Converted Shepherds Cottage in Traditional Cork Forest, Near Evora

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Last updated: 11/09/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Converted Shepherd's cottage with family shared swimming pool, available for weekends and short term lets. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Living room, kitchen and private terrace. Situated in beautiful countryside of cork trees, olive groves and vineyards, on the foothills of the Serra D’ Ossa 20 km south of Estremoz. Ideal for sight seeing in a scenic and historic part of Portugal and within easy reach by motorway of Lisbon (2 hours) and Spain (1 hour), the farm itself offers good opportunities for country walks, bird watching and quiet country life. Historical tours of Evora can also be arranged through a private guide.

There are a myriad of activities to enjoy on the farm. For the walkers or mountain bikers there are kilometers of footpaths around the 540 hectare farm for you to explore and for those wishing to venture further afield, the nearby peaks offer unrivalled views of the surrounding countryside. Serra d’Ossa lies at 500 metres above sea level and boasting one of the driest climates in Europe. The absence of light pollution makes this an astronomers’ paradise.

Twitchers can enjoy seeking out over 70 species of birds in the unique habitat provided by the cork forest, several of our past guests are members of the RSPB and have made lists of the birds they have seen / heard. Here is a list of a few: White Stork, Booted Eagle, Red Kite, Kestrel, Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Hoopoe, Red-Rumped Swallow, Great Bustard, Little Bustard and Bee Eater. Visitors to the local damn include black winged stilts and the occasional avocet. Very occasionally, bustards can be seen in the lower plains.

Within a one-hour drive from the farm, you can also explore nearby towns including Evora (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Estremoz famed for its Saturday morning market, Vila Viçosa with its two royal palaces, Reguengos and even neighbouring Spain.

Vineyards : While predominantly a hilly cork forest , a vineyard has recently been planted in an open valley producing Alicante Bouschet, Aragonêz, Touriga Nactional and Syrah quality grapes. Most of the grapes are sold; however a selection of the best quality grapes are retained for the production of a high quality red wine sold in Portugal under the Cem Reis label, and in the Netherlands under the Het Tientje name. This wine has been awarded silver medals in Wine Masters Challenge (Portugal), Mundus Vini (Germany), and Challenge Du Vin (France). Next year a white wine will also be produced from viognier grapes.


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 80 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    There will be an additional charge. Please consult....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 5-6

  • Bedroom: 1 queen


  • Bedroom: 3 twin/ single, 2 baby crib

    Bunk beds...moreless

  • 1 double room, 1 room with 1 single & 2 bunks beds

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Family shared swimming pool a short walk away


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 5 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Oct 17 - Dec 18, 2015
1 night min stay
$472 $1,888
Dec 19 - Jan 3, 2016
1 night min stay
$525 $2,100
Low season
Jan 4 - Mar 25, 2016
1 night min stay
$472 $1,888
High Season
Mar 26 - Sep 30, 2016
1 night min stay
$525 $2,100
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $26.52
  • Taxes Not included


Meals, Welcome Packs, Wine Tastings and *Guided farm tours can be informally arranged.

3 course Dinner €17,50/person Excluding Wines

Welcome Pack €20 ( Bread,Eggs,Milk,Fruit,Butter,Bacon,Yogurt and Orange Juice)

Farm Tours €12,50/ Person

Wine Tastings €20 + The price of the wines opened.

* Please note that farm tours are subject to Philip's availability

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Last updated: 11/09/2015
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170 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Lisbon Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
A6 Estremoz
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Aldeia da Serra
150 Kilometres
Nearest Beach

Car: Necessary

Other Activities: Bird watching, walks, vinicultural tours, visits to places of cultural and historic interest.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1900

About the owner: Hi, my name is Philip and I'm the farm manager of Herdade da Maroteira. The farm has three houses in a beautiful traditional cork forest, with amazing views of cork trees, olive groves and vineyards. The area is ideal for sightseeing in a scenic and historic part of Portugal, within easy reach by motorway of Lisbon (2 hours) and Spain (1 hour). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

Why the Owner Chose Evora:
Our policy, as a family-owned farm is to farm in a manner that is environmentally sustainable and provides value to the local community through employment and resource-sharing. When you book us you will be helping us protect the cork forest and the local enviroment.

Contact us

Speaks: english, portuguese

Links to more information:

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Front door and porch

    Front door and porch

  • The main bedroom

    The main bedroom

  • Kitchen


  • The corkstrip

    The corkstrip

  • Cork Strippping

    Cork Strippping

  • The Vineyard

    The Vineyard

  • Great place for a classroom

    Great place for a classroom

  • Tasting


  • Enjoying the result

    Enjoying the result

  • The Bee Hives

    The Bee Hives

  • Maroteira


  • Black Pigs

    Black Pigs

  • The living room

    The living room

  • Onsuite Bathroom

    Onsuite Bathroom

  • The Swimming Pool

    The Swimming Pool

  • Loading the Cork

    Loading the Cork

  • Checking the trees

    Checking the trees

  • Its a family affair

    Its a family affair

  • It takes time

    It takes time

  • Finished Product

    Finished Product

  • Our Sheep

    Our Sheep

  • Our Wines

    Our Wines

  • Walkers Paradise

    Walkers Paradise

  • Our Cattle

    Our Cattle

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