São Lourenço do Barrocal, Alentejo, Portugal

Portugal, the oldest country in Europe with the same define borders since 1139 and its Alentejo region are home to São Lourenço do Barrocal, a fascinating Monte (ancient small farming village) that has been in the owning family for over 200 years...and the last generation of this family in the person of Jose Antonio has invested the last 14 years in creating this undiscovered jewel of understated luxury surrounded by olive groves, vineyards (both wines and olive oil are produced on property and are excellent) and 'barrocais' (wonderful stone formations). The wonderful rooms and cottages (1, 2 & 3 bedrooms), amazing restaurant 'farm to table', pool with its own restaurant and myriad of outdoor activities make this a paradise for those who want to connect with their countryside spirit, alive in every single corner of the vast private estate with 2.000 acres, including access to the largest artificial lake in Europe, Alqueva.

A must

Stargazing , a privileged location withing Europe, even you can visit  Alqueva Lake Observatory

Favorite accommodation

The two bedroom Casas with two separate floors, really charming and private

Best kept secret

Some Menhirs are 7.000 years old and you can discover within the property

Atmosphere

Pure countryside Portuguese life, authentic, rustic chic and extremely welcoming

Seasons

All year round but I would prefer the months of April, May, June, September and October

In love with

The owning family, they have invested immense amounts of time and energy to make this place available for us

Favorite local activity

Half day visit to Monsaraz and lunch at Sabores...then a proper Iberian Siesta

Combines with

Definitely with Lisbon and Sublime, our property in Comporta

Nearest airport

Lisbon (LIS) - 120 minutes