Farm Stays Portugal
Quinta da Alegria Farm holidays
The best of farm holidays are the simple things, the simple pleasures that stay attached to our memories forever. The things we share with our friends, partners, our children or grandchildren. When we discover some of those things for the first time, we are taken to another dimention in our life…the dimention of pure joy.
The joy of finding eggs in the hay barn, eating fruit from a tree, being amazed by the animals running around on the farm and helping to feed them. Bringing hay to the field for the horses in the back of the tractor, or see them running throught the field when you look out of your window.
The joy of pushing your children in a wheelbarrow and having a picnic in the shade on a hidden spot in the valley. Meeting Laurinda, the lady with the goats, on your path.
The joy of reading a book in the hammock and feel the sweet summer breez on your skin. Watch the sunset and see millions of stars for the first time in your life at the outdoor fireplace while hearing all the misterious night sounds you never heard before.
History from Our farm
Quinta da Regada is an area south of Midões in the center of Portugal. Quinta Da Alegria (Regada) is 1 of the farms in this location.
The Shepherd Antonio Pereira, used to live here with his family, it is a very fertile piece of land of about 25 ha. They had a big herd of sheep and people would come a long way to trade or buy sheep and goats.
One day Antonio lost his hand in a community party holding a firecracker. Bad treatment brought an infection and he lost his life. The farm got abandoned; overgrown with blackberry bushes, half of the fields plowed and dry. Fruit trees wild and others dead.
That’s the way we found Quinta da Regada in 1998. The roof of the side building collapsed, the wine casks full of vinegar, the house with its furniture and a 12-year-old layer of dust on top.
Now it looks very different…
Our Village Midões
Our little village Midões has quite a lot of history. This you can see from the buildings around such as the palace, the church, the houses of the Portuguese nobility and the Celtic graves.
Many of the paths around the accommodation are following the trail that João Brandão took to escape from his prosecutors. This Portuguese Robin Hood lived in the 19th century and fought for the rights of the poor. Only 130 years ago there was terror and poverty in this region.
Also you will notice the cultural impact left by the Romans with their roads, bridges and buildings which we sometimes cross on our rides. There used to be a real hippodrome in Midões they say.