Quinta da Vila Maria is located in the beautiful and unspoilt countryside of the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park, near to the historic towns of Portalegre, Marvão and Castelo de Vide. Built around 1900, the architecture of this former wine merchant’s country house is unique for the area. It has been lovingly restored with modern and comfortable facilities but it still retains its original Art deco and other period features, such as the beautiful tile floors, large rooms, high ceilings and wood shutters. Apartment “Kiwi” is for 2 guests and has countryside views. It has a bright and spacious bedroom with a large double bed (1.6 x 2m), an en-suite bathroom with shower, a living area with sofa, TV and stereo system, and a well equipped kitchenette/dining area with breakfast bar, hob/stovetop, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave oven/grill, toaster, kettle, crockery, cutlery, glasses, pots and pans. Apartment “Kiwi” has high ceilings giving it a light and airy feel, is spacious and contains everything you need for a comfortable holiday. The apartment has free WiFi. A continental breakfast, which includes fresh fruit, orange juice, yoghurt, cereals, bread or croissants, butter, jam and homemade marmalade, cake, cheeses, ham and chouriço is provided every day in your apartment so you can have breakfast at any time you want, either in your apartment or outside on the front terrace. A breakfast suitable for vegetarians or vegans can be provided on request. There are also tea and coffee making facilities in the apartment. The house is set in 7½ acres/3 hectares of land, which is there for our guests to enjoy. There is a large terrace at the front of the house - the perfect place in the evening to have dinner or enjoy a glass of wine. During the day you can sunbathe and relax on the pond terrace accompanied only by birdsong, the gentle burble of water and the croaking of the frogs. Or if you prefer shade, relax on the “linden tree terrace” or beneath one of the many olive, cork or fruit trees. One of the olive trees is reportedly over 1000 years old. And when you want to stretch your legs you are welcome to walk around the Quinta’s vineyard and land. The vineyard, which is organic, has many grape vines that are in the region of 100 years old. Being a traditional Portuguese vineyard the vines are not on wires but grow freely like a bush. There are many different grape varieties, all planted together, intermingled with olive and cork trees. The old adega, which is now reception, still has the antique clay amphora/pots that many years ago were used to make red wine. If you are interested in nature, animals and birds seen, or heard, at the Quinta include lizards, geckos, frogs, toads, bats, bee-eaters, booted eagles, blackcaps, cattle egrets, little owls, nightingales, red starts and treecreepers, with many more to be seen in the surrounding area of the Natural Park. The barns and other outbuildings are full of old agricultural implements and wine making equipment. We are happy to show guests round if they are interested and share some of the history of this unique house. Quinta da Vila Maria is officially licensed as a Turismo no Espaço Rural – Casa de Campo (RNET 3534).