Casa Oliveira - Monte da Quinta
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Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
At Monte da Quinta we aim to provide a very high standard of country living and comfort with traditional architecture and modern facilities. Due to our high standards and attention to detail we are approved and officially licensed 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 a Quinta of 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.
The farmhouse is furnished to a high standard. It has a large comfortable lounge and dining area complete with Wi-Fi internet access, Flat screen 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. Both bedrooms have en suite facilities, a walk-in power shower or bath, WC, and hand basin.
Double doors open from the bedrooms onto private side terraces. Double doors open from the lounge onto a private covered dining terrace at the front. For extra comfort this cottage has under floor heating for the winter months and cooling fans for the summer months. For your entertainment there are a variety of DVD's, books, board games, pens, paper and puzzles.
The farmhouse 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 Farmhouse 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 which include: mains drainage, mains electric, solar water heaters, no gas appliances and our pool water is regularly tested. 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.
We offer working holidays at Monte da Quinta. We provide free accommodation with lunch and an evening meal. See our website for more information or email us for details.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Milfontes (West coast), Albuferia (Algarve) 60 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|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, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|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||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), 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 and homemade preserves are available for purchase from the farm office.
|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 cottages, 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.
Change over 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.
About this location
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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30 Oct 2014
"A wonderful place to unwind"
Tucked away on the outskirts of sleepy Castro Verde, the cottages sit within the grounds of an old farm. Casa Oliveira is beautifully presented and spotlessly clean. We were welcomed by the owners Nig… More
1 Sep 2014
"Best Place on the earth to relax and kick back."
Lovely place to stay, absolutely spotlessly clean beautiful cottages, the host are so friendly and welcoming nothing is too much trouble for them,we arrived by taxi and the owner took us to the supermarket in his own car, now that is above and beyond their call of duty, tranquil peaceful, I can't say enough about these cottages only that you must rent them and you will know were we are coming from with our review.
25 Aug 2014
Casa Oliveira ticks all the boxes for an idyllic retreat. Set in a lovely rural area this is true escapism for those that want it. The villa itself has been beautifully converted, is spacious and is rustically styled. There is lots of attention to detail with a powerful shower, pure cotton towels, lovely bed linen and a welcome pack of local produce when you arrive. The owners of the property are very friendly and helpful and on hand to ensure you get the most out of your holiday. Being the end house Casa Oliviera had a lovely open aspect from both bedrooms with french windows opening out to the open countryside. We particularly enjoyed lying in bed at night gazing at the clear, starlight skies before dozing off! Being inland it does get very hot in the Alentejo but there was usually a breeze and the pool was very refreshing. We did a fair amount of driving on our holiday but the roads down to the Algarve are very good. The fact this this is a working farm added to the experience and feeding all of the animals was very enjoyable even for adults. The wine is excellent in this area and very good value. Pure escapism from the rat race!
6 Jul 2014
This was a second visit to Monte da Quinta and yet again everything was fabulous. The properties are spotlessly clean and well equipped. The outdoor areas and pool are the perfect place to relax in the sun, or the shade. The owners go above and beyond to help and are the perfect hosts. I cannot recommend this place enough - we have booked to return next year!
6 Jul 2014
"The best relaxing holiday in the most tranquil surroundings"
5th return I think. As always it was a time to remember with friends. Great company, fun times and no better place to spend it. We love it year after year we return.
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Monte da Quinta in June 2014 ;)
13 May 2014
"Cannot fault anything, recommend to anyone beautiful tranquil place."
beautiful welcoming place, very tranquil clean and will go back time and time again. The hosts Michaela and nigel cannot do enough for you throughout your stay and the welcome pack is a lovely extra. The pool and the whole place is exceptionally clean and well looked after and of course the farm animals are a real bonus.
Here at Monte da Quinta we strive to make the quality and experience 1st class. Our aim is to ensure it is as good for the last guests of the season as it was for the first. Hope to see you soon.
7 Oct 2013
"A wonderfully relaxing break"
We were both looking for a relaxing week and Casa Oliveira certsainly delivered.The cottage is beautifully equipped with everything you might need. Our host Michaela had lots of ideas for places to vi… More
October is a perfect climate for outside activities. We are so happy you saw the Great Bustards at the environmental centre and were able to combine a little horse ridding whilst staying here at Monte a Quinta.
24 Sep 2013
"Peaceful location, great amenities & lovely hosts."
This is our 2nd stay & we will return.
Monte da Quinta enables you to relax in the warm sunshine around the pool, take a dip or hide on the terrace, yet you are only a 5 min. walk into town, plus other interesting locations are within an hour's drive.
19 Sep 2013
"Most relaxing vacation ever!"
Absolutely wonderful accommodation and facilities. Very quiet location, but supermarket 15 minutes walk and plenty of nice little restaurants and bars a 10 minute walk away. Not that we used them much as the apartment was so nice, we stayed there most of the time. Will definitely plan on a return visit!
19 Aug 2013
"Excellent - exceeded high expectations"
We had read some very good reviews before booking Casa Oliveira at Monte da Quinta for our family holiday so had high expectations. We were definitely not disappointed. The house was beautifully designed, incredibly clean and fantastically well-equipped, with stunning countryside views. Our two boys, aged 8 and 5, loved the large saltwater swimming pool, as did we, spending many relaxing hours in it, or snoozing by it in the hammock or sun loungers. What really made our stay was the friendliness and helpfulness of our hosts, Michaela and Nigel, and their son, Bradley. They recommended days out and restaurants locally and further afield and couldn't have been more friendly and helpful whilst also letting us treat their home as our own. Their farm animals were another great source of entertainment for the boys, and feeding them our leftovers was a great way of reducing waste. We were lucky enough to have great weather throughout our two week stay, but would be very happy to visit again at any time of year. Michaela and Nigel have many return visitors and we're not surprised. They have done an amazing job with the conversion of the property - have a look at their photo album of the work they've carried out - and deserve all the fantastic reviews and guest comments. We hope to be visiting again soon.
Thank you once again for staying with us for two weeks. We would love to see you and your family returning to Monte da Quinta and dont forget our loyalty discount applies to you, your family and friends. Enjoy the rest of the summer hols, hope to see you soon. M x
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