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Our Quinta hugs the shore of Europe's cleanest, mosquito-free lake and is the perfect getaway that caters for individuals, couples, groups or workshops.
While there’s plenty for the active to do, for those who want to chill there’s not a single sound from the outside world, (no planes, trains or automobiles), and just sitting on your own private terrace and listening to the birds in the garden and the waves lapping the shore is enough to slow the heartbeat. Good, nutritious, locally-grown food, much of it from our own biological garden, (cooked by a professionally trained chef who specialises in vegan and vegetarian meals), is served in clean and safe surroundings, far from the madding crowd.
Yoga and other Hollistic workshops
Over the past 30 years we’ve had the pleasure of hosting many different retreats and workshops, and have a 20 x 8 mt Shala offering a sheltered space for 20 to 30 people practicing yoga, meditation or other forms of body/mind/spirit work either in a group during a retreat or alone at all other times. You can also book private yoga sessions, Shiatsu massages and even Guided Nature and Nature Photography sessions at the Quinta.
Locally-grown food cooked with love and passion
Here at the Quinta we love to cater for all tastes and we prepare healthy vibrant food with fresh ingredients from the local village and the Quinta's gardens. We have a great deal of experience in catering for all diets including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan on request for individuals or groups. Our meals are wholesome and simple, a real treat for body and soul. You only have to visit our own website and read the reviews on Tripadvisor to get a taste, (excuse the pun), of what to expect.
Birdwatching and Nature Walks & Nature Photography
We are actively engaged in conservation projects worldwide, and, being the home of one of Portugal’s leading Birding Guides we offer guided Nature and Birdwatching walks and expeditions throughout Southern Portugal, as well as having our own hides in the local vicinity.
Our professional Guides are enthusiastic and love to share their knowledge about the local fauna and flora.
Moreover, being professional photographers as well, they can give you tips that take years to learn in the field.
Tours can be booked directly at the Quinta, but it is always best to book in advance to avoid disappointment as our Nature and Photography Tours are a great deal in demand.
When’s the best time to spoil yourself with a Japanese Shiatsu massage?
When you’re at the Quinta of course, and Daniela’s always on hand to do just that.
Shiatsu is a style of bodywork that uses finger pressure to specific acupressure points, rocking movements, stretches and joint rotations to restore the healthy flow of energy or "Ki" in Japanese.
Shiatsu is a holistic, deeply relaxing treatment that re-balances your energies.
Activities at a lake setting
Adventure’s literally waiting on your doorstep at the Quinta.
SUPs, canoeing and swimming in water pure enough to drink, you’re spoiled for choice here.
Should you visit us during the Spring it might be a good idea to heat up in the Sauna before you go for a swim in the lake, but from May to September the water temperature’s never far off 28ºC, (82ºF).
There are several lawns with sun loungers close to the water where you can boost your Vitamin D levels while reading a book from our comprehensive library.
The Quinta has 10 rooms in a mixture of doubles, triples, twins and family rooms. All have a private bathroom and a small terrace with lake view.
We can accommodate in the high 20s, with 20 in single beds (shared accommodation). The bathrooms are spacious and they all have a large bath with a shower.
You can either rent the Quinta in its entirety for retreats, or book privately if you’re coming on your own.
The Sauna, the SUPs and the canoes are all included in the price of your stay.
We host Batik and Printing workshops at various times during the year, flying out from the UK specialists in these fields. Full details and dates can be supplied on request.
We have one room with disabled facilities (wheel chair friendly).
We’re proud to say that we have been “green” since way before it became fashionable.
Starting from scratch over 35 years ago, we built the Quinta from the ground up, and, being totally off-grid, we quickly appreciated the benefits of this lifestyle.
Our electricity is 90% provided by the sun, while our water is both pumped, cleaned and heated by the sun.
Where food is concerned, what we can’t grow ourselves we buy locally, and we employ locally too, keeping five families going in this under-populated area.
We don’t just pay lip service to sustainable practices – we’ve lived it since we started here.
We are open for individual bookings but also for small and large groups - and even exclusive occupation of the whole Quinta to keep your retreat totally private.
We open for all comers from the 15th March - 31st October.
During the winter months, 1st November - 14th March, we only accept group bookings.
Prices depend upon the time of year and the number of people and rooms booked, so for more details please get in touch.
Our nearest airport is Faro, a 90-minute drive away, while Lisbon is a two and a half hours drive, both easily reachable by car or taxi. For those who would like to arrive by train we can organize a pick up from our local station, "Santa Clara Saboia", which is 15 minutes away.
For Groups we have a 9-seater Minivan, which makes transfers from or to the airport ridiculously affordable.
For those coming under their own steam we will provide instructions on booking.
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