Quinta da Vila Maria is a former wine merchant’s country house, located in the beautiful and unspoilt countryside of the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park, near to the historic towns of Portalegre, Marvão and Castelo de Vide. Built around 1900, the architecture of this country house is unique for this area. It has been lovingly restored with modern and comfortable facilities but still retains its original Art deco and other period features, such as the beautiful tile floors, large rooms, high ceilings and wood shutters.
Apartment “Tui” is for 2 guests and has wonderful panoramic views over our vineyard and across the valley. It has a spacious, sunny bedroom with twin single beds (2m long), a private bathroom with shower, a living/dining area and a well equipped kitchenette with hob/stovetop, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave oven/grill, toaster, kettle, crockery, cutlery, glasses, pots and pans. The apartment has high ceilings giving it a light and airy feel, is spacious and contains everything you need for a comfortable holiday. The apartment has free WiFi.
There is a large terrace at the front of the house - the perfect place in the evening to have dinner or enjoy a glass of wine. During the day sunbathe and relax on the pond terrace accompanied only by birdsong, the gentle burble of water and the croaking of the frogs. Or if you prefer shade, relax on the “linden tree” terrace or beneath one of the many olive, cork or fruit trees. One of the olive trees is reportedly over 1000 years old. And when you want to stretch your legs you are welcome to walk around the Quinta’s vineyard and land, which is there for guests to enjoy.
The vineyard, which is organic, has many grape vines that are in the region of 100 years old. Being a traditional Portuguese vineyard the vines are not on wires but grow freely like a bush. In early spring, after pruning, they look like sculptures, all gnarled and twisted, an interesting study for those who like drawing or painting. Later in spring the vineyard and pasture are carpeted in wildflowers, a valuable food source for bees and other insects. The old adega, which is now reception, still has the antique clay amphora/pots that many years ago were used to make red wine.
If you are interested in nature, animals and birds seen, or heard, at the Quinta include lizards, geckos, frogs, toads, bats, bee-eaters, booted eagles, blackcaps, cattle egrets, little owls, nightingales, red starts and treecreepers, with many more to be seen in the surrounding area of the Natural Park.
Quinta da Vila Maria is officially licensed as a Turismo no Espaço Rural – Casa de Campo (RNET 3534).
In addition to your apartment, guests have access to the terrace at the front of the house, reception and the old adega, the pond terrace, the “linden tree terrace", the orchard, the vineyard and the Quinta’s land.
The barns and other outbuildings are full of old agricultural implements and wine making equipment. We are happy to show guests round if they are interested and share some of the history of this unique house.
We live at Quinta da Vila Maria so are always here to welcome our guests on arrival and can offer you our personal attention throughout your stay. Whether you need advice on places to visit, hiking trails, restaurants or local events, we are here when you need us.
A continental breakfast, which includes fresh fruit, orange juice, yoghurt, cereals, bread or croissants, butter, jam and homemade marmalade, cake, cheeses, ham and chouriço is provided every day in your apartment so you can have breakfast at any time you want, either in your apartment or outside on the front terrace.
A breakfast suitable for vegetarians or vegans can be provided on request.
There are also tea and coffee making facilities in the apartment.
There are three excellent local restaurants within a 5 minute drive of the Quinta, all serving delicious Alentejo food and wines. In Portalegre there are many more restaurants to choose from, numerous cafes, six supermarkets and the twice weekly vegetable, fish, meat and delicatessen market, a great place to buy fresh produce from local suppliers. The local baker's van stops outside the house four times a week with a selection of Alentejo style breads and cakes.
The maximum number of guests permitted for apartment “Tui” is two (2) persons (including children). Please note that extra beds are not available for this apartment.
Daily housekeeping is not included in the rental rate. However, rubbish bins will be emptied every day. Towels and bed linen are changed twice a week.
On the day of departure check-out time is 11.00 am. Any late check-out or early check-in is by prior arrangement only.