Quinta do Barranco da Estrada - Rural Portugal Holiday Retreat - Introduction
If you really want to get away...
Just north of the Algarve, in some of the most remote and unspoilt countryside in Europe, lies Quinta do Barranco da Estrada, a small oasis on the shores of a vast freshwater and mosquito-free lake.
It nestles in the wild hills of the lower Alentejo - a sparsely populated region of exceptional and unique beauty. It really is rural tourism at its best.
"The best discovery of all. Almost instantly I have a deep sense of wellbeing...
- a dreamy little hotel."
House and Garden
For more than quarter of a century the Quinta has provided a haven for those from near and far to spend some time away from the rat race.
Its sheltered position and micro-climate allow an abundance of plants to flourish in the fruit and flower gardens, offering peace and privacy to guests, many of whom are happiest lazing in the sun at the water's edge.
"The quintaessentials of beauty & fine company. We ate en famille and well...home grown vegetables & home baked bread"
The Mail on Sunday
The lake, right on your doorstep and one of the largest in Europe, (with an average summer temperature of 82ºF), is a refreshing, (and unpolluted), change from the sea, but for those who like beaches, the Algarve, as well as the spectacularly unspoilt West Coast, is only an hour away.
Though close to the Algarve, it's relatively unknown, with a busy day being the sight of over five boats, and in the summer the Quinta's mature fruit and flower gardens lead guests down to the shore where a variety of watersports are on offer, overlooked by the lawns close to the water's edge.
"Appetites are constantly charged .... No danger of A Room with a View squabbles here"
The winter too has its own delights with marvelous walks in the vicinity and a complete absence of traffic noise the whole year through, the latter a priceless asset in the hustle and bustle of the modern world.
"The restricted number of guests ensures comfort and personal service. The perfect place for a get-away-from-it-all-break ... some of the most remote and unspoilt countryside in Europe"
The Quinta's ten en-suite rooms are airy, cool and comfortable and the bathrooms are spacious.
Much of the excellent home-made food is fresh from the organic garden - honey from local hives, free-range eggs, bread baked daily on the premises and of course fish from the lake.
" ... a rest cure where I could laze about and dream. You don't want to overdo it in a place like this"
The Daily Telegraph
But if you want to be active there's plenty to do - sailing, canoeing, fishing, swimming and walking and there are a variety of speciality courses on offer, notably Birdwatching, (and Nature Loving in general), and Shiatsu massage.
The Birdwatching is guided by the resident owner, Frank McClintock, and covers the whole of southern Portugal, while the Shiatsu is undertaken by Daniela Hentz of the Hara Shiatsu Institute of Vienna."
The Quinta is also suited to large families or special interest groups looking for exclusive private accommodation.
But whatever your interest - however you like to "get away from it all" - for total relaxation in a truly idyllic part of the world there are few places to rival Quinta do Barranco da Estrada.
"We were looking for a quiet holiday, miles from anywhere...
and that is exactly what we found"