CorkShack Marvão Ecolodges
The perfect setting to recharge those batteries, CorkShack Marvão Ecolodges promise to take you back to gentle times past - without compromising on luxury.
You'll be surrounded by sweet-scented fruit trees in the traditional Portuguese village of Escusa, on the border of Portugal and Spain, and part of a protected nature reserve. Here the pace of life is blissfully slow and relaxed, ideal for couples looking to reconnect with life and each-other.
The eco-friendly roundhouses you'll find here are based on choças, the traditional dwellings of Portuguese people over two thousand years ago. Created from natural materials, the walls are covered in 100% cork, with thatched conical roofs.
Each 25sqm roundhouse sleeps two people in idyllic comfort, with luxury bedding, heating and air-conditioning, and a fully-equipped bathroom to freshen up in. You'll also discover a kitchenette, perfect for whipping up romantic snacks. Take them out to your private deck, where you can also enjoy a glass of wine as you chat the afternoon away in the sunshine.
While this is supremely relaxed living, you'll still have Wi-Fi access if you really need to keep tabs on life back home. There's also a Bluetooth speaker to help you set just the right mood, and a selection of books and games to help keep you entertained.
Later on, why not take a refreshing dip in the chlorine-free swimming pool, or use one of the self-guided maps to hike through the surrounding hills? If you prefer, a selection of activities can be arranged for you, from railbiking (pedal-powered bikes along railroads) and horse-riding, to kayaking, paddle-boarding, and jeep tours.
But if that all sounds too energetic, you could always meander into the sleepy, walled town of Marvão, just a few minutes away. You'll feel as though you've travelled back in time as you travel through its cobbled streets, gazing at the whitewashed houses and magnificent Gothic arches.
Don't forget to pay a visit to the Castle of Marvão, a remarkably well-preserved medieval castle that dominates the village. Standing at 843 metres above sea level, the views from its battlements are truly spectacular.
Nearby lie the historic town of Castelo de Vide, and the museum-city of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is just over an hour away. Yet you may simply opt for a sizzling barbecue back at your beloved CorkShack, watching the golden sun disappearing over the olive trees.
Things to note
Pets are not permitted. A laundry service is available on request, along with additions including wine and tapas. Inclusive two-night packages are available, involving a guided mushroom tour and a ‘hygge' evening experience by the firepit. If required, 1 extra put-up bed can be supplied in each shack for an extra 50 euros (only for children 12 years+).
Tried and tested
"Thank you so much for the amazing stay at your "marvellous" Cork Shack! Beautiful and pristine accommodation was so inviting! Your fantastic welcome and your wine expertise was great! We so enjoyed getting to know you!"
"Thank you so much for everything, from the hospitality to the gifts, you really exceeded our expectations. We felt at home the whole time.
The surroundings are incredibly beautiful and peaceful, it definitely helps us forget the stress of city life. This was, without a doubt, the best place to truly relax. We also want to thank you for introducing us to António (Kayak & paddle board adventure). He was incredible, super-nice, and took us to one of the most beautiful sites we've ever been to. We absolutely loved to meet you two and we will definitely be coming back."
"Thank you so much for the hospitality, we enjoyed our stay here. The small things you guys did for us were really appreciated. For the next guests reading this you are in good hands, Dewi and Clare are really going an extra mile with everything. I hope the CorkShacks will be here the next time we visit because its a nice place to come back to."
Region: Marvão, Alentejo
Cost (from): £75 per night
Sleeps: 2 (+1)
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Property ref: 1225
FacilitiesSelection of traditional 25sqm cork roundhouses (2 guests): double bed and bedding, fully equipped bathroom, kitchenette, free Wi-Fi, Bluetooth speaker, books and games, heating and air conditioning. Exterior: private furnished 5x4m wooden deck, barbecue. Site facilities: chlorine-free swimming pool, natural shaded areas.
Walking, cycling, castles, historic sites, sightseeing, wine-tasting, wild mushroom tours, railbiking, wildlife-watching, kayaking, paddle-boarding, guided activities, hot air ballooning, tennis, horse riding, jeep tours.
At a glance
- A selection of eco-friendly roundhouses for two, based on ancient Portuguese dwellings.
- The site is located within the traditional Portuguese village of Escusa, part of a protected nature reserve in the Alentejo region. Ideal for couples who want to experience a gentler pace of life.
- Each 25sqm roundhouse is equipped with bedding, bathroom and kitchen facilities, with its own barbecue-equipped private deck.
- There is a 11x3.5m, chlorine freeswimming pool on site, with shaded areas amongst natural grounds. Additional/guided activities can be arranged on request.
- Close to the towns of Marvão, with its striking medieval castle, and Castelo de Vide.