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Sobreira Cottage @ Horta Vermelha | experience Earth

Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 2 nights


About the property

Centuries-old cottage among trees & bees in Borba - sustainable and geo-tourism

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

More Details
Registration Number : 673 RNT

Property Manager
Sónia Melo or João M. Gil
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
2 March, 2018

About Sónia Melo or João M. Gil

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.

Why Sónia Melo or João M. Gil chose Borba

Horta Vermelha is fully Licensed and Registered as "Country Cottages/Rural Tourism" with no. 673 RNT, Portuguese Tourism Board.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Borba in Municipality of Borba

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , With window
  • All bathroom water is heated through electric water heater, following all safety regulations.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Double Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , For an extra-cost
    Twin-bed Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Living room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Double, for an extra-cost
  • Every bedroom has a window. The futon in the living room is double and comfortable, for two adults (at extra charge). All rooms have heating and are cool in the summer.
  • Books
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Breakfast, with coffee, tea, local bread, jams and cheese, juice and milk, is provided on the day of arrival (for the remaining days, breakfast and meals are autonomously managed by the guests). All water is potable, being provided by the Town Council. Wood-burner in living room, electrical heaters in all other chambers. Housing is very cool in the summer, within thick walls, wood and isolated ceilings. Kitchen has gas cooker, fully verified and certified. Full anti-fire safety, and CO-detector for rooms. Wireless wideband Internet access is included, with coverage in most of the farm corners and places. Guests should bring their own computer. Local calls are free-of-charge (on a fair basis). Pets are allowed, but not indoors. There is a very good shelter available (additional charge). A meeting room is also available, for workshops, meetings, parties (at additional charge). Please check our website, for map and full information on facilities.


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(5 traveller reviews)

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Sobreira Cottage @ Horta Vermelha | experience Earth
average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews

Great stay in Alentejo in local style

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2011
  • Date of Stay: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Igor J., We are glad that we have contributed to your happy stay! Please come again. Kind regards, João & Sónia
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Boa escolha

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2011
  • Date of Stay: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little piece of Alentejo paradise

  • 5 of 5

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?'.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2011
  • Date of Stay: April 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Vasco, We are very happy in reading your very kind words, after your stay in April! Just one minor correction - you ment "Borba" and not "Beja". :-) We hope to see you soon, again at Horta Vermelha. Now we have the refreshing recreation pool ready, with running clear waters, some frogs, salamanders and toads! João & Sónia ********** Caro Vasco, Ficamos muito contentes ao ler as suas palavras muito simpáticas, depois da vossa estadia em Abril! Apenas uma pequena correcção - terá querido dizer junto a "Borba" e não "Beja". :-) Esperamos ver-vos proximamente, outra vez na Horta Vermelha. Temos agora o fresco tanque de de recreio preparado, com água límpida, algumas rãs, sapos e salamandras! João & Sónia
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Os dias ensolarados de BORBA

  • 4 of 5

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!

Um abraço.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2011
  • Date of Stay: June 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: (in english, below) Cara Rosangela, Muito obrigado pelas suas palavras simpáticas e muito boa crítica. Ficamos, acima de tudo, satisfeitos por saber que irá voltar e que ficou contente com a Horta Vermelha, vendo que é uma Hóspede especialmente atenta e exigente. Para esclarecer os demais, informamos que as ervas entre as árvores da Horta Vermelha podem por vezes estar "grandes". A aplicação de produtos químicos nas ervas é muito reduzida, havendo zonas onde não é aplicada, sequer. Faz-se uso do crescimento das ervas para atrair as aves e insectos para o mais próximo possível de um meio natural equilibrado, mais saudável para as árvores e tudo o resto (todos nós). Chegam várias alturas em que se cortam essas ervas com o tractor, ficando o espaço mais livre para brincadeiras e passeios na Horta Vermelha. Durante a estadia da Sra. Rosângela, ela mesmo teve oportunidade de ver as ervas "grandes" e depois "cortadinhas". A Horta Vermelha, contudo, tem outras zonas mais "limpas" de ervas, e até ajardinadas, para maior conforto dos Hóspedes. Sobre a cafeteira, presente em cada uma das Casas, colocamos a hipótese de que não estivesse num local vizível. Iremos resolver isso. Muito obrigado! Sónia e João. ************************************ Dear Rosangela, Thank you very much for your kind words and very good review. Above all, we are very pleased in knowing that you will return and that Horta Vermelha has made yourself and your family happy. This is particularly important, knowing that you are a especially attentive and demading Guest. To inform all, we clarify that the weeds in the orchards of Horta Vermelha may in occasions be "long". The application of chemicals is reduced to a minimum. There are areas with no application at all. The aim is to make use of the weeds to atract the birds and all insects, making the system as close as possible to a natural equilibrium. This is healthier for the trees and all the rest (all of us). There comes times when those weeds are mowen with the tractor, making space more open of games and good walks in the farm. During Ms Rosangela's stay she saw things with "long" weeds and then "nicely cut" weeds. Horta Vermelha, anyhow, has other weed-clear areas, also garden-like, for best confort of the Guests. About the coffee maker, present in each of the Cottages, it may possibly have been out of sight for some reason. We will deal with this. Thanks very much! Sónia & João
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Excellente vakantiewoning op uniek domein in een mooie, cultuurrijke regio

  • 5 of 5

Heerlijke koele vakantiewoning in gerenoveerde boerderij. Alle noodzakelijke dingen aanwezig. Prima onthaal. Prachtig natuurdomein met olijfbomen, noten, kurkeiken en schaapjes. Winkel en aansluiting op wegennet in nabije omgeving. Heerlijk om de historische stadjes in de omgeving te verkennen: Estremoz, Vila Viçosa, Évora, Elvas, ... Een aanrader voor cultuurliefhebbers en een beetje alternatief. Ver weg van het massatoerisme.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
180 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
A6 with N4
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
150 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Borba, Alentejo

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
8 Feb 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
25 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
7 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Nov 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
16 Dec 2018 - 12 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Extra EURO-Zone banks £16.77 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £88.86
Pet Fee £13.33
Tax Rate 6.0%

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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