Quinta do Barranco da Estrada

Baixo Alentejo
Bed & Breakfast

A paradise of wild beauty on the shore of a freshwater lake perfect for swimming on warm days. Bedrooms are light and simple


12 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


Hugging the shore of one of the Alentejo’s largest freshwater lakes, the Quinta is a paradise of wild beauty. The area has a microclimate so the swimming season is long, and spring’s wild flowers will enchant you. Frank’s eco-friendly renovation of the original low house took years and then a row of guest rooms was added. These are light, cool and pleasingly simple, with terraces and gorgeous lake views. The big extended living room and bar share one sociable space and embrace Portuguese and English styles of décor; now, thanks to the arrival of new wife Daniella and her family, there’s a wonderfully warm happy feel. Beyond huge windows is a vine-festooned terrace for sultry summer days; further butterfly-bright terraces brim over with hibiscus, oleander, palm, jasmine, plumbago, cactus. Follow the path to the jetty where you can canoe, fish for crayfish, sail, sunbathe on the lawns, stroll around the lake, perhaps in the company of Frank’s dogs. Delightful Frank will help with the naming of all those birds; the whole remote place is a birdwatcher’s dream.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • 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

Special offer: We're offering a 20% discount on accommodation for any reservation of 7 nights or up until the end of October. There's never been a better time to get away!

Booking information

Check in
By 9pm
Check out
From 8.30pm
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 4 nights in high season.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Lunch €15. Dinner €22.50. Wine from €10. Restaurants 35km.


Nightly price
from €112
Singles €110-€130.
10 Twin/doubles
From €115
2 Family rooms for 4
From €112


We drove from Lagos to Paradise to meet up with friends who were holidaying with Frank. We were made to feel very welcome immediately and our request to stay over and join them for dinner was immediately organised. The Quinta was truly a dream place. The views, the peace and tranquility, the rooms, the 3 course meal the friendliness of everyone there was an amazing experience. Even Honey the dog made us feel very welcome. I would certainly recommend Paradise in Portugal.

Jim, Ripon

We really enjoyed the peace and friendly hospitality of the Quinta, and the excellent home-cooked meals. The lush garden is quite an oasis, and the adjoining lake is perfect for a refreshing dip or paddle on a warm summer's day. The rooms are clean and comfortable, with lots of character. At dinner-time we chatted with interesting people of various nationalities around the table, and enjoyed the ever-changing vista across the lake. Frank is an excellent bird-guide, and knows where to find the avian specialities of southern Portugal. Highly recommended.


We've never been on a 'birding' holiday before so didn't really know what to expect .... what we got was great trips out, brilliant guidance from Frank, lots of laughs, and so many 'firsts' we almost lost count. As for Quinta itself, what an idyllic place to stay. We had a charming bedroom with a cat theme which suited us down to the ground, a fabulous bathroom, and own terrace with a lovely view of the lake. We've never stayed in a hotel with such a warm, family feel to it - Frank and Daniela are a very special couple and made us feel part of the family in no time.


This is the best ever for a relaxing holiday in the middle of no where. Everything one could ask for is on hand here. Fresh water lake where one can swim as far as one likes to build up an appetite for the next delicious meal provided by the Quinta. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a peaceful relaxing holiday in an enchanting eco friendly corner of the Alentejo, Portugal


The most peaceful and beautiful place to get away from the hubbub of city life. We loved the laid back atmospere and the opportunity to talk to other guests from all nationalities round the large dining table. The experience was more like a house party than a hotel, and we were treated to delicious, often home grown meals. Our children loved playing by the lake and walking the numerous dogs. They had no desire to go to the beach or anywhere else during our 8 day stay.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Frank McClintock

  • Birdwatching - and nature in general - is our speciality and Frank, the owner, organises Guided Trips throughout southern Portugal for guests at the Quinta. It's an opportunity not to be missed!
  • Canoes and SUPs are all included in the price of your stay - make the most of them and explore the lake's 250 kms of coastline.
  • The fishing is stunning, with Carp and Wide-mouthed Bass being the targets.
  • Swimming in the lake is de-rigeur - at an average temperature of 28º during the summer months it's the ideal place for children too as it's safe with no currents.
  • The surrounding area's full of walking trails and the Quinta can supply you with detailed directions and picnics.
  • There's a total absence of any noise from the outside world; no cars, trains, buses or planes - just the hum of insects and the trill of birds. "Paradise" it's called and it's as near to heaven as you'll ever get!