Comporta has been on my travel wish list for quite some time. Whispers of white sandy beaches, forests of pine, juniper and oak, rice fields, vineyards, few tourists and a laid back vibe all sounded incredibly appealing. Once research got underway it became apparent that Comporta itself is just a small village on the West coast of Portugal’s Alentejo region and often when people speak of ‘Comporta’ what they are actually referring to is the broader, surrounding area located between the municipalities of Alcacer do Sal and Grandola. I’m so pleased that I didn’t fixate too much on Comporta village itself because there is much to discover beyond it and this little gem of a find could not have suited us more perfectly.
The lowdown . . .
Previously a traditional family farm, Monte do Brejinho de Agua has been passed down through generations. Painted a welcoming shade of sunshine yellow and immersed in nature in the middle of unspoilt, Portuguese countryside.
The main farm house is home to hosts Erica and Nuno and it’s here that guests are served breakfast each morning and invited to take advantage of the pool.
The adjacent building which was the former barn has been converted into 4 individual apartments.
The location . . .
Located in the remote village of Brejinho de Agua do Sul. The larger town of Grandola, nearby stunning beaches and better known village of Comporta are all within a 15-17 minute drive.
The interiors . . .
Tastefully designed interiors combine traditional furniture, pristine paintwork and quality textiles. I was a big fan of the bed linen fabrics and appreciated the little antique details around the place with a nod to the farm’s heritage.
The rooms . . .
As a result of the barn conversion, the apartments benefit from super high ceilings and a generous amount of space. Each include their own bathroom, private terrace, air con, wood burning stove for the colder months, coffee machine, fridge and TV. The two-bedroom apartments have a kitchen. They were spotlessly clean and well maintained throughout our stay.
The Food . . .
Breakfast is the only meal catered for at the property but it’s quite the spread and best of all can be served at a time of your choice. Bread and pastries, meats and cheese, fruit and yoghurt and if you’re in luck the hens may have laid an egg or two. I especially loved the home made family offerings on the breakfast table including a selection of honey from Nuno’s Father’s honey bees and a different variety of delicious cake each morning baked by Nuno’s Grandmother.
Yay to . . .
The hosts. Erica and Nuno are two of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet and so perfectly suited to their roles in hospitality! They couldn’t have made us feel any more welcome and were absolute pro’s at striking the perfect balance between being attentive and giving us privacy in equal measure.
ANYTHING we needed, they had a solution - from a corkscrew and specific type of electrical charger to spare beach towels and parasols, they had us covered.
Nuno grew up locally and knows the area well. He gave us lots of useful advice about places to eat and beaches to visit that were not the obvious choices for tourists which contributed to a more authentic experience.
The animals. 3 little dwarf goats, chickens, parrots and Bones the dog. Adoptive pets for the duration of the trip.
The pool. Immaculately maintained and never over crowded. A favourite place to laze in the late afternoon sun with a good book and a chilled glass of wine.
Nay to . . .
Mosquitos. The private terrace and perfectly clear dark skies would have been so perfect for sitting out and stargazing had the mosquitos not come out to play at night. Definitely not as bad here as in some other areas nearby (Comporta itself had tons due to the surrounding rice fields) but still a bit of a shame. It’s worth mentioning that they weren’t ever a problem in the daytime or inside our apartment, just outside in the evening!
Worth knowing . . .
A 5 minute walk from Monte do Brejinho de Agua is Quinta do Brejinho vineyard. We didn’t get around to visiting sadly but it is possible to pre book and take a tour to sample some of the local wines.
Swanky Sublime Comporta is just a 10 minute drive away and it’s possible, as non residents, to swing by for dinner and drinks but a word of warning - the mosquito situation in the new alfresco bar/restaurant is out of control so best to stay inside if you can!
There’s a supermarket 15 minutes drive from the property where you can stock up on bottled water and snacks for the room.
Getting there . . .
The drive from Lisbon took 1 hour 20 minutes on the A2 highway.
A car is imperative for getting around because the area is so remote. We saw just one taxi in 10 whole days!
Monte do Brejinho de Agua was easily one of the nicest places I have ever had the pleasure of staying and I would absolutely recommend it to everyone. The beauty of the landscape, the kindness of our hosts and the 5 star service we received all contributed to the most magical of holidays.