Alentejo, Portugal

Wabisabi Alentejo


Cinematic paraíso


Cork hills and cacti





Six-bedroom Wabisabi Alentejo, perched atop a hill north-east of Évora, is a traditional herdade updated with polished interiors: lime-washed walls and terracotta floors create a rustic backdrop for international antiques and a tapestry of textures, including bamboo ceiling-slats, marble bath tubs and woven rugs. Original windows have been replaced with picture frames that flaunt this hilltop stay’s out-in-the-wilds setting (views from the pool or roof terrace aren’t too shabby either). A cacti garden gives way to olive groves, pasture and forest, with walking trails from your door. Indoors or out – it’s tough to say which is more beautiful.

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First Glance

  • Two villas set on a hilltop estate of wildflower meadows and olive trees.
  • Six bedrooms (five ensuite) – four in the main house, two in a nearby cottage.
  • Deep, triangular pool with ladder entry and a terracotta-tiled pool deck.
  • Covered pool terrace with a dining area and outdoor kitchen.
  • Furnished roof terrace with superlative views over the countryside.
  • Fully equipped kitchen and a vast living-dining room with vaulted brick ceilings, picture windows and a fireplace.
  • A short drive from the village of São Miguel de Machede.
  • The Unesco-listed city of Évora is a 25-minute drive away.
  • Covered parking in front of the main house.
  • All baby kit can be provided.
  • Babysitting (from €35 an hour) can be arranged with three days’ notice.
  • Dogs can stay, too, but only if agreed in advance (from €35 a night).

Villa highlights

  • Idyllic pool and terrace
  • Top-notch trad decor
  • Peaceful, rural locale

Sleeping arrangements

  • Six rooms (five ensuite) blending original features with antique furnishings and textural details.
  • King-size organic Talalay beds in five of the bedrooms.
  • Ideal for families, one ground-floor suite shares a hallway with a twin room (double on request) and neighbouring bathroom.
  • Three bedrooms in the main house each have an in-bedroom, hand-carved marble bath tub with a view.
  • All rooms are decorated with hand-picked antiques, woven rugs, dried-flower arrangements and artisanal curios.
  • All bathrooms feature walk-in or wet-room rainforest showers and Lioz marble; luxury towels and Grown Alchemist bath products.
  • Two-bedroom Sabi will be available when there are more than eight guests.
  • A cot can be provided free (on request): additional cots are available from €30.
  • Although not specially adapted for wheelchair use, all rooms are at ground level and all bathrooms have walk-in/roll-in showers.

Key kit

  • Manager on-site daily
  • Anova counter-top oven
  • Induction hob and microwave
  • Poolside kitchen and bar
  • Gas barbecues by each house
  • Movie projector in the living room
  • Sound-system
  • Free WiFi throughout
  • Central heating and working fireplaces
  • Bikes to borrow
  • Wellington boots
  • Beach bags and pool floats
  • Coffee and tea
  • Nespresso machine
  • Free bottled water
  • Plug adaptors
  • Grown Alchemist bath amenities
  • Ortigia room fragrance and candles


  • Triangular pool with ladder entry, designed to be especially deep to help keep the water temperature refreshingly cool.
  • Terracotta pool deck shaded by date palms, potted grasses and cacti.
  • Nine slatted-wood sunloungers with pillowy cushions and headrests.
  • Covered lounge-dining area with cushioned sofa and armchairs, deckchairs and dining furniture.
  • Salvaged trunks from giant cork trees serve as towering ornaments.
  • Dedicated pool bathroom with a walk-in shower.
  • Pole-mounted Moroccan awnings extend the shade cover on the deck.
  • Poolside outdoor kitchen with a barbecue, sink and food-preparation area.


  • Wabisabi’s owners have restored the private road that takes you from the estate entrance through its fields and groves up to the hilltop houses.
  • Both houses are edged by cacti gardens, oversized pots of succulents and grasses and date palms.
  • Riad-inspired ornamental ponds and moulded benches are at the entrance to each building.
  • The deep triangular pool and terracotta deck are at the heart of this herdade.
  • A furnished roof terrace crowning the main house is reached by a staircase and has uninterrupted views of the Alentejo countryside.
  • Two-bedroom Sabi is a short walk along a gravel path through the garden, sitting slightly below the main house.
  • Built-in benches are positioned around a fire pit at Sabi cottage.
  • A trail directly behind Sabi takes you into the countryside and forest beyond for hikes or bike rides (no need to return to the estate entrance).


  • Lisbon is the nearest international airport, around 90 minutes from Wabisabi Alentejo by road.
  • Wabisabi can arrange private transfers from €200 one-way for three guests.
  • Évora has a train station and your hosts can arrange private transfers (a 25-minute drive) from €65 one-way.
  • Free covered parking for up to six cars in front of the house.
  • Hiring wheels is advisable unless you’re wedded to fly-and-flop and don’t intend to venture further than (cyclable) São Miguel de Machede.

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