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“Attention to detail in Estremoz” 5 of 5 stars
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Monte da Fornalha
Estremoz 7100, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Estremoz B&B and Inns
Lisbon, Portugal
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“Attention to detail in Estremoz”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We were travelling in family. Have stayed at Suite 480 of the Monte da Fornalha. This room has plenty of space and could easily fit two extra beds. This was in January 2012. It was brightly sunny - but cold.

The rooms and the common living area is decorated in a chic rustic style, with ethnic appointments. The combination of styles (antiques, recovered Alentejo furniture, oriental pieces, etc) creates a homey and welcoming feeling. Each of the furniture pieces and (many) displayed objects seemed to have been individually chosen to fit on the place where is placed. The attention to detail extends to the garden where each tree seemed also to have been individually chosen, cut and placed.

The breakfast was being served on a winter garden on the East facing side of the house. Perfect for these cold sunny days. The breakfast is simple, but made of quality products: freshly squeezed orange juice, sliced bread for sandwiches or toasts, ham, cheese, two different cakes, homemade jams…

At evening we choose to gather around the fireplace in the main living room for reading and hot tea – unbeatable combination for winter days.

Estremoz does not have the cultural richness of nearby Évora, but is a very pleasant city. Don’t miss the Saturday market on Rossio, the view from the castle and the ethnographic Municipal Museum.

Monte da Fornalha is one of my favorite spots in Alentejo.

Room Tip: Suite 480 is very roomy. With two extra beds there was still plenty of space to move around.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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kent
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

Running a B & B in Kent we tend to be a little critical when we go away. Last September , finding that we had a few free days , we decided to take a quick break. Having lived in Portugal when I was younger I have a soft spot for it but didn't know the Alentejo region very well - we spotted Monte da Fornalha on I - Escape and thought we would give it a try. After arriving in Lisbon we were soon on our way to Borba - once over the long bridge , traffic disappeared and we were at our destination in 2 hours. Monte da Fornalha was everything we wanted - a haven of tranquility run by the lovely Orlanda. Our room was huge and nicely decorated in a rustic style. There are plenty of shady spots around the pool and the garden ,
bikes to use and some gentle strolls to be had. Such was the calm around us that it felt it was our own home. Breakfast was a treat with home made cakes , local bread , yoghurt & honey and fresh fruit and juice ( wonderful figs from the garden as well )
Orlanda was a huge help pointing out to us the places to visit and suggesting restaurants to try. The region is undulating with many vineyards , olive & cork trees and some charming hilltop villages. Travelling around is a doddle as the roads seemed blissfully free of traffic which helped the whole visit feel so utterly relaxing.
Do try Monte da Fornalha and the region of the Alentejo.

Room Tip: Ours was the only one on the first floor I think
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lisboa
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

It's a wonderful, charm and confortable place. The main house has a beautiful glass reading room and nice sofas where you can rest any time listening music and having a tea, it's always available a treat - tea, coffee, cookies or chocolat.
The breakfast has delicious homemade jams and bread, among other things.
The room is quite confortable and nice, and the pool area is very relaxing and zen. There was just two critics; the tv is small has a cereal box and there is no internet, just on the main house or close.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Matthews, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2010

Fornalha makes a great base for sighseeing in the Alentejo area. Conveniently located to many historical sites and in the midst of the Alentejo Wine Route. Or a great secret hide-away spot to relax.

The property itself is stunning. The rooms, the pool, the public areas are all welcoming, cozy and well-maintained. The buildings are surrounded by orange trees, cacti, olive and cork trees and a variety of flowering plants. Orlanda is a wonderful gardner and hostess.

Our room was very spacious (#378) with large bed, sofa, desk, and tables. The bath was also spacious. The shower head was a bit strong and stinging, but the bath tub was a real treat. The room was quiet and comfortable both nights we were there.

Breakfast was a feast -- cereals, pastries, breads, meats, cheeses, fruits, yogurt, juices, tea and coffee. Food was fresh and served in a spacious dining area meticulously decorated. Tea was available in the common areas in the afternoon. (Ooh, I'd love to come back in the winter with a big roaring fire. Mmmm!)

The weather was a bit cool to fully enjoy the pool. We did sit in the sun to read and nap one afternoon. Can only imagine how great it is in the warm summer months! Like a picture out of a luxury magazine!

In Estremoz, eat at A Cadeia inside the castle walls-- restaurant in the old jail. Fabulous meals and wines. Service was outstanding as well.

Consider a day trip to Monsaraz to visit the castle and village. Pottery shops and vineyards are a short drive away. Monsaraz is on the largest resevoir in Portugal -- quite beautiful -- and water sports are available.

Extremely enjoyable time at Orlanda's and would love to come back and explore more of the Alentejo!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC
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10 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2010

We had a remarkable 3 night stay at Monte Do Fornahla. The inn is
very beatiful - the grounds impeccibly landscaped and the common space
invitingly decorated. We spent a lot of time just relaxing at the inn.

The rooms are very cozy and spacious, with very clean and open
bathrooms. The style is rustic, but everything seems recently
updated. Breakfasts are absolutely outstanding, excellent baked goods, cheese, ham - ours was served with fresh figs from the trees at the inn.

The location is convenient driving distance to Estremoz and Borba,
only one mile to Borba. If you are a wine lover, the best wines we
had on our 9 day trip to Portugal were the local Borba and Estremoz
wines. In lisbon, we noticed that the fine restauants had long lists
of Alentejo wines, more so than from the Douro Valley. The inn is
also a convenient drive to Evora.

Orlanda is a great host and provides fantastic restaurant suggestions
- both fine dining and country style. We had an exceptional meal at A
Cadeia in Estremoz.

If you stay at Monte da Fornalha (which you should), either follow
directions provided by Orlanda or make sure you talk with her for
directions before arriving. Both the GPS and google maps lead us to
the wrong location.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York. NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2010

Nestled off the main road, in the middle of the vineyards, Monte da Fornalha is a stunner. There are fig, walnut and orange trees, lovely gardens and a pool to while away hours. It was by far our favorite part of being in the region. We took her bikes out for a ride through vineyards and I'll never forget that scenery.
Ornalda, the owner, has impeccable taste and all the rooms were cozy, comfortable and sophisticated. She was a great resource on where to go in the area and where to eat. You'll be hard pressed to find a restaurant around there with a breakfast as good as hers. It was a treat to stay there.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

We were initially hesitant about staying at Monte Da Fornalha given the location (it's situated in wine valley between several towns) but what a find! If you have a car, it's actually well located for all the pretty Alentejan towns in the area - most of which are within an easy 30 to 40 mins drive.

We spent 4 fantastic nights at Monte Da Fornalha staying in the Junior Suite - definitely recommended as it seemed a home from home given the space. The decor is a blend of rustic chic but has all the comforts you would expect from a normal hotel - minifridge, kettle, tv and plenty of throws/cushions etc. The gardens are beautiful and heavy with fruit - even in October there was an abundance of limes, oranges, persimmon and figs.

Breakfast is as the other reviewers describe, plenty of hot coffee and a good choice of fresh produce (including from the garden when in season), cheese, cold cuts, warm bread and homemade jams. The owner was also flexible as to the timing of breakfast which was useful.

Ask the owner about restaurant recommendations as the ones she recommended to us(O Lisberto and O Beco in Borba) although very local looking and didn't speak much English were exceptionally good and better than the meals we had at Lisbon,

We'd recommend getting to the market in Estramoz on Saturday, visiting Evoramonte and Montemor-o-Novo (if hilltop castles are your thing). You can also borrow bikes and cycle through the wine and cork valley.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Estremoz 7100, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Alentejo > Evora District > Estremoz
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Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Estremoz
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Number of rooms: 5
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