Retaining many of its original features, carefully restored and enjoyed by the owners over 25 years, there is everything here for the complete natural healthy holiday; organic food is almost impossible to avoid, water is from our underground spring. No light at night in the valley apart from the moon and the stars, no sound but the wildlife. These mountains are Algarve's best kept secret. The house is a typical quinta surrounded by fertile farmland. Footpaths lead from the house into the forests & foot hills. This is a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At the far side of the mountain eagles circle overhead and there are views as far as Lisbon over a vaste expanse of foothills There is another world here. People have lived and farmed here all their lives. The landscape is strange and beautiful. Sunset best viewed with a bottle of wine.
A deposit of 20% cponfirms a booking . The balance is due 30 days before travelling
Requested dates can be held without payment for 24 hours. Payment method is then agreed and booking will be reserved. Bookings These are confirmed by email on receipt of a 20% deposit. The remainder to be paid 30 days prior to the booked holiday date.
Changeover day is Thursday. Other dates by arrangement. A light supper and hamper can be arranged on request. Internet access is included
Longer lets are considered at a reduced price
Our changeover day is Thursday. We can sometimes be flexible during the quieter periods or arrange a letting for an odd number of days (min3) The house is available for longer lets at a special rate
Living room notes:
The sitting room is double height, overlooked by the hayloft landing which has a seating area with books
The room is comfortably furnished with traditional local furniture . There is a large fireplace. Two shuttered windows look out into the garden
Dining room notes:
The inside dinning area is in the kitchen
Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, Cot can be removed
Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, Can be arranged as snug or bedroom
On the first floor at each end of the gallery.Bedroom 1 is a large room with beamed ceiling, 2 shuttered windows with views toward coast,wardrobe, 2 chest of drawers and chairs, heater and fan. Opening onto roof terrace with pots of flowers, table and chairs and steps to garden The bathroom is next door. Bedroom 2 is a large room with beamed ceiling 2 shuttered windows with views to swimming pool and garden and toward coast. Wardrobe, chest of drawers and chairs, heater and fan. On the ground floor: Bedroom 3, formerly the smoker, can be arranged as a snug with L shaped seating area or as a double or 2 single beds. It has a desk and chest of drawers, pegs for hanging clothes. There is a shuttered window to the garden.
The main bathroom is next to Bedroom 1. It has a full size bath, shower toilet hand basin and heated towel rail. It has white tiles walls, a window to the terrace and terracotta flooring
The traditional kitchen has a chestnut table chairs and cupboards and terracotta floor tiles. There is a door to the terrace
Onsite facility notes:
The house is set in 4 acres. Most of the land is terraced with fruit trees and grasses and a wide variety ofwild flowers. There are flower beds round the house and pool, flowering trees and scrubs, pots of flowers on the terraces. There are views from the higher terraces to the coast and foothills. There is a large granite table for dinning and wooden sunbeds round the pool There is a rerrace outside the main bedroom with wooden table and chairs
Other facility notes:
It is possible to take bike trips, canoing and climbing and walking with a small local company .Lucio is born and bred in Monchique and knows everything there is to know about local flora and forna. This can add a whole new dimension to your holiday
We are passionate about Monchique. This is a small working town. We have had our house here for 27 years. The town welcomes tourists, but it is essentially a town where people live and work. There are concerns that there is not enough work for young people who may have to leave of travel away for work. We hope that we contribute in a small way to the local economy, by providing stable employment and paying a fair wage.
Children and pets heaven. This is a real farm house . Unfussy and very comfortable There is a lot of space to explore. The garden round the house is overrun with flowers and the 4 acres has terraces, trees and rocks
A heavenly honeymoon location with complete privacy. star gazing on the bedroom terrace and lazy days by the pool
Great for a relaxed girls few day away with massage, swimming, laughing,drinking pink fizz round the fire.
Families home from home, plenty of space, 4 acres of garden , no traffic and no television. A return to the goodlife. Our two children have been here every for 25 years. ... read more »
|Pets||Max 1; £ 3/Stay|
|Local leisure activities||
Beach, Cycling, Golf, Horse riding, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Swimming pool, Tennis, Walking, Watersports
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The first thing you notice as your arrive is the wonderful eucalyptus scented air that immediately feels calming - It just gets better from there on in. The farmhouse has a great home-from-home feeling and had everything we needed, including a great open fire for cooler evenings. The swimming pool and surrounding land offers complete privacy. One of the great advantages to the farm house for me was the location. Its tucked away on the side of the mountain yet actually you are only around 25 minutes from the coast and only 5 minutes approx. from the market town of Monchique. Due to its location its not affected by light pollution and as a result the night skies are stunning. I also had some of the best nights sleep of my life!matthew P.
I've been here twice now, once in winter and another time in June, and both times I have had the most incredible stay. My winter stay was with family, and was all that I wanted it to be - incredibly relaxed, plenty of places to explore nearby on foot and in the car (the wind farm on the top of the mountain is very impressive), and it was even warm enough to brave the pool! Coming to the house again the following summer I brought friends, so we had a chance to check out the local restaurants and bars (Monchique has a particularly good bar, along with a pool table and amazing decor), go to the nearby beaches, food markets and fairs (one in the local fire station), swim in the pool, have lovely sunny walks and of course have the obligatory daily cocktail hour in the garden.... A wonderful place, will definitely be back again.Amanda W.
We have always visited Quinta da Relva in the summer months so this was a contrast to visit in the Spring and escape the vast snow in England.. Wisteria out, blossom trees blooming, oranges ready for picking at the side of the pool & the sound of the Cuckoo from the scented Pine forest. Quite chilly in the hills & what more could we want than a nice log fire in the evening after visiting 'Rampa', the local restaurant for the best Chicken Piri Piri in Monchique! Although the weather was not at its best we managed to chase the sun, finding it on Alvor beach on the south coast & also our favourite deserted beach on the west coast (Amoreria) Amalia the maid was as cheerful as ever, keeping the house spotlessly clean and comfortable for the duration of our stay. We found the new Intermarche supermarket in Monchique very useful to stock up with food on our arrival. We will certainly visit this rustic, away from it all farmhouse again!Denise H.
The location and views were exactly as described and perfect for a complete 'getaway'. We hired a car for our trip and so were able to explore the surrounding area where we found plenty of places to visit including beautiful beaches, local markets and some lovely walks! We were lucky enough to be invited to a private view at a charming local art gallery and we found some super restaurants with both local and international cuisine. We were slightly unlucky with the weather during our visit but we still managed to make use of the lovely swimming pool and terraced area around the farmhouse during the day as well as the open fire in the delightful galleried living area during the evening. The owner provided excellent information, both before and during our visit and even managed to organise a local beauty therapist to come to the property and give us a massage after a particularly damp walk! I would definitely recommend this property to a friend or relative.Jane Shakeshaft
This was our twelth visit! Our holidays at Relva are like coming home! With sunny days spent exploring the lovely colourful garden, and surrounding pine, lavender and eucalyptus woodlands. The well maintained pool is a real delight, just the place to cool off after sunbathing. Drinks on the starlit terrace with its view down to the coast were another highlight. Chilly evenings gave the opportunity to light a roaring fire of scented logs in the attractive traditional galleried sitting room. Relva is in a secluded spot, but with the benifit of upgraded road tracks giving easy access to the delightful little town of Monchique, Foia mountain top and the unspoilt West Coast resorts it is in an ideal position. We love it so much that we have already booked for 2013.Ron C.
My first visit to the Algarve was a far cry from what you'd normally expect from an Englishman abroad! Rather than endless rounds of golf punctuated by tourist-orientated surroundings, I felt I had not only had a relaxing holiday, but also had a thoroughly Portuguese experience. The town of Monchique itself, and the surrounding area, has a rustic and serene atmosphere, seemingly more at home in fiction than in reality! When wandering around town (normally to buy some pork from the local butchers or enjoy a casual drink in a cafe in our case!) you get the feeling you're experiencing the genuine side of being a tourist in Portugal. Those who aren't content with the standard package holiday, touristy, sort of holiday will be right at home in Monchique. The south coast is also only an hour's drive, so easily accessible I couldn't have had a better holiday overallCalum P.
Fabulous setting, idyllic surroundings. Definitely died and gone to heaven' Laura and David Mackay Edinburgh This has got to be the most beautiful place we have ever stayed. We had wanted to find somewhere as special as this for our honeymoon and we have not been disappointed.' Ann and David Hoon. London A lifetime treat for all of us. Received 19 out of 10 from our children' The Wales Family Sussex. Our 10th visit! Is this some kind of record?' Ron and Linda Chamberlain. Kent This was by far the most spectacular welcome we have ever had; log fire, fresh flowers and a gorgeous supper. This is undeniably a little bit of heaven on earth' Barlow Family. N. Yorks The best week spent anywhere, ever' The Harper family London What a perfect ideal way to spend a honeymoon Tony and Laura Simons. Berks This is almost certainly the best hoilday we have ever had What a success' Dean Family Bucks A beautiful place of love peace and healing' Hayleen Honeyson LondonHRGuestBook82660
We've been before. And we'll be going again. Nicest house we've been to in Portugal. Freshly picked oranges for breakfast and 200 books to read. Couldn't recommend it more highly.Loz H.
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