Our creed:
Carpe diem

Our philosophy:
Moinho do Pedro is a refuge for peace and relaxation, created for people who search for the authentic, enjoy the simplicity of life and want to leave their daily stress behind.


Our understanding of hospitality:
At Moinho do Pedro our guests enjoy the pleasures of peace and relaxation assisted by great personal and unpretentious service. They experience the comfort of our private estate with its refreshing unobtrusiveness and relaxing calmness.

Many come as guests and leave as friends.


Our story:
From treadmill to windmill

The 17th century windmill estate first opened its doors in 2006 after the meticulous restoration of its buildings which were renovated in keeping with the theme of the historical building, using original materials where possible.

The concept of Emanuel dos Santos, Marketing Director and GM in the food industry and Michaela dos Santos, renowned Creative Director in Advertising was fulfilled. Having both held responsible positions with highly demanding workday lives they knew, only too well, what stressed and exhausted business people were looking for to recharge, regenerate and refocus on the essential.

The idea of creating an oasis of peace and creative inspiration up on the hill with its breathtaking 360 view was initially meant for themselves and their family. It was only later that they decided to share this idyll with like-minded people.

With love and care they have accomplished a balance that preserves the original Moorish- Portuguese style while, at the same time, offering the utmost comfort for them and their guests. You will feel at home instantly.

Michaela dos Santos: “In order to efficiently plan the reconstruction within the given building layouts, we had to plan to the centimetre. Hundreds of plans were drawn to demonstrate our ideas of design and symmetry to our workers.”

This attention to detail is mirrored throughout the estate and in all the accessories utilised. Wherever possible, natural and authentic materials were used. Even original roof tiles were collected from old buildings to use. All paths and terraces were tiled in the typical Portuguese style with calçada and Sta. Catarina tiles. The beautiful mature garden was carefully protected from all construction works during the several building phases. Old natural stone walls were found and exposed to bring the old charm back to light.

Emanuel dos Santos: “ After several very intense and demanding building phases, where we often reached our mental and physical limits, we could finally open the doors to our guests in April 2006 –exhausted but proud and happy!”

Out of the former mill structure, the adjacent miller’s house, the spacious corn storage chamber and the old servants house arose 4 cosy double guestrooms, 2 spacious and comfortable apartments, a luxury mill–suite, a large and cosy lounge with adjacent meeting room and a library in the mill as well as a pool with bar and a health and beauty area with a sauna.

The outer buildings, spread over an area of approx 6.000 sqm, are on different levels and create a club-like easy-going atmosphere, where personal service is available but never intrusive. The nooks, crannies and terraces offer opportunities to get together with friends or just to retreat and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Moinho do Pedro.

Moinho do Pedro is best described as a little, romantic hideaway to unwind and indulge. Here you may enjoy the naturally simple but rich and precious things in life. It is, at the same time, an example of two business people who made their vision a reality by stepping off the treadmill into their own mill.


Moiho do Pedro – The mill to chill.


Published by Algarve Live in April 2006