Stone Cottage Rental at Yoga Retreat in Alentejo Region of PortugalBeira Baixo, Central Portugal (Portugal) view map
Description of Glamping Units
This cottage rental at this yoga retreat in Portugal is actually a restored wine cellar and is now a simple monastic living space. Sleeping three glampers, a single on the ground floor, a mezzanine and another bed in the loft space. It is built into the mountainside, with access up stone carved steps, right next to one of the rivers running through the property. There is electricity available inside, and it is a cozy place to sleep after a relaxing day.
There are lovely views down the valley, and an outdoor shower in the old grape pressing tank with water solar heated from an ancient Moorish water mine up the valley. On the olive terrace below is a wooden cabin toilet and wash room. Guests also have access to all the other washing facilities on the property, as well as a fully equipped kitchen in the guest cottage round the corner. Read More
- Double bed
- Linens provided
- Running water
There is an on-site restaurant facility serving three delicious vegetarian meals each day, included in the price of guests' stay on retreat.
- Airport transfer
- All meals included
- Medical service
Location + Surroundings
This glamping yoga and relaxation retreat is nestled in the picturesque foothills of the Serra de Estrela mountain range, in Central Portugal surrounded by forests and wilderness. 40 years ago, these lands were heavily populated with hard working Portuguese small holders. They carved out stone terraces on the hillsides cultivating every possible piece of land. The valleys and riversides around the property are decorated with stone houses, water mills, adegas (wine-making sheds), olive groves, and fruit trees. Now mostly uninhabited empty because the younger generations of the families that originally built them had to leave to find work.
There are two rivers that run through this valley, which natural pools to cool down in the heat of the summer afternoons. Plenty of space and time in the schedule to find time for yourself or explore the surrounding paths through the forest.
It is a stunning setting in which to deepen or begin a yoga practice. The team here create the environment where everyone is cared for, fed incredibly well with the most delicious veggie food and experienced therapists and acupuncturists on-site to deal with any aches and pains. Read More
- Bird watching
- Body treatments
- Hot springs
- Spa treatments
This family-run yoga retreat offers a variety of retreats every week between March until October. The retreats begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday and go on until the following Saturday at 2 p.m. If guests want to make a whole vacation out of this experience, they could spend a day or two in Lisbon (or Porto) and then head to the glamping site on Sunday for the retreat. There is a 1:30 p.m. coach from Sete Rios coach station to Oleiros, where everyone is picked up by car. The return coaches are Saturday 8 a.m. or 3 p.m. from Oleiros to Lisbon or Porto.
Since this retreat is focused upon relaxing and re-energizing yourself, the site offers massage and acupuncture along with yoga sessions. Included in the accommodation price is a 30-minute health consultation with tongue and pulse diagnosis to examine overall well-being, followed by an hour long massage and acupuncture of guests' choice. During the rest of guests' stay, they can book as many extra sessions as they'd like. A variety of styles of yoga is taught through the year by some delightful and inspiring teachers who will take care of guests and inspire them in their practice.
Outdoor activities are in abundance as well. Explore Eira de Miguel and Felgueiras, abandoned villages with houses built in the 17th century. Some Portuguese families return to the village throughout the year to look after their grapes and olives and harvest their pine and eucalyptus trees, but no one lives in the villages year round.
Within half an hour drive, guests will find Álvaro, Oleiros, Orvalho, Cambas, and Estreito, all of which have cafés and restaurants, shops, and more of the rich traditional Portuguese rural culture to experience. There are natural river pools cascading through the valley for glampers to cool off and swim in. One afternoon of the retreat will be spent at the Rio Zêzere for a mud bath in isolated paradise. It’s an ancient therapy as well as an incredible skin cleanse. On the way back, guests will stop into the cafés of Abitureira to meet some of the lovely locals.
- You will receive a full refund if you cancel 24 hours or more prior to check-in.
- You will receive a full refund for the remaining nights and charged for one full nights stay if you cancel within 24 hours.
Check-in is 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon, and check-out is by 2 p.m. the following Saturday.
The rates reflected here are per person for double occupancy. Prices will increase for single occupancy.
There is a 10% discount for returning guests, groups of four or more, and two-week stays.
The price listed includes all meals, towels, bedding, facilities, yoga classes, guided walks in the forest, swimming in forest pools, mud baths in the River Zêzere, and a 30-minute health consultation with tongue and pulse diagnosis, followed by an hour's massage and acupuncture. Read More