Monte das Courelas

Vila Viçosa, Alentejo

A simple, special home in frontier land. Experience the exquisite taste of a wealthy Portuguese family – and you have 4 horses to ride


4 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8


A luxurious home in the olive groves of the Antelejo. The journey is stunning, the last three miles of it down a deserted road. Arrive to find small paddocks on the right, white unobtrusive buildings ahead, and views that sweep across the plain. Owner Joao blows in from Lisbon to meet you: he’s well spoken, hugely knowledgeable and has a passion for horses, so if you fancy a canter, he’s your man. His new U-shaped holiday home, simple, spacious and superbly designed, has a central courtyard with a long shallow pool, and a terrace positioned for sunsets and views. Inside is a sophisticated mix of old and modern. Imagine white plaster and polished concrete, high beams and original art, a sitting room with a central fireplace, a kitchen worthy of Ferran Adrià. Restaurants await in Elvas, a fascinating frontier town, while Spain is 20 minutes away – and all of Extremadura. The stores are a ten-minute drive, and you can pick organic veg from your own beautiful patch. Breakfast? No need to lift a finger: the house has a maid, a local lady who lives in.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • 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: 3 nights.
July - August; Christmas.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Breakfast & dinner available by prior arrangement. Restaurants 10-minute drive.


Nightly price
from €429
Weekly price
from €3000
1 House for 8
From €4294 beds4 bedrooms


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