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Monte do Telheiro – Home 143159 House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 7 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

House / 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 7

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 70 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Monte do Telheiro is perched on a hill with views over olive groves, cork forests and the village of Santiago do Escoural. Shady verandas are ideal for long lunches and for watching the sunset after a peaceful day relaxing by the pool. The large bright house is elegantly furnished and equipped with all the necessities of modern living and all the extras that make a home from home. This spacious house is ideal for families or friends looking for relaxation in the peace of the countryside.

The quaint village of Escoural, just 5 minutes walk, away has bakeries, shops, cafes, some excellent restaurants and a weekly fresh produce market. Situated in the Alentejo wine region there are numerous local wineries offering tastings and tours. The town of Montemor-o-Novo 15km away boasts a medieval castle, many restaurants, a daily fresh produce market and modern supermarkets for all your needs. The major tourist attraction of Evora (a UNESCO world heritage site) is just 28km away. The

Monte do Telheiro is perched on a hill with views over olive groves, cork forests and the village of Santiago do Escoural. Shady verandas are ideal for long lunches and for watching the sunset after a peaceful day relaxing by the pool. The large bright house is elegantly furnished and equipped with all the necessities of modern living and all the extras that make a home from home. This spacious house is ideal for families or friends looking for relaxation in the peace of the countryside.

The quaint village of Escoural, just 5 minutes walk, away has bakeries, shops, cafes, some excellent restaurants and a weekly fresh produce market. Situated in the Alentejo wine region there are numerous local wineries offering tastings and tours. The town of Montemor-o-Novo 15km away boasts a medieval castle, many restaurants, a daily fresh produce market and modern supermarkets for all your needs. The major tourist attraction of Evora (a UNESCO world heritage site) is just 28km away. The surrounding countryside is ideal for walking, hiking, horse riding and mountain biking and the stunning beaches of Comporta and Carvalhal are an easy 70km drive.

Further details

• Welcome pack provided on arrival.

• English-speaking representative available to answer any questions.

• Removable child safety fence for the pool is available on request.

Further details indoors

• The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with large bath and shower and opens onto an outside shower.
• The second and third bedrooms share a bathroom with combined bath and shower. The second bedroom has a double beds and the third has a linked bed which can be set up either as two singles or a properly joined double.
• An additional single bed is available on request so that the house can be configured as three doubles (plus one single if requested) or two doubles and two singles (plus one additional single bed if requested).
• Each bedroom has air-conditioning to ensure a comfortable nights sleep.
• The kitchen is large and well equipped with electric oven, gas hob and granite work surfaces. The kitchen table seats 6 comfortably and is ideal for casual meals or sociable cooking.
• The kitchen opens up onto the pergola covered veranda with charming views of the village of Escoural.
• The utility room is equipped with washing machine and tumble dryer (although the washing line at the back of the house is a much speedier option in summer).
• The dining room table seats 10 comfortably and the dining room table top can be removed to reveal a half size snooker table (cues and balls provided).
• The high ceilinged lounge is spacious with doors onto the verandas that can be opened up on both sides allowing the cool breeze to keep the room comfortable on even the warmest afternoons.
• The lounge is equipped with TV, DVD player, cable TV decoder (70 Channels), sound system with Ipod docking station. The book cases are stocked with books and a small library of DVDs is available.

Further details outdoors

• Under the veranda a large wooden table and benches are the ideal place to lose an hour or two enjoying the local food and wine with the back drop of the rolling hills and olive groves.
• Sunloungers and a hammock are available for soaking up the sun or that well earned afternoon nap.
• The 10m by 5m pool is salt chlorinated which is much kinder to your skin for those refreshing dips and the diving board offers the opportunity for hours of fun for children and adults alike.
• A child safety fence for the pool is available on request. The fence is removable and is made from a transparent mesh of a climb resistant nature and has a self-closing gate. The fencing has been tested and approved in both America and France, conforming to their strict standards and legislation.
• The barbecue area sheltered under olive and oak trees with Weber kettle barbecue and separate charcoal grill is ideal for perfecting barbecue skills.
• The large garden and surrounding olive fields are full of wildlife and birdlife.

Location description from owner

The Alentejo region

The Alentejo is Portugal’s secret. Commonly known as the “bread basket” of Portugal the landscape is a patchwork of breathtaking plains and gently rolling hills forested by cork oaks and olive trees. Dotting the lightly populated countryside are beautiful towns steeped in history going back to the Romans.

In spring the fields erupt in kaleidoscopic display of wild flowers. As summer approaches the fields turn golden under clear blue skies and welcome shade from the hot summer sun is plentiful in the vast cork oak forests. The countryside is home to a diverse collection of birdlife (including majestic birds of prey) and other wildlife.

The Alentejan coast is home to a magnificent beach that stretches 60km from Troia to Sines where you can doze next to the turquoise sea to the sound of Atlantic breakers or while away the hours eating fabulous seafood.

Agriculture is the life force of the region and the wheat fields, pastures, olive groves and vineyards produce a bounty of fabulous local breads, meats, cheeses, olive oils and wine, a highlight of any visit.

Early records show that the Phoenicians and Romans made wine in the Alentejo as early as the 7th century B.C. and today about 10 percent of Alentejo is devoted to vineyards predominately in the east of the region. The contemporary wine makers are famous for the intense red wines they produce.

A regional specialty is the delicious pork from the local black pigs (porco preto) which are free range and fed on acorns. You can even feed your inner Asterix by trying the local wild boar.

The regions diverse past is evident from the profusion of castles, Roman and Moorish towns and the archaeological sites that litter the countryside which offer history seeker endless places of interest.


Monte do Telheiro is 5 minutes walk from the village of Santiago do Escoural. This charming village has shops, cafes and a range of restaurants serving local specialities. Just outside Escoural are the Grutas do Escoural caves which contain paintings dating as far back as 30,000 years.

The house is set in the hills of the Sierra do Monfurado which is easily explored on foot, by mountain bike or on horse back.

A visit to some of the local vineyards for a tasting and a tour is not to be missed. Try Monte do Pintor ( and Herdade dos Coelheiros ( for great wine and a great experience or go further afield to the vast vineyards near Mourao.

The local town of Montemor-o-Novo 15 km North is dominated by the medieval castle and wandering its steep, cobbled streets is a great way to build up an appetite before trying a “bifana”, the local speciality pork roll. The town’s fresh produce market is a great place to buy groceries, fish and meat or simply to watch the locals.

A trip to the beautiful City of Evora 28km north east of Escoural is a fabulous day out for visitors to the region. Visit a café in the elegant Praça de Giraldo with its 16th-century arches and then climb the steep cobbled streets and travel back in time to the remains of the Roman "Temple to Diana". The town has many other architecturally interesting medieval buildings and if you have the stomach for it visit the eerie Chapel of Bones which is walled with human bones. Evora is also famous for its gastronomic excellence so tasting the local specialties in one of its renowned restaurants should be on every visitors list.

A trip to the beach is a great way to spend a day. The beach at Comporta is easy to get to and once you have had your fill of the refreshing Atlantic the beach hosts a number of restaurants including the stylish Comporta Café ( where hours can slip by as you sip cold white wine, eat great seafood or just swing in a hammock.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • 2 Cots available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 3 Double Beds, 1 Single Bed, 2 Cots available
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 En suite


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Pool or snooker table
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
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About the owner

Lawrence C
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Calendar updated::
27 Feb 2017
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Based in:
South Africa
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Languages spoken: English

This House has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 7. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 15 Nov 2010. Located in Montemor-o-Novo, it has 19 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £1017 to £1424.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 27 Feb 2017.


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“A rural paradise Part 2!”

Reviewed 4 Jul 2016

My first review titled 'A Rural Paradise' related to our first visit here in 2014 although I posted the review after our second visit in 2015 hence the errors in my review changing from two to three children! (Sorry about that). This review for our visit in Aug 2015 is much shorter than the first because I would only be repeating myself in saying what a beaufily location and villa it is. Highly recommended if you dont like being in the middle of it all with all you need close by. We moved house this year so couldn't book again this year until now but cannot get 2 weeks together so hoping someone might cancel!!! Just one last thing, when your 4 year old asks for only one thing on her birthday and that is to go back to the 'house in Portugal' then you know it was a hit!

“A rural paradise!”

Reviewed 11 Aug 2015

Client Service: This was our first time booking through Holiday Lettings so I was concerned that dealing direct with the owners of the property could give rise to risk of losing our money or turning up to a property nothing like the pictures. I can honestly say from start to finish my dealings with Lawrence, the owner, have been nothing short of the ideal client experience. The attention to detail at every step of the way from initial questions to returning home was very impressive. Lawrence shows how all owners should do it and I thank him for making our experience all the more enjoyable by covering off every eventuality that could have caused us stress especially when travelling with children. Lawrence provided us with amazing directions from the airport to the villa along with the supermarkets on route so we could stock up on shopping along the way. A booklet of information detailing all you need to know about the villa along with another booklet on the local area. This is a very comprehensive and amazingly helpful guide. It details all you need to know about the village, the town, restaurants he recommends, places of interest etc etc. Lawrence had done a great job with this and we went to many recommended places and restaurants and I can confirm his recommendations were spot on! Property: This place is beautiful. It is excellent condition and very clean. The layout worked perfectly for us with two of our children in one room, ourselves and the baby in another and then my inlaws in the larger suite. All communual areas are more than large enough for the numbers accomodated and you have a choice of verandas to eat during the day allowing you take advantage of the morning sun and the quite mesmorising sunsets. The villa is located above the nearby village allowing views across the beautiful landscape. There is a local farmer who maintains the property with his wife and children living a short walk away. Although he speaks little English he manages to communicate extremely well and follows Lawrences custome service values in being excellent with anything we asked of it (albeit to only to change a lightbulb and help change the gas bottle!). The property is fenced all the way around allowing us to let the children (8 and 2 yrs old) run freely without any concern. The swimming is very clean and kept that way during your stay. Most importantly it has the option of being securely fenced off so you do not have to worry about the children falling in when you are not watching them. The only downside to the property is the steep hill on entrance to the grounds as this would make it difficult for those not fully able bodied to walk up and down easily if they so wished. Location: The real Portugal and untouched by tourists and all that comes with it...... The villa is located approx 10 mins from the nearest town where all the facilities you need are based. Two local supermarkets plus a Lidl (where we got freshly baked bread most days). That said the tiny village where the village is located has more than sufficient facilities with a small shop, bakers, post office, restaurants and amenities if you do not wish to travel into the town. People here are very friendly and live a simple and classic village life. Everyone seems to know everyone, the older generations are seen outside their houses chatting to their friends or in a bar/cafe having a quiet drink together. It is a simple yet beautiful way of life that I am envious of at times! We spent most of our time at the villa because we all loved it there so much we didnt want to go off visiting other places! We were able to have meals and drinks outside every day all day. We would have breakfast at the front of the villa looking out over the village and fields and then lunch and dinner out the back of the villa. We would have some light music playing in the background in one of the prettiest settings I have had the pleasure of staying at. The kids would be running around playing in a very safe and beautiful environment whilst we relaxed, read and drank gin and tonics or wine in the sunshine! Admittedly with three children we didnt get to sit down for long but relaxing it was none the less. We cannot recommend this place highly enough. The owners superb client service and his fabulous villa in a majestic location make it a place not to be missed. If you are looking for lively holiday with buzzing bars and lots going on then this is probably not the place for you. If you want the real portugal way of life on your doorstep, an amazing villa in fantastic condition with the most amazing location for views and weather then this is the place! We will be coming back next year if we can, the kids and rest of the family absolutely loved it.

“Perfectly quiet”

Reviewed 29 Aug 2014

Our holiday was even better than expected. A comfortable and very spacious house and a perfect garden. We liked the views, to Escoural and over the cork oaks. A windy hilltop that made a three weeks summerstay not to hot. Everyone liked the goats, sheeps, cows, turkeys, chicken and dog: it is nearly a farm! Daily walks to Escourals authentic restaurant; unforgettable! This part of the Alentejo is extremely quiet: just countryside and a few villages. Nearly no tourists; an unknown and pleasant experience.

“Óptima estadia”

Reviewed 2 Sep 2013

Excelente local para se passar uns dias de férias. Casa completa, com todas as comodidades. Óptimo para crianças, pois a piscina encontra-se vedada. Recomendo!

“Very stylish and well equipped villa in a tranquil location”

Reviewed 26 Aug 2013

A lovely modern villa with a very nice pool and gardens and nice views of the surrounding countryside. The pool is in the sun for almost the whole day. The villa is well equipped, with 3 good sized bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (the master bedroom and en suite are very nice indeed). The driving directions from Lisbon were the most complete we've ever had and the welcome pack on arrival was a nice touch. Only a short walk along a quiet lane into the local village, which has 3 or 4 restaurants offering decent local food at very reasonable prices. The caretaker and his wife are on site if anything is needed and are very friendly and helpful. They don't speak English, but we just mimed to each other until we'd worked things out! It's a fairly short (and straightforward) drive to Evora, which is well worth a day trip. Or you can just relax on one of the shaded terraces while the kids play in the pool...

“Peaceful holidays in splendid location”

Reviewed 1 Aug 2013

We really enjoyed this very nice house equipped with a very nice swimming pool and snooker. Once can also take advantage of its geographical location and visit the old town of Evora, the prehistoric rock-art of Escoural Cave or assist to the local traditional fete.

“An idyllic villa in a beautiful, rural location”

Reviewed 22 Jul 2013

The villa is beautiful and and has wonderful views across a valley with cork oaks and olive trees. The back garden and pool have the sun nearly all day but there are a couple of trees for shade (very welcome). It is a very rural area but the little village of Escoural is just a short walk away and Montemor-o-Novo about 20mins by car. The whole area of Alentejo is very rural and quiet but the food and wine are very good and very good value. As recommended in the info pack we had a day on the beach at Comporto about 1 1/2hrs away which was superb - not too busy and all locals - but buy your beach parasols in Montemor-o-Novo supermarket at 25% of the price (we didn't). We wish we had stayed longer.


Reviewed 3 Jan 2013

Fantastic house, very comfortable and spacious. Excellent service. I recommend. To go back for sure.

“Lovely house in rural Portugal”

Reviewed 15 Aug 2012

Fast & efficient booking. Directions to the house exceptionally good. House is modern, clean and comfortable. Well equipped with broadband & music facilities. Very quiet situation, the local surroundings rural rather than touristy.

“Stunning location for a very relaxing holiday”

Reviewed 3 Oct 2011

What a location: on a hill overlooking beautiful countryside and a sleepy village. Ideal for a 'getaway-from-it-all' holiday, yet only just over an hour from Lisbon (very easy by car from the Airport - you don't need to drive through the city and you get to cross the big new bridge across the River Tejo). Nearby Evora is a must for a day trip. Lovely deep swimming pool - the landlord arranged for a safety fence to be erected for our stay as we have a one-year old daughter, which was good for putting our minds at rest. Local village (in walking distance) has some good opportunities for eating out and there are other places a little further afield, but the house was so lovely we found ourselves visiting the market for local produce and fresh fish and making a lot of use of the barbecue whilst enjoying the spectacular sunsets.

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