Youth Choral Theater of Chicago – YCT Wine & Song 2019 Fundraiser
Auction Ends: May 11, 2019 04:30 PM CDT

Travel

Private home on a 23-acre estate in Portugal's Alentejo region: One week stay!

Item Number
901
Estimated Value
$12,000 USD
Sold
$4,500 USD to 22418
Number of Bids
7  -  Bid History

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Item Description

Enjoy a week at a private retreat in one of the most sought-after vacation destinations in Portugal, an area known as Comporta.  Portugal was Travel & Leisure magazine's Destination of the Year for 2016.  Comporta was described as a "boho paradise" and "one of Europe's best kept secrets."  Condé Nast Traveler also recently touted Comporta's "beach-shack vibe" and noted its growing popularity with "artists, A-listers and surfers."
The home is an easy drive of just over an hour south of Lisbon, and the area boasts nearly 50 kilometers of unspoiled beach lined with a few charming villages. 
 
The home, which was built in 2016 in the traditional Alentejo style of detached, thatched-roof cabanas, has four separate buildings sighted above a long pool. The main cabana houses the kitchen and living room, with a generous deck and fireplace outside. Other cabanas include the master bedroom with king size bed and bathroom, a children’s cabana with two rooms of four twin beds each and a shared bathroom, and a guest cabana with two separate suites with queen beds and bathrooms. Each cabana has a deck in the front. Sleeps up to 14. Daily housekeeping is included and cooking services available for an additional fee.  
 
Next to the pool enjoy an outdoor kitchen with a wet bar, grill, and large dining table.  Or on cooler evenings, relax and chat at the fire pit.  The 23-acre estate also boasts a young orchard, with about 15 varieties of fruit trees and various vegetables to be enjoyed in season.  Other trees on the land include cork, olive, and stone pine, along with an array of other natural vegetation. 
 
Homes in this area are sparse and typically on at least 15 acres.  Relax in secluded privacy, or head to any of what are considered some of the best beach areas in Europe ten to twenty minutes away.  Thoughtful planning has prohibited almost all construction on the ocean front, so with the exception of a handful of beach restaurants, you will not see houses or buildings along the ocean, and certainly not the concrete high-rises that line many beaches in Europe.  Excellent restaurants in the area offer fine Portuguese cuisine with an emphasis on locally-caught seafood.  Area villages retain their native charm, but increasingly offer boutique clothing and home good stores, juice bars, yoga studios and charming cafes.
In just over an hour you can return to and explore Lisbon, a vibrant European gem, and it will take about 90 minutes to reach Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts the Castelo dos Mouros (“Moorish Castle, dating back to the 8th and 9th centuries when the Moors controlled what is now Portugal), the Pena Palace, along with other sites.  There are charming towns and areas to explore closer to the home as well.
 
You can find information about the area on the internet, one suggestion being  www.comporta.biz

Special Instructions

This is a private home. It was not built or furnished for the purpose of rental income. Due to the personal nature of the item, bids will only be accepted from individuals or families who are affiliated with current or former members of the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago. Trip must be used by November 15, 2020.

Subject to availability. Dates must be mutually agreed upon. No smoking, pets, or unsupervised minors. Not transferable. 

Donated By:

Bryan and Holly Hales