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Posted by portugalpress on May 17, 2017

A former pig and cattle-breeding farm is being turned into a 31-room, five-star rural hotel in Estômbar (Lagoa).

Baptised ‘Riverade’, the €5 million project set in 50 hectares along the banks of the Arade river is expected to open in 2019.

Developed by Sociedade Agropecuária Rio Arade - part of Portuguese agro-business group Euroeste – it will include a vineyard and winery as well as eight hectares set aside for agriculture.

As most of the complex is in a “protected reserve area which will remain untouched”, activities offered to guests will concentrate on the wide outdoors, with boat trips, birdwatching and all things nature-related.

“We have patches of untouched land with a very specific kind of inland Algarve vegetation in its purest form”, the project’s manager Manuel Amorim Ferreira told Expresso newspaper.

“It is a kind of marshland where a lot of wildlife exists, including ducks, herons, woodcocks and kingfishers.

“Our clients will never be those who just want to go to the beach, but those who come here to hear the birds, to see the landscape, to take part in activities at our winery or to go pick oranges from the orchard.”

The plan is to offer a peaceful, quality retreat with its own pool and restaurant unlike “tourism for the masses” for which other areas of the Algarve have become synonymous.

The complex is being built on the “exact footprint of three old farm buildings” which will be raised to give guests a river view.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com

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