09 September 2019

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It is named after Rio, but it is a local accommodation that came from Herdade Serra dos Mendes (Barrancão). Owned by Catherine and French António, this gite offers three apartments and four suites, decorated by Sofia Albuquerque with typical country modesty. The 118-hectare farm belonged to Catarina Frances’s family and, two years ago, the owner and husband invested in the rehabilitation of the space and opened doors in June, with great demand for national and international tourists.

The unit features a ceramic studio, games room, saltwater pool, outdoor lounging spaces, a common room with piano (according to the owner used by Álvaro Cunhal) and a common kitchen where you can have breakfast – or dinner at the invitation of the owners, who bet on vegetarian dishes with organic products.

“People come here, have dinner with us and, by the time, are already talking to the other guests as if they were friends and that’s very cute,” said Catarina Frances, who said that launching into this project was “a surprise”.

Cucumbi (name of the river that springs up near the village where António Frances was born in Angola) is also a sustainable and environmentally friendly project: all waters are recycled and reused, the products used are organic and biodegradable and the food is organic, they are trying to have it fully produced on Thursday. It should also be noted that the farm has a variety of crops and trees, greenhouses, sheep (have a flock of 180 sheep) and an aviary for a restocking project for four indigenous breeds of endangered chickens. In addition to providing organic products for the hotel space, these bets also allow them to hold thematic weeks where guests can accompany, for example, sheep shearing.