São Lourenço do Barrocal

Our hotel and 'monte alentejano', located in this beautiful wild corner of the Alentejo, which we like to call home: Monsaraz, Portugal.

The Hotel & Monte Alentejano

Seventh-generation family-owned, the property – including a once-bustling farming village – is being sensitively transformed into a rural retreat.

The Interiors

The interior design is inspired by family heritage and tradition, incorporating quality materials, natural looking, and combining vintage pieces with contemporary crafted furniture and accessories.

The Breakfast

Organic granola, fresh seasonal fruit, honey straight from the honeycomb and coffee brewed slowly are just some of the goodness served in our farm to table breakfast. Enjoy!

The Pool

The outdoor pool, designed by Souto de Moura, gives relevance to a granite rock that rises from the water, a silent testimony of the ‘barrocais’ landscape.

The Horses

In the open landscape of this 780-hectare estate, horseback riding is an incredible way of wandering through the landscape, its lakes and castles, the cattle, the vineyards, menhirs and ancient olive trees.

The Swallows

The swallows visit São Lourenço do Barrocal every Spring bringing nature closer to home. They bring joy with their chirp, flying among the arches, the walkways and the whitewashed architecture of the old farm buildings.

The Alentejo

Rich in traditions, culture, and crafts, as well as breathtaking natural features, the uniquely unspoiled Alentejo region extends an irresistible invitation to slow down and savour a better quality and pace of life.

The Barrocal Estate

Sprawling across cork-dotted hills, wildflower-covered meadows and shady olive groves, the 780-hectare Barrocal estate has passed down through seven generations.

The Monte

Once home to the Alentejan agricultural families who worked the Estate’s fertile lands, the transformation of the monte allows for a thriving modern community while retaining the handsome nature and patina of the original buildings.

The Residences

Each architect involved has taken their own distinctive design approach, but are united by a desire to preserve and augment – rather than disturb or tame – the rugged beauty and rich history of the Barrocal Estate.

In Conversation with João Gomes da Silva

In Conversation with Paula Amendoeira

The Pawson House

Explore the model that highlights the scale, proportion and detail of these affordable, beautiful homes.

In Conversation with John Pawson

Avowed minimalist John Pawson discusses his choice of plot, materials, and the sensibility of his residence.

Souto de Moura House

An example of one of the houses is brought to life in this animation, exploring the scale, proportion and detail of these reasonably priced, beautiful homes.

Moura talks about his design

Balancing a desire to live harmoniously within the landscape with his simple, modern aesthetic, architect Eduardo Souto de Moura discusses his approach to the residences he designed for the estate.

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