São Lourenço do Barrocal – Portugal
Hotel Type: An exquisitely renovated rural farmhouse estate that has been with the same family for 200 years. It welcomes families but it is also a romantic escape for couples.
Location: Rural Portugal. Surrounded by wilderness, vineyards & olive groves on a sprawling 780-hectare estate. It is located in Portugals Alentejo region which is about 2 hours from Lisbon airport. This area is stunning and less ‘busy’ than other parts of Portugal.
Style: A beautifully renovated farm retreat with experiences with nature at its heart.
Rooms: 22 romantic guest rooms, 2 suites and 16 cottages.
Our Favourite Room: Gemma loves the Barn Cottages. They all have their own fully equipped kitchen so you can combine eating at the hotels restaurants with nibbling on all the local produce from your own terrace!
Ideal For: Switching off and just enjoying the tranquillity and beauty of the working farm. Or for those who want to make the most of countryside experiences, of which they are in abundance.
Swimming: Peaceful adult only outside 20m pool located in a meadow. There is also a separate 15m children’s pool offering a family-friendly spot to cool down.
Dining: Farm to fork. There are two restaurants serving exceptional locally sourced authentic Portuguese cuisine, infused with Alentejo flavours and finished with subtle contemporary twists. Hortelão is located by the pool, has a quick changing menu based on what is in season and is open only from Spring – Autumn for dinners.
Activities: Experiences are high on the agenda here. The estate has plenty of walking and hiking paths with beautiful views. You can also go horse riding (it has stables on site), mountain biking, hot air ballooning, wine tasting (from the farms vineyards at the on site winery), archaeological guided visits, bird watching, stargazing, treasure hunting, cycling, or visit the spa.
Spa: Situated down a beautifully vaulted aisle are 4 treatment rooms, a relaxation room, dry saunas and a hydrotherapy room. There are plenty of treatments on offer at the Susanne Kaufmann Spa, all using organic products. For the active there is also a gym with group sessions available too.
Children: Children are very welcome here.
Accessibility: Sao Lourenco have facilities for disabled guests as well as ramps and grab rails!
Low Season Price From: €300 per night to stay in a Winery Room and includes breakfast.
High Season Price From: €520 per night to stay in a Winery Room and includes breakfast.
Open: All year round with a minimum of 2 nights stay in December.
We love this hotel for its tranquil setting, its contemporary farmhouse decor and welcoming hospitality
We were beyond excited when we discovered São Lourrenço do Barrocal – it’s almost tempting to keep it a secret. An estate that’s been in the same family for over 200 years, it has been beautifully renovated and restored into an effortlessly tasteful and understated retreat. This is a place where you forget your everyday life, with the rugged wilderness of the wide Alentejo plains all around you, the milky way in a clear night sky, swallows swooping and soaring and absolute quietness. It’s an intimate escape for couples and a taste of freedom for families. Surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and centuries old holm oaks, with its own organic vegetable garden, nature comes right to the door. The food is exceptional – traditional Portuguese recipes, made with seasonal and local produce, are given a modern twist. And the staff are outstanding, making guests feel right at home. We definitely wanted to stay longer!
Each room, suite and cottage has a story and its own individual style and feel. They are all simply decorated, with terracotta floors, white washed walls, artisan wooden furniture, scattered with handmade detail and full of rustic chic. We love the down and feather duvets and the under floor heating in the bathrooms. On the path to where the wine is made are the Winery Rooms. Light and airy, they have an ante room, bathtub and some have a little terrace. The former homes of the farm workers have been converted into the Farm Rooms. They are spacious and look out onto the cobbled main street, and can have a futon added for children between 5-12. These rooms give access to a semi-private outdoor area The Courtyard Rooms are near the reflecting pool with their own little terraces, and have romantic views over the estate. Looking up to Monsaraz Castle, the Suites have roomy living areas, large dining tables and free standing bathtubs. The Barn Cottages have been converted from the old cowsheds and stables. Choose from the One, Two or Three Bedrooms (all with en suite bathrooms), with their fully equipped kitchens, large dining areas and sunny terraces. The Two Bedroom Yard Cottages have an intimate cottage feel and some have their own terrace. The views from the Two Bedroom Meadow Cottages are sublime – out across the olive groves and over the estate.
With delicious and authentic, seasonal farm to table cuisine, all the ingredients are grown in the estate’s gardens or sourced from local producers. All the meat provided is certified organic. Portuguese cusine is some of the Mediterranean’s finest, and the dishes served at São Lourrenço do Barrocal are fresh and full of flavour. The restaurant Hortelão promises romantic dinners under the stars, with freshly caught fish and vegetables on the grill. And wash it all down and savour the terroir with wine made on the estate from indigenous grapes.
São Lourrenço do Barrocal welcomes children with open arms, and it’s a veritable haven for little ones. There’s a playroom full of books and toys, and a menu of extra activities that can be booked. The children’s treasure hunt is a magical adventure. But most of all, the large estate is a wonderland for children to explore.
Where do we start? This is a place to kick off your shoes and wind down. But if you have itchy feet, you could wander or horse ride around the barrocais – the ancient heritage sites dotted round the estate; take a balloon flight; mountain bike; explore the vineyards then taste the end results, or wonder at the extraordinary bird life on the Alentejo plains, with a picnic basket full of local delicacies. Then relax further with a treatment in the Spa’s hydrotherapy room, or a full body massage.
Sustainability is written into the land at Sao Lourenco. Owner José is committed to living off the land, with the estate providing many of the hotel’s delicious ingredients, including vegetables, wine, oils, and olives. Local providers are used as an alternative, reducing the distance food has to travel before it reaches your plate. Products are recycled after their use, which includes waste-water, which is reincorporated into irrigated systems.