Our Aims and Objectives

Casa Aguia and Casa Coruja were developed to provide the very best of country house living, such that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a holiday in the Alentejo - regardless of personal mobility.

It is essential that everyone, particularly guests who are wheelchair users, can function as independently as possible, both inside and outside the houses.

Any extra assistance, that is required to access any area, we believe, reduces the independence of the guest and thereby reduces the quality of their holiday experience.

Kitchen - Everything Is To Hand From A Wheelchair
Kitchen - Everything Is To Hand From A Wheelchair


Questions that we asked ourselves were:

Can a guest who is a wheelchair user, or has other issues regarding mobility...

It was necessary to ensure that we could answer ‘yes’ to all the above questions.

We also wanted to make it possible for a wheelchair user to share a holiday with another wheelchair user, if they wish, by ensuring that both bedrooms and bathrooms in Casa Coruja and bedroom 1 in Casa Aguia are equally accessible.

Kitchen - Extra Low Worktop For Wheelchair Users
Kitchen - Extra Low Worktop For Wheelchair Users



Design Features That We Have Included

  1. All doorways and terraced areas are either level or gently sloping
  2. The front doors are 90cm wide, patio doors are 1m wide and all internal doors are 80cm wide.
  3. There is a 2m2 hard standing outside both front doors with space for a vehicle to draw alongside and a paved covered terrace beyond the patio doors.
  4. All rooms include 1.5m turning circles
  5. All bedrooms measure 4.9m x 3.5m (16’4” x 11’9”).
  6. All accessible bathrooms measure 2.4m x 2.3m (8’ x 7’6”).
Bathroom Facilities.
Bathroom Facilities.

Bathroom & Kitchen Facilities

Both bathrooms in Casa Coruja and the bathroom to bedroom 2 in Casa Aguia are ‘wet room’ style shower rooms and include a level floored shower area with grab rails and an adjustable height thermostatically controlled shower.

There is also a static or wheeled shower chair available.

The WCs are 41cm high and have a 1m space beside, plus grab rails. Toilet seat raisers or commode chairs are available if required.

The washbasins have open spaces beneath with low level mirrors over and are fitted with monobloc taps.

Pool Side Ramp Providing Wheelchair Access To The Water
Pool Side Ramp Providing Wheelchair Access To The Water

Each of the kitchen areas include a low level work surface, with an open space beneath and  further open spaces beneath the hob and sink unit. All crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils etc. are stored within large pull out drawers with space to the side.

Fire blankets and extinguishers can all be accessed from a seated position.

The swimming pool includes a gentle exterior slope along one of the long sides and a raised pool wall. At the bottom of the slope the edge of the pool is then 50cm above ground and this continues along one of the ends of the pool also. The raised ’wall’ has a 60cm seating area on top. This design feature gives the option of side to side direct access to the water.


  1. All rooms have been furnished to allow ample freedom of movement ensuring that at least 1.5m turning circles are maintained in all cases.
  2. Dining tables and patio tables are a suitable height with open space beneath to accommodate a wheelchair.

Other Aids To Your Comfort And Mobility

We also can provide any of the following items:

  1. Lap tray
  2. Pressure relieving air mattress topper
  3. Adjustable folding walking frame (Zimmer)
  4. Adjustable folding wheeled walker
  5. Over bed manual hoist (Monkey pole)

We can also hire other items on your behalf. A full list and order form can be found on our Aids To Comfort and Mobility page.

Important: Please advise at the time of booking whether you would like the use or hire of any of equipment mentioned.

Lowered Hob For Wheelchair Users
Lowered Hob For Wheelchair Users



Visitor Information

Both houses have a comprehensive selection of tourist information literature available that includes a publication called ‘Travel Without Barriers’. This book gives detailed information on accessible tourist attractions (places to visit and eat etc.) throughout the Alentejo region of Portugal. It also states clearly the level of accessibility for each venue. There is also further information regarding accessible attractions in the Algarve and Lisbon, as well as more general information relating to the services and facilities available in and around Ourique.


Car Hire

To make the most of a holiday here a  hire car is strongly recommended. 
If you require a car with hand controls, please ask us. There are a number of companies who offer this and we will be pleased to provide you with a competitive quotation.

If you require a wheelchair adapted vehicle please contact who will be happy to discuss your requirements with you. If you require any assistance with this, please ask us, we will be pleased to assist.

Please note that Handynamic are based in Lisbon. They will arrange pick up/drop off in Faro, but it is much more expensive. For example, pick/up drop off at Lisbon airport is €216.00 (over and above the rental price), whereas pick up/drop off at Faro Airport is €600.00 (over and above the rental price).

For further information about other car hire options, please visit our flights and car hire page.

At Your Service

We are resident proprietors at Vale da Cegonha. If you need any assistance or advice or perhaps just a chat, we are always on hand.