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Arrábida Estate

Azeitão, Lisboa V6

The Arrábida Estate is a wonderful property steeped in history since before the great earthquake of 1755. It has passed through generations of European nobility over its lifetime. The construction of the manor house was started in about 1715 by a Dutch admiral António Cremer, who settled in Portugal and was responsible for modernising the factories and process that manufactured Portuguese gunpowder.

The estate was passed down to his second son Maurício José Cremer Van Zeller, his first son having died in the fire that followed the 1755 earthquake. Subsequently Maurício’s daughter, D. Catarina Sofia died without leaving an heir and the estate fell into disrepair. The Estate was acquired by D. Ana José Teixeira Brederode in 1817, when the vines were ageing and no longer productive. To keep the land from reverting back to wild bush, pine trees were planted in place of the vines, cultivated for their resin and kernels. During the late 19th and early 20th Centuries the estate fell into further disrepair and was bought by a German wine merchant living in Lisbon. The estate was sold off piecemeal and stones from the former palace can be found in the construction of other buildings in the area.

The current owners purchased the estate in poor state of repair in 1941 and have slowly bought it back to its former glory even finishing sections that were never originally completed and replanting the vines that were once cultivated here. They have bought back some parcels of land that were sold off over the years and the Estate now functions as a working farm with Pine, cork and vineyards and a dairy herd. The buildings and grounds have been lovingly restored and can now be enjoyed as a spectacular location for events such as weddings and corporate parties.

The Palace

The main gates open into a central silver birch lined driveway that takes you up to the Palace where the wide stairs lead you up to the front courtyard with a Linden tree providing some lovely shade and fragrance before entering the front entrance. The entrance hallway immediately welcomes you with a wonderful and inviting fireplace to warm you up in the colder months. To the left of the entrance hall is the main living room with two large and comfortable sofa suites and with another welcoming fireplace that sets the perfect ambiance for evening cocktails. A felted games table sets the scene for some more interesting card games before or after dinner. The large French style patio doors lead out onto a large topiary maze garden adorning a south facing terrace that runs the length of the Palace. The landscaping leads your eyes to the stunning and sweeping views of the Arrábida hills in the distance. The formal dining room is reached through the living room and provides a stately setting for smaller groups seating up to 20 guests. With a long and regal dining table it is surrounded by beautifully tiled walls, completed with a majestic fireplace creating a dining experience that will not be forgotten. There are two kitchens, the original one and an adjoining, more modern, one. Although these are the domain of the staff, guests are welcome to enter and ask the friendly staff for food and drink or even some local advice. To the right of the entrance hall is a long corridor that leads to one of the bedroom wings. This wing has three double en suite bedrooms, three twin rooms and a single bedroom with a further three bathrooms next to them.

The Chapel: The Palace has a charming small chapel and guest wing. The tiling from the chapel originated from an old temple in a derelict palace in Lisbon on Rua Joachim Bonifacío. Above the chapel on a mezzanine style floor is the guest wing with three more twin rooms and two bathrooms. Mass is held at 10:00 every Sunday morning and guests are more than welcome to join.

The Hunting Lodge, provides an additional 6 bedrooms in a beautifully decorated self contained lodge separated from the palace by a wonderful courtyard. Please see the separate listing for further details.

Weddings and Corporate Events: The Estate has hosted many a successful event and prides itself on satisfying, if not surpassing clients’ needs and expectations. Various locations exist around the estate for large seated dinners, both indoors and outdoors, including plenty space to erect a marquee in different areas of the palace grounds.

The Winery, with a total of 260 m2 has a capacity for 170 people for a seated dinner. The Winery is a beautiful old farm building that has been restored as an event space and also holds the wonderful collection of horse-drawn carriages.

Activities: The Estate has a range of activities to entertain guests that can be arranged at a reasonable fee. There is so much to see whilst soaking up the rural landscape and observing the local flora and fauna of the surrounding national park.

The stable: of Lusitanos provide horseback riding and even horse-drawn carriage rides available for wedding receptions or even country outings with picnics set up in idyllic surroundings.

A full-size gym with steam room and sauna in a unique farmyard setting is available for guests. Classic Jeep and Quad bike Safaris with picnics taking in the surrounding beauty. Mountain biking and hiking trails criss-cross the estate and lead to some stunning cycle and walking routes in the Serra de Arrábida. Boat trips to the unique and protected Arrábida coastline which can include a visit to the Troia Peninsula and the Sado estuary and even a chance to spot the resident estuarine dolphins. A choice of boats can be chartered from the Troia, Setúbal and Sesimbra marinas catering to a variety of group sizes and more specific nautical activities including diving and fishing. Quinta de Peru Golf Club borders the estate and is only a short drive away, perfect for the golfing enthusiasts. Hot Air Balloon rides can also be arranged, weather conditions permitting. Balloon rides give an outstanding view of the surrounding estate and the Arrábida Serra.

Film and Photo productions: The Estate is extremely well renovated with great attention to detail and aesthetics. With so many areas to film or photograph the estate provides plenty of opportunity for period dramas and contemporary country settings alike. The house can accommodate a photoshoot crew and even the key personnel of a film crew depending on set requirements. A corporate style meeting room is perfect for planning any production details or as a makeup and wardrobe room.

Located on the Arrábida peninsula, the estate is located only 30 km south of Lisbon, a short 45 minute drive south of the Tejo River. The Arrábida peninsula is renowned for its outstanding beauty, and as a protected nature reserve it is imbued with incredible scenery with unspoilt beaches protected in the lee of the wooded mountainside. The fishing port of Setúbal is located only 20 minutes away by car and is one of the main gateways to the Arrábida peninsula and a short ferry ride across the Sado estuary brings you to the virgin beaches of the Troia peninsula and fashionable Comporta. Setúbal is famous for its seafood restaurants serving the local speciality of grilled cuttlefish amongst other delightful seafood dishes and the fish market is classified as one of the 10 best markets in the world.

Arrábida Estate truly is an amazing country manor found in the most wonderful of settings soaking up the Portuguese sun and cooled by the Atlantic breezes, promising an experience never to be forgotten.

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