In the heart of the Natural Park of The South West Alentejo and Vicentine Coast (southwest of Portugal) the house is located in the dunes of Bordeira beach (300m) and 1km from the village of Carrapateira.

The house is a beautiful and unique earth building, made with all natural materials. The original owners were inspired by a commitment to environmental awareness and they wanted to make use of  the local clay soils in the region which make this kind of building possible. This incredible earth based technology creates low environmental impact and an excellent indoor atmosphere during both warm and cold months. The thick walls (60cm) keep away the warmth of hot days in summer and the cold in winter. The high ceilings inclined in wood have good thermal insulation and also create a welcoming atmosphere.

The house is divided between my residence, the guesthouse accommodation, and the communal living room/dining area. Although it is all within the same building, these areas are independent and have an intention to create a place of quiet retreat and sanctuary space. 


The sound of the waves gentle lull you to sleep

Casa Presente is an ecological building of clay and wood. The wooden beam ceilings are very high and sloping. The finishes, such as paints and wood treatments, are also ecological and recommended for allergy sufferers. This is a family-run business and the accommodations provided are composed of 3 double rooms, 1 family room for up to 4 people, and a common living/dining area for people to enjoy breakfast and have a space for relaxation. 

The guest rooms have independent entrances from the outside and access to the back terrace and garden. The double rooms have  2 beds, that we join or separate as requested, and measure ca. 15m2 + a  bathroom with a shower, sink, and toilet. The family room consists of 2 double beds at ground level and 2 single beds in the upper loft . This room has a foot height of 4.50m. All have private bathrooms, en suite, silent fridge, heating and free wi-fi.

Breakfast service is available on the terrace or in the living room / dining area. Free Parking is across the street.

Restaurants accessible by foot.

Double rooms

Family room

Living room / dining area


Carrapateira, a small fishing village is located in the Natural Park of The South West Alentejo and Vicentine Coast (southwest of Portugal).

Inserted in hills facing the Bordeira beach of stunning beauty, with extensive dune area and golden sand, 3kms long. The Carrapateira river that flows into this beach does a lagoon, a natural swimming pool ideal for children.

To the southwest of the village we find the magnificent beach of Amado much sought after by surfers. Between the two beaches there are a few kms of cliffs with several viewpoints that invite you to contemplate the immense blue and, at the end of the day, to the sunset over the sea.

The fauna and flora offer us unique and protected species in Europe.
Among many other species here you will find white storks that nest on the cliffs and catch sight of the rare fishing eagles.
Amongst a diverse flora the fragrance of thyme, rosemary, cistus palhinhae enhance and invade the senses in perfect harmony with the smell of the sea.

Ideal starting point for visiting the south coast as well as the interior of the Algarve. So close and so far from the mass tourism areas.

Places to visit

Carrapateira is an ideal starting point for discovering the Vicentine coast, the Alentejo coast and the south Algarve.

North of Carrapateira

Vicentine Coast with small fishing villages such as Arrifana 25kms, Monte Clérigo 22kms or Odeceixe 35kms where the river Seixe determines the border with the Alentejo.
Zambujeira do Mar 60kms, Vila Nova de Milfontes 75kms or Porto Covo 90kms are not to be missed.

South of Carrapateira

Discover and enjoy the many deserted beaches until St. Vincent Cape most southwestern point of Europe, 28kms.

In Sagres you can visit the fish market, dolphin watching, go diving, fishing among other activities, 20kms.

Lagos, 35kms, the nearest city among other activities offers the visit to spectacular caves only accessible by boat or canoes passing by small and impressive beaches. The Meia beach for its size and sand is ideal for the practice of various water sports.

The eastern end of the Algarve, such as Olhão, 115kms, and Tavira 130kms, and the small islands in the region are also an option for a day trip.

These are just some of the points of interest in the region because also the interior like, Monchique, 50kms, Caldas de Monchique thermal zone and Silves, 55kms, with traces of the Muslim occupation of which the castle is an example are excellent reasons for a day trip.


Prices include breakfast for 2 guests. Prices do not include tax.

* July, August, and September have a minimum stay 4 nights

All remaining months have a 2 night minimum stay

Children up to 3 or 4 years old, sharing a double room with 2 adults, will add a daily rate of 10€. 

Daily breakfast will be vegetarian and gluten free


Booking & Payment

  • Your booking will be confirmed once we receive your deposit or full payment; 
  • The deposit is 50% of the full amount due. The remaining 50% to be paid at check-in.
  • Cancellation policies vary depending on time of year: 
    • Cancellations for reservations made between June – October are not subject to a refund. 
    • Cancellations received for reservations between November – May, received at least 2 weeks before reservation date will receive a 30% refund of deposit paid.
  • In case of partial use of the reservation there will be no refund of either the deposit or the unused period.


Estrada da praia
8670-230 Bordeira


Casa Presente (formerly Casa Bamboo) 

Land and Guesthouse stewarded by Carlin Quinn

Reservations manager Saskia Breithardt

Falamos português

Wir sprechen deutsch

We speak english

Hablamos español

Casa Presente is now accepting reservations from July 19th 2022 onward.


For inquiries and to make reservations please email us at [email protected]