Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
At Monte da Quinta we aim to provide a very high standard of country living and comfort with traditional architecture and modern facilities. We have achieved the classification Casa do Campo by the Ministry of Tourism of Portugal.
Providing Rural Tourism self catering accommodation for a maximum of 10 guests in 2 comfortably large, delightfully restored, self contained country houses set within 4.5 hectares of beautifully managed private grounds.
Just on the edge of Castro Verde we have the advantage of the tranquillity and beauty of this fantastic landscape, plus all the facilities of the town. Within 10 minutes walking, or 2 minutes in the car, we have several excellent restaurants, cafes, shops, supermarkets. Castro Verde hosts festivals and markets throughout the year.
Eating out locally is extremely good value for money. Typically a two course lunch time “meal of the day” “Prato da Dia” including: bread, olives, a beverage and coffee costs 7.50 euros per person. A two course evening meal including: bread, olives, a good bottle of wine and coffee, costs between 40 – 50 euros for two persons. A coffee or tea and locally made pastry from one of our many coffee shops costs just 2 euros.
This country house is furnished to a high standard. It has a large comfortable lounge and dining area complete with a Wi-Fi internet access, flatscreen TV, satellite channels, DVD player and a iPod speaker dock. A well equipped kitchen with granite worktops, a hob, oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, kettle, iron and a ironing board. Also equipped with a a 24 bottle wine cooler .
All bedrooms have en suite facilities, walk-in power showers, WC, and hand basin. Large doors open from the lounge and third bedroom onto a private covered dining terrace.
For extra comfort this country house has under floor heating for the winter months and cooling fans for the summer months. For your entertainment there are variety of DVDs, books, board games and puzzles.
This country house is finished with traditional white washed walls and beautiful brick arches. It has terracotta floors throughout with wooden shuttered windows, vaulted beamed ceilings and an open fireplace. This house is single storey and built on solid rock and therefore the room levels do vary with one step between some rooms.
The house has immediate access to a private landscaped garden: a covered terrace, a further open terrace, BBQ area and access to the swimming pool.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
- Traditional RESTAURANTS, BARS and CAFES within walking distance
- A choice of 3 large SUPERMARKETS within a 2 minutes drive
- Outdoor TENNIS COURTS within a 2 minutes drive (we hire rackets)
- INDOOR PUBLIC POOL within a 2 minutes drive
- Local QUAD BIKING, HORSE RIDING, BALLOONING, ARCHERY
- VINEYARD TOURS with lunch, off roading, skippered river cruises
- We offer a range of HOLISTIC THERAPY Treatments on site
- COMPLIMENTARY HAMPER includes a selection of local produce, cheese & wine
- INITIAL SUNDRIES provided: soap, washing up liquid, terrace candles, toilet rolls, kitchen cleaner
- Comprehensive GUEST GUIDE to the region and local restaurants
- A LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST for your stay
- FRESH FARM PRODUCE: eggs, oranges, homemade preserves, olive oil & local honey
- FARM ANIMALS include: Shetland ponies, sheep, pygmy goats,
- Alentejo pigs, chickens, ducks, guinea fowl, & geese, turkeys
- BOULES PITCH within the grounds
- BUCKETS, SPADES, BEACH TOWELS and a COOL BOX for guest use
- Two adult size BICYCLES for guest use
- RECYCLING facilities
- NIGHT CLUB within Castro Verde
- CINEMA and a THEATRE
- FESTIVALS and MARKETS throughout the year
BIRD WATCHING PARADISE the perfect location for twitchers, our guests have listed some of the birds spotted at Monte da Quinta on within 10 kilometres such as: Lesser Kestrel, Red and Black Kite, Great and Little Bustard, Black Bellied Sandgrove, Corn Bunting, Eagles, Bee Eater, Egret, Storks, Marsh Harrier, Montago Harrier, Cuckoo, Strikes. resident Little Owls and we have a Nightingale for several weeks of the year.
REST ASSURED - Our holiday farmhouses were restored to strict guidelines set by the Mnistry of Tourism of Portugal. These include: mains drainage, mains electric, solar water heaters, no gas appliances and our pool water is regularly tested. There are smoke alarms on every room as weel as a fire panic button and emergency exit signs. Our kitchens have fire blankets and extinguishers.
As a registered business we are licensed operators for tourism and insured for public liability. We are regularly inspected for health and safety. We are on site to assist, manage and maintain the standards at Monte da Quinta.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Milfontes (West coast), Albuferia (Algarve) 60 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 90 km, 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
A guest welcome hamper awaits you, it includes: bottled water, local wine, cheese & bread. Our own honey, homemade preserves, homemade scones/pastries, our fresh farm eggs, freshly squeezed orange juice from our grove. Milk, butter, pate, tea, coffee & sugar. Initial sundries: terrace candles, liquid soap, toilet rolls, bin liners, & washing up liquid.
Planning "Something Special"
We can provide any or all of the following: champagne on ice, handmade chocolates, a bouquet of flowers. We will also recommend the best fine dining in the area, book a taxi, or help you arrange a special activity day.
For the Children
We provide a variety of DVD's as well as free-view sat TV channels. The houses have books, board games, pens, paper and puzzles. Night lights are provided. Buckets, spades, sun shades and boules sets for the beach.
Local festivals throughout the year, local cuisine and historical sites. Within an hour of the beach and nearest international airport.
Fresh linen is provided and includes pool towels for the use at Monte da Quinta only. All towels are replaced mid week. Mid week housekeeping and linen change can be arranged for an extra cost.
We have a cot complete with cot linen, two travel cots and a baby chair. We are happy to provide these items at no extra cost.
We have Laundry room facilities with several washing machines and a tumble dryer.
Monte da Quinta honey, fresh farm eggs and homemade preserves are available including our olive oil and oranges.
|Further details outdoors|
Swimming Pool – The uniquely designed and recently completed non slip pool measures 11.5 x 5 meters with roman end. The pool is situated within the landscaped areas to the front of the two rentable farmhouses, with its elevated position providing a fantastic vantage point for the stunning southerly views.
The pool uses a balance of natural salt rather than or chemical chlorines, the water contains approximately 10 percent the salt level of ocean water.
Children's Shallow Play Pool – Incorporated in the main pool is a 4 meter circular shallow children's play pool.
Pool Terrace – Special non slip pavers surround the pool area. Ample loungers, sun shades and seating are provided.
There are two adult size bikes for guest use. We have a boules court within our grounds, sets of boules for children and adults to use. Buckets, spades and sun shades for a day at the beach.
We hire beach towels and a cool box for the beach and tennis rackets for a game at our local courts.
Changeover days are set for Saturday during July & August.
Payment - We require your 40% non refundable deposit when making your reservation. Reservations are not guaranteed until we are in receipt of your deposit. The balance must be received 6 weeks prior to your arrival. All bookings made within 4 weeks of arrival must be paid in full.
The Alentejo region
Monte da Quinta in Castro Verde is situated centrally in the lower Alentejo region. A perfect location to explore in all directions and just a short distance from either Faro or Lisbon Airport. The region is steeped in history and heritage sites. To the north are the historic towns of Beja (the capital of the Alentejo province), Evora, Mertola and Lisbon. To the south are the towns of Faro, Portimao, Loule, Albufeira, and Tavira. All can be reached by car on day trips.
Endless coast line of unspoilt coves, stunning beaches, estuaries, small fishing villages and towns. Take a walk on the wild side and appreciate the natural beauty of this coast.
Although it is characterized by vast and sunny plains, with apparently endless wheat-fields, the Alentejo always offers new landscapes. The plains of Castro Verde, full of thousands of white flowers during spring, are excellent for walks by foot or by bicycle, and then you can fully appreciate the fauna and flora typical of the region's flat lands.
This vast open space is chosen by white storks to make their nests. At the Monte das Azinheiras (Holm-oaks Hill) there are more than sixty couples. Bustards, hawks and vultures also prefer the solitude of the golden plains. Some streams create the ideal environment for frogs, salamanders and tortoises. The wild boar prefers the oak-plantations, full or acorns, or scraping the soil in search of truffles.
With its stunning views over the open countryside and just minutes to walk into the centre of Castro Verde this small farm with its country houses and private pool is ideally situated.
Discovering the coastlines and the historic towns is easy from this central location within the lower Alentejo region.
Rugged un-spoilt beaches along the west coast are within an hour and offer much to explore, water sports and the walking the rota vicentina coastal paths. Enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood grilled to order and sample the wines of the region. The Algarve is just 45 minutes away offering more glorious beaches, golf and aqua parks for the children.
Local activities include: vineyard tours, wine tasting and dinner, jeep safaris, motor quading and spa days. Stepped in history it is possible to visit historic towns and sites such as Lisbon, Evora, Mertola and Marvao
Delicious traditional cuisine with fantastic regional wines at incredibly low prices. We will recommend local restaurants and all importantly those that you can walk to.
The town of Castro Verde originates from a Lusitanian hill forte. An extremely well equipped town with several restaurants, supermarkets, cash points, a health centre and 24hr pharmacy and an open air market selling local produce. The town has boutiques, hardware and household shops. There is a post office, an internet cafe, night club, public swimming pools, a coach station, cinema and a cultural centre. There are also are two petrol stations within Castro Verde.
The heart of the "Campo Branco", the name given to the pale terrain of the Mediterranean ceral steppe is Castro Verde and all its well-preserved heritage.
Activities offered by Monte da Quinta:
* Quad bikes
* Hot Air Ballooning
* Helicopter trips
* River Cruises
* Off Roading
The Alentejo Region is a uniquely fascinating and beautiful place with much to offer:
And those that like to relax in comfort
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8 Aug 2014
"Fifth visit amazing place to relax and unwind"
What an amazing place to stay excellent relaxed environment with easy access to local restaurants in the town walking distant away. We have stayed here five times and it's outstanding. Michaela… More
3 Aug 2014
"Idyllic family retreat..."
A well equipped home from home villa in a beautiful setting with wonderful views and a fantastic swimming pool. Everything you could ask for a family with young children. With toys, books, dvds and st… More
7 Jul 2014
"A little piece of paradise"
A wonderful Villa that has everything and more you could possibly need. A beautiful setting with amazing views. Excellent facilities with well stocked kitchens that have every utensil you could ever want or need. Fantastic BBQ's and outside seating areas including hammocks. Lovely pool with lots of comfortable loungers. All our rooms were beautifully decorated with brilliant ensuite bathrooms always with plenty of hot water. The Villas came complete with DVDs and games but as there is so much to do there was little time to play. The grounds and fabulous and feeding the animals was a real highlight. The owners Michaela and Nigel could not have been more friendly and helpful with their suggestions and recommendations of what to do. I would highly recommend the Villas to everyone and we have already booked our return trip. Just BRILLIANT!
11 Jun 2014
"Fabulous stay in Alentejo"
Wonderful, spotless cottage with great views and great pool. Way above standard of other villas/cottages we have stayed at in Portugal. Owners really helpful and pointed out best places to eat, unbelievable off the beaten track quality and value. Oranges from their own grove for freshly squeezed orange juice. Although location peaceful and rural you can walk into Castro Verde easily and there is s good choice of places to eat and have a drink. Very friendly too.
So glad you enjoyed your Holiday so much. The Alentejo is always full of surprises and you get to take home wonderful memories. We hope to see you again soon.
12 May 2014
"Fantastic place, welcoming and would return in a flash"
Spacious, clean and very well situated villa in a lovely town. The swimming pool was a welcomed break from the warm sunshine, while the restaurants in the town (which are well within walking distance) were all very good standard. The villa itself is fully equipped with the home comforts you would expect with an amazing powerful shower. Great place to go for a relaxing break. Activites close by include quad biking round a vineyard and of course the vast amounts of golf courses on offer in Portugal. Wine tasting is also available close by. This is my third stay in this property and I will most certainly be going back.
Glad you were able to make the most of your stay at Monte a Quinta. There are so many activities on offer for all ages and interests. A stunning landscape and backdrop in which to pursue your dreams.
12 May 2014
"Peace and Tranquility in the Portuguese sunshine"
We have just retuned from a fantastic week in Monte Da Quinta, Castro Verde.
This was our 3rd visit to Monte Da Quinta- we returned for the great location, beautiful scenery and the truly fantastic hospitality we had recieved on both previous visits to Castro Verde - we were definitely not disappointed. The Casa's were as beautiful as ever, the weather was very nice indeed which made the pool a delight and Nigel and Michaela's hospitality was as ever second to none.
If you are looking for a very high standard visit to a very scenic part of rural Portugal then Monte Da Quinta is well worth a visit- you can take advantage of all the activities in the area (quad biking, wine tasting, goldf in the Algarve is <1hour away) or you can relax in the sunshine by the pool.
Overall we all had a fantastic holiday and look forward to returning to Monte Da Quinta again in the near future!
We were please to welcome you back for your third stay with us at Monte da Quinta. You picked a great time of year to check out the landscape on Moto Quads and a spot of golf. Hope to see you all next year, all the best. M
26 Apr 2014
"Excellent holiday at Monte da Quinta"
We stayed here in April, 4 of us for a week. Michaella and Nigel met us when we arrived and we're very welcoming hosts. We stayed in the 3 bed villa which was lovely. The bedrooms were very big, clean and are done out as the rest of the villa to a very high standard. Monte da Quinta is a working farm and is gorgeous. There are pigs, goats, geese, chickens and 3 horses. It was really relaxing having a walk around, feeding the pigs with our left overs and then having a walk to the Nora which dates back to Roman times. Then there is the swimming pool just outside the 2 villas. It's very relaxing and very refreshing.
Castro Verde is a lovely town with a few bars and restaurants. Everyone was very friendly and we didn't have one bad meal over our week stay. Michaella and Nigel are also very happy to recommend some good places to go where us tourists wouldn't even think of going. The food and drink is so cheap (about 1 euro a beer).
There are also so many other places (toany to lisy) to go to if you fancy a trip out in the car.
Overall a great holiday and very relaxing.
I would 100% return here and am already planning my next trip.
Glad you enjoyed your first stay with us at Monte da Quinta. We are so happy that you were able to see the real Portugal. Sampling the local dishes in some of the lesser known restaurants and walking to some of the local bars and cafes for coffee and pastries. We look forward to welcoming you back. Ate Breve.
21 Aug 2013
"Perfect place, we had a wonderful time"
We very much enjoyed our stay. We loved the house, it is beautifully furnished and very well maintained. The garden is beautiful and so very quiet. The swimming pool makes this place even more perfect. Michaela is very, very kind and helpful. She offered lemons and oranges from the garden and fresh eggs every day. Also very positive is the short distance to the village. It is easily to walk to the village to get your fresh bread in the morning or go for dinner in the evening. Without any doubt we can recommend this place. Michaela and Nigel we wish you all the best and, once again, thanks for the wonderful week.
It was wonderful to welcome you back to Monte da Quinta this year. So glad you enjoyed your second holiday here. Hope to see you again soon. x
16 Jun 2013
"Loved it, recommend it, try it. It will not disappoint and l will go again."
I really enjoyed my short stay at Casa Laranjeira and would have no problem recommending it. The owners Michaella and Nigel were very hospitable and provided us very kindly with some home produces. They have a beautiful setup, as they are a working place with a holding of animals and land and l believe done in the old Portuguese ways without being harmful to crops/animals and land. The accommodation was well equiped and thought out, everything, down to the wfi. They made sure we felt welcomed and were on hand should we need help yet discreet to allow us to enjoy our stay. Lovely and knowledgeable to chat to. I would sincerely recommend you try it out. Of course there is the beautiful area of Castro Verde/Alentejo/Cork oaks. Thank you For having us.
Thank you for taking the time to write a fabulous review on our property. So glad you enjoyed your stay here at Monte da Quinta and hope to welcome you both back soon. Obrigada M
7 Nov 2012
"A really lovely and calm family getaway!"
We had a really lovely time. Michaela was wonderfully attentive and helpful. We hope to return again. Thank you very much for making provisions for my 2 month old little boy with a crib in our bedroom.
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