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This house has no similar. It is not intended,
it is not assembled, it is not intentional.

A magical place, an unexpected place.

LAT: 39° 0’17.26″N / LONG: °33’26.29″O

History

Herdade da Agolada de Cima has remained in the same family since the day it was built.  Located less than an hour away from Lisbon where the Alentejo ends and the Ribatejo begins, Agolada is a place full of energy and life where many guests have enjoyed.    

Luis Adolfo de Sommer built the Casa do Mente in the early 20th century to support the agricultural house and to support the hunting days.  The house was remodelled in the 1960s by the father of the current owner, D. António Maria Sommer de Mello – 6th in line Count of Murça.  Agolada de Cima was divided into three parts after his death in 1995 to pass on to his three children.  One of his children began hosting events in the main house in 2002 which has continued to this day.  

“This house has no similar. It’s not  on purpose, it’s not assembled, it’s not intentional. It is the present life, it is the years that have passed, it is the soul that remains, that has remained, that is in stone and lime.”

Gui Abreu Lima
in Blue Living Nº 17

Nature

Easy access to Agolada and Coruche from anywhere in Portugal

Estradas que se cruzam e ligam capitais: a de Portugal – Lisboa; a do Ribatejo – Santarém e a do Alentejo– Évora.

Coruche is the capital of cork.  8% of national cork is extracted in Coruche, with 5 million corks produced daily.  About 50% of the municipality of Coruche is composed of forest with the majority being rose and pine trees.  The huge production of wood, cork and pine is generated in excellence due to the quality, economic and ecological value, and environment contributions that subscribe to the richness of the fauna and flora in the area.

The powerful energy of the house tells the story of years consumed with heart and soul.  A place of intimacy and timeless nature, surrounded by 1000 hectares of land, where authentic Portuguese spirit lives and breathes without restraint.  The movement of the earth, the trees, and the rhythm of life belongs to this unique land with endless landscapes where the wind moves without limits and the water gives life to everything it touches.  

Coruche marks the southern border of the Ribatejo region in the most extensive municipality of the Santarém district, the tenth largest in Portugal.

The Farm

Imagine yourself living at the farm 100 years ago when you arrive.  The strong character and Agoladas´ rustic indication does not go unnoticed.  The long corridors, thick walls, stone floors and wooden doors are found in the main house which can accommodate up to 22 people overnight in 11 double rooms. 

The dining and living room are welcoming and always ready to greet guests with gratifying hospitality throughout each season.  You will discover spacious fireplaces lit to keep you warm during the winter months.  In the summer, you will find comfort from high temperatures due to thick walls.  

Downstairs in the main house you will find a large industrial kitchen ready for brilliant chefs who will prepare curated meals for a large number of people as well as an arcade room which can accommodate more than 200 people.

Behind the main house are Agolada´s little houses, which we call “casinhas” in Portuguese.  These were originally inhabited by the caretakers and workers of HAC.  Today they include a bedroom, bathroom and living room that can accommodate around 80 guests.

The houses are rustic, unpretentious, and decorated with recovered elements of the original Estate.

The tent was built in 2002 under the tall eucalyptus tree between the main house and the lake.  It can sit up to 300 people, provides a floor for dancing, as well as shelter on rainy and cold days.  The tent feels as though it is part of nature which provides a sense of charm and enchantment.

Agolada is the perfect place for those who yearn for a sense of freedom, fresh open spaces, and to immerse themselves in the heart of nature. A paradise to celebrate with friends, family, and children, a place to explore unique gardens and exemplary Portuguese architecture. There are many corners to explore including swimming pools, lakes, damns, and endless secret paths.

imagine yourself living there 100 years ago

This house is the present life, it is the years that have passed,
it is the soul that remains, that stayed, that is stone and lime,
and hopefully will remain the same for a little while longer

Purpose

As time changes, business models change too. HAC changed with the turn of the millennium, switching from a predominantly agricultural home to becoming a space for wedding ceremonies and various types of events.

We have held religious ceremonies, music events, weekends away with friends, spiritual ceremonies, wellness retreats, exhibitions, and holiday camps for children. The flexibility of the space and the ability to adapt to every request has created a place where all the elements gather to create the perfect setting for any event.

What has not changed is looking to the future as an opportunity to become closer to nature and to ourselves, to focus on what really matters, as well as to give ourselves time and space, tranquillity and peace.

What our kind guests say about us

It’s not easy to describe. Neither António nor I were able to report and show this Agolada house. I don’t know any history, I know that the house is from the beginning of the 20th century, which had works in the sixties, that where it accommodates those who arrive has rooms followed by each other, a few, several fireplaces in the rooms and places of passage, bathroom that leave us with our eyes hanging on the tiles, balconies on the lawn, And an attic full of iron beds that is something out of this world, of children, but for me, I died there on stormy days… I don’t know gentlemen who tell you…

Gui Abreu Lima

Location

Less than an hour from the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the path to Herdade da Agolada de Cima is quietly surrounded by trees from the Portuguese forest and their unique landscape.

Contacte nos

+351 91 7503161
Monte da Agolada
2100-011 Coruche-Portugal

 

www.agolada.pt | agolada@agolada.pt