Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Olive Grove Cottage is detached with shuttered windows and white washed walls has a rustic ambiance and is ideally situated. Different months bring different pleasures, watch the storks glide, the house martins dancing, the magnificent colours of the wild flowers, the horse and carts, olive groves and vineyards tempt you to stop and taste. There are many places to visit and enjoy. The tranquil feel of the pace of life in the slow lane is magnificent. Tourist, come inland and experience the real Portugal. Watch the animals run free in the fields and the get the feeling of freedom from the "fast lane"! Farmers especially will enjoy the farming aspect, come and see the cereal crops, olive groves, vineyards. We can help you with information to seek and find your exploratory perfect holiday. We are child and people friendly. Relax and enjoy!
Back to pure nature. Visit the local vineyards if you wish to taste the Alentejo wines which are becoming more popular worldwide. The brown road signs with 'Adega' will direct you. Gastronomy – there are many tasty cheeses to enjoy, some served with honey for starters with the homemade breads. The black pig 'preto porco' is an Alentejo speciality and the alfresco barbecued chicken 'frango' also has its own delicious flavour, especially with the house wines served by the jug in some restaurants and not expensive. If you like olives there are many varieties to try. Unlike the more expensive coastal areas food is very good value for money. You can buy wines in the supermarket for around 1.50 euros and less. The food is very fresh and usually cooked to order
– fishing, swimming, horse riding, local festas and feiras, bird watching, hiking, historic monuments. A recent bird enthusiast that stayed spotted azure the winged magpie, white stork, calandra lark, an osprey, crested lark, montagu harrier, red kite, black kite and bee eater from the cottage, but near Castro Verde he saw bustard, little bustard, stone curlew, thekla larks and red necked nightjars. This is an up and coming area and so at this moment in time it is not to expensive to explore and enjoy the local ambience.
The Baragem Da Monte Da Rocha is about 5km away and is a quiet place to fish or just sit around with a restaurant in the background to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat.Spring is a beautifull time to enjoy the wonderful wild flowers and warmth with summer bringing the long hazy day's to relax just anywhere you wish! Autumn also has it's own beauty and can be very hot at times for those of you who would like to extend your tanning time! We have wood burners for those who fancy a cosy winter in the Alentejo.
Out and About
Olive Grove Cottage - Approx 30m from the cottage is the pool. There is a shingled patio area with a table and 6 chairs plus two sun loungers and a large sun shade. BBQ available. Enjoy alfresco eating and taste the fine Alentejo wines. Nutshell Cottage - Has it's own garden area for you to sit and relax if you wish and also approx 80 metres from the cottage is the pool. with a terracotta tiled surround, and a garden area both just right for relaxing on the loungers to get your good summer tan or laze under the shade of the parasols. Watch the sunset merge into the beauty of a starlit sky. Take a stroll down the many quiet tracks to viiew the beautiful surrounding scenery. Take refreshment in one of the two local bars (or both)!! The local people are very welcoming and you can buy produce from the fish, veg and bread man as they visit in there vans once or twice a week.
The scenic west coast is more relaxed and generally less commercialised than the south. The beaches mingle with the rugged cliffs. There are the safe sandy beaches, the ports for fishermen, the rolling waves for the surfers plus many restaurants/cafes for you to enjoy the local cuisine. The Algarve to the south is a more populated area with much history and beautiful beaches. There are themed restaurants and pubs for a different experience in Portugal.A visit to Monchique Mountains is a must.
The Algarve is the main established area for golf. Local courses are already planned and being built with a passion and taste for the local area and the future enjoyment of all.
How to get there
Air – many budget flights on offer (you can link through from our website below) by different operators dependent on which route you prefer.
Car – there are an abundance of car hire companies that enable you to pick up and return your car to the airport.
Sea – there are ferries to Santander and Bilbao in Spain and also the French ferry ports if you are touring Europe.
Ourique – 7 miles. Garvao – 5 miles. Castro Verde – 15 miles. Beja – 38 miles. Mertola – 46 miles. Monchique – 38 miles. Vilamoura – 58 miles. Faro – 57 miles.
Also available if booking for friends and family, when a bit more space is needed, then Nutshell Cottage which has it's own garden area for you to sit and relax is approx 80 metres from the pool. (under same ownership as thus cottage and also advertised with Holiday Lettings.
Smokers are welcome but there is a No Smoking Policy inside our properties.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||West Coast 50 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 99 km, Nearest railway: Funcheira (nr. Garvao) 11 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), 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|
The Alentejo region
The Alentejo is the agricultural capital of Portugal. It has numerous farms and vineyards. Also many places of interest with castles and is ideal for walking, fishing, horse riding and bird watching. The 'Montado' is famous for the cork tress and the undulating landscape.
Ourique has all the facilities found in a town.
Supermarkets, Hospital, Banks, ATM's, Post Office, Library, Pharmacy, Shops, Restaurants, Dentist, Bars, Cafes, Cinema and Free Internet Rooms.
Also every month there are different 'festas' and local markets. Try the piri piri chicken - truly scrumptious.
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