It hardly couldn’t go worse, back in June 2010, when we arrived here for the first time. National holiday, bridge day, long weekend, chilly and damp weather, full house and we got the smallest room. There came together a lot, and nothing good.
After a cold and rainy winter the brick walls have been soaked with stagnant clamminess, hence respectively mouldy was the room experience. The next morning – outside we had constant rain in what felt like 5 degrees and moody weekender all over the place – we had a disastrous breakfast time. Roughly twenty tired and feisty guests, the most with grizzling kids, were fighting and contesting for eight chairs around the long breakfast table, because the rare, cosy tables outside were drowning in the steady rain. After that we were absolutely clear in our minds: this place – never again!
Two years later, beginning of July 2012, we arrived again. The anger has flown away, the sun was laughing and the Herdade do Reguenguinho was simply a precious place. Even concerning the occupancy of rooms we were more lucky this time. A young couple and a pleasant calm and small family were the only guests; therefore we had more or less free choice of room.
In the back then so smelly and dark rooms was living summer; sunny scent rather than mustiness! It is absolutely amazing, again and again, how much of a difference a little more light and sunshine make.
And so we were spoilt for choice: do we take the rather big, more traditionally designed maisonette suite in the outbuilding or one of the free-standing, almost futuristic living-cubes, which are located slightly away from the main building, in the middle of the – sometimes – bone-dry, mystic countryside? After some hesitation we decided to go for the more traditional variant, the maisonette suite, without having been able to justify conclusively.
Remaining was the relaxed rural life, which one could enjoy either inside the cool and African seeming rooms of the main building, or at the small, but beautiful out-door swimming pool. Best to swing between all those precious places, enjoying all angles and perspectives, once here then there, yet always holding a glass of fresh, iced, homemade lemonade.
Also the breakfast next morning was beyond reproach. As early birds we were the first guests and enjoyed the still warm and gorgeously smelling pancakes and a bunch of other specialties.
This is the way, how the Herdade do Reguenguinho is great fun and shall be most warmly recommended to all visitors of Portugal. Though during bad weather days or national holidays one should think twice, whether not to prefer any nice Boutique- or Designhotel in Lisbon, rather than any place at the cold and damp coastal region of south Portugal. Only an idea, based on own experience…
Estrada Nacional 262, Km 68.5
7555-211 Cercal do Alentejo
269 904985, 967 503 597