Quinta da Vila Maria is in a peaceful location on the edge of the village of Reguengo in the beautiful and unspoilt Serra de São Mamede Natural Park. The Park is a protected nature reserve, lying along the border with Spain, known for its quiet, beautiful landscape and nature. The house is set in 7½ acres/3 hectares of traditional vineyard and pasture, which is there for our guests to enjoy.
There is a large terrace at the front of the house - the perfect place in the evening to have dinner or enjoy a glass of wine. During the day you can sunbathe and relax on the pond terrace accompanied only by birdsong, the gentle burble of water and the croaking of the frogs. Or if you prefer shade, relax on the “linden tree terrace” or beneath one of the many olive, cork or fruit trees. And when you want to stretch your legs you are welcome to walk around the Quinta’s vineyard and land.
Our vineyard, which is organic, is called Vinha dos Padres – the Vineyard of the Priests. Many of the vines are very old, some in the region of 100 years old, and grow not on wires but in the traditional Portuguese way, like a bush. We have many different grape varieties planted including Aragonez, Arinto, Antão Vaz, Moscatel and Alicante Bouschet. In early spring, after pruning, they look like sculptures, all gnarled and twisted, an interesting study for those who like to draw or paint.
Being an old, traditional Portuguese vineyard, there are many olive and cork trees growing amongst the vines, as well as the orange, apple, pear, fig and walnut trees that grow around the rest of the Quinta; so there’s always a shady spot to sit on a hot summer’s afternoon. Our very old olive tree, in the region of 1000 years old, is known as a monument.
If you are interested in nature, animals and birds seen (or heard) at the Quinta include lizards, geckos, frogs, toads, bats, bee-eaters, booted eagles, blackcaps, cattle egrets, little owls, nightingales, red starts and treecreepers, with many more to be seen in the surrounding area of the Natural Park.
The old adega/wine cellar still has the original adobe pots which many years ago were used to make red wine. The adega is now our reception and is also decorated with old wine making equipment and agricultural implements, all found at the Quinta. In reception we have lots of tourist information, maps, guides for the various walking trails in the São Mamede Natural Park, information on local festivals and a local restaurant guide.
The barns and outbuildings are still full of old agricultural implements and wine making equipment. If interested, we are happy to show guests round and share some of the history of this unique house.
Let us welcome you to Quinta da Vila Maria – the ideal place to enjoy the beautiful countryside and relax.
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