Monte das Fontes – Luxury Quinta on large estate with private swimming lake

Monte das Fontes
Self-catering 7 Bedroom country house in Alentejo, Portugal

Monte das Fontes: Country House for 12-16 persons
7 Bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
Large living room with fireplace, separate dining
Swimming and boating in private lake
Garden, Terrace, 600 hectare private estate
Surface area: 450m2

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Monte das Fontes – Surface area : 450m2

The comfortable house covers a total area of 450 square meters; its setting is ideal to relax in one of the many “secret corners” of the property or socialize with your party in the lounges, game rooms or terraces.
The house, although modern, is built in the traditional style and therefore very well insulated. During the winter months, electrical heating and a fireplace provide additional comfort.

The bedrooms are extremely spacious and all the bathrooms are modern and fully equipped.

The large fully equipped kitchen provides all that is required for cooking delicious meals.

Note: The house is extremely private, located in a 600ha estate and accessed by a private rural 6Km drive. This driveway is also used by the estate workers in their daily tasks, therefore it is not always in perfect conditions, mostly during Winter and Spring time.

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Amenities for Monte das Fontes

7 Bedrooms – sleeping arrangements
2 spacious bedrooms with large double beds
4 spacious bedrooms with 2 single beds
1 large bedroom with 3-4 single sofa beds. This room also doubles up as a games room
Baby cot on request

5 Bathrooms
2 bathrooms with toilet, bath with shower, bidet
2 bathroom with toilet, bath with shower, separate shower enclosure, bidet
1 bathroom with toilet

Living Area
Spacious living room with seating and dining areas for 12 people and a fireplace
TV, Satellite TV, DVD player, Stereo system
Separate dining room

Fully equipped spacious kitchen
4 ring stove, dish washer, freezer, fridge, microwave, oven, washing machine

Barbecue, garden, terrace, 2 garden chairs
Large private lake with decking and beach area and a rowing boat to explore the lake
Car parking area

Iron, Ironing board, hairdryer
Wireless internet access
Electrical heating and large fans on all bedrooms

Bed linen and towels included in price
Cleaning two times a week included in price
Upon additional payment: daily maid service; food shopping delivery can be ordered daily with the maid; meal preparation; baby-sitting (these services need to be arranged in advance)
In order to encourage responsible usage of energy and water, energy consumption above € 10 per day will be charged at cost

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Central Alentejo is one of the most authentic areas of Portugal; here you will discover a beauty and a rhythm of life gone from most of the rest of Europe. This is a wine country, bull country, shooting country, riding country, and the best produce of Portugal is grown in the many farmsteads around. ‘Monte das Fontes’ is at a crossroads between Evora, Evoramonte, Borba and Estremoz, all homes to wonderful wines, culinary delights and culture. The magnificent Serra d’Ossa offers many beautiful signposted walking itineraries from the estate.

This is the perfect place for nature lovers, artists, writers, families, friends’ gathering or stressed executives needing a real break! This wonderful property set on 600 hectares of land will enable you to enjoy a giant and natural private playground with its own fresh water lake!

‘Monte das Fontes’ is situated 25 km from Evora, one of the most interesting and beautiful cities of Central Alentejo. The lively and historical city of Evora is protected by UNESCO World Heritage since 1986. Evora has a rich History and Architecture and hosts many cultural events as well as musical festivals. The Alentejo cuisine and wines can be savoured at one of the many delicious Evora restaurants. The border with Spain is only 90km and of course Lisbon and all its delights is easily reached.

And yet Monte das Fontes feels miles away from the hussle and bussle of a European capital; this is one of its main attractions!

Monte das Fontes means “the hill of the sources”. The beautifully clean and private fresh water lake is natural and provides an ideal setting for many refreshing breaks.

Delicious meals can be prepared in the barbecue or spacious kitchen and enjoyed in the outside shaded patio or dining room.

Every season or time of the day brings its wonders and different activities at ‘Monte das Fontes’: early morning or midnight swims, long walks, bike paths, horse riding, hunting, fishing, mushroom picking, bird watching… and in the winter evenings, roasting chestnuts by the giant fire place!

The hot summer months are enjoyed in the coolness of the house, with a refreshing swim in the lake, or with a book in the shaded areas of the garden.

The beautiful country house offers private beach access to its own private lake. Part of the lake is laid out with a wooden deck; there is a pontoon for boat access. A rowing boat and swimming toys are at your disposal.

Water sports
Alentejo has a lot of water, due to its many lakes. Therefore, if you like water sports, Alentejo is heaven. The many reservoirs with plenty of good access points to the water are excellent for Winsurfing and sailing. Motor water sports such as jet and water-skiing can be enjoyed at “Barragem da Vigia” and “Alqueva”.

Horse riding, shooting, trekking, bird watching, wine tasting, special guided tours and other activities can be organized for our guests. Ballooning in Portugal began in Alentejo: it was chosen as the most suitable region due to the vast plains that are suitable for take off and landing. Waking up in the night to jump into a wicker basket lifted by a balloon into the Alentejo sky is an extraordinary experience as the first rays of the sun light up the plain: miles and miles of land, as far as the eye can see, are filled with brushstrokes of colour. Please contact us for more information.

There are a couple of horses staying in another part of the 600 hectare property and horse riding can be organized on request.

Getting there and around
Two hours flight from most European cities and seven from New York, the beautiful holiday villa is reached by car from Lisbon Airport in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
A car is essential for this holiday as there is no public transport to the house.
The hamlet of Freixo is 5km away, and offers a supermarket and genuine small restaurants. Further afield the village of Redondo 15k away offers more serious entertainment and shopping, whilst Evora is 25km away. A beach day out to the wonderful area of Comporta is well worth it. Lisbon, with its culture and monuments, is 1.5 hours away.

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Prices are quoted for up to 12 people. Add €100/week per additional person (maximum 16 guests)
During peak season: normal turnover day is Saturday and surcharge may apply for rentals of less than 2 weeks
Booking conditions: 20% minimum paid at time of booking, further 40% two months before arrival, and the balance on arrival
Security Deposit: €500, refundable at end of stay.
AL 54433

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 by Paul Ansdell

Utterly magical place. As you arrive through the cork forest, you glimpse the lake and house and never want to leave. Maria is such a welcoming hostess and everyone at Sol Domus looked after us so well. The house has everything you need and the lake was perfect for all ages, from swimming to boating, all among the fish and crayfish. Fabulous lemons from the tree as well! It exceeded all our expectations and we will return. So many thanks.

 by Nicki and John Sharpley

This is a truly remarkable house. It is a 12 minute drive down a dusty and bumpy track but our three small hire cars managed fine. The setting is a remote, beautiful and fascinating working estate of cork trees. When we first drove round the corner and saw the house and lake we all shouted with delight. The house is generous in every way, it is spacious, beautifully decorated and very well equipped. The lake is stunning and we all swam extensively. The boat was great fun and it feels a little like you are on safari watching the birds and fish coming to the surface in the evenings. We had extreme temperatures (upwards of 45 degrees) but there were fans in every room and air con in the living room. We did suffer from quite bad mosquito and another time would come a bit better prepared for them! One week was just not enough! The owner and agents were very responsive and helpful as well.

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