Hillside House

Reliquias, Valeferro, Baixo Alentejo
Self-catering


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

Bed

6 beds

Bedroom

4 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 8

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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Home truths

  • 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

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 5pm, Saturdays
Check out
10am, Saturdays
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
Closed
Rarely.
Meals
Dinner with wine, by Porfirio the village cafe available on request, from €7. Restaurants 7km.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €140
Weekly price
from €985
Damage deposit
€300
Surcharges
Extra sofabeds available.
1 House for 8
From €1406 beds4 bedrooms

Reviews

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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Location

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!

Introducing

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.