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:
The Movie

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


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.

Painting weeks in 2018:

April 16 - April 23

October 4 - October 11



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Vakantie in Portugal Monte do Casarao

July is the month of harvesting the cork. The cork oak is the only tree whose bark can be picked up whole. Once in a ten-year period, the tree can be harvested. That is why  there is painted the number of the year on each peeled tree, so that the peeler knows when the ten years are over.

Cork is hand work. It happens with the greatest of care. Cork is precious. Portugal is the largest exporter of Cork. On our website you can find more about Cork. One of our guests has also a nice video made about it.


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Monte do Casarão

Even een update. Het is warm hier. Windstil ook. Donderdag 40,8; vrijdag 41,7; zaterdag 43,3 en vandaag 40,4. Morgen (en de rest van de week) zou het koeler moeten worden. Binnen is het goed uit te houden. ´s Nachts alle ramen tegen elkaar openzetten en overdag alles weer dicht doen.
En nu brandt de Monchique, sinds vrijdagmiddag. Eerst alleen de Algarve-kant, gisteren kroop het vuur de berg over, de provincie Odemira in. Achter het benzinestation, zo´n 10 kilometer bij ons vandaan (als je de weg naar links opgaat, richting Nave Redonda) zijn mensen geëvacueerd. Het vuur aan deze kant lijkt nu redelijk onder controle, maar ze zijn nog steeds bezig met 831 brandweerlieden, 223 voertuigen en 12 vliegtuigen. Wynand gaat twee keer per dag naar Café Flor de Serra om poolshoogte te nemen.
Ongelukkige omstandigheid is nu dat het is gaan waaien. Voor ons gunstig want de wind komt uit zee, maar het zal het blussen bemoeilijken. Voorlopig kunnen ze nog niet uitrusten, de brandweermannen.
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