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What you will love about this home
We have renovated our little stone cottage (called 'Xitaka' by the previous owner) with a nice wine covered terrace. It lies on a little stream with big trees and has views of the beautiful hills and meadows full of olive and cork trees.
In the surrounding garden you will find fruit trees, herbs and flowers. Not far away there is a nice, hidden waterfall to enjoy hot summer days.
The cottage has one bedroom, a bath room, a fully equipped dining kitchen and a living room with a real comfortable sofa bed. We tried to keep the charm of the old cottage when renovating: we left the original features of the Lareira (big chimney) with an old wood burning stove and views of the old natural stone walls. Yet, for cooking you will find all modern appliances.
This is a peaceful place to relax where you can find your natural self - away from the hectic work life. No internet (though you might get mobile reception if you need it), no tv - nothing to disturb you. Get immersed in nature's beauty by watching the surrounding and listening to the sheep's bells chiming.
Exchanges using GP: minimum 4 nights.
What you will love about this neighborhood
My son Tobias and his wife Naiara live just down the road.
In our village you will find the basics (little convenience store, bakeries, bars, restaurants, petrol-station) and in 20 mins. drive (17 km) you will reach the regions capital Portalegre with everything else you may need (supermarkets, train station, bus station, car rental, hospital...).
Our cottage is situated in the Natural Park 'Serra de Sao Mamede' in the beautiful Alto Alentejo Region close to the Spanish border. This beautiful wine and cork-tree region is mainly rural and offers lots of nature and many hiking and biking trails - and not to forget: wine tasting opportunities.
The villages and cities in this region are small, but there is much to explore. Many of the nearby villages and cities are on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Mostly medieval and pre-medieval villages (some of them with well conserved castles) can be reached within a couple of minutes to one or two hours distance from our house. Just to name a few: Évora (one of Europe‘s oldest cities), Elvas (an amazing border-city between Portugal and Spain with an unique fortress), Marvao (and its beautiful medieval castle), Alegrete, Monserraz and Cáceres (astonishing beautiful Spanish city with a lots of history).
The best destination airport is Lisbon. You can come to us by car (3 hrs drive). Public transport is practically inexistent.
Should you be in the Madrid/Barcelona area you can take the plane to Badajoz (45 mins drive).
For WINTER guests: we do NOT have central heating! Only a wood burning stove in the kitchen, one in the living room and a fan heater (electric) for the bathroom.
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