The Herdade de Porches property has been in my family for more than 300 years. I still remember the time I used to spend here as a child. On holidays, we always came to Portugal, and I spent my days playing here. In those days, there wasn’t electricity at the property, everything was powered by a generator, and the lights were oil lamps. There were no roads, and I remember my mother telling me how she had to cross the river to reach the main house.
We’re a large family, and over the years we’ve had many friends over. The house was always full, and its location is inviting to whoever wants to rest from the busy city life. Here all you hear are birds and see cork trees standing out in the landscape.
I always thought this place had massive potential for rural tourism. We have lots of space, all the amenities and the desire to welcome people here. Three years ago, I decided to open the doors of Casa das Cegonhas, and we’ve grown and made new friends since then.
From the tranquillity of the countryside to the comfort of our houses, this is the ideal place to spend your holidays or a weekend. If you have the chance, don’t forget to try our croquet field, the first of its kind in Portugal.
People ask me many times why is it called Casa das Cegonhas (house of storks, in English). Storks are a symbol of Alentejo, and it’s very common to see them flying over. Funny, though, I’ve never seen any storks here at Herdade de Porches, so I decided to give the house that name out of humour and curiosity. Maybe one day they’ll show up here to show appreciation.
Our story and mission
I see myself as half Spanish, half Portuguese. I was born in Seville but part of my family is from here and all my life I came here as many times as I could. I’m very passionate about Alentejo, and that led me to appreciate Herdade dos Porches and add value to it by opening Casa das Cegonhas.
For years, that was my family’s holiday home, but I always believed in the place’s potential for tourism. I was sure that the reasons that brought me here every time I had free time would make sense for other people too. And it’s been true for three years.
I was born in Spain, but I feel I’m Portuguese too. Alentejo is my refuge.
I’ve always worked in the agriculture business, which explains this strong connection I have with this property and with Alentejo. I’m drawn to these pastures, and the cork trees are very special to me. I do what I can to protect them and dignify them, and we are privileged to have some trees that are over 200 years old here at the property.
When I’m in Spain, I never get tired of promoting Alentejo and all its wonders. Because I grew up here, I’m very proud of the region and my family’s property, so I bring a lot of friends here, and I feel like an ambassador for this area.
Respecting the roots
We are in a privileged space, and we value how fortunate we are. The pathway to Casa das Cegonhas is full of cork trees and overpowering silence. Here, you experience the real countryside although you are close to the major cities and within 25 minutes of the most beautiful beaches in Comporta. About 6km of the Sado river surrounds the property and, therefore, you can reach Portinho da Arrábida in less than one hour.
Alentejo is the most beautiful region in Portugal.
The towns of Grândola and Alcácer do Sal are worth a visit, as two places full of History and culture, and local cuisine that attracts anyone. I recommend Museu Mineiro do Lousal, and Castelo de Alcácer do Sal. Don’t forget to visit the Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Monte at the Vale do Guizo village just near our property.
If you’re short on time, visit the Brejos da Carregueira beach in Comporta, a well-kept secret. Just the way to get there will be worth the adventure. It’s a 40-minute walking trail amidst rice fields, grass, alders, water streams, fish, birds, and, at last, a pinewood.