Escape to this Rustic Countryside Retreat With Fruit Orchards, Animals, and Contemporary Farmhouse Cottages in Alentejo

Alentejo is the wild, agrarian heartland of Portugal where cork trees and stork nests seem to outnumber people. Wedged in the south of the region between the rolling plains of the countryside and the coast, Craveiral Farmhouse, a family-friendly member of Mr & Mr Smith, invites travelers to slow down in the most soulful of settings. Here, on nine hectares of fruit orchards, plank pathways, and untamed grasses, holiday goers can really unplug (there’s no cell reception, but Wi-Fi is available), unwind, and reconnect with the earth. 

A bucolic escape with a deep sense of place and a modern mindset, this pastoral property does everything with authenticity, integrity, and respect. That comes to life through sustainability initiatives like composting, using solar power, and having a water-treatment station as well as welcoming all guests—including kids and pets—with open arms. 

Most of the magic happens outside (as it should somewhere so beautiful). Animal lovers of all ages will no doubt enjoy interacting with the donkeys, horses, goats, sheep, pigs, and chickens that call Craveiral Farmhouse home. On-site activities range from feeding animals to horseback riding. Loner bicycles are up for grabs, too. The team will happily set up meaningful experiences through like-minded partners in the region. Perhaps you’re keen to do a full-day tour of the region in a retro van or take a surf lesson?

Based on the spiritual, transformative energy of Craveiral Farmhouse, it’s not surprising that wellness is so deeply rooted in what makes this country estate so special. There’s a sanctuary with a heated indoor piscine, sauna, steam bath, and jacuzzi. In the tree-studded back of the property sits yet another sauna. Massage services and yoga classes are also available. The sparkling main pool occupies a prime position on the central deck with loungers and red umbrellas, plus a shallow spot for little ones to splash. 

Gastronomy is very much a focus as well. Most ingredients are plucked straight from the vegetable garden, greenhouse, or fruit trees. Those that don’t come from local fishermen, ranchers, and farmers. The dual-purpose restaurant space covers two concepts: farm-to-table cuisine and wood-fired pizzas.

Guest quarters sit inside four clusters of white-washed buildings (Horta, Medronho, Azinho, and Cravo) that live in harmony with the arcadian landscape. Suites and cottages are set up like country homes. Interiors reflect a contemporary, streamlined twist on the typical Alentejo farmhouse aesthetic with light wood and cork accents. 

White tile, Smeg appliances, Delta coffee machines, and local pottery come together in the kitchen. The open-plan dining/living spaces show off rattan, leather sofas, and wood-burning stoves to keep things cozy when the temperature dips in the winter. Books about Portuguese crafts add even more character. Bathrooms are stocked with certified organic, no-waste shampoo, conditioner, and soap bars and cork trays and tissue boxes. Bedrooms feature comfy beds, woven hat lampshades, and built-in closets. 

Wooden decks overlooking the scruffy splendor of nature are perfect for sipping a morning cup of coffee or a bottle of local Alentejo wine after a fulfilling day

Top Takeaways

Location: São Teotónio, Alentejo, Portugal

Rating: Four-Star

The Vibe: Ramshackle resplendence with a plenty of contemporary countryside charm. 

Food + Drink: Guests can enjoy a fresh-made breakfast each morning (yes, the eggs come from the resident chickens). For lunch and dinner, diners have the choice of more typical Alentejo cuisine and thin-crust pizzas. 

Amenities: three outdoor pools; indoor pool; restaurant; gym; steam bath; two saunas; jacuzzi; nature interpretation center; or sports field; children’s playground; bicycles; boutique; organic garden; orchard laundry service; concierge; Wi-Fi; EV chargers 

Our Favorite Thing About the Hotel: The emphasis on slowing down and savoring the moment.

5 Nearby Attractions: Praia do Carvalhal, Zambujeira do Mar, Fishermen’s Trail, Farol Cabo Sardão, Santa Clara Dam

Any Personal Neighborhood Recs? São Teotónio has a sizable Nepalese population. If you’re keen to try egg thuppa, aloo fry, and garlic naan, grab an outdoor table at Himalayan Restaurant & Bar. For more traditional Portuguese dishes like seafood rice, head to Odesos in nearby Zambujeira do Mar. 

Rooms: 38 studios, farmhouses, and farmlofts

Pricing: Rooms start at $200/night  

Closest Airport: Faro International Airport

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