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Aad en Yvonne Aad en Yvonne from Delft wrote on 06/05/2018 at 17:49
We had a great birdwatching holiday with Bert and Marianne in the Alentejo regio in Portugal. We enjoyed the 1,5 day guiding tour with Bert to Laguna Santo André and steppes. If you want to see lovely birds you have to get up early in the morning. Bert knows all the spots and is allowed to guide in nature reservates. He has a great humour and knowledge of the birds is excellent. We have seen over one hundred different birds, due to the different habitats like meadows, steppes, woodlands, rivers and seaside. We prefer Alentejo above Extremadura. In the future we want to visit again late summer early autumn to enjoy the birds, nature and hospitallity of Monte Horizonte. Great time, see you again Aad and Yvonne
Sérgio Silva Sérgio Silva wrote on 21/08/2017 at 13:43
Quiet, with a fantastic sky and views The small one bedroom house was perfect, the first impression with the gravel roads is daunting, but with each day, we loved it more and more, silent, next to really charming nearby places and beaches, but what sells it is the almost perfect nature surroundings of the actual house. Perfect for relaxing with a good wine, a book, go for a swim in the pool. It's like meditation without the actual meditation. You just fell at peace. Like I said the first impression might not be the best, but you will never want to leave. The houses are charming, have everything you actually need, not what you might want. The TV was a shock. Small with few channels, bit by the end of the stay you really don't even care about "the outside world", you are so immersed in beauty, nature and peace. Really an experience I would recommend to anyone that it's stressed with the daily life. Even if you don't realize it. I want to live in a place like that, and
Bert Bert wrote on 22/11/2016 at 08:38
You could fly either to Lisbon or Faro, it does not make much difference. Most people book our birding week which includes 2 excursions with me (Bert) in my 4 X 4, one half day trip (4 hours) to the lagoon of Santo André and a day tour (8 hours) to the steppes of the Alentejo region in Portugal. Included also is an information package with routes to the best birding areas and what you can see there and also 2 sessions in our bird hide at our property. An example of this birding week can be found at the next link:
Len & Jean Gazzard Len & Jean Gazzard wrote on 21/11/2016 at 20:37
Looks fabulous very interested for a private tour for 2 people who love birds all wildlife also have a passion for photography. We should like to visit maybe Jan / Feb 2017 where would we fly to please?
Addy Addy wrote on 01/06/2014 at 12:40
Een heerlijke week op Monte Horizonte gehad. De excursies met Bert waren erg leuk, veel vogelsoorten gezien en veel geleerd! Het terrein zelf is ook zeker de moeite waard om een wandelingetje te maken en in ochtend of vroege avond de vogelkijkhut te bezoeken. Alles bij elkaar een mooie vogelweek met in totaal precies 100 vogelsoorten gezien (wat er met meer ervaring en meer herkenning op geluid nog veel meer waren geweest)
Daniela Daniela wrote on 10/04/2012 at 16:02
5 - 8 abril de 2012. É muito bom aproveitar o que o Alentejo tem para oferecer: a calma, a tranquilidade, os paisagens, a simpatia dos seus habitantes!... Aqui, no Monte Horizonte, gozamos de tudo isso! Fica a vontade de regressar! Daniela
Luis Luis wrote on 01/04/2012 at 12:39
Embora seja o dia das mentiras, a verdade é que este é um lugar de paz e simpatia. Foi pena a chuva, que não nos permitir usufruir de tudo o que o Alentejo tem para oferecer.... Felicidades e desejos de sucesso, Luis
Steve & Shirley Steve & Shirley wrote on 18/09/2011 at 10:11
Sometimes all of us need some peace & tranquility in our lives and "Monte Horizonte" is the perfect place for both, made attainable by the efforts of Marianne & Bert. The warmth of the Alentejo is matched by the hospitality of our hosts and we hope to visit again sometime soon. Thanks to Bert for his advice of taking us to the lagoon at St. Andre for the birdwatching. What? - No bee-eaters! Até brêve, Steve & Shirley
Keith & Sarah Keith & Sarah wrote on 01/09/2011 at 15:18
Marianne, Eline and Bert, We would like to say thank you for a wonderful stay at Monte Horizonte. We love what you have done with the establishment, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Mimosa. Our favorite parts were the beautiful interior and the outdoor grill. We appreciated the very warm welcome we received from yourselves as well as Beth and Bob. We look forward to staying here again and to our next visit to this beautiful part of the world. Keith & Sarah
Peter & Gabriele Peter & Gabriele wrote on 07/08/2011 at 13:06
Our personal Monte Horizonte Song* I like the Casa I like the Butterfly Tree I like the Cork Oaks I like the pending pine (tree) I like the quier, peace and tranquility Boondeyadee, boondeeyadee, boondeyadee, boondeyadee I like the "praias" I like the rolling waves, I like "babugem" I like the thunder foam, I like the thrilling swim when the surf is high, Boondeyadee, boondeyadee, - - - - I like solar power, I like the wind turbine, I like the barbeque, I like the barking dogs, I like the quite unique hospitality, Boondeyadee, boondeyadee, - - - - Many thanks, Bert, Marianne & Eline for three marvelous weeks at Casa Oliveira, Gabriele & Peter * Sing to the famous tune of the Welsh song: "I like the flowers, I like the daftledils........"
Dani Dani wrote on 18/05/2011 at 15:09
Liebe Marianne, Bert und Eline, Wir haben eine wunderschone zeit bei Euch. Ihr habt Euch ein einmaliges Fleckchen Erde ausgesucht und so gestaltet, dass man einen herrlichen Urlaub haben MUSS. Das Haus ist zum wohlfuhlen und hat alles, was man braucht. Das Ort ist perfect als Startpunkt fur tagliche Ausfluge in alle Richtungen und am abends die Tage entspannt auf der Terrasse zu lassen. Aber ihr macht es erst perfect, helft mit Rat und Tat, wenn man hilfe braucht oder gebt ein wenig von Eurer Geschichte preis. Vielen dank am Euch! Dani + Babybauch + Alex Vieln dank am Euch! Dani + Babybauch + Alex
René René wrote on 08/05/2011 at 15:09
Beste Bert Marianne en Eline, (en Bep en Bop niet te vergeten) Ons verblijf verliep met wat horten en stoten: slecht weer bij het begin, een overplaatsing, en alles wat daarbij komt kijken. Wat jullie heel goed gedaan hebben: inspelen op omstandigheden, mee- en vooruitdenken, helpen en de weg wijzen (letterlijk en figuurlijk). PRIMA!! We komen beslist terug! René en Ingrid
Marc Marc wrote on 07/05/2011 at 15:08
Een heerlijke week gehad op jullie prachtige landgoed. Zoals jullie weten ook wel spannend met onze bijzondere dochter. Genoten van het heerlijke eten, jullie goede zorgen, de mooie omgeving, de prachtige baaitjes en de wandelingen. En van het zwembad niet te vergeten. Want al was het eigenlijk nog wat fris en liepen de locals nog met vesten en mutsen, we konden het niet laten toch even een duik te nemen. Heel veel succes met jullie mooie plannen: wij gaan weer naar huis met mooie herinneringen, heel veel mooie foto´s én een heel mooi souvenir van Eline. Marc
Debbie Debbie wrote on 28/04/2011 at 15:08
Dear Bert, Marianne and Eline, Our first visit to Portugal was absolutely wonderful. Thankyou all for your warm welcome, friendship and hospitality (where did you hide the sunshine?) The cuckoo and the nightengale, and the toads were very nice and noisy. The most beautiful beaches nearby, and high tide at the lagoon was magical. We have plenty of very happy memories. You have been great. This place is so peaceful, so tasteful. Goddluck and happy retirement. Debbie
Robin Robin wrote on 24/04/2011 at 15:08
Last week was 25-30 degrees, this week chilly and we have had more rain then we have in a month at home! But never mind. We have had a great time and Bert and Marianne have been great fun. Super place, super beaches and super birds (short-toed eagle, bee eater, nightingale all in one day). Thanks for all. And now home to the dry and the warm! Robin
Mano Mano wrote on 20/03/2011 at 15:07
Este lugar es o que todas andamos buscando. Muchas gracias por la estancia. Muchas gracias a las canas y a las sejos. Nos vamos con les ganes ya de volver. Thank you for all. Mano Lovely place, lovely people, lovely days, lovely snails, lovely rains. Thanks for all and, please, forgive us for our English: it is not our fault, it is the fault of the Spanish politicians and their bad habits about education. Deep in my heart, Laura
André André wrote on 02/01/2011 at 15:06
Os últimos hóspedes de ano 2010 e os primeiros de 2011 agradecem a hospitalidade e tranquilidade. André The weather didn´t play along, but your hospitality made us a warm staying here. Thanks for the oranges! Tamara
João João wrote on 10/12/2010 at 15:41
Bert, Marianne e Eline, Quando em Março reservamos esta semana no vosso empreendimento, estaramos longe de imaginar a tranquilidade e a paz que viemos encontrar! O local, longe e perto de tudo, proporcionou-nos uma semana que ficará para sempre na memória deste familia. Mas a simpatia, a disponibilidade e alegria que vos transmitiram, implantou tudo o que podemos esperar. A pequena Eline ficará amiga da Rita e da Joana, os cães conseguiram o milagre de conquistar a Paula que esqueceu os habituais receios destes animais. A piscina fez os delicias do Pedro e o grelhador a minha perdição. Em nome da familia Lourenço, recebem uma grande abraço de agradecimento e a certeza de voltarmos. João
Vitor Vitor wrote on 15/10/2010 at 12:55
Obrigado por tudo .... Obrigado pela hospitalidade, pela simpatia e boa disposição de anfritiões que sabem receber bem. Obrigado pelo silencio, pelo bom tempo e sobre tudo por se terem lembrado de transformar este pedaço de Alentejo num pedaço de paraíso. Gostamos de tudo: - Da casa.... ben estruturada, arrumada e limpa - Da piscina - Dos cães....simpático e afectuosos - Até da estrada e do po... tão típico Prometemos voltar Vitor
Thibault Thibault wrote on 30/09/2010 at 14:00
Ola Pessoal ! Bert, Marianne & Eline, Thanks for your hospitality, we had a very good trip in your country with all my french friends, and you have a part of responsability for this ! The swimming pool and the climate miss us already !!! Bye bye, and see you soon ! A good bottle of french wine will always be there for you !
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