Hillside House

Reliquias, Valeferro, Baixo Alentejo

Artistic house built into the Alentejan hillside for lazy days by the pool and balmy barbecues soaking up the valley views.


6 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Wind your way through whitewashed houses, olive orchards, and the odd mule to this upside-down house high above the village. Its position is spectacular and wherever you are in the house that view is never far away.  Artists Gordon and Ian have made sure every room brings the outside in – throw the doors open onto sunny verandas and wide terraces.

The living area has plenty of space but outside is where you’ll want to be. For breakfasts on the veranda, lunch by the pool and enjoy an evening barbecue on the terrace . Gordon’s ceramic sculptures contrast with the greenery.

Hike from the door through unspoilt countryside, walk to the village café for traditional local food, take a trip to the market at Sao Luis or drive to the west coast for a day at the beach with a picnic.

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We think you'll love

  • The way the house brings the outside in, all the bedrooms open onto lovely balconies or verandas – great if there’s a group of you staying.
  • Being in the heart of the Alentejan countryside, it’s a slice of traditional Portugal.
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You should know

  • The café in the village serves a traditional menu but you need to give advance warning
  • You’re 40 minutes away by car from the west coast


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

Family friendly

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


  • 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

Check in
From 5pm, Saturdays
Check out
10am, Saturdays
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner with wine, by Porfirio the village cafe available on request, from €7. Restaurants 7km.


Nightly price
from €140
Weekly price
from €985
Damage deposit
Extra sofabeds available.
1 House for 8
From €1406 beds4 bedrooms


lovely and quiet house, where everyone can find a place to read a book, enjoy the sun, or refresh in the swimingpool!! Ian is very reactive if you need some information, thanks to him. Alentejo coast is beautiful, wild and you can find also some beaches with white sand.

Sophie, Caen

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The neighbourhood

O Monte da Encosta is set in unspoilt countryside above a traditional Alentejan village. It’s a five-minute walk down to the village café where good local food is available (if ordered the night before) and there’s also a local shop. A short drive will take you to Sao Luis which has a good market, or Odemira has big shops. In 40 minutes you can reach some of Europe’s best beaches and the delightful resort of Vila Nova de Milfontes.

Local points of interest from Ian Chapman

  • This part of Portugal is wild unpolluted, uncommercialized. No golf courses, but acres of natural beauty, cork oaks, orange and olive groves.. The spectacular protected Atlantic coast, is a short drive away, clean beaches, great surfing and fishing.
  • The house is an artists residence, school and workshop. It is modern but blends in to the hillside and nestles in a special garden.
  • The sun shines constantly on the hillside site facing south, but its elevated position allows cooling breezes and stunning views.
  • Interesting towns lie inland, such as Castro Verde, Aljustrel, , Sines, Ourique and Odemira. Visit their markets, churches and viewing points.
  • For a day away you can visit Faro or Lisbon by train from the local Intercity train station at Funcheira, near Garvao.
  • Santiago de Cacem has an animal park and Roman ruins. Its old town climbs a hill and there are great views from the top from the graveyard!


Ian Chapman

Gordon and Ian are both ceramicists and teachers; they divide their time between the UK and Portugal and in both they run pottery courses. Gordon is a passionate gardener and their garden in Manchester is open to the public. He is creating an interesting and varied Mediterranean garden here, with a huge variety of shrubs and trees, many of which are grown from seed.