- Child Friendly
- Cook available
- Other rental properties on site
- Short breaks available
Charmingly rustic and gloriously secluded, the Goat House is a delightful reminder of simpler times. Set in the grounds of a renovated mill, the views from the house stretch over towards Spain and there are no inhabited houses in sight. If you want to go off the grid, this is the place to do it. Named by The Times as one of the top 20 remote escapes in Europe (2015).
Previously a goat milking parlour, the Goat House has now been lovingly restored as a comfortable, bucolic retreat for two (or four if you’re happy for it to be cosy!). In spring, the colours move from the vibrant yellow of the flowering mimosas through the whites and yellows of the broom to the purples and blues of the lavender, before they turn back to the burnt ochres of high summer. The gardens are full of vegetables, chickens and bees, the farming is organic, and water, electricity and waste are all dealt with on site.
The countryside around here is utterly stunning and it’s easy to while away an afternoon wandering through the medieval paths in the area. And when you want to rejoin civilisation, the picture-perfect village of Marvao is nearby, complete with breathtaking views, its own castle and a maze of winding streets. At 995m it is reportedly the highest inhabited village in Portugal and it is refreshingly untouched by modern life. There is a bar where all the locals hang out, and it is also home to a number of seasonal festas including the Festa de Castanhas in November, where there are all sorts of chestnut goodies on offer.
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Lisbon 2.5 hours
The house has a very comfortable double bed and a small mezzanine which sleeps two more (albeit in a close-knit manner). For cooking you have a gas hob inside and a solar oven outside so you’re covered in all weathers. In fact this is a house which works all year round – in the summer you can cook al fresco and dine until late under the clear sky and in the winter you can fire up the wood burning stove which has its own hotplates and oven. A small solar system provides enough power for lighting and a laptop, there is a private compost toilet, and the new rainwater harvesting system means that there is plenty of water even during the long, hot summers.
Outside there is a barbeque which is fuelled by our own charcoal and this is about as quiet a spot for fresh air feasting as you are likely to find anywhere. The grounds total 25 acres, including a kilometre stretch of riverbank, and about 3 acres of those grounds are dedicated to organic vegetable patches, egg-laying hens, hardworking donkeys and fields of pigs. The land around the gardens is covered in olive groves and cork, oak and ash trees, not to mention an abundance of walnut, fig, mimosa and a variety of fruit trees. This is rural Portugal at its best and most beautiful.
Conditions of Rental
Deposit payable on booking.