Development Plan

The development plan for Monte do Casarão has been drawn up in close consultation with local advisers and contractors.

The cottages have the typical ‘montes do Alentejo’ character, harmonising with the environment. They have been fitted with all modern conveniences.

Monte do Casarão is largely self-supporting:

  • Two wells (one 60 metres, the other 180 metres deep, drilled into the rag stone) ensure water sufficiency.
  • The power generation is an advanced system of 48 kV’s of batteries and a 50 kV diesel generator. The batteries supply our daily electricity; the diesel generator charges the batteries. If the batteries fail to provide sufficient electricity, the diesel generator starts up.
  • Drain water is sufficiently purified at the estate and may be discharged into the surface water.
  • Estate infrastructure includes: 2,3 kilometres of sand track and – under ground – over 2 kilometres of power cables, water pipes, sewerage, telephone- and data networks.

The estate has been planted with eucalyptus trees, sobreiros – cork oaks, some of which are over 150 years old – and azinheiros (holms). Sobreiros and azinheiros are protected by Portuguese law.

Construction

Netherlands

  • management:
    Wynand Riemslag, Nel Riemslag-Schimmer and Lies Schimmer

Portugal

  • architect:
    Ana Isabel Cortes (Odemira)
  • project development:
    Erik Goedhart (Portugalimo, Melides)
  • construction support:
    Bert Snijder and Saskia Bastings (Alentejo Home, Grandola)
  • main contractor:
    Manuel Domingos (Vila Nova de Milfontes)
  • power supply:
    José Manuel Revez (Revez-Solar, Beja)
  • kitchen equipment:
    Nobre & Filhos (Vila Nova de Milfontes)
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 2018:

April 16 - April 23

October 4 - October 11

 

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AUGUST

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August. Month of the big festivals. At the beginning of August in Zambujeira do Mar there is the Festival Sud Ouest, the 5-day pop festival that attracts some 50,000 people every year. A few days long rows in the supermarket, overcrowded beaches and empty straw steps, but not an unspoken word. Not from the locals and not from the festival goers.

And already in the middle of August for the 15th time the Feira Medieval in Silves. In spite of the large fire that lasted a week in the Monchique and which had the consequence that villages around Silves also had to be evacuated, in consultation with all the victims it was decided to continue the 9-day medieval festival. Hats off. Really recommended.

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