You will immediately feel Horta Vermelha’s energy, character and personalised detail. From salvaging used or old furniture, maintaining the whitewash and original pigments, to keeping the Mediterranean weeds instead of planting an artificial high-maintenance lawn, dedicated effort and care were put by both Sónia and João.
The result is a genuine diversity of colours, textures, organic and authentic housing features, while being connected to all beyond the Horta.
The surrounding space offers inviting spots under great cork and fig trees, the Japanese Medlar, amidst the century-old olive grove, the old natural spring under the oldest walnut tree, or the most appreciated eco-friendly refreshing tank. You may walk up the meadow, scent the wild garlic, the spontaneous lavender flowers, and a multitude of other herbs, while spotting the sheep and cows in the vicinity. You may be lucky and see some other companions up there.
We invite you to take in the richness of the area with independent spirit, at your own pace.
On the WWW: Please visit our 'Horta Vermelha' site, for more information (link below)
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/Horta.Vermelha.on.FB
Sónia Melo: I am dedicated to providing guests and visitors at Horta Vermelha a holistic experience of the best and most fascinating features the Alentejo has to offer. My work and commitment to Horta Vermelha is paired with my activities in research and policy in international development.
João M. Gil: In Horta Vermelha, I hope guests will link to the world, from local to global scale, from the roots in the soil to the world. I transversely apply these ideas in my work also as a Professional Photographer, for Landscapes, Peoples & Cultures, as I do in my engagement with Horta Vermelha.
Horta Vermelha is fully Licensed and Registered as "Country Cottages/Rural Tourism" with no. 673 RNT, Portuguese Tourism Board.
When I decided to visit Alentejo in Portugal this year, I looked for a house to be built in the local style, with some green space around it (for my kid) and with owners who commit to particular values of sustainability, local development and authenticity. I found all three in Horta Vermelha. Regarding the house, we stayed at Sobreira cottage. The house itself is built in local style, with stone flooring and walls, well restored and decorated with clean style by the owners. In itself it is not a magnificent house; it follows the simple, clean style of a peasant home. The garden was absolutely great. Orchards of olive trees, chestnuts, plum trees, bushes of blackberries, lavender ... for us, it was the best part of the stay. In the morning, we could collect directly from the trees some plums and blackberries for breakfast; in the evening we would eat some nuts or grab some herbs for cooking. We could literally take a walk around the property. My kid had a blast running around. Finally, the property and house are maintained using local knowledge. Insects and weed were kept at bay using natural processes. It gets wild enough to be enjoyable without getting too wild to be annoying. Also a small creek runs through the property, making watering a natural process.
Passámos momentos agradáveis em família, num sítio calmo e relaxante. A casa Lódão, onde ficámos, era muito acolhedora , com uma decoração típica Alentejana, mas com um toque pessoal dos proprietários. À nossa chegada apresentaram um cabaz de boas-vindas soberbo, com produtos típicos da região. A Françoise, que nos recebeu e apresentou a casa, foi muito simpática, assim como a D. Maria, disponibilizando-se para qualquer coisa que necessitássemos. A zona tem uma boa gastronomia. Destaca-se entre os restaurantes a que fomos o Espalha Brasas. Gostámos da visita à Adega de Borba, onde mais uma vez confirmámos a simpatia e hospitalidade das pessoas de Borba. Destacamos também como atracção as ruínas de Juromenha e as vistas das magnificentes pedreiras de Vila Viçosa.
Aconselho vivamente a quem pretenda passar uns dias calmos em famila.
Hidden just outside Beja, you can have the experience of a true Alentejo place: the houses have been magnificently restored, but with respect to tradition, you have plenty of space to walk around and the service is very nice and friendly.
We spent 4 wonderfull days with our children who by the end of our little holiday asked ' why holidays aren't made of 100 days?'.
Parabenizo o João e a Sonia pelo carinho e a dedicação que conceberam a HORTA VERMELHA, por cada detalhe que os mesmos mais desatentos não deixam de encantar. Confesso que logo a chegada, a relva ainda por aparar deixou uma sensaçao incomoda, mas como foi-nos explicado, a primavera se fez muito chuvosa. Parece-me que agora ja se pode passear entre as árvores.
A presença do João durante a nossa estadia com certeza fez a diferença, embora a Françoise seja um encanto de pessoa, as recomendaçoes e dicas sobre onde comer ou onde passear foram importantes. Os restaurantes indicados atenderam as nossas expectativas e pudemos experimentar a excelente comida alentejana. As migas do A TALHA, são realmente imperdíveis...... O Alentejo, seus campos e suas aldeias brancas nos transportam para um outro tempo. Realmente muito bonito e posso crer que em nada perde a Toscana! As vilas do entorno de Borba são fantasticas, com edificaçoes medievais, castelos e muralhas. Foram dias inesquesíveis!
Deixo apenas uma recomendaçao....na casa Lodão faltou uma cafeteira...se puderem providenciar acredito que estará perfeita.
Sucesso, parabens e assim que puder conhecer e vivenciar um pouco mais do Alentejo espero poder revê-los porque com certeza me hospedarei novamente na HORTA!
You are in the country, but not isolated. You will be in control of your time and your feelings, whatever you decide to do. You may choose to relax in the private comfort of a centuries-old cottage, with surrounding olive and walnut groves. You may take a day out, exploring the region’s beautiful landscape, world heritage, towns and castles. Or you may go winery hopping, savouring the renowned quality wines.
We invite you to take in the richness of the area with independent spirit, at your own pace. Even if you are in a working mood. Have you imagined being linked to the world under the trees?
Horta Vermelha is located in Borba, in the Alto Alentejo region of Portugal, an area many call the 'Provence' of Portugal. The vast plains of the Alentejo (roughly the size of a country such as Belgium) sweep between the Algarve and Lisbon. It is a countryside of endless plains doted by olive trees, cork trees and great vineyards.
Probably the last undiscovered destination wonder in Europe.
Other Activities: bird watching, photography, castles, palaces, World Heritage, vineyards, wine cellars
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Prices are further reduced for the 3rd or following consecutive nights, with discounts that vary between 50% to 35%, depending on the season. Contact us for final prices for 3 or more nights, since these will be lower than those shown in the automatic "Book Now" facility in Homeaway. Extra costs apply for extra services, e.g., sofa-bed, use of Meeting Room, extra child bed, pet shelter.