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Quinta do Barranco da Estrada
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South Woodham Ferrers
1 review
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“A Week in Paradise”
Reviewed 11 June 2013

We spent a week at the Quinta for a combined birding / walking holiday. The quiet and peaceful setting of the Quinta and the view from our room was the basis for a week in paradise. Frank's knowledge of the area and birdlife along with that special talent for knowing exactly where to go to see certain birds is amazing. Some of the locations we visited were as quiet and peaceful as the Quinta itself. Our walking days provided us with some some spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding countryside. The evening meals produced by Daniella were delicious with a good selection of wines available too. Frank and Daniella and their family join you for dinner, along with the other guests, around a large table which makes for an enjoyable evening. We were made to feel extremely welcome by Frank and Daniella along with their family and the dogs and, last but not least, Harry the parrot. We will definitely be back again some time in the future for another week in paradise!

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

This is a unique place. Stunningly beautiful. On a lake. Excellent for birding, walking or just de stressing and relaxing. Quite difficult to find, but well worth the effort. If you goggle 'Paradise in Portugal ' you will get lots of information. It is beautiful. Separate accomadation but meals are in the main house with fabulous views over the lake. Always interesting company. Highly recommended.

Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 6 June 2013

A group of 8 of us recently returned from a week's stay at the Quinta. The welcome was warm, the atmosphere relaxed and Frank and Daniela could have done no more to make our visit more comfortable and enjoyable. The birdwatchers in the group were very grateful for Frank's excellent printed directions to the best birding spots. Nothing was too much trouble - early breakfasts, even packed breakfasts for very early excursions. The food was excellent and the views spectacular. A very special place run by very special people..

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Amersham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

This is a unique place, in a remote spot where birdsong is the only sound. The rooms are cosy, the breakfasts excellent - such lovely cheeses and ham, so many breads, cereal, fruit - and Daniela produces delicious evening meals which you eat round a large table with the family and the other guests. She and Frank are friendly hosts and work hard to make sure that everyone is happy. Frank kindly gave us a day's birding although we hadn't booked in advance, and he made a real effort to find us as many birds as possible in difficult weather conditions. His knowledge of the birds and the whole area is awesome, and the work they have done to create the Quinta is amazing.
Our weather could have been better, so we didn't do some of the possible walks but there are plenty of tracks which give you different views of the lake.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

The Quinta's situation is fantastic, snuggled into the hillside amidst exuberant, lush gardens overlooking the lake. This is a peaceful rural retreat so you won't be disturbed by traffic. The sounds you will hear are the Golden Oriole & Nightingales singing.The accommodation complements the beautiful countryside, is immaculately clean & comfortable with an excellent shower. Fresh roses & jasmine in our room added a delighful touch & of course came straight from the garden. We were welcomed by Frank & Daniella as part of the family & instantly made to feel at home. Meals are taken around a large dining table; excellent company & Daniella's superb food made the evenings fly by. Frank is a brilliant birdguide & our two day trips with him during our week's stay showed us the diversity of the Alentejo countryside & were the highlight of our visit. All in all a fabulous week & we will definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Tring, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

We intended to go walking from the Quinta for our 3 days spent there. However, once we had encountered Frank we hastily changed our plans and asked him to take us out the next day. This he did possibly against his better judgement, needing, we guessed a well earned day off. Nevertheless he introduced us to an exciting 12 hours trip searching our wonderful bird of the area . This he did with unfailing enthusiasm and energy and expertise which was not only a pleasure for us but an inspiration in itself. His passion for what he does as well as the very special generosity of spirit with which he and Daniella run the Quinta, make for a truly warming and life enhancing experience. We will be back.

Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Pateley Bridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

The directions from the airport to the Quinta take along quiet country roads with virtually no traffic, you just trust Frank's directions and you'll arrive at the lodge. We were greeted by the scent of Jasmine, a glistening lake and friendly dogs (Napoleon rules the roost here!).
We spent four days bird watching with Frank catering for a less experienced birder as well as the seasoned one. Although the days started early, they are relaxed and extremely interesting - it was n't just birding, it was Portugal.
Both Frank and Daniela are passionate about the environment and it shows with how the Quinta has been set up and is run.
Meals were excellent, a different vegetarian meal was served each day - nothing was too much trouble.
It was that good we'll be going back soon!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Quinta do Barranco da Estrada

Property: Quinta do Barranco da Estrada
Address: Quinta do Barranco da Estrada, Santa Clara a Velha 7665-880, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Alentejo > Beja District > Santa Clara a Velha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Clara a Velha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Quinta do Barranco da Estrada 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The essence of the Quinta is a small, intimate, holiday retreat for peace and relaxation. It boasts a blend of traditional hospitality, "International home-cooking" cuisine and a friendly atmosphere with excellent, friendly service.Set in a beautiful lakeside location, the Quinta is surrounded by unspoiled countryside with a wide variety of wildlife and rare birds in its gardens and surrounding countryside. In short it's Paradise in Portugal. ... more   less 
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