Countryside Retreat Évora, Alentejo, Portugal

designed by João Favila Menezes
  • House
  • 4 BR
  • Sleeps 12
  • from € 280 nt
What we like about this property

We like the strong contrast of the bleached exterior and the vibrant colors of the decor inside. The simplicity of the architecture and the completely native and wild land that surrounds this property makes this an amazing escape.

Special

10% discount on bookings with 6 months in advance

Description

A family-friendly home designed by the well-known Portugese architect, João Favila Menezes, Countryside Retreat has become an important reference point for contemporary architecture in the region, and as such, respects the fundamental principles of traditional Alentejano architecture in its thoughtful construction. 

Built on a single floor with windows and patio areas that invite guests to take full advantage of the living space, the Countryside Retreat encourages visitors to explore different ways of engaging with the property and the surrounding countryside, but with all of the benefits and comforts of cosmopolitan living. From the roof-top terrace, one can see the historic villa of Monsaraz while taking in the visceral pleasure of living in a world such as this one.  

The Countryside Retreat can easily accommodate up to fifteen people in four comfortable bedrooms and sleeping areas, and is ideally configured for three couples with up to six children. One bedroom suite features a full-sized bed and bath while two separate bedroom suites includes either two twin beds or one full-sized bed and bath. 

There is also one shared sleeping area with six bunk beds along with communal bath and there are three additional extra beds upon request.

The space also includes an indoor dining area, an open plan living room with fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen. Central air conditioning is available throughout the house. 

The house is surrounded by a Mediterranean gardens with three outdoor sitting areas: a cemented patio area near the house with retractable shade-structure ideal for open-air meals, a deck area around the swimming pool next to some of the most beautiful oak trees on the property, and a roof-top terrace perfect for watching the sunset & the stars. Likewise, there are numerous shaded areas under which to rest and take cover from the sun.  

The region of Alentejo functions according to its own rhythm. Its Continental climate creates a marked variation in temperatures during the various seasons of the year. Within Portugal, it one of the regions with the highest number of sunny days accompanied by blue skies. An abundance of warmth and heat will welcome you during the Spring and Summer, with clear and warm, yet chilly temperatures in the Winter.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES 

Fully modern and thoroughly equipped with flat screen television and DVD player (without cable access)there is also a television and portable DVD player in one of the bedrooms. Internet access is available via mobile connect USB modem with a prepaid credit (very slow access 2G) There’s and iPod docking station and board games. There are four adult-sized bicycles for exploring and a telescope for star gazing (Alqueva has some of the best atmospheric conditions for star gazing most of the year, and it was the first site in the world to receive the Star Light Tourism Destination Certification, awarded by the Star Light Foundation). Guests may request additional services: daily breakfast and meal preparation, airport pick up and car rental services. Outside parking area for up to four cars.

AROUND

Set off for the countryside around Évora and discover areas inhabited since Mesolithic times, where you will find a range of structures including cave systems, stone-circles, Shell-middens, and dolmens. Should you not have much time, we highly recommend Montemor-o-Novo, Évora, and Monsaraz where you will find the most impressive concentration of these prehistoric structures. Near Monsaraz, you have Olival da Pega, Xerez, Outeiro, Belhõa, Barrocal, and Monte da Ribeira. In the area near Évora, we recommend dropping by the town of Pavia where you can see the dolmen-turned-Catholic chapel of São Denis, an example of the Christianization of a monument once considered pagan.

LOCATED

The closest airport is Faro in the Algarve, or you can fly to Lisbon where you can rent a car to travel further (Faro-Beja takes about two hours). 

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Countryside Retreat

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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Notes
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Bedrooms4 Bedrooms
Bed TypeOne bedroom suite with full-sized bed (160x200cm) and WC with bathtub.
Two separate bedroom suites with either two twin beds (90x200) or one full-sized bed (180x200cm) and WC.
One shared sleeping area with six beds (90x200) in bunk-bed style along with communal WC.
KitchenFully equipped kitchen
Bathrooms6: all rooms have wc +1 social wc +1 at the swiming pool
Accommodate4-12 people
Internet Pre paid 20€ USB stick - slow 2G access.
Pet friendlyNo
RatesRates start at €280 per night. Please see rates table below.
Minimum Stay3 Nights
ViewWild countryside and pool view
Notes

Check in/out any day of the week

Smoking is not permitted

The Villa includes:

16138/AL - Licença Alojamento Local 

Rate Table

Rates are in euros per night.  VAT included.

  4 People 8 People 12 People

Full Service Low Season

Jan 17 - Feb 29

Oct 1 - Dec 15

280€ 480€ 580€

Full Service High Season

Mar 1 - Sep 30*

Dec 16 - Jan 16

400€ 580€ 680€


The rental price includes daily services (8hr : 7am–3pm)  ( breakfast & lunch cooking services included) , cleaning  services, garden maintenance, swimming pool maintenance.

A portuguese menu and shopping list (simple fresh and summer oriented) can be suggested by the House keeper/cook to facilitate the shopping made by the guests.

Rental includes laundered bed linens, towels for the swimming pool, bathrobes and slippers as well as all utilities such as water and electricity; firewood is available for an unlimited use.

Reservations and additional services may be paid for via bank transfer or Paypal.

30% of the total rent amount is required in order to hold you reservation.  The remaining 70% must be paid one month prior to checking in.

A security deposit of 1000 euros must be made upon checking in and shall be returned at the end of your stay during check out, assuming there have been no damages to the property.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Up to 4 weeks prior arrival day - 30% no refund

3 weeks prior arrival day - 40% no refund

2 weeks prior arrival day - 60% no refund

1 week prior arrival day - 100% no refund

Reservations done within less then 4 weeks prior to arrival, payment due is 100% of rental rate

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Reviews

14 Reviews

  • Bart, July 18, 2018

    This house is a real gem. It breathes an atmosphere of style and elegance. At the same time the owners made sure to adapt the decoration so it’s also a very cosy place. Outside there is more than enough space to relax, soak up the sun and take a swim (the pool is also suitable for smaller children). The jewel in the crown though is Dona Antonia who prepares delicious meals and takes care of the house. If you want to have a relaxing holiday forget about the rest, come visit the Alentejo.

    Bart

    Belgium

  • Oliver, October 25, 2016

    We absolutely loved our stay at the Countryside Retreat in September 2016! It was perfect in every way, from the beautiful, spacious house and grounds itself, the amazing view on the Alentejo landscape, to the lovely pool area with sun all around the day!
    The pictures can’t even do it justice – it is way better! They can’t really show how tranquil, peaceful and very private this place is, so that we felt like we had our own little piece of paradise. In addition to that there are so many things to explore around. We only wished we would have stayed longer than just one week, it had everything we needed and much more.
    Countryside Retreat has fantastic architectural & design features and fittings. All the accessories you need are there (bicycles, barbeque and so on). We barely ever had such a well-equipped kitchen before, not to speak from the generous welcome presents.
    Margarida and Renato were very nice and helpful, which just made or stay and the booking process beforehand even better. We felt the two went above and beyond to make our stay as easy and comfortable as possible.
    We cannot recommend it highly enough and only hope we can return one day. Congratulations on the Countryside Retreat!
    Tina & Oliver from Munich

    Oliver

  • Eckert Piet, August 16, 2016

    It’s a wonderful place, a great house and ideal for those that search a moment of tranquility. Contact with the owners was very kind: Great hospitality. The assistance of Ms. Antonia was unexpected and of great help. This is a place to go for.

    Eckert Piet

    Zürich, Switzerland

  • Leen, August 31, 2015

    What a holiday!
    Just driving too the house was already relaxing.
    The surroundings are breathaking…and the house is like a real holiday HOME. We had a wonderfull RELAXING stay. And can highly recommend this house to familys or a group of friends who like to chillax AND want to see one of the most beautiful places in Portugal: namely the alentejo region. Must visit: Monsaraz, evora, the esporao and herdade dos grous winery, … The only comment I can give is the weak WiFi connection but even this turned out great: we all were more relaxed and had more time too spend TOGETHER!

    Leen

    Brugge, Belgium

  • Rita Durão, August 20, 2015

    Our weekend stay was WONDERFUL!!
    The beaufiful area, with lots of design details, the property, the weather…everything was perfect!
    Margarida and Renato, they clearly care very well and they simply created a wonderful and welcoming athmosphere…
    We only wish to come back! Many thanks

    Rita Durão

    9548886, Portugal

  • Monica Bessa, July 28, 2015

    Definitly TO REPEAT! Along with the fantastic tipical portuguese Landscape” Alentejo Profundo” We loved the House itself, it´s amazing DESIGN ( INSIDE and OUTSIDE). The tranqulity, the good food, of course the good friends around and speccialy the magnificent treatment from our gracious hostess Margarida and Renato and their lovely children. The location of Countryside Retreat is very good. Go there with or without kids, but GO. THE BEST!
    MONICA BESSA
    PORTUGAL

    Monica Bessa

    Parede, Portugal

  • Gonçalo Durão, July 27, 2015

    What a place…What a Atmosphere…What a silence…
    We’ve been there in July with some friends and enjoyed every single momments in that Alentejo Paradise!
    The architecture, the design oh “Countryside Retreat” are outstanding.

    We will be back soon, for sure!
    Warm regards Margarida and Renato

    Gonçalo Durão

    Lisbon, Portugal

  • Manuel Firmo, July 27, 2015

    it was fantastic. The best place in the world for a holiday. You must trie.
    We will surely return
    MAnuel Firmo
    Lisbon
    Portugal

    Manuel Firmo

    Lisbon, Portugal

  • Stephen & family, October 27, 2014

    We are back in town in Belgium.
    We had a fantastic time in the Countryside Retreat. It is really a gorgeous house where the fantastic architectural design and the surroundings are a great setting for mental and physical relaxation. Thanks a lot for your hospitality, we had a great time! Stephan & Family with two Kids.

    Stephen & family

    Belgium

  • IanD, September 2, 2014

    A fantastic holiday retreat. The location of Countryside Retreat is amazing. The design of the house ticks all the boxes for a totally peaceful and relaxed holiday. The interior and design touches are smart, which adds to the overall feeling of quality, taste and comfort. The wonderful owner Margarida went out of her way to be accommodating and informative about the house and the local area. The house offers a great swimming pool as well as bikes and a great roof deck to watch the stars at night. It also helps that the local wine is really good from the surrounded vineyards. I highly recommend you book this memorable house. I look forward to returning…

    IanD

    NYC, US

  • Family P, August 11, 2014

    We have just returned from the most amazing week at this beautiful house. The setting is extraordinary- every window frames the landscape like a painting and the design of the house manages to make it both a wonderfully social place as well as a quiet and restful one. We enjoyed every bit of our time here- from lounging by the pool listening to the goats in the field, to leisurely lunches cooked for us by an amazing local chef, to dancing under the stars at night, to tucking ourselves into the comfiest beds. A heaven for both adults and kids alike- the kids loved all of the space to roam, swimming in the pool and bike rides and the adults loved the peacefulness, the gorgeous design, the amazing local food and insanely good wine from the local vineyards. It is a true testament to our gracious hostess Margarida and her special house that we found that even when we ventured out to explore the beautiful places that surround it, we really couldn’t wait to get ‘home’ again. Margarida went out of her way to make sure we had everything we could have ever wanted for to make our time in her land amazing, and we can’t wait to return.

    Family P

    London/ NYC, UK/US

  • Paulo Eusébio, July 25, 2014

    The surroundings, the tranquility, the design, the quality, the taste, the owners friendliness, mmmmmmmmmm, How we would like to be back there !!!!!

    Paulo Eusébio

    Faro, Portugal

  • ANA CURADO, May 5, 2014

    Countryside Retreat combines the best Portuguese modern architecture as well as interior design with the quiet and wild nature atmosphere. It is perfect in any season, since everything was studied to give you all possible commodities. I know because I’ve tried! Comfortable, relaxed, chill and elegant, what you see on photos is even less than what you get! And don’t forget to enjoy the open air living room at sunset or even at night, when all the stars decide to join you! It´s amazing how paradise can be so near your!

    ANA CURADO

    SETÚBAL, PORTUGAL

  • Llop, Daniel, March 24, 2014

    Fantastic site. Portuguese landscape and nature of the highest quality.
    A lovely and very comfortable home. Very high level. Realy complet.
    The region is fabulous, full of cultural and gastronomic riches.
    A confidence. To repeat.

    Llop, Daniel

    Burgos, Spain

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