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Large rural quinta with pools, tennis court, and extensive gardens

Bedrooms 8
Separate WC's2
Space 3,767 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

8 bedroom, 5 bathroom, sleeps a maximum of 16.

Tapada do Falcao stands in 130 acres of wood and pastureland in the Alto Alentejo, a truly unspoilt corner of Portugal. Cork oaks, eucalyptus and pine trees surround the house and contribute a wonderful fragrance. The Sao Mamede Natural Park, a protected area noted for its beauty and nature, is on the doorstep and the Spanish border is a stone's throw from the door. This is an exceptional corner of undiscovered Portugal - full of character, barely touched by tourism and steeped in history.

The house enjoys not one but two exclusive outdoor pools, a tennis court, full size trampoline, and wonderful gardens with numerous terraces for outdoor eating. It offers spacious accommodation and is ideal for 2 or 3 families to share, although a smaller group looking for the luxury of extensive space will not feel lost.

Away from the house the end of a long expanse of lawn is the large pool, surrounded by grass and tiled areas for sun lounging, shaded by palm trees and umbrellas, and with a wonderful view across the valley to the hills and medieval village of Alegrete beyond. No need to stray far, as there is a shower/WC and a fridge in the adjacent poolhouse! For the more energetic a hard tennis court and trampoline are at hand, and bicyles can be hired from the caretaker.

Around the house are more shady terraces, perfect for al fresco lunches or just sitting and reading in peace on the wicker furniture under the shaded portico. And just when you think you have seen it all, go through a gate in the high stone wall next to the kitchen and discover the magical 'secret' garden containing the original pool, lemon and other citrus trees and another outside eating space. This area is well lit at night and perfect for evening meals and barbecues and even a midnight swim!

Inside the house are eight bedrooms in total: six upstairs (two ensuite with balconies overlooking the gardens) and a further two downstairs. These are complimented by a large sitting room with an extensive library of English books, satellite TV, a music system and even a grand piano (though we cannot guarantee the tuning!). There is a large dining hall and well equipped kitchen with everything you would expect to find: large gas cooker, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and large American-style fridge-freezer with ice maker.

Away from the house but still part of the estate is a our vineyard, planted in 2000 and covering some 6.2 hectares on the north-facing slope of a hill. We planted five varieties of grapes which are sent away to be made into delicious red wine by our local Australian winemaker. You will find a bottle waiting for you in the kitchen on arrival, and more can be purchased!

We defy you not to fall in love with this house and its beautiful surroundings. We have successfully let to single families, two or three families wanting to share a holiday, and to groups of friends or family wanting to celebrate a special occasion such as a 40th birthday party or wedding anniversary. More accommodation can be sourced locally should you so require.

The property is officially registered with the Portuguese tourism authorities (registration number 306/AL) which ensures that it complies with safety and fire regulations.

More Details
Registration Number : 306/AL

Rosy Atkinson
Member since: 2002
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
30 August, 2017

About Rosy Atkinson

We are Nigel and Rosy Atkinson and we have owned this wonderful property since 1997. We live in London most of the year but enjoy spending as much time here as possible. It provides the complete antidote to our frenetic London life. As soon as we emerge from the car and hear the crickets and smell the pine and eucalyptus, we start to unwind. We have had many wonderful times here with friends and family, relaxing around the big pool by day and gathering round the small pool or on the terrace in the evening for a convivial barbecue or chicken from the local restaurant, all washed down with our own wine. What could be better!

Rosy Atkinson purchased this house in 1997

Why Rosy Atkinson chose Portalegre region

Nigel had a dream to own a house with a vineyard and to make great quality wine. We had looked at properties in Spain and were on the verge of buying something when we saw this property advertised in a tiny space in the Sunday Times. Nigel spoke to the then-owners on the phone and arranged to come out to look at the place. He returned saying it was love at first sight and (rather sheepishly!) he had 'sort of agreed to buy it'. We quickly arranged a second visit and I too fell in love both with the property and with the area. We bought the place and the rest, as they say, is history!

What makes this house unique

The house really is very special. It is spacious and well appointed inside but it is the outside that really sold it to us. The large stone terrace that runs across the back of the house has spectacular views across the grounds to the hills of Spain beyond. There are many pine cork and eucalyptus trees and not another property to be seen. Away from the property you almost feel as if you are in a previous century - villages of whitewashed houses picked out with the traditional blue and yellow; bars with flat-capped men sitting outside contemplating life, and hardly any traffic. What is not to like?

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a superb extended family holiday at Tapada do Falcao. It satisfied all the needs, indeed the fantasies, of a party of 12, ranging from young children to grand-parents. The facilities are ideal, the estate is glorious and the location is a revelation – very attractive, interesting and unspoilt. Tapada do Falcao is well loved and well managed, which makes for a very welcoming and appealing holiday environment. Having spent several successful villa holidays together in Europe, this is the first one to which we would all love to return.
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Portalegre in Portalegre District

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3767 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Main Guest Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , ensuite with main guest bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , upstairs
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , upstairs
    Cloakroom - Toilet , downstairs
    Master Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Ensuite to master bedroom
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , downstairs
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Outdoor Shower , outside by big pool
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Bed 5ft 6 in. En suite bathroom
    Main Guest Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Bed 5ft 6in. En suite shower room
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , bunks
    Downstairs Bedroom 8 - 2 Single Bed
    Downstairs Bedroom 7 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 5'6' bed
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed
  • 2 travel cots and one mobile 'Z' bed also available in addition to above
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 20 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The house has two pools; the original 8 metre pool is the central feature in a walled garden close to the house and is unusual in that it has terracotta tiles and not blue on the bottom. The larger 14 metre pool is 100 metres from the house surrounded by lawns and terrace and with breathtaking views to the hills beyond. There is a full sized trampoline and tennis court in the gardens. Mountain bikes are available to hire. Inside, the house is well equipped, with new furniture in the sitting room, an extensive library and a grand piano. There is a large American-style fridge with ice making facilities. It is usually possible to arrange maid service for a small additional charge payable locally.


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Large rural quinta with pools, tennis court, and extensive gardens
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Fantastic property with everything you need

  • 5 of 5

We had another fantastic stay at Tapada do Falcao this year and thoroughly enjoyed the surroundings. This was our second visit as we came here last year and loved it so much we decided to come back the following year. It is such an amazing place to stay for us as it suits our requirements as an extended family - a spacious and well equipped house, a tennis court which we used constantly throughout our stay, even in the heat of the day, lovely swimming pools, an area where there are few tourists and very friendly locals. An extra bonus is that João, the caretaker, lives nearby and he is very friendly and really helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tapada do Falcao.

  • 5 of 5

Tapada do Falcao is an amazing property, it's very spacious and well.equipped. We enjoyed a week there with family, including our 1 year old grandson. We found it very relaxing being around the house, by the pool or walking in the grounds. We also explored the villages and castles nearby, visiting some interesting places.

Everything we needed could be bought locally.

We would love to make a return visit

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay in our house and would love to have you back!
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A perfect place to stay

  • 5 of 5

A perfect place for us as we were able to swim and play tennis every day. In addition, the house was just perfect (although we spent most of the time outside) and compared to other large properties we have rented abroad in the past, it was extremely well equipped (especially the kitchen). The grounds were extensive and well cared for, the views were amazing and the weather fantastic. The two pools were a real bonus and the courtyard pool by the house was lovely to sit by in the evening for dinner. João, the caretaker, greeted us on our arrival. He was very friendly and gave us lots of helpful suggestions. We even bought some of the wine from the estate whilst there which we really liked. We were within walking distance of a restaurant in the village and supermarkets were under 10 mins away by car.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review our house. I am so glad that you and your extended family enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you back next year!
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Wonderful stay in a beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this beautifully maintained and atmospheric property that has stunning views over the surrounding countryside.The large swimming pool is perfectly appointed with plenty of sun loungers for day time relaxing and the smaller pool area provides an attractive evening dining area.In fact one is spoilt for choice for al fresco eating / drinking areas.Inside the house is decorated in traditional style ,kept immaculately clean and provides a cool respite from the hot midday sun in summer.The housekeeping couple live in a separate cottage on the estate and are always on hand to help with any issues.For the more energetic the tennis court is in very good condition and there is much too explore in the locality.Shops are only a couple of minutes away by car.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

lovely, peaceful family house, utterly quiet and relaxing in an unspoiled part of Portugal. Tempting not go leave the property at all : two pools add to the pleasures and days just disappear. A rather plain local village nearby has a very accommodating restaurant which will deliver meals to the house or cope with a large group at short notice. We have visited the quinta several times and it is


  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The local restaurant will do take-always but don't routinely deliver. However they regularly cater for weddings and have on several occasions provided an excellent feast for a special occasion including providing chairs, tables, linen, beer pumps and staff as well as excellent and very reasonably priced food!
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How to live in style

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable and very impressive house -stone built with shuttered windows for a cool interior -the walled pool adjoining the house is perfect for dining out at evening time-the extensive terrace best at lunchtime. The shaded table an excellent site for vino verde and alfresco lunch. The main pool with shade from palms and umbrellas a great spot to read and chat the fridge in the pool house a very convenient resource.

The views are lovely over a national park and french owned supermarkets in the town Portalegre 15 minutes away mean you lack for nothing.ion far enough from any shell suited horde-divine!

It is a peaceful and classic locat

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
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Nearest Airport
230 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Tapada do Falcao is situated on the edge of the village of Caia and about 8 kilometers from the town of Portalegre. The property lies due East of Lisbon close to the Sao Mamede Natural Park and the border with Spain


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Portalegre, Alentejo

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Off peak
7 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
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5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Discounts may be available for small groups - contact owner
Changeover days may be flexible - contact owner
Maid service can usually be arranged on request for additional charge paid locally

A deposit of one third of the rent is payable to secure the booking, with the balance payable 8 weeks before your stay. We can accept cheques or direct bank transfers in Pounds Sterling or in the Euro equivalent.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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