal family holiday location, suit children of all ages. Pets welcome. Wonderful walks, bird watching (ask for list!), horse riding nearby, wide terraces for sunbathing, relaxing and enjoying the views, dramatic arid garden.

Martin Gibbons
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2017

About Martin Gibbons

My wife and I live in England and both work. We bought this property about 8 years ago, when it was semi-derelict, and half of it was a barn. We put in the solar panels for hot water and electricity, plus of course the swimming pool, and completely re-built the house. We bought it as a family holiday home but it has to earn its keep! Everything we did we did for ourselves, so there are lots of personal touches, and it has loads of character.

We love the peace and quiet, the total absence of traffic and airplane noise, and the general stillness of the place.

We have spent many happy family holidays here and really love the place, and hope you will too.

Martin Gibbons purchased this farmhouse in 2006

Why Martin Gibbons chose Odemira

We loved the farmhouse itself, it's big and spacious, and of course the views. You can see for 40-odd miles down to the south, the Monchique Hills. It's close enough to the sea to be able to spend a day or half day on the beach, but not so close that it's always windy, a disadvantage with many coastal properties.

The house itself is just down from a hill top, so it has the amazing views, but also privacy as it's shielded by trees. The drive from Odemira follows the course of the River Mira, along a clear and pretty track. It's about 15 minutes.

It's extremely quiet with no traffic/plane noise, and no pollution, though the constant calling of the Cuckoos does drive you a bit mad in the spring! In fact it's a birdwatcher's paradise with over 50 species recorded at, or near, the property.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The rural location of Chaparral de Cabanas offers much for those seeking peace and quiet. You could spend the whole holiday at the property, just venturing out for supplies, or use it as a base to explore the local towns and villages or more distant cities.

The terraces are great for eating out in the fresh air while enjoying the views of the surrounding countryside. One terrace overlooks the pool so an eye can be kept on the children while they are splashing about. The pool is fenced off for safety. There are lots of shady trees if it gets too hot, and, due to its thick walls, the interior of the house is usually 10 degrees cooler than outside.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Santa Maria in Alentejo Litoral

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 'wet room'
  • En suite bathroom 1 has bath with shower, loo and bidet, wash hand basin, views. En suite bathrooms 2 & 3 have shower, loo, wash hand basin, and views. Shower room has loo, shower, wash hand basin.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms 1 & 2 are large rooms with double beds and en suite bathrooms. Bedroom 3 is smaller, with double bed and en suite bathroom. Bedroom 4 with twin beds. Travel cot.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Notes on accommodation: All rooms have fly screens (it's a no-fly zone!) and window shutters. Ample wardrobe space. Electricity and hot water are solar powered. Comprehensive guide to the house and surroundings, at the house. Lists local attractions, markets, what-to-do, restaurants, emergency numbers etc. Outside: Swimming pool fenced for safety. Sun loungers, pool toys, sun umbrellas, pool towels provided, also beach umbrellas which may be taken to the beach with you. Terrace has large table and 12 chairs for al fresco dining. Ample shady parking. The property has 120 acres, with one acre around the house fenced off; children and dogs can run wild! Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: All towels (including pool/beach towels) and linen provided. Other: Dining room: Large high-ceilinged room, table seats 8 comfortably, french doors to terrace, views over pool. High chair.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)


Brilliant place for a seriously relaxing holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We loved Chaparral de Cabanas. The house was well equipped and as described in the listing. Martin was very pleasant to deal with and provided comprehensive info on the house and directions to find it.

We loved the peace, quiet and wonderful views. Having stocked up on food and drink in Odemira, we were happy to stay put for three days at a time enjoying the solitude the place offers. At night we lay on the warm tiles of the pool house roof to star gaze and see the Milky Way, a real treat.

We were very grateful for the shading over the pool area as it made lying out far more comfortable. We also enjoyed having breakfast under the olive tree when the air was cool and fresh before the sun gained full strength. A big thumbs up for the fly screens on the doors and windows to keep the mozzies at bay.

We enjoyed three trips to various beaches on the west coast, all were different from each other but all offered beautiful sand and surf, with hardly anyone on them.

We would definitely consider returning, highly recommended for anyone wanting a seriously chilled holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That's so kind! Thanks so much for the great review and we look forward to seeing you again, next year? All best, Martin
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Wonderful villa, stunning views

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here recently, we wanted to get away from it all, and this villa was just the ticket. The villa was just as described. It had everything that you could need for your stay. The pool is great, big enough to actually swim, and ideal for a quick dip when you get too hot.

The villa, was very clean and well maintained.

There are good supermarkets near by, where you can get all that you need, and some lovely cafés in the local town Odemira.

Martin, the owner was very helpful all the way up to, and during our stay, making it stress free.

I would highly recommend staying here, I'm sure we will again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Amie for your kind remarks. Welcome back any time! Martin
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Idyllic setting,stunning views and tranquility.

  • 5 of 5

The house was comfortable and had all the necessary facilities. The pool was well maintained and Joao was most helpful and available if needed. The property met all the details listed and we look forward to returning next year. If you want peace and quiet amidst beautiful scenery look no further.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your lovely review. We were very happy to read that you enjoyed your stay at Chaparral and look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit. Emma & Martin Gibbons.
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Earthly Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Once you get to the end of the track and arrive at this gorgeous house you never want to stir again! We rapidly realised that the best plan was to stock up at the Intermarche and hole up for a few days. The views, the wildlife, the daily visit by the goats, the pool, the stars, the walks mean you are never bored. Of course when you fancy a change of scenery there are some lovely beaches nearby which are all different and charming in their own way.

The house is well equipped with a great kitchen that is a pleasure to cook in. You can eat all your meals on the terrace looking at the view of the hills beyond.

Really loved it and we are going back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a lovely review, and we look forward to welcoming you back next year.
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Loved it, didn't want to leave

  • 5 of 5

Three generations of us landed at Chaparral, to a retreat both stunning and peaceful. We all loved it, spent many hours on the terrace bbq'ing (there is one now) and enjoyed the peace and quiet of rolling hills and free range cows and goats. For a change of scenery the beaches are close by, offering kayaking and other adventure activities (my children are 16 & 19) but staying in and walking through the land is pleasurable also. We didn't want to leave and are also making plans to go back again next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We Love This Place!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a great time here. The property was perfect for us and our 3 children (10, 8 & 5). We loved the peace and quiet, being able to go for long runs in unspoiled landscape, swimming in the pool and relaxing on the terrace with a cold beer! What is also noteworthy is that there are so many beaches to choose from, if you like going to the seaside. We tried about 5, and were amazed. They were never busy, and once we got the lie of the land, we were able to choose from crashing waves, acres of sand, rock pools, aqua marine water, river estuary or often a good mixture. Not to mention some very nice fish restaurants, and the amazing Chinese shop in Odimera, where you can buy almost anything!

We will certainly be coming back. the weather never disappoints, and neither did Chaparral.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for such a lovely review (you mean 2014 of course!), and happy to hear how much you enjoyed your stay. Welcome back any time!
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Prices & Availability

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April-August 2017
2 Apr 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Sept.2017 - March 2018
3 Sep 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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7 night minimum stay
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Booking Notes:
20% deposit with booking, balance 4 weeks prior to arrival date.

Changeover Day:
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20% deposit with booking, balance 4 weeks prior to arrival.

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