Honey House Stables, is a 5 hectare (13 acre) farm set in the foothills of the Serra Da Estrela national park, central Portugal, within 10 minutes walk of the nearby village of Melo, which has a number of restaurants, cafes and fantastic walks.
The property is gently terraced with a stream at the bottom and a fresh water spring at the top which feeds into a natural pool. The caravan, converted horse box, and bell tents are dotted around the land, generally with their own terrace, outside sitting facilities, compost toilet and privacy. There is a list of accommodation and sleeping facilities at the bottom of this description, please feel free to book and we will let you know which ones are free.
There is a large communal kitchen, as none of the accommodation has its own kitchen. All pots, plates and utensils are provided and there is both an indoor and out door sitting area. There are also hot water eco showers and more compost toilets in this area for guests to use. Everything is very simple and we do not use harmful chemicals in the bathrooms or kitchen and ask that guests also use personal products that are kind to the earth and will not effect our fragile eco system. We gift guests vegan soap and shampoo as part of the welcome pack.
We have a small stable area and riding arena, which is away from the accommodation and guests are welcome to book activities with the horses if they like, however we are not predominately a riding centre. We have a vegetable garden and offer a welcome basket to guests and thereafter can sell organic fruit and veg to guests if they wish.
We have an onsite masseuse and reiki practitioner and beginner/intermediate yoga lessons are available on request. There is a morning meditation 3 mornings a week which guests are welcome to join if they like. We also have a child minder and organise children's activity mornings or full days. Many things are possible just ask. We also offer space for people that would like to embrace a vegan life style for health reasons and provide a private space for people to detox and heal.
Caravan-Sleeps 4 Big double bed, and 2 single bunks that can be folded down to create 2 seats and a table. Fly nets, cupboard space, outside seating and shaded area, personal use, outside compost toilet.
HorseBox- Sleeps 4. Double bed, above cab bed for 1, bed in converted cab 1, inside seating/dinning for 4 people, cupboard space, fly nets, outside seating area, personal compost toilet.
Bella the Bell Tent- 4m sleeps up to 4 people, Double bed and single bed with pull out underneath bed, this can also be used as a sofa if only 2 people staying. Cupboard space, fly nets, outside seating.
Balendu the Bell Tent- 5m - Sleeps up to 5 people, double bed and 3 singles, that can also be used a seating area. Cupboard space, fly nets, outside seating.
Villa Verde- Army officers tent, sleeps up to 4 people, Double bed, 2 single beds, Cupboard space, fly nets, outside seating.
Accommodation is the same price per unit, whether you book for 1 or 4 people.
All of the accommodations have solar powered lights. For charging phones, laptops, touches please use the power points in the communal kitchen and living space.
All guests have use of the communal vegetarian kitchen. However for an extra cost we can provide vegan meals and pizzas in our outside pizza oven
This is a strictly vegetarian property and we ask that no meat products are brought onto the property. We ask guests not to smoke in their accommodation or the communal areas and would like this to be an alcohol free zone, as we feel this promotes a more conscious and connected atmosphere, both for adults and children. This is a really amazing place to just take a break from all things toxic.
We are powered by sun and water, so sometimes the batteries can run a bit low, we ask that you use the electricity thoughtfully.
We have wifi, again due to the limited electricity we turn it on for a few hours in the morning and again in the evening. If you really need it more then that we can come to an arrangement or there are 2 restaurants/cafes in the village that have high speed internet that you can visit.
Communal vegetarian kitchen.
The only non vegan products we allow are honey and eggs from our own free range chickens, who roam the property, are not fed grains or vaccinated, these eggs are predominately used to feed our dogs and cats who follow a vegetarian diet, however we are open to offering them to you if you are a vegetarian. Please do not bring dairy or farmed eggs into the kitchen. We can help you source soya, rice and almond milk from local shops and hope to be making our own vegan milk in the future. We offer guests a welcome basket of seasonal fruit and veg from our organic garden and there after you are welcome to purchase your food needs from us if you wish. We are embarking on growing our own grains this year, so hope fully by 2017 will be able to offer those as well.
We have a vegan menu if you would rather not cook as well as an outside pizza oven.
Wifi (limited) Natural pool/pond, stream, beginners Yoga & Meditation classes, Hot stone massage, aromatherapy massage, face & body clay masks, facials, Reiki &crystal healing classes & sessions, animal communication courses, Healing with horses, horse handling & riding.
Please do not bring meat or alcohol products onto the site.( What you choose to consume off the property is up to you) We ask guests not to smoke in their accommodation or in the communal areas and would like this to be an alcohol free zone, as we feel this promotes a more conscious and connected atmosphere, both for adults and children. This is a really amazing place to just take a break from all things toxic.
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Please pay cash at time of arrival. We can not take cards and the nearest ATM is 7 km away so please be prepared before hand.
About Your Host
Hi, We are Annie & Adam and we run a small Environmentally friendly vegan/vegetarian retreat centre. Find out even more about us at [Removed]