Casa Alentejana

  • Location: Countryside
    Monsaraz for shops and restaurants: 14km (15 mins by car)
    Beach in Fluvial de Monsaraz: 18km (20 mins by car)
    World Heritage site Évora: 55km (1h by car)
  • Lisbon Airport (LIS): 190km (2hs by car)
    Faro Airport (FAO): 250km (2hs 45 min by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Casa Alentejana

How would you describe Casa Alentejana in a nutshell?

Casa Alentejana is an exclusive house with plenty of privacy and beautiful views across the fields of Alentejo. Made to enjoy life with friends & family this villa was designed by the architect João Favila Menezes. The house has become an important reference point for contemporary architecture in Alentejo.

What is the story behind Casa Alentejana, what was your inspiration to create it?

We came to Alentejo in 2009 for a week’s holiday and fell in love with the place. Soon after returning to Lisbon, we started looking for a piece of land to buy where we could build a home. It took us almost a year, as we were looking for something that wasn’t too expensive. Eventually, we found this one.

Just 15 days after signing the deal, we were informed that they were about to change the law, meaning you could only build a house if you had four hectares (which we didn’t). After meeting with the municipality, they gave us six months to design the project, so we had to act very fast with our architect.

In two years, the house was complete and we initially used it for weekends away from Lisbon. In 2013, we decided to rent it out for short-term stays and, during these years, we had our two children.

By 2019, we were tired of being in Lisbon and with neither of our jobs requiring us to go into the office each day, we decided to move to Alentejo on a more permanent basis. We took our kids out of their private school in the city and enrolled them in a local school in the countryside.

In 2020, I was completing a Trans-Siberian trip for work when Covid hit and I got stuck in Mongolia for 15 days. By the end of March, I was able to get back to Portugal and found out shortly after that I had cancer. I had to have a lung removed and underwent chemotherapy while my wife was busy on a huge project with Netflix. It was a very complicated year!

The following year, things began to settle down and we decided to move into a little apartment just 20 minutes from Casa Alentejana so the kids could walk to school. We completed renovations on the house and began renting it out again for short-term stays.

How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Casa Alentejana?

The house was designed by an architect friend of ours who is becoming well-known in Portugal. It’s very comfortable and constructed from brick that has been covered with linen. In summer, it is very fresh, while in winter, it retains heat well. Everything is electric and we source water from the land. As it doesn’t rain a lot in Alentejo, we ask that guests are mindful of water consumption during their stays.

We have no immediate neighbours, so the house feels very exclusive and you can play music as loud as you want! The only people you are likely to see are some elderly men who come by with their sheep and cows.

Casa exterior
Pool area
Exterior
Exterior
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Pool area
Aerial view
Aerial view
Living area
Living area
Living area
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Kitchen
Dining area
Dining area
Master suite
Master suite
Master suite
Master suite
Master suite
Private patio
Dorm room
Dorm room
Double bedroom suite
Double bedroom suite
Double bedroom suite
Twin room suite
Twin room suite
Twin room suite
Studio
Studio
Terrace
Terrace
Terrace
Terrace
Play area
Outside dining

Casa Alentejana rooms & rates

Casa Alentejana can accommodate up to 10 people in 4 comfortable bedrooms with a complete bathroom and is ideally configured for three couples with up to 4 children:

  • 1 bedroom suite with full-sized bed (160x200cm) and WC with bathtub
  • 2 bedroom suites with either two twin beds (90x200) or one full-sized bed (180x200cm) and WC
  • 1 shared bunk bedroom area with six beds (90x200) in bunk-bed style along with a communal WC

When you enter the house, there’s a living room with a fireplace and a television equipped with Netflix. The internet works very well in the main living area, although the signal is not so strong in the bedrooms. Adjacent is the kitchen, which is very well equipped because I like to cook, with a fridge, espresso coffee machine and toaster. The dining room can seat 12 people and we also have a piano that guests are welcome to use. Central air conditioning is available throughout the house.

We have four bedrooms surrounding an interior patio. One has three bunk beds where our kids and their friends sleep. There is also a Wii here for them to play. On either side are suites and there’s an additional double bedroom with twin beds that can be joined together.

The house is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden with three outdoor sitting areas: a cemented patio area near the house with a retractable shade-structure ideal for open-air meals, a deck area around the swimming pool next to some of the most beautiful oak trees on the property, and a roof-top terrace perfect for watching the sunset and the stars. Likewise, there are numerous shaded areas under which to rest and take cover from the sun.

There is also a gas barbecue and a swimming pool, which measures 10x4 metres. Half of the pool is just 1.2 metres in depth, making it good for kids. We welcome children of all ages and provide kids’ bicycles and toys for them to use.

  • Casa Alentejana for 4-10 people / 300 m²
    640 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 2 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Bunk room
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 3 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates include daily cleaning, linen and towels and four adults bicycles (one with baby seat).
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome.
Minimum stay
7 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Toys for kids
  • Movies/DVDs
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry service
  • Bicycles
  • Hair dryer

We have daily service (8:30 am to 4:00 pm) by our lovely Dona Antónia (housekeeper), so you can stay at our place like in a hotel. She works for us since the first day and she is like our ‘mama’ :) She helps with meal preparation and cleans the rooms for you so you can have more time to enjoy your family and nature. For an additional rate, I can come and prepare lunches or dinners for guests.

We can also help to organise tours in the surrounding region and have an agreement with a hot air balloon operator who can launch flights directly from the garden. Alentejo has been recognised by UNESCO as one of the best places in the world to stargaze and we can organise for experts to come to the house with a telescope to teach guests about the constellations. If you want to explore Lake Alqueva, we have a friend with a 100-year-old Dutch boat who offers sunset and lunch cruises. Winery tours are also available on request.

Things to do in Alentejo & Santiago Maior

  • Wine tastings
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

I would recommend doing a boat cruise or a hot air balloon flight and we have four bicycles at the house that you can use to explore the surrounding countryside. It’s also great for hiking and I often go for 10-kilometre-long walks with our dogs and don’t see anyone.

In partnership with friends, we purchased a 100-year-old mill where women create traditional rugs that are typical of Alentejo. A visit here is recommended. There are also several wineries nearby where you can do guided tastings or have lunch, with one boasting a Michelin-star chef.

Casa Alentejana is located near Lake Alqueva, which is the largest artificial lake in Western Europe and has several beaches where you can swim. The closest one to us is 20 minutes from the house and has a nice restaurant and paddle boards for rent. It’s a really pleasant place to be when the temperatures are hot while being far from the crowds of the Algarve. There’s no traffic or queueing at restaurants in Alentejo — it’s very peaceful.

A car is mandatory, you can: visit Monsaraz, visit Alandroal, visit Alqueva Lake, visit Évora.... there is plenty of things to do (ask for suggestions) and enjoy the nature around the house. In the house, there is additional information about where to go and what to do. You will love it there.

The location of Casa Alentejana

Casa Alentejana is 20 minutes from Reguengos de Monsaraz - one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Portugal with some shops and several restaurants. We are also not far from Castelo de Monsaraz — a hilltop castle with nice restaurants overlooking Lake Alqueva. Around 45 minutes from the property is Evora, the capital of Alentejo, which is historically interesting and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s nice to spend a day there, have lunch and tour the monuments.

Also, 45 minutes away is Estremoz, another important town that hosts an antique market on Saturdays where you can find amazing things, as well as purchase real eggs and very good vegetables. The closest restaurants are around 12 kilometres away, so you really do need a car to get around.

There are vineyards nearby and a small grocery store 3km away, but shopping in a larger supermarket in Reguengos de Monsaraz (17kms away) is recommended. It is very quiet, you can see the stars at night and there are fields full of wildflowers in summer.

Please note that it is a rural destination, off the beaten track and away from major conveniences. There is an outside parking area for up to 4 cars. You will not want to leave the house after your arrival! Make sure you buy your goods ahead of check-in.

When is the best time to visit Alentejo?

The best time to visit is spring when the fields are full of flowers in every colour. Sometimes we get a bit of rain, which is beautiful because it releases the smell of the land. From the end of March to the end of May is very pleasant and not too hot. You can use the swimming pool anytime between mid-May and the end of October.

Summer is great but it can be very hot in August. During this time, I think it’s nice to go swimming in the morning, then have lunch and a nap before returning to the pool in the late afternoon.