Herdade de Maroteira

Redondo, Alto Alentejo

Borrow the dogs, stroll to the spring-fed pool, tuck into fresh fruit, honey, eggs, lamb at this lovely, friendly cork farm in the hills


6 places


Sleeping from 2 – 4


Tradition and family run deep in rural Alentejo, and nowhere more so than at this cork farm in the hills. Philip and Margarida are the fifth generation to strip their oaks by hand each June, keep chickens, sheep, cows, and let black pigs loose on the acorns (they give ‘porco preto’ its sweet taste). Oh, and Philip makes award-winning wine. What a pleasure to buy the farm’s fresh fruit, honey, lamb, eggs, then take a picnic to the estate’s highest point, where views swoop over forest and plains. The handsome farmhouse, white with a splash of sunny yellow, is home to the couple and their two boys, with one half handed over to guests. It’s grand without pretensions: hats hung in the entrance hall, an antiquey sitting room with a vaulted ceiling and black-and-white tiles, a large kitchen, a terrace with a swing. If rustic and cosy is your thing, pick the shepherd’s cottage next door for its sunny beamed sitting room and palm-shaded terrace. Borrow the dogs for walks, stroll to the atmospheric spring-fed pool, discover fine craftsmanship in the ‘marble towns’, bask in the family’s old-fashioned friendliness. A gem.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • 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
  • 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

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 2 nights on weekdays. 2 nights at weekends. 2 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Breakfast €7.50. Dinner from €17.50. Restaurants in village.


Nightly price
from €75
Weekly price
from €525
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
1 Double
From €952 bedrooms
1 Double
From €751 bedroom
1 Double
From €752 bedrooms
1 Cabin for 2
From €754 beds2 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 4
From €904 beds2 bedrooms
1 Triple
From €751 bedroom


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Philip Mollet

  • Herdade da Maroteira is a 540Ha working Cork Farm.Two thirds of the farm is made up of cork oaks with cork the main produce of the farm. Each year trees are manually stripped of the outer back after 10 years of growth.
  • There are other seasonal farm activities throughout the year such as the wine harvest, sheep lambing and shearing and olive picking. During autumn and winter black pigs from Spain, roam freely on the farm, feeding on the acorn.
  • While predominantly a hilly cork forest, a vineyard has recently been planted in an open valley producing Alicante Bouschet, Aragonêz, Touriga Nactional and Syrah quality grapes.
  • Maroteira Estate is a peaceful place to get back to nature with many walks varying in lengths making it possible for us to set you on a nice hike for the day with a picnic.
  • Guided tours ″Safari″ style on the back of a pickup/Ute, provides visitors with a detailed tour of Maroteira’s working farm which strives to preserve nature. The tour takes about 2 hrs
  • Maroteira is an excellent location as a base to discover the treasures of Portugal. Like Evora ,Reguengos and Vila Visços (all of which are with 30 mins drive).