Perched at the southern region of Portugal, along a long stretch of the Alentejo coast lies this secret haven - a family country estate covering 110 hectacres, 3kms from the village of Cercal.
Staying in here is like owning your own ranch! The estate is home to eight horses and guests can wander through Mediterranean countryside of breath-taking beauty, to the nearby beaches of Alentejo. Walkers and cyclists can take advantage of 340 km of paths that crisscross the area. Beach-lovers also have easy access with miles of unspoiled coastline and great surfing .
Need some pampering? After horse-riding, walking, surfing, cycling or sun-drenched activities at the beach, a relaxing massage awaits. Yoga and Pilates classes are also available.
The owners are incredibly hands on. In fact, Alfredo (one of the owners) and his kitchen team invite guests to cook with them. Not only will you be sinking your teeth on delectable Portuguese dishes, you can also learn to prepare them in your dream kitchen.
Wines are arguably one of the best-kept secrets in this side of the country. They are not to mass produced, maintaining their high quality and articulation in each bottle.
The estate embraces elegant and romantic simplicity and brings a different kind of “peace” to our hearts.
****Freedom: Your Fun, Your Way****
The last time you may have gone horseback riding in Matinha was when you were a teenager. A lot of beautiful things happened over the years. You must see the stunning changes yourself. The estate boasts a stable of 8 horses. The rugged land and impeccable shoreline are inviting marvels that fuse to make a perfect riding arena, not to mention the groves on the hills.
Follow footpaths at a leisurely pace. Explore the beaches and appreciate natural wonders. Let the sunrays kiss your face. Watch a stunning sunset. Invigorate your soul at your own pace and preference.
Wow Factors: The Must-Visits
Europe’s best-kept secrets are here – the Portuguese wines. There is a simple truth that they follow here: never mass-produce wines. They pour their hearts in each bottle. While they make small quantities, you are assured that only the best comes out of those vineyards.
At Matinha, sample the finest that Portugal can offer – from Douro to Alentejo and in between. White, green, pink, red and most unknown and rarely tasted – one glass is never enough. And that's without mentioning our Port wines.
Healthy Living: Reconnect With Nature
Rest your health club routines, because today, we will let nature lead us to a course of healthy lifestyle. Walking, rambling, cycling, hiking – let’s sweat it out while being awe-inspired by the breathtaking views of landscapes and seascapes. This is what authentic healthy living is all about. The 340 km nature route, Rota Vincentina, runs by the doorstep of Matinha.
Price – per room per night including breakfast.
Feel free to contact us for further details.
If your horse is suffering from trauma or you would like to learn how to ride a horse, this is the perfect place to get treated.
Bring your horse on holiday
If you own horses and would want to ride them during your holidays, you are allowed to bring them with you. Matinha has spare boxes and paddocks. There are no roads in the local vicinity, so the horses will feel at home in nature.
The horse guide can take you practically anywhere you wish to see, making this an unforgettable experience for you and your entire family.
You may join a half hour horse riding learning session both for kids and adults at Herdade da Matinha. This is also the perfect place to learn about agricultural ways and traditions of Alentejo.
Picnic on the Prairie
Coming back from a trek off to the beach on horseback, you will be treated with a basket full of homemade goodies for lunch. This is for a group of 8 or more.
Luís M - Lisbon, Portugal:
"Paradise !" Host, environment, home, rooms, food, countryside, beach, surfing, trekking, biking, all in Matinha is very good!
Ana S - Peniche, Portugal:
"Complete Relax" Very good for relaxing, beautiful countryside views, great decor. For those who enjoy horse riding is very good and Joanna an excellent riding monitor. Very comfortable and romantic rooms. Just have to say that the meal prices are high, even with the good food!
Cortereal, Cascais, Portugal:
"Enjoy this Paradise" If you want a space of good taste, great food and peace come to the new Matinha. I was here 3 years ago and found that these gentlemen are way ahead regard to create comfort for its guests. it is amazing. We want to come back often and advise everyone to go through this house. Very good!