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Cantar do Grilo
Ranked #1 of 9 Serpa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 18 November 2012

The first time we went to Cantar do Grilo was some 3 years ago. We were in a group of persons on a walking holiday and enjoyed ourselves immensely.

We decided (my wife and I) to return this year in October with another couple for 10 days. Felix and Sonja excelled themselves in making us feel as a part of the family and catered to our every need and well being. The breakfast prepared by Sonja was a treat and the walks with Felix accompanied by the labrador Sira were most relaxing. The walks, dinners etc were tailored made to our needs and wishes including the roasting of chestnuts on an open charcoal grill.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the local wines excellent at a most accetptable price.
We will surely return in the near future.

Room Tip: All 4 bedrooms are more than acceptable
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

What a Wonderful World , Louis Armstrong did a magnificent perform of
this song.
Here on this place in the Alentejo you can find what he is singing about :
The trees and the earth with the changing colours of the seasons, Skies
of blue and the dark sacred nights and the friends shaking hands.....
Felix and Sonja and thier staff Esmeralda and Shyraz contribute to
a Wonderful stay in their Wonderful world of Cantar do Grilo.
And don't miss the chance to have dinner with them , Sonja
is very dedicated to the art of cooking .
If you are after a little more spicy ingredient ask for the home made
Piri Piri .
For us a ten in all aspects.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 June 2012

Yes, the choice is not easy! We balance between them when we think about Alentejo, but the choice will always be Cantar do Grilo.
Now it's the 3rd time and it's more and more difficult to have a non emocional opinion. Sonja and Felix are at their best level. She is more and more confortable with Portuguese language, cooks like a pro and is trying also portuguese meals like, for instance, the "arroz de pato" of today that we couldn't taste because we had to leave but we believe it was wondefull. LOL.
And those breakfasts! Hmmmm... My toasts and the muesli for Isabel are blessed.
The place is absolutely fantastic and they still resist to have TV in the rooms. Thank God!
Next time - yes it would happend again - is just being planned the exact moment we arrived at home, meanning, now.
Thank you again Sonja and Felix.

Room Tip: All of them are fantastic.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Management response:Responded 7 July 2012

Dear imisabelmarques
Many thanks for your kind words. The true pleasure lays in serving you. Crossing the culture into the portugues cuisine is my new adventure.
We are looking forward to serving you the pleasures of Cantar do Grilo.
Kind regards Sonja and Felix

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Reviewed 3 May 2012

My wife and I have stayed now three times one week in Cantar do Grilo and I am quite sure that many weeks will follow in the future. Everything is good and comfortable there. In our case we feel like being home. At night sleeping in a quiet, nice and comfortable room. In the morning awakening with the sun rise in a line-of-sight (see photo) and then having a delicious breakfast, eventually together with other quests around the table. The muesli and marmalades of Sonja are always very popular. During daytime making walking trips off the road through the beautiful Alentejo, eventually with other quests and always professionally guided by Felix on request. And the dog Sirah always likes to accompany the group. In the evening having a very tasteful diner, prepared by Sonja on request, and then having interesting and amusing chats with Sonja, Felix and the other quests on the terrace or in the lounge, while enjoying the sun set and drinking a very good glass of wine. Felix and Sonja speak both German and English very good. Or you may just listen to the “cantar do grilo”. In stead of walking you can visit interesting places in the Alentejo or stay around the swimming pool at the house. The refrigerator in the kitchen is always filled with cool drinks and available for the quests. Sonja and Felix are very hospitable people that give you a warm and friendly stay. I would recommend everybody, who loves the country and likes being active, to book a stay at Cantar do Grilo.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

Five days of good vibrations! The place that Sonja & Felix created in Alentejo goes wonderful with its enviroment.
A quite place outside of noise and city-lights, a place to relax and to enjoy nothing but the beauty of being.
We can't imagine a more friendliness hospitality, we got tipps for our daily tripps and we had the chance to talk and discuss topics of live.
After getting self-made jam and 'Birchermüesli' for breakfast the days couldn't become bad ((-: ! Friendliness, cleanliness, joy, beauty, silence and the most beautiful sunsets you can ever imagine - there was nothing more to wish!


We will come back!
Michi & Isabelle of Switzerland

  • Stayed: August 2011
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Zistrose, Inhaber at Cantar do Grilo, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2011
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Olá 11Kanada
Herzlichen Dank für euer tolles Feedback. Wir freuen uns sehr, dass ihr entspannte Tage bei uns verbracht habt. Alles Gute und hoffentlich bis bald...
Liebe Grüsse aus dem sonnigen Alentejo Sonja und Felix

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Reviewed 1 September 2011

"The difficult things are hard to find," was the first and one of the most wise things that Felix told us when we arrived at Cantar do Grilo.
If you want a place where you are well received with sympathy and an outstanding service, this is the place!
The four room house is one of the secrets for the success of Cantar do Grilo. These way you can enjoy every single moment of peace and serenity.
I have to thank Sonia and Felix for their hospitality.
Despite being isolated the place is very near to Serpa - where you have a variety of restaurants that deliver you the best of the Portuguese gastronomy. The river beach of Santo Domingo - well treated and with good support services (bar and restaurant), is also another idea.

We will soon return ... !
Graça Family

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Zistrose, Inhaber at Cantar do Grilo, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2011

Dear Marco
Many thanks for your positive feedback. We are were happy that you and your familiy enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Kindest regards from sunny Alentejo
Sonja und Felix

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Reviewed 8 August 2011

1st I would like to transmit that once we got to "Cantar do Grilo" we feel at home. Felix has the gift of welcoming guests and treat them as "friends". Felix and Sonja spoiled us. I also have to mention the "very special breakfast", the best muesli in all world.Once thing it's for sure "I'LL BE BACK"

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: Vale de Milhanos, Apt. 668 | Vales Mortos, Serpa 7830-495, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Alentejo > Beja District > Serpa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Serpa
Price Range: £78 - £80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in typical Alentejo style, this tasteful guest house is tucked away in the countryside and on the boundaries of the Vale do Guadiana Natural Park. Each room comes with access to the patio. The rooms at Cantar Do Grilo combine a classic country atmosphere with modern furniture and come with countryside views. Regional products and specialities of the house are served for breakfast. An outdoor grill, a fridge and a microwave are available for guests to prepare a snack. After a dip in the outdoor salt-water pool, guest can soak up the sun on the deck with its olive trees. The spacious lounge with its library and varied CD collection provides relaxation indoors. Guests can relax with a match of Boccia. The picturesque villages of Serpa and São Domingos are a 15-minute drive away. Mértola is a 35-minute drive from Cantar do Grilo - Turismo Rural. ... more   less 
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