Experience the real Portugal with a holiday in the beautiful rural Alentejo area.


Our guests have left the following reviews:-

'The Olive Grove' is a beautifully situated villa with wonderful views of the rolling Portuguese landscape, located on the edge of Ourique with easy access to local facilities and major routes which allow comfortable journeys south to the Algarve and north to Lisbon.
As a family with two children (11 & 13) the villa provided us with everything we needed for a relaxing holiday; the pool is fantastic, deep enough and long enough for swimming and playing and is well equipped with loungers etc.
The villa itself has been thoughtfully designed with everything we needed to cook some of the lovely local produce and relax during the heat of the day. The 'ice-making' machine was particularly thoughtful and welcome!
Tony and Jean are wonderful hosts, on hand in their house above the villa with advice about where to visit but at the same time, we truly felt as if we were the only people in the area!




The location of the villa was absolutely perfect. Looking out each morning onto panoramic views of the olive groves plus the hills beyond and let's not forget to mention the sheep and lambs, who could ask for anything more. The short walk into the village made dining out an easy and enjoyable option without the need of the use of a car (and of course staggering distance home). The locals are friendly, obliging, helpful and welcoming and don't even mind listening to out somewhat limited Portugeuse (they are patient as well). But what really made this holiday an outstanding break away, were our hosts Tony and Jean. From the moment we were picked up from the airport until the moment we left they could not have been more obliging. They truly are wonderful people who very obviously enjoy ensuring their guests experience is one to be remembered. We are leaving feeling we have made two new friends. I'm sorry Jean and Tony, We will be back!




Thank you so much for a wonderful week. The barn facilities and decoration was of an extremely high standard, it was clean and well stocked. The attention to detail was second to none. Everything had been thought of. Each bedroom having its own large en-suite was an added bonus. The indoor and outdoor living arrangements made dining at home a pleasurable experience. The pool and its facilities were exceptional. We had great fun diving, swimming and sunbathing.




The barn is well situated, far away from town so it feels in the middle of nowhere but only a few minutes walk to town. The barn is one of the best I have seen, having plenty of equipment for cooking, clean towels and swimming towels all provided. Very clean and spacious accommodation. The pool area is up a few steps with loungers and parasols to protect from the midday sun. Jean and Tony are outstanding hosts and have provided everything that we required, Tony came quickly when needed for a minor maintenance problem. A very friendly couple and gave outstanding service and went the extra mile. We would all certainly come back. Thank you. T and J



What a superb place you have here, with wonderful views over the olive grove and surrounding countryside. We were more than happy to just relax by the pool or on the veranda with a glass of wine.

The area is very beautiful (and unspoilt) with lots of towns and villages to explore, so there's lots more to do that we can save for our next visit.

Jean and Tony have been excellent hosts and have taken the trouble to "go the extra mile" to make sure that everything that we could possibly want has been thought of.

Thank you for a super week.

M & W H - Brayfield  Northampton




Enjoyed a fantastic two weeks in The Barn. It was superbly equipped with everything and more than we needed.

We enjoyed the very friendly locals in an assortment of cafes for our daily coffee and Portuguese tarts.

Jean and Tony have been fantastic hosts with helpful advice and a very friendly welcome, nothing was too much trouble including runs to the supermarket and train station, even booking our tickets.

We had spectactular views of which we have never tired. Thank you Jean and Tony for making our holiday so enjoyable.

See you in 2015. B and S from Cambridgeshire