In August 2003 Pomarinho was hit by a massive fire that reduced almost everything to ashes. A huge setback, but also the opportunity to start over with a clean slate. With the help of many people, hard work has been done on restoring the quinta
In 2004 a large portion of the burnt trees was replaced by 200-year-old olive trees that we imported from the South in a trailer. In 2005 all traces of the fire had been washed away, the sanitary facilities of the camping were almost done, and Phine and Dolf could (almost) start doing business. A dowser had found two places where there was supposed to be water in the earth. And that turned out to be true! Two holes of 80 meters deep have been drilled straight through the granite. The quinta now had access to its own water wells. 10 hectares of cork oaks were planted in 2008. The first harvest is in 18 years. Hopefully, we get a few nice big trees!
In the years that followed, the necessary permits were obtained to run a fully-fledged campsite, the old stables were converted into apartments and a studio and many, also returning guests, visited Quinta do Pomarinho for a well-earned holiday.
After Robert attended Portuguese language lessons at Quinta do Pomarinho in 2016, a renewed introduction to Pomarinho followed in October 2017 through a walking holiday. Joop also loved the Quinta. When it turned out that the Quinta was for sale, a process was started in which we could proceed with the help of the sales broker in May 2018 to purchase Quinta do Pomarinho. And about how things are going for Joop, Robert and the Quinta we will keep you informed through newsletters!