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Tidal mill in spectacular location on the river near the sea

Overview

Property

Updated: 17-Oct-2016
7 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13

Moinho do Loural is a stunning 10 hectare estate surrounded on three sides by the Mira river with 700m of private shoreline. Originally a working tidal mill, there are several small guest houses that make it an ideal location for shared family holidays.

The main house has a wonderful terrace where leisurely meals can be taken in the shade of a fig tree and at night no other light is visible except from the stars. It comprises a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, both with fabulous views, a twin room, a further single room which gives directly on to the terrace and a beautifully appointed bathroom. There are two guest cottages in the grounds also with terraces and captivating views. A further studio with a glass wall overlooking the river sleeps four and is perfect for children. Everything has been fully renovated to a high specification while retaining the character of the original buildings.

Within the main house there is plenty of space to relax in a large, comfortable, living space and a separate study area. There is an internal dining table that seats up to 14 people and a spacious and extremely well appointed kitchen that adjoins this. A south-facing terrace is shaded by a mimosa tree and there is a large outdoor table hand-made from local stone on the main terrace.

A few metres away is the first guest cottage which has twin beds, an en suite bathroom and its own seating area with fireplace. From here you can meander through the landscaped garden to the pool or on down to the private jetty.

The second guest cottage - about 80 metres from the main house - can be reached via a path that winds through cork trees past an old well. Overlooking an orchard of orange and lemon trees on one side and the river on the other, it also has twin beds, en suite bathroom (with walk-in shower), fireplace and seating area and a wonderfully secluded terrace.

From here it is a few steps to the last remaining tidal mill on the Mira river.

More Details
  • Sleeps 13
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Speaks English, French, Spanish

7 Reviews

4.7
based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

5

Fabulous family holiday in paradise.

  • 5 of 5

We are a large family with teenagers and younger children, this was the ideal holiday for all ages and parents, with parents and younger chilkdren occupying the main house and elder children in the annexes. The position of the property is magnificent with great views up and down the river, not another house in sight and nature all round. The houses are all beautifully equiped and well maintained. The property manager was extremely friendly and helpful, fixing up kaiak rental for the river and providing fishing tips and information on the local area. We loved all of the swimming options available, the pool, river and the sea just a 15 min drive away. We will return!

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Idyllic riverfront retreat, just as advertised

  • 5 of 5

The luxurious accommodation in this magnificent setting is so well suited to the environment that the entire experience is one not to be missed. The main house and cottages, nestled in a bend on the River Mira, offer spectacular views and opportunities for relaxing on the verandas or poolside. One can enjoy a glass of Vinho Verde or perhaps fresh figs or other seasonal fruit picked fresh picked from the beautifully landscaped gardens. While watching the occasional boat pass by, we were fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of a 'sounder' of wild boar ambling on the path across the river. The location makes it possible to engage in water sports, hiking, and to undertake excursions to villages within a short drive. Nearby towns provide well-stocked shops featuring fresh food and a good selection of wines. (We even managed to locate some Japanese sake.) High quality restaurants with ocean views, fresh seafood and local dishes are easily accessible. We will be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Idyllic retreat in spectacular riverfront setting

  • 5 of 5

The luxurious accommodation in this magnificent setting is so well suited to the environment that the entire experience is one not to be missed. The main house and cottages, nestled in a bend on the River Mira, offer spectacular views and opportunities for relaxing on the verandas or poolside. One can enjoy a glass of Vinho Verde or perhaps fresh figs or other seasonal fruit picked fresh picked from the beautifully landscaped gardens. While watching the occasional boat pass by, we were fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of a 'sounder' of wild boar ambling on the path across the river. The location makes it possible to engage in water sports, hiking, and to undertake excursions to villages within a short drive. Nearby towns provide well-stocked shops featuring fresh food and a good selection of wines. (We even managed to locate some Japanese sake.) High quality restaurants with ocean views, fresh seafood and local dishes are easily accessible. We will be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fabulous house!

  • 5 of 5

This is one house we would definitely rent again. It was perfect for our 3-family gathering where each family had their houses and the kids all bunked up in the "teen house".

Everyone relaxed by the pool or the different decks. We found a great butcher in Vila Nova de Milfontes and cooked all our meals at the house and even used the wood oven to make pizza.

We had a glitch with the refrigerator but both the owner and the caretaker were on it right away and did their best to fix the situation.

We went to a couple of beaches around to both relax and boogie board. We had a great lunch at one of the restaurants by the beach where they grilled a huge fish for our party. One of the most delicious meal we have had in Portugal.

We recommended this property without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

House in spectacular position overlooking river

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent a wonderful holiday at Moinho do Loural. The position of the house with it's separate Guest Cottages overlooking the river and surrounding hills is truly spectacular. Being newly renovated everything was in perfect working order and in excellent taste.

We had some delicious seafood meals in the charming coastal town of Vila Nova de Milfortes where there are also good local beaches and it is within 15 minutes drive.

The owners were extremely helpful with any queries we had about the house and we would highly recommend this spectacular house to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A week at the Moinho

  • 5 of 5

Moinho do Loural is a unique location set in one of the most secluded, most traditional regions of Western Europe. You reach the property along a mile of track, then drop down into your own private enclave. The perfect setting for a large family holiday or, by contrast, the writing of that novel you always promised yourself you'd write

The river Mira curves its way along 2 sides of the property before heading off to the sea at Vila Nova de Milfontes (itself a traditional Portuguese resort full of restaurants & bars, well-stocked food shops and charming sandy beaches). You'll be lucky to see more than one or two fishing boats row past in a whole day!

The main terrace offers incredible panoramic views of the river

The 4 buildings have all been renovated, internally and externally to a super-modern standard, surrounded by lawn and shrubberies and climbing plants, and then tastefully integrated into acres of natural landscape of cork trees, pines, mimosa and oleanders.

The main house, at the top of a small hill, is flooded with light and boasts a very spacious, oak-beamed social / dining area opening out onto the main terrace.

The other buildings are the Pool Cottage, the Well Cottage - for single or couple occupation - and, of course, the natty "Studio", converted specifically to provide some independence for the teenagers. Each one of these has its own terrace, its own views, its own character.

Leisure and other on-site facilities include a beautiful pool, full internet service, a jetty, table football and the latest must-have, a pizza oven. And masses more.

During the day, a herd of melodious cattle graze past on the opposite bank of the river, their bells clunking; in early evening, formations of white birds skim the river surface on their way home. That's a whole day's action.

Our group had a fantastic time, watching the river, reading, walking and doing loads of cooking. The only thing we had to worry about all week was the lack of a lettuce drier ! The owners have since put that one right.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro or Lisbon at 140 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Furnas at 8 Kilometres Car: necessary

The property is in the heart of protected parkland on the west coast of Portugal with outstanding views and a tremendous sense of remoteness although only 15 minutes' drive from a bustling seaside town. Whilst benefiting from being on the banks of the beautiful Mira river, it is only a short drive to long stretches of unspoilt Atlantic beaches. Almograve and Vila Nova de Milfontes (with its wonderful old fort) are close by with a full range of shops, cafes and restaurants - serving fresh fish from the local port. The possibilities for outdoor activities are numerous - there is a first rate surfing school as well as opportunities for kayaking, sailing, fishing, riding and cycling. As the property is in a nature reserve you can also enjoy peaceful bird watching. The historic town of Monchique is less than an hour away with far-reaching views down to the Algrave coast. The airports of Lisbon and Faro are within two hours' easy driving and there is a weekly flight to Beja (one hour away).

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £419

- 20% non-refundable deposit due at time of booking
- Balance payable six weeks prior to arrival date
- Last minute bookings accepted subject to availability
- We are sure the house and contents will be treated with care but we would ask for a €500 deposit in advance against breakages or damage which will be refunded at the end of the stay
- We will do our best to be flexible about changeovers

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Facilities

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Luxury

General

  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 377 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Includes double basin unit
  • All bathrooms are marble or limestone and have heated towel rails and high specification fittings

Bedrooms

  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Can be converted to a double bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, All single beds are large
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed, On a mezzanine level
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 Single Bed

Outside

  • Boat Dock
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • A housekeeper and caretaker will visit twice each week but can be arranged for daily visits on request. Catering can also be arranged for local dishes.

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