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Herdade da Matinha

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"A timeless place on Costa Vicentina that invites you to a memorable experience through its nooks and crannies, gardens and details"

Once Upon a Time...

Located in the heart of the Alentejo Coast, in the picturesque village of Cercal, Herdade da Matinha invites you to experience real luxury: silence. Herdade da Matinha extends over 110 hectares of cork oak and stone pine forest, where two rustic houses have been restored and are now with doors open in this superb Alentejo retreat.

It is in its 20 inspiring rooms, all uniquely decorated, that guests can let themselves go and have a real country experience and in Herdade da Matinha isn't lacking experiences, the lush, green fields are the stage for many of them, where you can enjoy horseback riding, a picnic, or even a Yoga or Pilates class.

The Vicentina Route is a stone’s throw away from the Herdade, walking or cycling, enjoy the unique flora and fauna of the Alentejo and follow the path until you reach the nearby towns of Porto Covo, Vila Nova de Milfontes or Zambujeira do Mar. The distinct birds that can be seen here are unique for birdwatching and their calls will be your company on this adventure.

Gastronomy is one of the pillars of this charm countryside hotel, making your meals a true culinary experience with fresh ingredients from local suppliers. Herdade da Matinha is a pearl in the traditional and genuine Alentejo and an authentic experience of rural Portugal.

Reasons To Love It
  • The inspiring and colourful decor, in perfect harmony with the rustic architecture of the house
  • The open kitchen, where the most exquisite dishes are prepared
  • The nooks and crannies that invite you to relax

Important Information

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Library
  • Open kitchen
  • Riding arena
  • Lounges
  • Gastronomy Room
  • Events Room
  • Yoga Room
  • Vegetable garden

After having decided to give their lives a new direction outside Portugal, Mónica and Alfredo made a trip to Cercal and fell in love with the place that is today called Herdade da Matinha, and it is here that, for 10 years now, they build this project full of good taste and soul together with their children.

  • Real Alentejo bread from D. Ercília’s bakery, 5 minutes away from Matinha
  • Miniature sweet twists from Pastelaria Baú Doce (a local confectionery)
  • The typical Alentejo blankets that you can buy at Herdade da Matinha

Herdade da Matinha, 7555-231 Cercal do Alentejo, Portugal

GPS Coordinates: 37º48’13″N 8º42’59″W

A2 motorway (Lisbon/Algarve, South) – exit (Beja/Ferreira)-IP1 main trunk road – towards Ourique, Algarve as far as Mimosa-Once there, turn off towards Alvalade-Cercal-Once in Cercal, head for Vila Nova de Milfontes-One kilometre after Cercal, opposite a small factory, turn right onto a dirt road (+/- 3 km)-Follow the signs for H.M. (Herdade da Matinha) or the telephone poles that start at the asphalt road.

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Reservation: A 30% deposit is required at the time of reservation. This can be paid by bank transfer or credit card.

Cancellation: If cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date, no penalty will be charged. If cancelled between 7 and 2 days before the arrival date, a penalty equal to 50% of the total cost of the reservation will be charged. If cancelled less than 2 days before the date of arrival, or in the event of a no-show, a penalty equal to 100% of the total cost of the reservation will be charged (low and mid season).

During high season (July 15 to August 31), no penalty will be charged for cancellation up to 15 days before the date of arrival. If cancelled less than 15 days before the date of arrival, or in the event of a no-show, a penalty equal to 100% of the total cost of the reservation will be charged.

Check-in: 14:00 to midnight
Check-out until noon

Payment: Visa, MasterCard and cash.

Small pets are allowed at Herdade da Matinha, subject to prior confirmation and in off peak season.