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a place to dwell, an experience to share

The Project

Translated to “Mill at the Tired Fountain",

LAGAR A FONTE CANSADA is a majestic property tucked away in the countryside of Estremoz - a place of historic Portuguese architecture abundant in serene beauty. We found this beautiful, worn down, neglected building and could immediately see it's potential & charm. We developed our architectural plans & vision to give this old  Lagar a new life, we have been in love ever since. Our mission is to create a sense of place & environment to fill the senses to share in memorable experiences for years to come.


We are currently under development and completing our outdoor living areas,

a courtyard with patios & gardens with a open air art studio for future workshops, private events and more. This summer & fall as the gardens become rich and abundant we hope to invite you to experience the the charm

of Lagar á Fonte Cansada with us.


Please keep in touch! 

Ola, Como esta

We are Amavel & Tina

Amavel Portuguese & Tina British. After both immigrating to the US spending many years living & working in San Francisco, Ca. designing building homes & gardens it was time for a change. We wanted to find a more sustainable slower pace of life and felt we could not find that in the US. We decided to look for property in Amavel’s home town and found & fell in love with this property. Combining our 35 yrs of experience & backgrounds in construction, landscaping & a love of design the concept for our new home was born. On an adventure of our lifetime together we are fusing our experience & expertise building our passion project surrounded by nature, tranquility and a sense of place in the Alentejo region, that is rich in history, tradition, culture

and a thriving community.

Lagar a Fonte Cansada

a place to dwell an experience to share.




Enjoying Nature's Seasons 
& Slow Living in the Alentejo

The process of working on our land, developing the Lagar & gardens, watching the fruits of our labor grow is truly rewarding and something we want to share with you.

See below what is going on in our gardens now.

at the LAGAR

Do you need help designing & planning a vision for your landscape & garden? Do you need guidance creating your outdoor living space?


Working remote or in person

My experience as a landscape designer + gardener has been specialized in 
dry gardens, drought tolerant plants & water-wise landscapes. I focus on
keeping in tune with nature & our changing climate, with a concentration on  

From a seed of an idea, I grew my successful
San Francisco-based Landscaping firm into a flourishing business encompassing garden landscape design & staging for rooftops terraces & patios, floral arranging & greening for events, garden decor products and pottery production. I sold this business to relocate to Portugal to my husbands home town of Estremoz, and I am happy to offer my 20 years of experience to help you create your vision.

-Tina Calloway


Landscape Designer + Gardener 


Over 20 years experience in Mediterranean Climate Zones