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Equestrian centre, cottage and house

Portugal - Ourique, Alentejo

PRICE: €1,240,000

LandLand41.5a / 16.8ha
Equine FacilitiesEquine Facilities
Business OpportunityBusiness Opportunity
Energy Performance CertificateEPCB


Equus Ourique Sale particulars

Courela dos Marmeleiros, Alcaria de Fernao Vaz, 7670-201 Ourique

Sold in one or two lots as follows:

There are two parts to Lot 1 as although technically separate plots, they share the same water and electricity supply.  Lot 1a & b are therefore for sale together.

Lot 2 can be sold separately or with Lot 1, however Lot 2 will not be offered for sale until Lot 1 is sold unless to the same purchaser and then the complete package price will be reduced. 


Lot 1a. Quince Cottage Ref: 97UU

Originally built in 2007 as a wooden house it was refurbished by us in 2012 after we had built our current home. It had insulation and an outer skin of bricks added, so now looks from the outside like a traditional “Monte” but has a lovely wooden interior and so is very heat/cold efficient. Total land area of this plot is 6000m2 (approx. 1.5 acres) and the house is 68m2 + 12m2 of covered terrace and a further 20m2 raised terrace


Two good sized double rooms, both with ensuite showers; a large sitting room with a fold away dining table and a galley kitchen. Covered terrace by the entrance door with another dining table and a further terrace to the front, all built on a raised concrete plinth with lovely views to the west.


We lived in Quince cottage for 4 1/2 years until we built our home and then we let it for riding holiday guests and holiday lets. In May 2018 we let it on a long term let and the original tenants are still there on an month by month tenancy. They were due to leave in October 2020, but their house has some problems, hence they are renewing monthly as required.  I haven’t been inside since they have been here, but friends have, and they say it is being well cared for. The photos are therefore from when we let it prior to 2018.




Lot 1b. Equus Ourique Yard Ref: 96UU

facebook: Equus Ourique, Equus Shop and Horse Feed,

Google Maps: Equus Ourique


This is an area of just over 13.4500 ha (approx. 33.25 acres), with fenced paddocks (all wooden post and electric fencing but with fixed metal farm gates and automatic water troughs to each field, except the lake field, which is just under 5ha with a lake!

Field and yard plan attached.


Built 2008.There is American style Barn stabling, with an insulated roof and air gap under the ridge for ventilation. 11 stables with outside aspect and shuttered openings outwards, plus 4 stallion boxes, 2 of which look outwards also. All stables are 3.5m x 3.5m. Tack room, feed room, wash down area, 3 toilets, huge office and kitchen. Covered terrace for eating outside.

Built 2009. Warehouse - 20m x 12m with separation at one end to make a lorry shed.  We used to fit our 12.5 ton 5 horse lorry in it with ease.

Built 2010. Covered school 40m x 20m with mirrors at one end and at B with open sides above the brick wall for ventilation and to see out when riding. Covered viewing plinth at A end. Rubber and sand surface in good condition, renewed 2019.


Additional facilities include

2 containers and one aluminum shed all good for storage of general items. One container is fitted with shelves for tools etc. and is locked.

Outdoor sand arena 50m x 70m and judge’s stand. Surface would need replacing for showjumping to give more spring.

Approx. 18m round pen, could be moved and a horse walker put in the space as there is electricity nearby.



 2 stallion paddocks; 3 small paddocks; 11 large paddocks; plus the lake field. It is very unusual to have a place in Portugal with so much turnout other than at the studs where mares and foals are run free.


There is a large 2 bedroom (1 double, 1 single) mobile home under a fixed cover with sitting/dining/kitchen areas and a shower room with separate wc. It has gas central heating.

There are 2 further static homes both with 2 double bedrooms and a single (converted to storage in one) with sitting/dining/kitchen areas and shower room. These also have gas boilers for hot water but no central heating.


We are on mains electricity, but with private bore hole water supply.


Perhaps the most important thing is that everything had planning permission, and therefore has habitation licenses and licenses to use, which out here can be a problem with quite a lot of yards that have formed over years!


Various pieces of farm machinery are available within the sale price with some available by separate negotiation, see end note.


Cottage and Yard Price €550,000





Existing Business ready to take on if wanted.

Equus Shop and Horse Feed (on facebook) business. This is a business that continues to grow as we now are the Portuguese importers for not only Agrobs horse feed from Germany (which we have been since 2007); but also for Baileys horse feed from the UK (since Jan 2019) and the two lines complement each other. We also have the distribution rights in Spain for Agrobs and work alongside other companies there to supply them at trade.


Price negotiable plus existing stock.

Equus Ourique has always run a livery business. Currently there are just 11 horses due to the reduction that has been made with a view to selling the property. Most of these horses are on retirement livery and subject to the owners agreeing, then this could be taken on by a purchaser of the property free of charge, so creating an immediate income. 




Lot 2. To include Monte de Carvalho (House of Oak) Ref: 95UU

Built in 2011, this large country Monte looks completely traditional from the outside as it nestles into the natural rolling countryside. The exterior belies its internal dimensions. At just under 300m2 the house is built for comfort with spectacular 270o views over the surrounding hills and valleys looking across the top of the yard and well beyond. It is set slightly down from the top of the hill so as to give protection from the prevailing wind. The house faces south. Energy efficiency rating B. Within its own fenced 2ha (4.5 acre) plot and sold either with the yard and cottage or separately to it.


Covered entrance porch with seating leading in to the hallway which opens up into an open plan dining hall, kitchen and down 4 steps to the sitting room separated from above by a half wall.

As you open the front door the design is such that guests do not see directly into the house, just into the hallway.

As you go through the hallway the house opens up with high beamed ceilings throughout and a wonderful view across the half wall and through expansive 4m wide x 3m high sliding doors to the built in above ground swimming pool.

Also off the hallway is an office and separate cloakroom.

Dining Hall 7m x 5m

Sitting Room 7m x 6m

Kitchen 5m x 5m with separate Utility room leading out to a covered and enclosed terrace, ideal for outdoor meals.

Master Bedroom with ensuite bathroom, walk in wardrobe (superking bed) and French doors leading out on to a south and east facing terrace.

Bedroom 2 with ensuite walk in shower room suitable for disabled access (king size bed)

Bedroom 3 with ensuite bathroom and shower over bath (double bed)


To the front of the house there is a terrace accessed by stairs on the east side and leading round level to a door on the north west side, taking into account the slope of the land that the house is set in to.

From this south facing terrace there is a lower terrace with the swimming pool 11m x 6m which is built above ground but with continuing lines from the house. It has a wall all the way round the terrace but at the front of the swimming pool is an area just tiled leading over to a fish pond and water blade below. This gives the effect of an infinity pool without the expense and waste of water in running one.


Construction of the house and outbuildings

Built and designed by the owners, the house has thick walls with special honeycomb bricks on the outside, thicker than normal insulation and then blocks on the inside. There is no thermal bridging on any of the pillars or windowsills. The house is constructed on block and beam with an air gap underneath so there is no risk of rising damp. Underfloor heating runs throughout the house and is heated by solar panels on the garage roof and a commercial sized wood burner (called Albert) with his own house at the end of the garage! In the summer excess solar heating can be diverted to heat the swimming pool.


As the house is built up into the side of a hill, there is a large cave underneath the first terrace. Below one side of the pool terrace is a garden shed and pump room and the other side has a cisterna to collect rain water from the roof that automatically tops up the swimming pool in the summer.


Wooden car port extension to the garage for 2 cars

Landscaped gardens with raised vegetable beds and a petanque pitch.







If you are looking for a fine, detached home set in beautiful Portuguese countryside with 16 hectares nestled in a prime rural position in the Baixo Alentejo region surrounded by glorious mature grounds with adjoining paddocks, arenas, stabling, outbuildings, and much more then this property/lifestyle and established equestrian business is the ideal proposition for you.

The location is a very big plus point with excellent road access and being just a stone’s throw away from the nearest village. It is just 10 km from the main popular and historical town of Ourique where all amenities can be reached and within 50 minutes of the Central Algarve accessed via main roads and the Alentejo West coast.


Total Price: €1,240,000.

(excluding: feed business and stock, van, fork lift, digger, and hay as stored in barn) 

(including: all land and buildings, various pieces of farm equipment and tractor)     



  • Fabulous opportunity to own a 16 hectare (approx. 40 acres) established Equestrian Centre.
  • Boasting a charming and spacious no expense spared 3 bedroom en suite home of circa 300sqm (excluding pool, terraces and garage) excellently presented and offers flexible family living with stunning pool and views.
  • Picturesque rolling land with a glorious lake and an additional 2 bedroom 60m2 cottage with living or rental potential
  • Prime rural position nestled in the Baixo Alentejo region with excellent road access and only 10km south of the popular and historic town of Ourique.
  • The riding business has now closed due to the retirement of the owners, but did prove very popular with overseas riders and residents alike and was the only one of its kind and size in the area. It has excellent horse facilities with an outstanding reputation.
  • Current business is a small number of mostly retired livery horses and an ever expanding feed business, selling products from both Germany and the UK. Both are optional to the sale of the property, which can be sold with vacant possession.