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An organic, off-grid smallholding on the Rio Sever in the Parque Natural de Serra de Sao Mamede providing accommodation and some meals in the Goat House, River Lodge and Boar Hide. Offering privacy, peace and pigs.

Quote greentraveller when you book and you will receive a bottle of local wine for your first night, our own olive oil and (specifically for Greentraveller guests): a mini hamper of home produce and homemade preserves

Rooms: 2 venues, 1x1 double. 1x1 double and 2 singles.

River Lodge €370/week. Boar Hide €340/week.

Meals: Vegetables, olive oil, preserves, jams, meat and eggs from the land
Open: Apr-oct
Address: Moinho do pego Ferreiro, Santo Antonio das Areias, Marvao, Portalegre, Alto Alentejo, 7330-216
Tel: 00351967381808

Why we've chosen Moinho do Pego Ferreiro, Marvao, Portugal

<p>We have renovated the buildings with a keen eye on the history of the site and we try not to affect the aesthetics too much. For example we have minimised the plumbing work we have done. This means that there is no running water, so jugs and bowls are used. &nbsp;In effect, guests are much more involved with their water usage; they have to collect, carry and dispose of their water creating a greater awareness of their consumption and of how much water they actually need to use. This also gives guests a real feel for how life has been lived here for centuries.</p><p>We construct dwellings with considerable thought for the site, in terms of its landscape, environment, wildlife and, again, history. We live in an area regarded as the oldest managed landscape in Europe. Roman activity is quite evident here and the surrounding area contains some of the most important megalithic sites in Europe. While we love being surrounded by all this history, we feel quite strongly that we do not want to add to it. Any work we have done here is designed to be transient. Apart from the existing buildings (where we have used traditional materials - stone and cal i.e.lime), we have only used organic materials that will, in not the not too distant future, return to the soil from whence it came. For example both the River Lodge and Boar Hide are built in wood - some felled on site.</p><p>We do not use cement, steel or plastics in any construction. Ideally we would like to think that in 50 years time there would be absolutely no evidence of our lives here. Furnishings are either built from our own wood or bought from a charity shop. Many come from a drug rehab project in Badajoz. We use animals where we can - chickens scratch, muck and clean up the bugs, pigs rotovate and fertilise - and donkeys stand around in the corner pretending to be busy which is my job really.</p><p>Each guest will also receive a monthly book title download as an e-book onto their devices for reading while they're staying. And a years membership to the Green Party for every booking of a week or more. &nbsp;Go to the website to see more details on that offer. &nbsp;</p><p>In brief:</p><p><strong>The Goat House</strong>,&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;">Sleeps 2/4<br></span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;">Gas hob, BBQ, wood fired stove, solar oven, solar and wind power, solar shower, private compost toilet.<br></span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;">First 3 nights €140, €275 per week.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;"><strong>River Lodge&nbsp;</strong></span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;">Sleeps 2<br></span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;">Small gas hob, cob stove, private compost toilet, river.<br></span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;">First 3 nights €140, €285 per week.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;"><strong>Boar Hide&nbsp;</strong></span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;">Sleeps 4/5<br></span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;">Wood fired stove, BBQ, solar shower, private compost toilet, wild boar, river.<br></span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;">First 3 nights €150, €325 per week.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;"><strong>Doctors House </strong>Sleeps 6<br></span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;">Fridge, barby and gas hob, solar power, gas shower, flushing loo.<br></span><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;">First 3 nights €160, €350 per week</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.3em;"><strong>"What are the top five things for your guests to do?" I innocently asked Richard:</strong></span></p><p>Five things to do here........hmmmmmm</p><ul><li><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">The first thing most guests plan to do is absolutely nothing. Most however fail.</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">On site - they can cook from the #helpyourselforganicgarden</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">Wild swimming</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">I'm losing the horses soon but there will be two donkeys to faun over.</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">Gold panning.</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">Drawing/painting lessons from a local artist. (She comes to the venue).</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">Off site there's horse riding not far away.</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">Walk the old smuggling paths criss-crossing the border.</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">A visit to Ammaia is always worth it - a Roman settlement with small museum.</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">World class mountain biking on the private-but-we-don't-care trails</span></li><li><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">The second weekend in November sees the annual chestnut festival, to celebrate everything chestnut, roasted, stewed, in puddings. You can even buy pictures made from chestnuts.</span></li></ul><p>&nbsp;How can you resist?</p><p><strong>Eco credentials:</strong></p> <p><strong>How do you reduce your draw on energy:<br></strong><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">We use solar for lighting, solar, our own wood and home made charcoal for cooking, our own cork as insulation and solar showers. We are about to instal a small wind turbine for the Goat House and we have started a hydro system.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.3em;"><strong>How you minimise the amount of waste you send to landfill:<br></strong></span><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">All guests are provided with separate bins for - organic compost, recyclables (we sort, reuse and recycle) and food scraps for animals. We deal with all of the waste - apart from non-recyclables. We ask our guests to take any non reusable/recyclable waste to the nearest municipal bins. It's quite a long way and involves a 1/2 kilometre walk. This tends to focus the mind somewhat and we find that guests either reduce their waste quite considerably or leave feeling very guilty indeed. Either way is fine with us. We also use compost toilets. Depending on the accommodation, some are designed to break down into the soil in situ, &nbsp;others provide us with humus to be returned to the gardens.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: bold;">How you reduce your consumption of water:<br></span><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">Personal washing facilities include solar showers fed from the river or rain water harvesting system. We use a traditional Portuguese galvanised bucket with a shower rose attached. This helps to reduce water use.Or there's the river fed solar shower which doesn't, but then doesn't need to. Rainwater is collected from the traditional Roman style tiled roof and filtered three times. Spring water is used for drinking and is collected on site. The water here is deemed to be some of the best in Portugal.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: bold;">How much of the food your serve is sourced locally (where possible):<br></span><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">We provide vegetables when in season. Olive oil, preserves, jams etc., meat and eggs from our organically farmed land. Locally produced wine, home-made beer. Each venue is self catering but we can cook for those that wish and can cater for any dietary requirements.</span></p> <p><strong>Do you actively encourage guests to arrive on foot, by bike and by public transport?:<br></strong><span style="line-height: 1.3em;">Guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport. We will give free pick ups from nearby bus stations/stops and provide timetabled bus and rail information .We are happy to provide lifts to local markets.</span></p>

Top green features of Moinho do Pego Ferreiro:

  • Solar power used where possible

  • Wood and charcoal from site used for cooking

  • Home grown cork used for insulation

  • Hydro system in place using rain and river water, spring drinking water

  • Wind turbine for Goat House

  • Composting toilets and all waste reused or recycled

  • Olive oil, preserves, jams, meat and eggs from this organically farmed land

  • Locally produced wine, home-made beer

  • Guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport



Moinho do Pego Ferreiro, Marvao, Portugal
Nearest train station: Portalegre

Directions from station:
Hosts can collect from Portalegre or bus stations at Santo Antonio, Castelo de Vide or Nisa. Or take a 3k walk from Santo Antonio das Areias