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.
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