Minimum 2 nights
The “Old School” Farm Experience, makes use of Refúgio da Maceira, a beautiful farm house built more than 100 years ago. It now provides guests with a unique opportunity to experience the cultural past of the Alto Alentejo, but with some modern conveniences.
As we enter the house we feel the nostalgia of someone returning to their Grandparent’s cottage. The kitchen includes a typical Alentejo chimney, incorporating a metal bucket suspended from a chain and used to heat water. Over the embers, sticks were used to hang and smoke sausages. It reminds us of those family evenings, where clay pots, the fryer and the coffee pot were all indispensable utensils. Today we do not forget 21st Century amenities and so our kitchen also includes a conventional stove, microwave, coffee maker, and fridge etc The best of both worlds!
The house also has two Reception rooms, one with a fireplace and perfect for winter evenings. The other is used as a more traditional living room, and includes typical period furniture including chests, and a pedal sewing machine. There are two bedrooms both furnished traditionally, yet comfortably. Including antique sinks and iron beds. Here again we mix 21st Century conveniences and both bedrooms include air conditioning and douple glazing.
Throughout the house are paintings that depict landscapes of the region and the tasks that were performed on the land. These provide a glimpse of the heritage and traditions of this region.
Outside there are far reaching views of the beautiful landscape. On a clear day you can see as far as the Serra da Estralla mountains. There are no immediate neighbours, just the farm animals for company and the gentle sound of running water from the garden Spring.
On hot days you can cool off in the old stone water tank and enjoy a beautiful sunset. At night the sounds of the water and the animals drift gently, and the sky is lit up by stars uneffected by light polution. The night sky will amaze you with its intensity.
The house consists of:
- Two bedrooms, both with double beds.
- Two reception rooms, one with fireplace.
- Bathroom including a bathtub with shower.
- In the two living rooms there is a possibility of adding extra beds, allowing to us to accommodate three additional people.
- Traditional water holding tank with crystal clear spring fed water. Perfect for cooling off on a hot Summer day.
Pets accepted at extra charge.