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Herdade da Matinha
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cercal
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Reviewed September 23, 2008

Our family went to Portugal during Easter time, we had heard about HdM from some friends and we were curious and wanted to see for ourselves. We stayed there 2 nights and it was excellent. Both Monica and Alfredo are adorable, and the food, delightful... it is very pleasant to wake up and hear the birds singing, and smelling the fresh air of nature. The breakfast was great, fresh eggs, home cocked bread, natural orange juice and fresh made strawberry jam. We felt safe, away from noise, pollution, and our little son had so much fun playing with the owner’s sons!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 21, 2008

We stayed at Herdade da Matinha due to some friends that heard it was a good place to stay. They were wrong and we suffered the consequences. The owner is rude and they're cheap. One moning we went for breakfast and we were served orange juice. When we asked fr a bit more we were refused. My wife overheard what was said in the kitchen: "They can only have this amount, the rest is for lunch. I don't feel like going to get more oranges now". Unbelivable! and the comments they make to guest requests are totally unappropriate. I asked for some butter over lunch and the answer from the rude owner was: "where do you think you are? In the city? Here we don't have butter...
Gurmet dinner is nothing special. I've had better dinners at a much lower rate in other places.

Also we took aour kids with us. But it seems that they don't like kids (although they have 3 of they're own). The owners keep complaining of kids playing and making noise. If they don't allow kids they should tell people in advance.

Will never stay there again. If you want a much better place to stay nearby take Herdade do Reguenguinho. Very good place.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 30, 2008

We were quite excited about the idea of doing some rural tourism in Portugal, specially after previous great experiences in the Alentejo/Algarve area. Regretfully, Herdade da Matinha proved us wrong.

At arrival, we where greeted by the owner´s wife who actually was one of the few person´s that behaved in a civilized and polite manner.

The same afternoon of our arrival, we decided to visit the nearby town of Vilha Nova de Milfontes, and as any normal people we closed our room´s door and took the key with us. Big was our surprise when the owner (Mr. Alfredo Moreira) shouted at us and treated us in a rude manner because we had dared to close our room´s door and take the key away. We told him that nobody had informed us not to do so, which actually made him become furious.

Another disappointment was the supposedly "gourmet dinner" we would get there for an extra 80 euros (usd 130). As a matter of fact, they add the "dinner experience" to the daily price, unless you tell them not to do so. Obviously, once you have paid for such a scam, you realize you have become captive of the mediocre and overpriced food the arrogant owner makes. Just as an example of their peculiar interpretation of language, chocolate mousse at Herdade da Matinha means chocolate ice cream. As for the red wine included in the "gourmet dinner", it was undrinkable. In a country such as Portugal where food and wine is regularly sublime, the self appointed Chef and Owner of Herdade da Matinha takes to hell.

While writing this review, I am also sending a check to Herdade da Matinha, since while doing the checkout, Herdade da Matinha informed us that the credit card machine was broken so they only could accept checks or Euros..

Unless you enjoy masochism, don´t waste your time and money in this place.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 10, 2008

I can't emphasize enough how wonderful our stay was here.

The property is hidden away perhaps 1.5km from the main road and so feels very secluded. The silence is wonderful, when its not broken by our laughter from enjoable dinners with the host and hostess who own and run the property. HdM is run by an artistic couple, the husband (not 100% if they're married) is an artist and by all accounts, world class chef, and his wife is also an artist - their creativity is clearly reflected in the styling of the property.

Flicking through the magazines available in their lobby (more of an understaed chic front room...) I saw from photos that HdM has already been featured in lots of Home and Garden/Conde Naste Traveller style Portuguese magazines and this came as no surprise. The bedroooms are tastefully decorated and very clean, their garden is beautiful and serves also as the source for many of the ingredients for the dinners prepared by the host. The surroundings of the property could not be more tranquil.

The icing on the cake at this place really is the food though. Truly exquisite, prepared with love and attention and using herbs from their garden. Even if you were to decide to stay somewhere else in the region I'd suggest trying to request a dinner here (I don't think they offer that though). The couple had plans to offer cookery lessons too but I don't know if that's available now.

The only down side is the distance to the beach... it is possible to walk to the beach but that takes around an hour so... ideally you do need a car (then its just a 15min drive). But, to be honest, I'm guessing that most tourists in this region will likely have rented a car and be travelling around like we did.

Ok, well, this is by far the longest review I've written to date so it's time to sign off. Enjoy....

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled on business
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Stayed: October 2017, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Herdade da Matinha

Address: Cercal 7555-231, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Alentejo > Setubal District > Cercal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room 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: $99 - $181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Herdade da Matinha 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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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Herdade Da Matinha Hotel Cercal Do Alentejo
Herdade Da Matinha Portugal/Alentejo - Cercal

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