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“A beautifully refurbished farm which has raised the bar in the Alentejo for luxury lodging with its low-lying, white-washed outhouses and barns with rural chic interiors. The perfect place to relax and unwind.”

“A beautifully refurbished farm which has raised the bar in the Alentejo for luxury lodging with its low-lying, white-washed outhouses and barns with rural chic interiors. The perfect place to relax and unwind.”

Hotel Review

An hour and a half away from Lisbon, towards the Spanish border, the ancient farm of São Lourenço de Barrocal, which has remained in the same family for eight generations, has had new life breathed into it by one of Portugal’s most respected architects, Eduardo Souto de Moura. He refashioned the buildings to create 22 spacious rooms, two suites and 16 separate cottages, as well as a spa, a restaurant, a shop and a bar. The impressive interiors were done by Lisbon designers Anahory Almeida, drawing on old manuscripts, old photographs and local curiosities. They tracked down vintage furniture to restore and commissioned rugs in soft blues and greens for the bedrooms bringing to the whole a feel of rustic simplicity, which perfectly echoes the white washed exteriors and rural landscape beyond.

Beyond these lie a vegetable garden, much drawn on by the kitchen, a swimming pool for the hot summers that this region has, olive groves and ancient dolmens and menhirs. There is a shop selling regional products from wine to embroidered linens and a Suzanne Kauffmann spa. Step inside the latter and the silence which hangs heavy under the domed ceilings immerses you in calmness even before healing hands treat you to a massage or a facial.

The restaurant, which spills out onto the garden in summer, and provides a crackling log fire in winter, serves regional cuisine. Think game dishes of wild boar and partridge or the traditional roasted black pork cheeks. Do explore the local hams from the region and the cheeses like Nisa and Serpa, which you will find on the breakfast table.

Recommended for
  • Romantic Break
  • A luxurious hotel, an intimate atmosphere and a beautiful setting. It's ideal for a romantic holiday.
  • Total relaxation
  • Country Escape
 

Written by Mary Lussiana

Recommended For

  • Romantic Break
  • A luxurious hotel, an intimate atmosphere and a beautiful setting. It's ideal for a romantic holiday.
  • Wine tasting
  • The estate can offer it's own specialised wine tastings.
  • Great walks
  • The surrounding area is full of lovely walking routes.
  • Other Activities
  • Stargazing - the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve is nearby
  • Riding
  • Horse riding trips can be organised by the hotel.
  • Sights nearby
  • Visit the nearby Monsaraz Castle.
  • Ballooning
  • Hot air ballooning available
  • Total relaxation
  • Country Escape
  • Spa
  • Suzanne Kaufmann Spa
  • Romantic
  • Quiet
  • Family Suites
  • Designer
  • Outstanding location
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Restaurant
  • Chic
  • Gym
  • Gourmet
  • Disabled access
  • Contemporary
  • Luxury
  • Views

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Suzanne Kaufmann Spa
  • Towelling robes
  • Parking
  • Family Suites
  • Bar
  • Airport transfer
  • Sauna/Steam
  • Meeting Room
  • Massage
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Sitting Room
  • Disabled access
  • Suites
  • Hot Tub
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • Views

Activities

  • Wine tasting
  • The estate can offer it's own specialised wine tastings.
  • Great walks
  • The surrounding area is full of lovely walking routes.
  • Other Activities
  • Stargazing - the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve is nearby
  • Riding
  • Horse riding trips can be organised by the hotel.
  • Sights nearby
  • Visit the nearby Monsaraz Castle.
  • Ballooning
  • Hot air ballooning available

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