Quality self catering in the Serra da Sao Mamede, Alto Alentejo, Portugal.

Reviews of our Holiday Rental in Alto Alentejo.

Here is a collection of some of the reviews of our holiday guests which have been placed independently on other holiday rental websites. We are pleased to say they are nearly all 5 Star.


Relaxing fortnight

We spent a wonderful relaxing fortnight In August at the Quinta. The accommodation was great, the scenery wonderful and the local facilities excellent, and at the same time it was quiet and felt 'away-from-it-all'! The Quinta was a wonderful home away from home. Formerly reviewed at Top Rural

A slice of peace and quiet

Our two weeks spent at the Quinta were wonderful. It has been a very long time since we were able to enjoy such true peace and quiet with little or no mechanical noise. The house itself was cool, comfortable and very well equipped, providing an excellent base from which to set off each day.

We found the best way to see the region was by following one of the walks provided. To be able to walk in ancient landscapes, down cobbled tracks with only the sound of birds and the occasional goat or sheep bell is a rare treat in this day and age. Each one was full of colour, plants, wildlife and history and all different with some unique sights.

This is not the holiday for those who need shops, fully working mobile phones, touristy things, bright lights, and people; it is a must however for those wanting to re-discover the lost art of silence, a slice of peace and quiet and see some fantastic sights. Formerly reviewed at Top Rural

Very peaceful

The location of the house was very peaceful; surrounded by nature and walking trails and had a stream with ducks and fish at the bottom of the garden. Nothing could be nicer.

The outdoor patio had great views of the little valley. Here we spent most of our time - dining, reading, relaxing in the sunshine, while our children worked their way through the DVD collection in the living room!

The inside of the house was very tastefully and comfortably appointed with modern furniture and appliances. It felt very spacious, with lots of natural light and was spotlessly clean. Cooking was a pleasure in the kitchen - as well as the lovely view, it was well supplied with everything one might need. The dining table was conveniently located close to the kitchen - very practical.

We wished we could have stayed much longer to enjoy the house and it's surroundings, as well as Sao Mamede National Park, Portalegre and Castel de Vide. It was a very pleasant stay and we would love to return! Formerly reviewed at Top Rural

The perfect holiday property in real Portugal!

If you like to get away from it all to enjoy the peace and quiet in beautiful countryside, this is the perfect place to be. The whole experience of staying at the Quinta has been one of great pleasure. Catherine and Chris have created a holiday haven here and have left us wanting for nothing.

The house is perfect, whether for a couple or for a larger party. The house itself was beautifully appointed. We could find absolutely nothing which was lacking. Every comfort was provided for.

There are some real gems to visit in the little hilltop villages nearby, but it is hard to tear yourself away from the paradise which is the Quinta!

We were so impressed by the excellent website, giving so much detail of the walks and places to visit.

The detailed instructions on how to find the Quinta were also excellent. So much easier to actually have photos of the signposts. Almost impossible to go wrong!

This was our first visit to Portugal and we can't wait to return. Our only regret was that a week just wasn't long enough. Next year we will have to book for 2 weeks!

Recommended for: Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway Formerly reviewed at Holiday Rentals by "Chris & Hugh"

Great holiday location

A lovely house in a wonderful location - certainly to be recommended. The weather wasn't as good as hoped but chance to sit with a good book in front of the fire made up for that (typical isn't it - a few days later the weather was hot and sunny according to the forecast). We can certainly recommend ringing a few local vineyards to taste their wines - great prices and amazing quality. Local restaurants and cafes were incredibly cheap - scarcely worth using the well equiped kitchen.

Recommended for: Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing Formerly reviewed at Holiday Rentals by "Susan Hall - Netherlands"

Sunny Retreat

We loved this house. The setting is a rural idyll, where a passing cyclist becomes cause for comment. The silence, broken only by the babbling stream and the tinkle of goat bells, is such a rarity these days and filling the kettle from the spring on the upper terrace every morning became a job I savoured. Having said that, Portalegre is only 20 minutes away and has all the usual big town attractions: swimming pools, supermarkets, restaurants and lots of culture.

We didn't explore too much of that in the first few days, as we spent them basking in the hammock, paddling in the stream or reading on the shady terrace. It was the perfect wind-down into our holiday. Half way through the week we did trips to Marvao and Gaviao, both of which I would highly recommend. Our children are 10, 12 and 15 so we were happy to let them romp about in the stream. Younger children, particularly the under 6s, I would have worried about, and toddlers would have to be carefully minded on the deck.

The house itself was pristine, very thoughtfully equipped and stylishly decorated. It felt as though we were borrowing a friend's home rather than renting a holiday house. We would love to go back in spring when the wild flowers are out, or autumn when the olives are ripe - I would imagine both seasons are wonderful there. As it was, the July heat was too hot for long walks, but we arrived so in need of a rest that we were glad of the excuse! Formerly reviewed at Holiday Rentals "Mimosa - Ireland"

The rural retreat of Quinta Azenha do Ramalho

We were delighted with this property & the facilities it provided. It more than met our expectations from the advertisement. The welcome pack enabled us to have a late snack on our late arrival & led us to seek out local availability of the most acceptable bottle of wine that was part of it.

The property was clean & well maintained & there was a plentiful supply for of fuel the wood-burning stove that warmed us in the chilly spring evenings & nights during our February stay there. In contrast, we were also able to enjoy breakfasts & lunches on the wonderfully appointed balcony/decking, with its panoramic view, warmed by the sun......

We would have no hesitation in recommending this beautifully appointed & well-maintained property to anyone looking for a rural break. Formerly reviewed at Holiday Rentals by "The over 50s thrill-seekers club"

Excellent quiet quinta

We had a wonderful holiday (3 nights) at this really lovely quinta. Situated in a rural environment, its excellent for people that love to visit and discover Alentejo or walk in the mountains and forests that surround the quinta. The quinta has all comforts, bedrooms and bathrooms are very good. We stayed in May and did need the fireplace at night. Portalegre is nearby and has all kinds of shops, supermarkets and restaurants. Formerly reviewed at Holiday Rentals

Heaven on earth

We had a fabulous holiday at the Quinta. It is a beautiful house and has much more character in reality than the photographs show. Very comfortable, well equipped and everything works!

We spent most evenings sitting on the terrace and the only sound was the gentle gurgling of the little river below and the tinkling of the sheep bells .....bliss!

We did some of the walks and they were an ideal way to really see the countyside. The area is so beautiful with all the wild flowers and cobbled lanes and the smell of cistus everywhere. We returned home refreshed and pleasantly surprised that areas like this still exist. We will return someday! Formerly reviewed at Holiday Rentals

Re-discovering the joy of peace and quiet

Our two weeks spent at the Quinta were wonderful. It has been a very long time since we were able to enjoy such true peace and quiet with little or no mechanical noise. The house itself was cool, comfortable and very well equipped, providing an excellent base from which to set off each day.

We found the best way to see the region was by following one of the excellent walks provided. To be able to walk in ancient landscapes, down cobbled tracks with only the sound of birds and the occasional goat or sheep bell is a rare treat in this day and age. Each walk was full of colour, plants, wildlife and history and all different with some unique sights.

This is not the holiday for those who need shops, fully working mobile phones, touristy things, bright lights, and people; it is a must however for those wanting to re-discover the lost art of silence, a slice of peace and quiet and see some fantastic sights. Formerly reviewed at Flipkey and Trip Advisor


Paradise

The Quinta was superb. We had total peace and relaxation. Spotless, beautifully appointed and equipped accommodation. We could not fault it. The Sao Mamede park is breathtaking with wild flowers in abundance, a sea of French lavender growing wild, and hills clothed in Cistus. There were Nightingales everywhere we went (we were serenaded for two nights at the Quinta). On our walks we saw bee-eaters, hoopoe and a golden oriole. Paradise! Formerly reviewed at Top Rural


The best house I have ever stayed in

This is the most beautiful house that I have ever stayed in with its warm and tranquil atmosphere. My favourite place was the terrace with its gorgeous views and I did a little bit of yoga here every morning! I came home so refreshed from my week in an extremely picturesque and authentic part of Portugal. Formerly reviewed at Flipkey and Trip Advisor


A Very Pleasant Stay in Beautiful Alentejo

The location of the house was very peaceful; surrounded by nature and walking trails and had a stream with ducks and fish at the bottom of the garden. Nothing could be nicer. The outdoor patio had great views of the little valley. Here we spent most of our time - dining, reading, relaxing in the sunshine, while our children worked their way through the DVD collection in the living room! The inside of the house was very tastefully and comfortably appointed with modern furniture and appliances.... Formerly reviewed at Rentalia


A lovely stay

A group of five of us stayed in the Quinta for a week. The property was very clean, spacious and well-equipped. It is situated in a lovely rural location and is perfect if complete peace and quiet is required. The information about the local walks was very helpful and we enjoyed the walks we did, finding the information and maps quite easy to follow.

It is worth noting that there is not much in the way of local shops and restaurants so it is probably best to expect to self cater unless you don't mind a drive home after dinner. The kitchen is very well equipped indeed so this is not a problem and we all enjoyed tranquil evenings in the Quinta. Catherine was very helpful in providing information in advance, particularly in terms of finding the property. We would certainly recommend this holiday to the sort of people who would enjoy a tranquil, walking type holiday. Formerly reviewed at Top Rural


Me ha parecido un alojamiento muy recomendable. El sitio es precioso y la casa además de muy bonita tiene de todo. Todo funciona y es muy cómoda. El día que hizo bueno disfrutamos de la terraza y los niños deñ río, las ranas y la naturaleza en general. Cuando ha hecho malo hemos estado dentro de la casa jugando a juegos de mesa o charlando muy a gusto. La cocina también es muy cómoda y el lavaplatos facilita mucho la vida cuando se es bastantes para comer. Si podemos volveremos.

I have found a highly recommended accommodation. The site is beautiful and the house is pretty well everything. Everything works and is very comfortable. The day (weather) was good we enjoyed the balcony and give children the river, frogs and nature in general. When the weather was not good we were inside the house playing board games or chatting very comfortably. The kitchen is also very comfortable and the dishwasher makes life much easier when we had finished eating. If we can come back, we will. Formerly reviewed at Rentalia

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