Nature house in Alcaria Ruiva

Alentejo, Portugal

Part of house, other guests possible | On a yard | B&B
  • 2 persons
  • 1 bedroom
  • Contactless stay
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Pets not allowed

This nature house is located in southern Portugal, Alentejo, between the Castro Verde IBA Biosphere Reserve and the Guadiana Valley Natural Park and only 18 km from the lovely historical town of Mértola, whose roots go back to classical antiquity. We are dedicated to sustainable tourism, nature conservation and agroforestry. The three rooms available for accommodation were originally barns. The buildings were restored keeping the rammed earth (taipa) walls, the traditional technique in Alentejo, while adding a bathroom to each room. In the case of the Celeiro Rosa (Pink Barn), the room is 18,5 m2 and the bathroom (with shower) is 5 m2. The wood-oven house was repurposed as a small support kitchen for the guests. There is a small pool and an outdoor space where you can lounge and take your meals. The yard contains a native hedge, several fruit trees and many herbs. The Herdade is registered as local accommodation 116096/AL.

Nature and surroundings

The land has significant landscape and wildlife interest. The property is crossed by an intermittent stream, the Ribeira de Alvacar, and it is located within a Natura 2000 area (Castro Verde IBA Biosphere Reserve). As such, it is a great place for birdwatching and many unique species can be seen here (e.g. Iberian imperial eagle, great bustard and black-bellied sandgrouse). Within an area of 180 ha there are several paths for nature walks and biking and you are free to roam. You might spot rabbits, hares, partridges and fallow deer. Most of the land was reforested with pine trees (Pinus pinea) in the 1990s, but there are also traditional olive groves, a small vineyard and various orchards. We collaborate with Mértola's Biodiversity station to monitor the species that occur. As Mértola is one of the least populated areas in Europe (with approximately 5 people/km2) you are sure to find peace and quiet here.


Sustainability

  • Fully Insulated
  • Natural Insulation materials
  • Charging station electric car
  • Built with natural building materials
  • Separating waste (Glass, paper, plastic, food waste/organic)
  • No single-use plastic
  • No single-use plastic (water) bottles
  • Water-efficient toilet
  • Water-efficient shower
  • Ecological / organic food products grown by the landlord are available
  • Biodiversity-friendly garden
  • The garden is managed in a sustainable way
  • Bicycle rental is possible
  • Tours and activities organised by local guides and businesses are available
  • Information on local ecosystems, heritage and culture offered by landlord
  • Local products offered by the landlord

Facilities

Bedroom 1
  • 2-pers. bed (1x)
  • 1-pers. sofa bed (1x)
Accessibility
  • Contactless stay
  • Parking (1x)
Utilities
  • Internet access (WiFi)
  • Fire place
  • Charging station
  • Drinking water
  • Hot water
  • Electricity
Outdoor
  • Garden (shared)
  • BBQ
  • Garden furniture
  • Terrace (roofed)
  • Patio (shared)
Entertainment
  • Swimming pool (shared) 12 m2
  • Bicycles available (free) (2x)
Children
  • Cot (1x)
Kitchen
  • Refrigerator with freezer
Bathroom
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Bathroom (1x)
  • Shower

Location


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Good to know

Arrival and departure
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM- 10:00 PM
  • Check-out: 7:00 AM- 11:00 AM
House rules
  • Out of respect for nature: silence between 10:00 PM and 7:30 AM.
  • Minimum age of main booker: 18 years.
  • Smoking is not allowed in this nature house.
  • This is a fireworks-free nature house.
  • No parties or events are allowed.
  • This nature house is not suitable for groups of young people, students and sports teams.
  • Waste separation is mandatory in this nature house.

Additional house rules are listed in the terms and conditions, when you place your booking.

Nature house-ID

61447

Registration number

116096/AL

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Facilities

Accessibility
  • Contactless stay
  • Parking (1x)
Utilities
  • Internet access (WiFi)
  • Fire place
  • Charging station
  • Drinking water
  • Hot water
  • Electricity
Outdoor
  • Garden (shared)
  • BBQ
  • Garden furniture
  • Terrace (roofed)
  • Patio (shared)
Entertainment
  • Swimming pool (shared) 12 m2
  • Bicycles available (free) (2x)
Children
  • Cot (1x)
Kitchen
  • Refrigerator with freezer
Bathroom
  • Bathroom facilities
  • Bathroom (1x)
  • Shower
Bedrooms
Bedroom 1
  • 2-pers. bed (1x)
  • 1-pers. sofa bed (1x)

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