My husband and I spent three days at George and Barbara's beautiful place and it didn't feel like enough. There's only one guest house on the property, and if you're like us and rent the whole property there's more than enough space. Not only that but you're the only guest on the entire property. The house is well equipped with a full kitchen, great grill on the patio and everything else you'll need. However if you're like my husband and need to work remotely you'll need to be equipped with a higher speed hotspot. A bunch of friendly dogs follow you around as you explore and meet all the animals on the property: goats, donkeys, cows, pigs, and of course the beautiful horses. The owners are incredibly kind and welcoming. George gave us a tour of the farm including the cork oak grove and you can tell a lot of love goes into this place. He also coordinated a horseback riding lesson, which are taught in the dressage style. Of course the pool is also lovely for when the weather is too hot. Overall we cannot recommend Herdade de Mata enough for a country retreat or a place to stay in Alentejo. It's great for couples and families alike.
Might be hard to find for some but worth the effort. Friendly hosts open their home and farm to you. Lots of space. The pool is bigger and better than many 5 star resorts.It's a rough road for the last few k's.
It's a unique and special place to stay.