Quinta do Barranco da Estrada is located on the remote, fresh water and mosquito-free, lake of Santa Clara in Portugal’s Alentejo province. Here you will enjoy the total absence of traffic noise and clear, starry nights on a calm lake perfect for swimming, boating, walking and birdwatching. The property is surrounded by mature fruit and flower gardens.
Paradise in Portugal…
The simple, yet inviting guest rooms have wonderful views of the lake. There are eight double rooms, a family suite and a honeymoon suite. All have private bathrooms and are decorated in a mix of English and Portuguese styles.
The delicious home-made meals are served in the lovely dining room that seems to hang above the organic 2 acre garden stretching down to the lake. There is an extensive wine list.
A variety of water sports is on offer. Around the lake, explore the marvellous countryside walking. Not to miss is surely a nature walk with the owner; Frank is an ornithological guide for the whole of southern Portugal and his love, knowledge and enthusiasm for the countryside where he’s lived for over 20 years is addictive.
Guests can also enjoy a relaxing Swedish or Shiatsu massage or the sauna. Inside are two large drawing rooms with log fires adjoining the roofed and vine covered terraces.
Nearby, Santa Clara village itself is quiet, clean and beautiful and the inhabitants friendly. The local roads are mainly traffic-free and in good condition, ideal for those wishing to explore nearby localities such as the rolling Alentejo plains to the east or the spectacular wild beaches on the coast to the west.
Your hosts: Daniela & Frank McClintock
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 10 rooms (14m2) (151 sq ft) ✅ free on-site parking ✅ pets allowed on request, no extra charges • Faro Airport: 70km • nearest beach: 1-hour drive