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Herdade da Matinha
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Cercal do Alentejo, Cercal 7555-231, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cercal
New York City, New York
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“Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This place is amazing! We were sorry we had only booked two nights at Matinha as the area has so much to offer and the hotel itself was so lovely. It is a very quiet area of the Alentejo, but a nice break from the hectic Algarve. Perhaps overpriced for the area but you could easily make this up with the breakfast that is included :) Breakfast had pretty much anything you could wish for, including eggs made to order. We asked for recommendations to grab lunch to the beach and the hotel packed us sandwiches which too were terrific. And we ended up liking the place so much, we stayed in for dinner one night. There are endless options for lounging around the property, depending upon whether you want privacy or a more social environment. The staff all speak English (and many other languages). Other than summer, this place seems like it would be very cozy, pleasant in the autumn.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Santarem, Portugal
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

The two nights at Herdade da Matinha were very relaxing and surprising.
On one hand, the rooms are quite standard..clean, well decorated, good beds ... For the location, even could be considered a bit overpriced.
On the other hand, the staff is incredible professional and nice. The food is amazing. The restaurant completely surprised us. Both nights they used less noble parts of the animal like"bochechas de porco" but was amazingly cooked. The kind of meal only tasted in restaurants managed with passion.
We went for a horse ride. Relaxing. The horses are not top of the tops but they have done their job.
After dinner and good wine, talking with Alfredo about Litoral Alentejano and Portuguese challenges were intellectually challenging. Still earing in my head: the staff is what matters!!
In case of doubt, go for it.
For the region. For the food. But especially for the passion of well receiving on a rural Portuguese home.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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York, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Spent a couple of wet days here in March 2013, which spoilt our enjoyment a little bit as the weather was not appropriate for cycling, horse-riding or even walking. The accommodation was great, food was fantastic, English was well-spoken by all the management. Just a shame about the weather.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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38 hotel reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed there during easter
The owners were very nice and the rooms are very small but the common places are very nice
It rained all the time we could' t realy aprecite the place but we intend to come back

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Byron Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

I felt relaxed and at home the very moment I got to the place. The welcome was warm and the owner and staff looked after us as though we were part of the family or long lost friends.
Our room was very comfortable and stylish. One can see that the owners had spent considerable time and care with the interior design of the establishment. I do not speak portugese but this did not present any problem with the staff understanding me. In fact, English was spoken with ease by all the key staff.
Now lets talk about the food and wine. One word- "Superb"!! In fact, I would go back just for the food alone. I spent a week here and every day dinner was excellent. The selection of very very good Portugese wine married well with the food.
I have already booked for a stay during 2013 and cannot wait.

Room Tip: Get Alfredo, the owner, to make the wine suggestions to go with diner. He never fails to impress.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Byron Bay, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Quite simply the most inspirational accommodation I have stayed in. The colours and bucolic sounds of silence. Herdade da Matinha offers everything. We so loved our time here (i don't think any length of stay would be long enough!) that we changed our travel itinerary and returned for our last few days in Portugal.

True relaxation, bush walking, yoga, a massage, swimming, great home cooked lunch featuring produce from the farm married to one of Alfredo's fantastic hand picked wines.. A place to really chill out. We broke up our day by the pool by picking fresh figs and apples from the orchid for a snack! The near by beaches are quiet and beautiful. Great waves at St Topes and "secrets" (a tip from Alfredo and Monica's boys whom are keen surfers). Everything about this place is unique and balanced: ticks all our boxes..nature, luxury, culture, food and wine.

We were amazed there is 20 rooms as you don't ever feel like you are sharing property with other guests. Everything has been spread out and there is plenty of space (aside from you room) to hang out. Infact there is a rambling selection of beautiful designed rooms in the main house to explore, a library worth of coffee table books to read, games room, piano, artworks to appreciate, outdoor daybeds..wow!

Come dinner time, the jazz is turned up in the main house and it is time to settle into a daily changing menu created by the talented and helpful chef Paola. The food was exceptional on all occasions.

Our room was wonderful, both times we stayed. Sonia was most helpful, gracious and charming with helping us tailor our stay. We can't wait to return. Thank you for creating the magic and sharing it!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

This is an absolutely fantastic place to visit/stay. The location in nestled within nature and is cozy, inviting and warm. The decor is elegant, yet eccentric and each room is decorated different. My boyfriend and I are English speaking and had no trouble with the staff as some have mentioned in other reviews- every single member of the staff was friendly and went out of their way to be accommodating. The food is delicious! They don't mention it anywhere i have seen, but the restaurant is Michelin recommended and very delicious, they also have an extensive selection of wines and will help guide you for taste. The ground were stunning, the pool bigger than it appears in photos and the beach is about a 15 minute drive away. Rooms were clean and comfortable. We had such a romantic/lovely time here and will be back someday and will recommend it for couples, families, singles, etc. Very wonderful- cant say enough positive things about the place and ALL the staff.

Room Tip: We chose a romantic room and had a private terrace and balcony.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Herdade da Matinha

Address: Cercal do Alentejo, Cercal 7555-231, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Alentejo > Setubal District > Cercal
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cercal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Herdade da Matinha 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Herdade da Matinha is a country house in the middle of the nature in Alentejo, very close to the beach. We have 20 rooms (7 classic double rooms, 8 romantic rooms, 3 familiar rooms, 2 suites). A place for relaxation and rejuvenation, Herdade Da Matinha is surrounded by old oak trees. Start the day with breakfast in bed or on the covered veranda. Meals are prepared by the owner and feature farmhouse breads and cheeses, as well as renowned Portuguese wines. Sample local specialities made with homegrown, organic vegetables.Spend time exploring the area on horseback. Alternatively, you can soak up sun while relaxing next to Herdade Da Matinha outdoor pool.The entire building is kept in white, earthy tones, with comfortable seating areas inviting you to take it easy. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Herdade Da Matinha Hotel Cercal Do Alentejo
Herdade Da Matinha Portugal/Alentejo - Cercal

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