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 2019:

April 11 - April 18

October 3 - October 10

 

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FEBRUARY

Mimosa

February: it is the month of the mimosa. Everywhere you look it is yellow and the air is filled with the smell of mimosa. Mimosa is an invasive exotic and is originally from Australia.
It is considered here as a weed. It is therefore not for sale. It just grows.

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