How it began

In 2001, we visited Portugal for the first time. Our son Bas went to college in Lisbon and, being loving parents, we went to see how he was doing. We made a three-week tour, and at some point we ended up in the Alentejo. We went back to the Alejento the year after, taking our sister (in law) Lies. That’s how it all started. The idea of: I could grow old here, but I’d have to do something, and what would I miss, and the weather is so lovely, and the tomatoes are so tasty, and we will miss the children, but who knows where they’ll go, and all our relatives are living quite far away as it is, and here the piglets are still running free, and our friends can come here if they want to see us, and Wynand always wanted to do a spot of catering, and Nel always wanted to live in the dunes close to the beach, and Lies has seen all the reading glasses she’ll ever need to see, and how do we go about it, and let’s check the Internet.

The result: in 2004, we bought an old eucalyptus plantation called Monte do Casarão. Brilliantly situated in the Alentejo Baixo, in a nature reserve, far from the madding crowd. Large enough to start something to support ourselves, since we didn’t fancy slogging away in the Netherlands until retirement only to slip into a life of leisure. Remote, the middle of nowhere, is what we wanted, but that’s also what complicated matters. Water and electricity supplies were not included.

In January 2006 the construction of the infra structure, the cottages and the swimming pool started, and one and a half year later everything is ready. March 2007 we can begin with our new lives.

PAINTINGWEEK

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 2019:

April 11 - April 18

October 3 - October 10

 

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SEPTEMBER

September: Cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, courgettes, aubergines, peppers: our guests no longer have to go to the greengrocer. Coming from the beach, they can load what they need. They can also pick themselfes. The vegetable garden has everything. Lettuce, beetsroots, beans, onions, herbs, broccoli ... Everything just unsprayed, straight from the ground. We don´t have fruit. We planted all kinds of trees and shrubs, but they don´t bear fruits. We ate a few raspberries, that was all. Who knows, may-be next year. In that case we have to buy a few boxes more, thats for sure.



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