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Converted Shepherds Cottage in Traditional Cork Forest, Near Evora

Estremoz, Portugal
  • Cottage861 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum StayNone

2 Bedrroms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 5

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.


Phillip Mollet

Member Since 2005
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english, portuguese
Calendar last updated:
Apr 13, 2018
About Phillip Mollet

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!

Phillip Mollet purchased this Cottage in 1900

Why Phillip Mollet chose Municipality of Redondo

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.

What makes this Cottage unique

Other than the Accommodation Herdade the Maroteira is a 540ha working farm with several activities (Cork production, livestock, Vineyards, Wine production and Olive groves). We also live in a very privileged area of Portugal with a lot of historical locations and sites. For you to be able to make the most of you stay with us we have set up some actives with a full time local guide, who would love to show you the best of what we have. Our Tours 1 Hr Visit of the farm 5km Walk of Cork Forest 10km Walk of the Cork Forest and Vineyards 20km Walk of the farm and surrounding hill Explore the Dolmens of the serra D’ossa 2hr Jeep tour of the Farm


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom
        1 queen
      • Bedroom
        3 twin/ single, 2 baby crib, Bunk beds
      • 1 double room, 1 room with 1 single & 2 bunks beds


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Rural
          • Village


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


                  • Catering available


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


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


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 5 people


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


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


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • Low Allergen Environment
                                          • suitable for elderly or infirm

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Outdoor Pool
                                              • Private Pool

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Staff


                                                      • churches
                                                      • forests
                                                      • museums
                                                      • restaurants
                                                      • ruins
                                                      • winery tours

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • eco tourism
                                                          • horseback riding
                                                          • scenic drives
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • walking

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • hospital
                                                              • medical services

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • mountain biking
                                                                  • swimming


                                                                      • Family shared swimming pool a short walk away

                                                                        House Rules

                                                                        Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                        Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                                        Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                        23 Reviews


                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        Perfect stay on a picturesque farm

                                                                        Allie S.

                                                                        Staying at Philip's house was amazing. The views from the house were beautiful, the house was really comfortable, and Philip was awesome. He was really willing to accomodate for any of our needs. We took a jeep tour of the cork farm and drank wine from in vineyard out in the vineyard. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!

                                                                        Long weekend away

                                                                        PHILLIP M.

                                                                        Had a long weekend here with my 3 boys. They spent most of there time playing with the dogs.

                                                                        We also did the farm tour which I must say is a must.

                                                                        This place defiantly get 5 out 5 in my books

                                                                        A perfect three night stay...

                                                                        BARBARA C.At this time we split our time between Colorado and California.

                                                                        Peace and quiet unknown to most of the western world. Generous hosts, perfect pets as undemanding companions, stars galore and the spirit of lifelike cork trees all around.

                                                                        Great Stay away from it all


                                                                        OMG if you want some where quite this is the place to go. Loved the house, swimmingpool and the loaction

                                                                        Fantastic Holiday.

                                                                        Mithra P.worthing

                                                                        Herdade de Maroteira was a fantastic holiday place, the information regarding the farm was very helpful. We found the area as very idyllic and peacfull.overall we had a fantastic time. The crok trekking tour was very informative and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

                                                                        unexpectedly my wife was taken ill and has to be hospitalized but the help and support we received from the Mollet family and staff was absolutely amazing they are some of the most genuinely well meaning and kind people we've ever met.

                                                                        Finally we wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place to our family and friends and hope to see you all again

                                                                        thank you so much.

                                                                        premathilaka family.

                                                                        Great stay

                                                                        Bo H.

                                                                        We stayed for 4 days in the cottage and really enjoyed it. The cottage is fairly basic but fine. The cork farm is very nice and peaceful for walks. We also took the jeep tours and that was worth it. Remember to buy a bottle of their best vine. That is very good. The new pool 40 meters from the cottage was fantastic with a perfect view over the landscape and you could probably see for 30-40 km. They had 5 dogs and our children really loved them and they followed you when you went for a walk in the cork farm. Theire is only A/C in the main living room in the cottage and not in the 2 bed rooms, but even though it was hot outside the bedrooms were still cool. The people at the farm were very friendly. Very recommended if you want a quite place to stay with beautiful nature.


                                                                        Estremoz, Portugal

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

                                                                        Rates & Availability

                                                                        Additional information about rental rates

                                                                        Pet Fee
                                                                        Tax Rate

                                                                        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

                                                                        23 Reviews
                                                                        Exceptional 5/5
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