- 2 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Sleeps 4
Description from the owner
Quinta da Vila Maria is a former wine merchant’s country house, winery and vineyard 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 this unique house now provides 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 such as the beautiful floor tiles, wooden shutters and high ceilings. The property is officially licensed by the Ministry of Tourism of Portugal as a Turismo Rural – Casa de Campo.
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B&B in country house w/vineyard, Serra São Mamede
Portalegre, Centro Region, Portugal
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. The forest of cork oaks, oaks and olive trees still cover large areas of the Serra while wild flowers are abundant in spring and early summer. Here you will discover clean air, panoramic views as well as rare native flora and fauna.
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, peppered here and there with rocky outcrops of granite and schist. The well marked Requengo walking trail starts and finishes in the village making it easy to do at least one walk and enjoy the peace, solitude 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 with you 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 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. Slightly further away but still an easy and scenic drive there are 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 nearby. 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 picnic area in Reguengo, a pleasant stroll from the house, or just 15 kms away there is the river beach and swimming pool at Portagem with picnic area, kiosk, restaurants and cafes nearby (pools and river swimming are seasonal).
Portalegre is just a 10 minute drive from the Quinta and has numerous cafes, many restaurants, seven supermarkets and the twice weekly Municipal Market, a great place to buy fresh produce from local suppliers. There are also good local restaurants, serving delicious traditional food and Alentejo wines, in the nearby villages of Salão Frio and Caia.
To get the most from your visit to this area a car is recommended. Lisbon airport is a 2½ hour drive away, Badajoz airport about 1¼ hours, and Faro airport is about a 4 hour drive. Cars can be hired at Lisbon or Faro airports or if you prefer you can hire a car once you are in Portalegre. The ferries at Santander or Bilbao are about an 8–9 hour drive away.
Once you arrive at the Quinta private off-road parking is available through the main gate or if you prefer parking is also available alongside the road in front of the house.
If you want to travel to Portalegre by bus, Rede Expressos operate an efficient bus service all around Portugal. Once in Portalegre you can get to Reguengo either by bus or by taxi. It is possible to travel around the area using the local buses but sometimes your time in a place can be restricted due to the bus timetables. Please contact us if you want more information on these options.
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Car is recommended
Last updated on February 28, 2015
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- Towels Provided
- Alarm Clock
- Washing Machine
- Hair dryer
- Short breaks allowed (1-4 days)
- Local Guides/Maps
- Linens Provided
Phone / Internet
- Wireless Internet
- Paper Towels Provided
- Stove or Oven
- Stereo or CD player
- Satellite or cable TV
- Balcony or terrace
- 4 Dining chairs
- 4 Lounge chairs
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - no