Who We Are


Monte das Nespereiras is a private property situated on the Western coast of Portugal 110 km south of Lisbon. Acquired by Sofia and Afonso Burnay in 2007, Nespereiras comprises 7.5 hectares of land covered with cork and pine trees and has a number of independent houses which have all been recently renovated.

Standing on the highest point of the Serra de Grandôla, Nespereiras is located amidst beautiful unspoilt nature and enjoys quiet countryside surroundings albeit only 8km from the fantastic Alentejo beaches. Our property is known in the area for having the most beautiful view of the entire 100km beach coast ahead!

MdN_main_ext_16We renovated the entire property over the course of 6 years, but improvements and small works continue yearly! Initially we renovated the various buildings and ruins which now compose the Blue House (2008/09). Then we tackled the Main House which was concluded in 2012.

Situated at the top, the Main House has a unique situation with a fantastic 360º view. 300m up the hill from the Blue House, it was designed to enjoy and contemplate the beautiful settings and absorb the surrounding nature. The Main House is composed of three housing units, including the old windmill which can be seen from miles away in most directions, several independent outside areas, terraces and gardens that allow for private, quiet contemplation and relaxation, and a 16x5m infinity pool poised onto the view.

Monte das Nespereiras is our family retreat dream when we are all on holiday. However, given its size, it is also up for rental under two different schemes:

  • Independent holiday rental of the Blue House (accommodates up to 6 adults and 4 children, minimum rental period of 2 weeks in July and August, or 3 nights the rest of the year, excepting Jan and Feb.)
  • Full board group retreats for 8 to 12 people (September to November and March to June – minimum rental period of 3 nights.)

MdN_BH3The Blue House

With a total of 260m2, the Blue House  is a charming, fun and easy-going guest house, comprised of three separate units. It was renovated with the summer, tranquillity and a no hassle approach in mind. Resembling a hamlet, the Blue House is protected and hidden out from it all by matured cork trees. It has a relaxed feel about it, but has all the necessary comfort to enjoy uncomplicated and easy days. Close to the houses is an orchard and two water tanks which have been converted into small pools joined by a wooden deck.

As to us – Sofia and Afonso Burnay

MdN_S+AAlthough the two of us are Portuguese nationals, we tend to say that our 4 children are European rather than Portuguese – to be accurate we would have to go into the fine detail of how they are Portuguese, Spanish, French, English and in a greater proportion still, Hungarian.

Sofia gave up her job in 2014 at the age of 50, to dedicate herself to a sustainable lifestyle  through managing the family’s two properties – Monte das Nespereiras and the family’s Quinta near Lisbon – the latter includes a project in nutrition and healthy diet natural products.

Afonso  has always been involved in the world of art and culture. He started his career in fashion as a designer, and then spent many years travelling in Africa both as a photographer and dealing in African art and crafts. Afonso now dedicates himself to photography.

Sofia and Afonso are both keen cooks and attentive hosts, having particular pleasure in entertaining guests at their Alentejo’s retreat. Through years of experimenting in the kitchen and a continuous search for great ingredients, they have their own recipes inspired by their cultural roots and extensive travels. The result is a healthy minded cuisine, refined yet simple, with strong mediterranean influences combined with carefully chosen exotic flavours. From succulent salads laced with Japanese sauces fresh from their organic vegetable garden to a Moroccan style kefta, only one word applies: delicious!

We speak Portuguese, Spanish, French and English and very much look forward to welcoming you to Monte das Nespereiras!

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