Aldeia da Mata Pequena

Mafra, Estremadura

A taste of 19th-century village life without the hardship, but not overly poshed – breakfast comes to your door, great walking and wildlife


14 places


Sleeping from 2 – 8


What a place! it’s hard not to gush about this peaceful hilltop village with its lovely cottages and wonderful green views… The Batalhas found it on the edge of collapse in the 1990s and have restored it with huge care, flair and advice from its last inhabitants, harking back to the early 19th-century. Each cottage charms with finds from local markets: wooden chests, copper pots and pans, old sewing machines and radios, grandfather clocks, lanterns disguising lamp bulbs. All are thick-walled and low ceilinged with pretty, comfortable country beds and sofas, properly rustic kitchens with splashes of colour, stone sinks and bread ovens, and simple bath or shower rooms. Outside is equally seductive with bright paintwork, pots bursting with geraniums, peacocks and friendly farm animals. A generous breakfast of jams, cheese, ham, honey, fruit and freshly baked bread are brought to your door each morning. The little restaurant serves Portuguese tapas. You’re half an hour from Lisbon, even less from Sintra and coastal Eiriceira. Nearby: great walking, cycling, riding, the wolf sanctuary at Mafra, the model village of Sobreiro.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay 2 nights. Parking on-site.
Breakfast included. Restaurants on-site.


Nightly price
from €60
Weekly price
from €360
Extra beds €15 per person.
1 House for 8
From €1405 beds4 bedrooms
1 House for 6
From €1404 beds3 bedrooms
2 Houses for 6
From €1204 beds3 bedrooms
3 Houses for 4
From €903 beds2 bedrooms
7 Houses for 2
From €601 bed1 bedroom


wonderful place to stay and spend days of relax in the middle of unspoiled countryside! the owners have restored the little cottages with passion and authenticity. a must place to visit !

Samuel, Italy

We had already traveled for a week in northern Portugal before arriving at Mata Pequena. It was a welcome haven of peace and relaxation. The owners and their cottages are charm itself. Although they have refurbished them in a traditional, rustic style, they are comfortable and pretty well equipped. The views are lovely if you just want to sit and read. The location is excellent for exploring the surrounding towns and countryside and the coast. And the daily delivery of the breakfast bread was delicious!

Susan, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Diogo Batalha

  • It is located within the Special Protection Area of Penedo do Lexim, an extinct volcano, where there is an important archaeological site.
  • Proud eagles and stealthy foxes inhabit an extremely rich and well-preserved natural landscape, inviting visitors to relax, to indulge in leisure activities and to be in contact with nature.
  • Situated barely 30 minutes from the capital Lisbon (Portugal), Aldeia da Mata Pequena is also close to beautiful beaches and historic places, offering excellent opportunities for outdoor activities.
  • From walks to bike, donkey, horse or jeep tours, a wide range of different routes are suggested to explore this region´s scenery, culture and gastronomy.