From fashion weeks in Paris and Milan, I landed in a wild and pure Alentejo. I fell in love with the country life and the place. For 18 years I’ve been the host of this property, full of History and with 900 hectares to explore. Come with me into this refuge.

Herdade do Telheiro has been in my husband’s family since 1810. It’s always been run by women. It belonged to my father-in-law’s mother, and when he inherited it, my mother-in-law took over. Eighteen years ago it was my turn to take over such a special place.

I remember this being very different when I came here in the past. The property was run like a village, and it was always busy from dusk to dawn. It’s always been one of the most prominent cork properties in the area that also produced clay shingles, bricks, and pavements in one of the ovens we have in one of the houses. Farming and cattle breeding were two of the main activities until the anti-fascist revolution of 25 April when the property was taken over by Cooperativa Vitória do Povo. Years later, when we claimed it back, it was practically in ruins. My husband and I began to plan how to turn the seven houses spread across the property into cosy and comfortable units.

It’s been 20 years since I moved here and began to rebuild the main “monte” house and then the rest of them. Spread out in a luscious-green landscape and surrounded by cork trees, our houses became the holiday homes of many clients who became friends throughout the years.

Here, I grew closer to the land, to Nature, and I learned to enjoy the country life. We offer our guests our own lifestyle, without any tricks or distractions. A Dutch guest once told me: “Clara, I didn’t know what was like to live in the dark”. Here when we turn off the lights, it’s just us, the Alentejo sky, and the stars.

This harmony and balance with landscape and Nature is only possible because of our work preserving the identity of the property and our surroundings over the years. We use only solar power and water fetched from wells and springs. We hope those who visit us share the same lifestyle. 

Herdade do Telheiro has been in my husband’s family since 1810. It’s always been run by women. It belonged to my father-in-law’s mother, and when he inherited it, my mother-in-law took over. Eighteen years ago it was my turn to take over such a special place.

I remember this being very different when I came here in the past. The property was run like a village, and it was always busy from dusk to dawn. It’s always been one of the most prominent cork properties in the area that also produced clay shingles, bricks, and pavements in one of the ovens we have in one of the houses. Farming and cattle breeding were two of the main activities until the anti-fascist revolution of 25 April when the property was taken over by Cooperativa Vitória do Povo. Years later, when we claimed it back, it was practically in ruins. My husband and I began to plan how to turn the seven houses spread across the property into cosy and comfortable units.

It’s been 20 years since I moved here and began to rebuild the main “monte” house and then the rest of them. Spread out in a luscious-green landscape and surrounded by cork trees, our houses became the holiday homes of many clients who became friends throughout the years.

Here, I grew closer to the land, to Nature, and I learned to enjoy the country life. We offer our guests our own lifestyle, without any tricks or distractions. A Dutch guest once told me: “Clara, I didn’t know what was like to live in the dark”. Here when we turn off the lights, it’s just us, the Alentejo sky, and the stars.

This harmony and balance with landscape and Nature is only possible because of our work preserving the identity of the property and our surroundings over the years. We use only solar power and water fetched from wells and springs. We hope those who visit us share the same lifestyle. 

"Herdade do Telheiro is an ecotourism business that respects Nature and the history of this property."
Clara Caiado

Herdade do Telheiro is a property with a lot of History. It starts with its name (“telheiro” means a place where they make shingles) because of an oven, built circa 1500, that produced clay shingles, bricks, and pavements for many years. A few years ago, some experts that visited the property claimed that the cobblestones around the oven date back to the Ancient Roman period. Tombs and other Roman objects were found here, too.

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Our story and mission

I was born and raised in Africa but returned to Portugal before the revolution of 25 April. I was based in Cascais at the time, where I worked and started a family. My life was very different from what it is today. I was an interior designer and, because I loved fashion, I remodelled a store and ended up keeping it. I began to work more in the fashion industry and represented some international brands in Portugal. I travelled a lot and attended fashion weeks all over the world. My friends often tell me I came to the countryside straight from the catwalk. And it’s true.

Herdade do Telheiro is a property with many years of my husband’s family history, so it brings back many memories and nostalgia. He never came here often, so I ended up taking over. I fell in love with the country life and have been here for 18 years.

It’s curious to know that so many women are part of the property’s history. It started as the family property of my father-in-law’s mother. When he inherited it, my mother-in-law took over and didn’t give up on the “monte” house, preserving it. And now it’s my turn. Another woman is rolling up her sleeves and getting to work. I have two sons and granddaughters, and I hope one of them follows in my footsteps one day.


From my past business, I bring my love of meeting new people, from all over the world, and talking and socialising with them.


I’m still an interior designer but only work in these houses. I also execute most of the plans. I paint the houses, inside and outside, I fix and restore the furniture. I do a bit of everything, and each home has a little piece of me.

My passion for animals was something else that made me connect so much with this place. If you’re an animal lover, this is paradise. I have two “rafeiro Alentejano” dogs, Compadre and Rapazinho, and Xiquinha, a cross between a boxer and a pit bull. I have three cats, ducks, and many chickens that lay the best eggs in the world.

I love Alentejo, and I’m very happy here. Country life completes me and is part of who I am. I feel a little like the guardian of this property because, in reality, I’m the one who takes care of it and makes it more special. 

A place to be happy

"I’m happy here, and that’s a feeling I try to convey to our guests and show them why."
Clara Caiado
Herdade do Telheiro

Location

Coast

Costa Vicentina

Know the region

We’re close to the foot of Serra de Monchique, in a gorgeous landscape. We have plenty of water, so the scenery is frequently green. The property has 900 hectares in size and, therefore, it’s like a small world to explore. We have a bit of everything here, and you can do a bit of everything. The possibilities are endless. We’re between the beach and the countryside, in a prosperous and authentic location. What else could you ask for?


This land has been my travelling partner. It’s a place I now call home.


Just 3 km from Odemira and with the national road on our doorstep, getting everywhere is easy. I’ve known this region for 40 years, and it was the locals’ affection and hospitality that made me feel this was my homeland. It’s a wonderful place to live. It’s calm and serene here, and we can be in harmony with Nature and at peace with ourselves. 

Do you know Odemira is thriving with artisanal and heritage activities? It’s a wealth of diverse activities, built by local artisans, from ceramics to weaving, that is part of the local culture and folklore.  

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