The Casa do ÓC Residence

alentejo, portugal
4 bedroom - 6 bath
(1 review)
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€1,086 per night (EUR)
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Perks for the Parents

This stunning architect-designed villa with a pool is ideal for up to 10 people, making it a good choice if traveling with another family or 2 or extended family as a larger group. There are numerous shaded areas under which to rest and take cover from the sun. There is a telescope for watching the stars (and this is one of the best stargazing areas in Europe). The design is uplifting. The pool is stepped, ideal with kids. The property has a housekeeper who can help clean the house, or prepare and tidy up after breakfast and lunch (on site between 8:30 and 3:30).

Why Kids Love it

Kids love the space to run and play, the pool, the bikes and the animals to watch. The kids bedroom is like a very fun dormitory, set up with 3 bunk beds and ideal for sleepover style nights of mischief. Nearby activities include swimming in Alqueva Lake and sightseeing by Dutch boat. Board games are provided. A number of kids items can be provided including baby bath, high chair and crib. Child-friendly dishes are happily created by the housekeeper, including the likes of fresh juices, salads, eggs, french fries and pasta, along with typical local food.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 4 nights in low season, 7 nights from 1st July to 31st August. Please note that the listed price is for full capacity of 10 guests. Rates are reduced for smaller groups (down by €70 per guest). Check for reduced rates with the host when booking for groups between 4 and 10 guests. Due to local laws the host cannot accept groups of more than 10. The pool is fenced. Fast speed internet is available throughout except in the bedrooms. Four adult BTT bicycles provided, one with a baby seat. There is an alarm system. Important note: the host requires a €500 security deposit paid in cash at check in which will be returned at check out provided there is no damage to the property. Short term rental license: 16138/AL - Licença Alojamento Local.

About the Location

Near Monsaraz, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Portugal, the villa is 2 hours from Lisbon and car hire is strongly recommended, although pick ups can be arranged. There are vineyards nearby and a small grocery store 3km away, but shopping in a larger supermarket en route is recommended. It is quiet, you can see the stars at night and there are fields full of wildflowers in summer. Note that it is a rural destination, off the beaten track and away from major conveniences. Car hire is essential. There is an outside parking area for up to 4 cars.

Accommodation Details

This family friendly home is on a single floor with 4 double bedrooms, all ensuite. One has a full sized bed, 1 can be configured with 2 twin beds or a full size bed, the third is a twin room and the fourth is a shared space with 3 bunk beds. The space also includes an indoor dining area, a living room with fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen. The house has a Mediterranean garden with 3 outdoor sitting areas: a patio area near the house with retractable shade, ideal for open-air meals, a deck area around the swimming pool, and a rooftop terrace with views of Monsaraz.

Style Notes

Designed by the architect João Favila Menezes, expect modern architecture with a bright contemporary-meets-vintage interior. It is eclectic, colorful, design-led and stunning, with bright textiles, white walls and unique items from around the world. We love the 3 pine bunk beds in the kids room, Tibetan prayer flags fluttering in the breeze and the light blue Acapulco chairs in the sun. For modern Portuguese design, look no further: Casa do OC, so they tell us, has become an important reference point for contemporary architecture in the region. Images were taken by leading architectural photographer João Morgado.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 king
1 queen
3 bunk bed
2 twin / single
sleeps 1
1 baby crib
Renato C.
Member since March 26, 2015
We are Margarida & Renato, we late bloomers :) we have worked and traveled all our lives and now we are parents of a 8 yo girl & a 3 yo boy.... we are both above 45 :) We work in advertise & film industry. We are passionate about traveling , interior design, cooking and having a good glass of red wine with friends.

1 review

Carmen D.
Visited in August 2015
The house is a delight: thoughtful modern architecture in the middle of the Alentejo country, crisp white decor with colour twists and lots of small details for parents and children. The room with the three bunk beds was a huge success. Even amidst a heat wave in the Iberian Peninsula, the house was fresh and we really enjoyed the swimming pool. It is a different type of summer (no close beaches) but the area offers lots of options: water activities in the Alqueva lake, star gazing (magnificent!), bike rides, Monsaraz The ages of the children ranged from 8 to 12 and the plan and house were perfect for them. However, the house is also prepared for younger children (as the owners' own) with cribs and high chairs. Renato was really warm and helpful and also was the family's empregada, Dona Antonia. To be noted, as they correctly indicate in the house description, that shopping errands need to be carefully planned since stocked shops are 20 kms away. We have really enjoyed the house, the stay and the Alentejo.

Alentejo, Portugal

Wild coasts and olive groves

The Alentejo is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets and a great choice for families who want blue skies and sunshine but not the high-rises, crowds and ubiquitous golf courses of the Algarve. Parents will love the history in towns such as Unesco-protected Évora, which has medieval walls, a Roman temple and a Gothic cathedral, while for children there are fields of sunflowers, storks nesting on chimneys, rivers to swim in, and wild, rugged Atlantic beaches.