Wild View Retreat
Wild View Retreat has arisen from the ruins of an abandoned mountain village in the foothills of the Algarve in Portugal.
Originally built by a Portuguese Army General in 1898, the ‘Manor House’ and surrounding ruins have undergone a 1.5 year restoration and redevelopment project, transforming the iconic setting into a bespoke wellness retreat.
Serra da Calderão is a range of small mountains which create a natural border to the north. The area is only 40 minutes drive from Faro airport but seems to belong to another planet - almost devoid of people.
Located inside the protected Serra da Calderão Mountains the hilltop village of Corgas Bravas rests just off the N2 - one of the oldest roads to be built in Portugal.
This quiet and peaceful area boasts uninterrupted views for as far as the eye can see and is also renowned for its many varieties of birds.
Originally built by a Portuguese army general at the start of the 1800s, the village of Corgas Bravas was positioned strategically on the top of an island-like hilltop set within two deep valleys,
which are surrounded by large mountains on either side.
The name Corgas Bravas literally means Strong Flowing Rivers.
This name reflects the raging water which flows either side of the hilltop setting whenever there are winter storms.
At the turn of the 1900s, Corgas Bravas became a highly valued location in southern Portugal, famed for being at the centre of the valuable cork industry. Land was bought up by the hectare based
on the number of cork trees and its highly prized cork bark stripped every 9 years to make cork, at the time the area was the centre of the largest cork industry in the World.
As the world’s demands turned to plastic the value of the cork industry fell. The original Manor House and the surrounding land of Corgas Bravas fell into decline. Eventually the village became abandoned and fell into near ruin and collapse.
Whilst on a road trip through Spain and Portugal, Wild View Retreat founder Andrew Finlay discovered the old village hidden away. Andrew immediately knew that he’d found the ideal location for an isolated wilderness with an amazing climate.
Following many years of neglect, Andrew started a 2 year
renovation project which is finally bringing love and positivity back
to Corgas Bravas and its surrounding areas. In addition,local family
builders and engineers from the closest town of Sao Bras de Alportel, Nuno Brito of Nuno Brito Civil Engenharia, have been involved in the work and restoration of this historic village.
Corgas Bravas is now in the final stages of its restoration into what will be, the new mountain wellness retreat of Wild View Retreats.
Andrew and Erika are all absolutely delighted to bring Corgas Bravas back to it’s former beauty, having created the most stunning place for both peace and tranquillity.
This restoration project continues to have a positive impact on the area and the local community, and Andrew and Erika look forward
to welcoming retreat guests this summer.