Holiday in Portugal Alentejo: Welcome to Monte do Casarão
Monte do Casarão, our pride and joy, is an 86-acre rural estate in the southwest of Portugal. It is situated in the province of Alentejo Baixo, not too far from the West-Atlantic coast, next to the Parque Natural da Costa Vicentina. At Monte do Casarão you will find six cottages which we rent out to holidaymakers. They are typical Alentejo farms: white walls, red roofs, touches of blue and a delightful living terrace with an outdoor kitchen.
A hill of your own
Monte do Casarão lies smack in the middle of a nature reserve, miles away from anywhere. The last mile or so of the way you’ll find yourself driving a country lane. The cottages are architect-designed, stylish yet practical and fitted with all modern conveniences. The cottages are scattered across the estate and have a view to sigh for. What makes it that bit more special is that they are all built on their own mountains. Go on, admit it: we all want a hill of our own.
86 acres of bliss
What can Monte do Casarão offer you? Exactly what made us decide to move there: a stunning countryside, absolute privacy, absolute peace and quiet. Close by you’ll find wonderful beaches, lovely villages and far too many sights to see in one holiday.
When you arrive, the ‘donos de casa’ will give you a hearty welcome. They will do their utmost to render your stay unforgettable. If you wish they can even arrange breakfast in bed. But there is more: a week’s free stay is put up for raffle among our 2016 guests.
Enjoy our website and maybe you’ll soon enjoy Monte do Casarão. We hope we may welcome you there. Wynand, Nel and Lies
Monte do Casarão:
A video shows Monte do Casarão and its surroundings in a different way from pictures. It will give you a better idea of what it’s like here.
Many local entrepreneurs have collaborated on the video free of charge. A good reason to mention them here by name:
Anke Ruschhaupt (Ecotrails canoe, mountain bike and e-bike rentals)
Beatriz in Odemira (Chocolates de Beatriz, handmade, scrumptiously beautiful chocolates)
Délia Rodrigues (Academia D’artes, power fitness, Zumba and Pilates classes)
Simone Höllriegl (horses and riding lessons)
Moreover, we’d like to thank Marco Mühlen and Sabine Matthiesen for their professional advice. Furthermore, thanks to all the guests who were willing to adjust their plans in order to step in as extras.
Cinematography Jaromir Wimmer Pro-Motion, assisted by Luís Noutela, Music Adrian Berenguer, Field producer Bas Riemslag, Screenplay Nel Schimmer
Walking in Portugal
All you need for your walks in this beautiful, virgin part of the Alentejo is a pair of good shoes, a cap, a rucksack containing a bottle of water, a camera, binoculars and some food. Depending…
How you can enjoy life more than by swimming on a hill? From the swimming pool, you have a marvellous view. Lounge chairs, (usually) glorious weather, a good book and a glass of…
Hiking and swimming are great fun to do, and they do your body a world of good. Still, there are various other ways to spend the day if you love sports. Surfing, horse riding, biking, canoeing…
The Alentejan coast has its fair share of beaches; they come in all shapes and sizes. You’ll find vast sandy beaches as well as tiny rocky ones. Some of them are really hard to find and…
Casa Basta sleeps 6-8 people. In comparison to the other cottages, Casa Basta is the highest, overlooking Casarão Velho. It contains a very spacious living room with a wood-burning hearth /central heating…
Casa Marcanta (T2) sleeps max. 6 people. It contains a large living room, an open-plan kitchen with a fridge and an oven, a wood-burning hearth /central heating, two bedrooms, a spacious and…
Casa Boa (T2) sleeps max. 6 people. It contains a large living room, an open-plan kitchen with a fridge and an oven, a wood-burning hearth /central heating, two bedrooms, a spacious bathroom richly appointed…
Casa Valorosa sleeps max. 6 people. It has a large living room, an open-plan kitchen with a fridge and an oven, a wood-burning hearth /central heating, two bedrooms, a spacious splendid bathroom…
Twice a year- once in spring and once in autumn - Monte do Casarão organizes a painting week. The course is for beginners and advanced students. You can paint or sketch using any technique and any materials you like. The Dutch Jenny Helder will support and coach the students during both art weeks.
October: the olives are ready to be picked. Olives cannot be eaten from the tree just like this. They are way too bitter. To get rid of the bitter taste they must be rinsed with clean water every day for forty days and then they can be put in salt. Salt with water, to be precise. Over the years I have learned how much salt needs to be added to a liter of water. If you add too much, they are too salty, if you add too little, they will spoil.
Oregano, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, everything can be added. With an emphasis on can. It is not necessary. The olives are a delicacy after forty days of their own.
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