B&B in country house w/vineyard, Serra São Mamede
From $107 / night
Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Type: Bed and Breakfast
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. Sympathetically restored, the house offers 1 and 2 bedroom B&B; holiday apartments with modern and comfortable facilities, whilst still retaining the original Art deco influences and other period features. Quinta da Vila Maria is officially licensed as a Turismo Rural – Casa de Campo (RNET 3534).
Our 2-bedroom apartment “Hoiho” is for 4 guests and has wonderful panoramic views over our vineyard and across the valley. ...Read more
About the owner
About the owner
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Additional Location Information
The Quinta is in a peaceful location on the edge of the friendly village of Reguengo, in the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park. The Park is a protected nature reserve, lying along the border with Spain, created to protect wildlife and unusual plants and preserve local traditions. Cork oaks, oaks and olive trees still cover large areas of the Serra while wild flowers are abundant in spring and early summer.
For walkers, bird watchers and mountain bikers there are quiet tracks and roads through the hills to explore. Walking trails, flanked by ancient stone walls, lead you through glorious countryside, pine forest and groves of chestnut and cork trees. The Requengo walking trail starts and finishes in the village making it easy to do at least one walk and enjoy the clean air, peace and beautiful views so typical of this area. We have self-guided walking maps and notes produced by the Park authority available in reception for the various walking trails. If you can't bring your own mountain bike we can arrange the hire of mountain bikes for you (at very reasonable rates); just let us know beforehand. Or if you'd like to explore some of the Park on horseback we can also arrange this with a horse trekking centre near Marvão who offer various guided rides through the Park.
The Park supports more than half of the species of birds that breed in Portugal and is a stopping off point for many birds migrating between Africa and Northern Europe. Kestrels, Bonellis eagle and Egyptian vultures are a common sight circling overhead so there's plenty for bird watchers to look out for.
The Quinta also makes an excellent base for sightseeing and soaking up Portuguese history. There are many historic towns, castles and other places of interest within easy reach; such as Marvão, Castelo de Vide, Portalegre, the Roman city at Ammaia and villa at Torre de Palma, the Coudelaria (National horse stud) at Alter do Chão and numerous Neolithic remains. Day trips can also be made to the historic towns of Estremoz, Badajoz and Elvas, the latter with its amazing Napoleonic fortifications, the wonderful small town of Vila Viçosa with its incredible ducal palace and the extensive and amazing Roman remains at Mérida.
If you are interested in wine, Reguengo and the surrounding area is a renowned wine producing region with a number of vineyards. If you would like to visit a vineyard and do some wine tasting let us know beforehand and we can arrange a visit for you.
There is a beautiful, open-air swimming pool with kiosk and picnic area in Reguengo, a short stroll from the house. Or just 15 kms away there is the river beach and swimming pools at Portagem with picnic area, kiosk, restaurants and cafes nearby (all pools and river swimming are seasonal).
There is a café and three good local restaurants within a 5 minute drive of the Quinta, all serving delicious food and Alentejo wines. Portalegre is just a 10 minute drive away and has numerous cafes, many restaurants, seven supermarkets and the twice weekly Municipal Market, a great place to buy fresh produce from local suppliers.
More About This Location
Nearest airport: Lisbon, 145.03 miles
Car is recommended