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Hilltop Self Contained Cottage For Two with Pool and Amazing Sea Views

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage near Moncarapacho, Algarve - Stunning Panoramic Sea View, Pool + relaxation!

Respite for couples in serious need of battery recharging. With a wonderful 6ft bed, ensuite, and amazing sea view. You have a 60 sq.m. pool, serious swimming, air conditioning, 4G WiFi, DVD and Bose CD. Relaxation is guaranteed in this self-contained haven. Nestling into the brow of a foothill of Sao Miguel, the eastern Algarve's highest peak, with breathtaking panoramic views of the sea (15 minutes distance), your cottage extends to private covered areas which include gas or charcoal barbecue, extra cooker and giant marble table. The views of the Atlantic and the mountains behind us are stunning, both from the cottage and around the swimming pool. The large mature gardens, with fig, lemon and orange trees and a lawn are yours to enjoy privately.

My welcome pack is legendary amongst my guests, I am a Cordon Bleu cook and it is all home made. On your arrival you will have wine, beer, chicken, hummus, chicken liver pate, mayonnaise, freshly squeezed orange juice, or what ever else I decide to make.

***FROM THIS YEAR onwards there is the option if you want to bring friends or family to rent an extra king sized room with private bath and own entrance and terrace, this would be rented ONLY to you. Pls enquire directly to me for pricing.

Come and relax!

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Joan Murray
Member since: 2000
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Joan Murray

My main criteria is for guests to relax, I create a very easy going atmosphere, but have high standards as far as accommodation is concerned. You are totally private in the cottage and have the enjoyment of the large mature gardens, lawn and pool at all times. It has been likened by guests to renting a complete large villa. I always put in my famous welcome pack, with wine and beer, so little or no shopping is needed when you first arrive. There are wonderful restaurants and cafes in Moncarapacho, and one superb restaurant, Antonio's.

The Eastern Algarve is totally unspoiled, and long may it stay that way. Beaches are unspoilt and even in August, and a 10 minute walk can leave you with the beach to yourself. There are small islands all along our coast (look up the Ria Formosa). These islands are fully equipped for beach fun, but also we have amazing birdlife (including flamingoes). Small and quick ferries take you out to Fuseta, Pedras Del Rei, Tavira and Armona beach.

I just want you to go home with your batteries charged.

Hope to see you,

Joan X

Joan Murray purchased this cottage in 1989

Why Joan Murray chose Moncarapacho

We bought a complete hilltop and built the villa and cottage. It has a panoramic view of the Ocean from Spain to Faro. These sites are no longer available. Not boasting but it is completely unique. It is completely private, not surrounded by other houses. I have automatic gates and a security fence

What makes this cottage unique

Because it is so private, it feels like you are renting a large villa. The swimming pool and terraces have amazing panoramic views of the sea and mountains. Relaxing is everything, however you want to do it. Quiet or loud, it is entirely down to you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Comments for 2009

Another relaxed stay, we never want to go home, 2nd visit in two years. Jane and Joe Ellison.

Thanks you for another great stay, you always make us so welcome. Don't forget we are coming for our honeymoon next year. Gary and John. PLEASE LOOK ON GUESTS REMARKS FOR UPDATE COMMENTS.
Feb 2000
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Moncarapacho in Municipality of Olhão

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 En-suite. washing machine.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • 1 gorgeous emperor size bed. (6ft) with TV and drapes, also ensuite bathroom. Additional renting - If you also want to rent an extra huge double (zip lock so can be made into 2 singles) plus ensuite and own private entrance, for family or friends then please enquire. This will only ever be rented to you.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Automatic heating, 4G WI FI, air-conditioning. Ceiling fans. Private car parking. COTTAGE COMPLETELY PRIVATE. It is a very relaxed atmosphere. Everything is geared to my guests. Outside: Large garden, (10m x 6m) swimming pool, 2 covered areas. Barbecue and giant marble table. Lots of loungers, both by the pool, and down at the cottage. All areas are for the use of the guests. Utility Room: Washing machine. Dishwasher. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Everything supplied, including towels for around the pool. Sheets and towels are changed for two week stays. You will have all cleaning products supplied. 2 covered areas - breakfast terrace and outdoor living room with huge marble table, large built-in barbecue (charcoal) + gas barbecue


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Hilltop Self Contained Cottage For Two with Pool and Amazing Sea Views
average rating of 4.9649124 based on 58 reviews

Happy times on a hill top

  • 5 of 5

After a long, wet Welsh winter a last minute get away was needed. We were extremely lucky to secure a week in Joan's cottage on her hill top (it's booked back to back all summer!). Unfortunately, the weather stretched as far as the eastern Algarve, and the rain followed us there. We did not use the pool or the barbeque, and even had to turn the heating on, but we didn't mind. We had a week filled with happy times. Joan is the most affable, gregarious hostess. The roast chicken and dips kept us fed for four days, and after a day of travelling it is most welcome not to have to go and find a supermarket. We spent our days sight seeing and enjoyed Olhao, Fuseta, Estoi, Santa Luzia, and Tavira. On rainy day 1 we visited Seville, which was a very easy drive across the border. On rainy day 2 we enjoyed the books and dvds on offer in the cottage and danced to loud music before we went sightseeing in the afternoon. The highlight of the boat trip through Parque Natural de Ria Formosa was the Cataplana lunch: seafood at its very best! Although we were there in April, and the season had not properly begun, it was clear that it can get busy on the beaches and having a hill top to withdraw to is very nice - away from the crowds. We enjoyed being in the cottage. It is well equipped, and the kitchen has every utensil you can think of. We had a very relaxing and happy time on Joan's hill top, and recommend that you find out for yourself why this is a magic, little place.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tranquil, idyllic perfect destination

  • 5 of 5

A fabulous self catering holiday home. Set in the hills of Moncarapacho. The views are stunning and a great opportunity to take lots of photos. The welcome pack is first class as you have everything you need for your first day/night so no need to search for a shop. Extremely clean, with no need to bring towels etc all in situ. The owner is always happy to oblige and nothing is too much trouble. Bearing in mind it is Self Catering and therefore you do have to buy necessities such as loo rolls once the ones supplied have run out and quite rightly disposing of your rubbish is down to you which isn't a chore as the bin is at the end of the road. You do need a car as you are up on the hill. We can highly recommend this property for its outstanding beauty and if you like to relax and chill in peaceful surroundings this is the place for you. Can guarantee that once you have stayed here you will want to return

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A rare gem 💖

  • 5 of 5

Our week here was a gift from our family, and it was fabulous. The owner Joan has equipped the cottage with everything you may need, including a fridge full of homemade goodies to last at least 2-3 days.

A car is essential but you're not far from the beautiful beaches or countryside of Eastern Algarve and the local town of Moncarapacho is walkable if you're reasonably fit.

The sea views are amazing, the huge bed super comfy, huge pool at a 'therapeutic ' temperature and a good shower with plenty hot water. People return here year after year, so you'll struggle to find availability but it's worth it

  • Review Submitted: 04-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you really enjoyed yourselves. Thanks for such a glowing review. You were such fun people, and very easy to entertain, we had several good nights together. I may add Jackie the cottage was left spotless.... cancel cleaner!! Please come and see me again, I would love that. Happy chasing the sun, it is 21 here today with beautiful sunshine!! And also enjoy retirement......till I see you again
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Victoria, Canada

Relaxation promise fulfilled.

  • 5 of 5

The promise and expectation of tranquility, relaxation and privacy at Joan’s cottage was fulfilled during nine sun-drenched days on the deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. As an un-expected bonus, we could watch the sunrise from our bed.

Other reviews praise Joan’s welcome package. In truth, it is hard to do it justice. We enjoyed the generous and delicious contents of the fridge for several days.

The cottage is a perfect base for relaxation and exploration of the eastern Algarve. The markets in Moncarapacho met all our needs. The kitchen meets all basic requirements and we prepared full breakfasts and suppers the entire stay. What a pleasure to arrive to find the outdoor gas grill on the deck is actually functional and clean.

Joan’s hospitality is a respectful balance of welcoming invitations to socialize but never impose. Although she is living in the big house above the cottage, she never intrudes and all communications are via text or telephone.

Thank you, Joan. You are a wonderful host and we enjoyed being your guest for nine glorious sunny days.

Ken and Judith

Victoria, BC., Canada

  • Review Submitted: 10-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your glowing review, I hope I deserved it! You both made the best of your time here, and the barbecue was well used! I am very lucky loving what I do, and really do love doing the welcome packs which are all homemade, Would like to thank you both for being such fun guests. You know you are welcome back at anytime. Joan
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Little gem in the Algarve.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is very well located on top of a hill. Stunning views, you can even see the coast line. Beautiful garden to stroll around and a nice pool with a lot of sunbathing area around it. The owner is very welcoming and charming. Although it is a self-catering cottage, there was a nice welcoming package provided. We loved our stay and will definitely come back.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My wonderful fun Belgian Guests. I think this is your 4/5 year of coming to see me. And I love your company, and Benoit sorts out my computer. I cannot wait to have you back in 2019, you are very special people.
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A very special place!

  • 5 of 5

Had a very relaxed and enjoyable week in Casa Alegria, and we thoroughly endorse all the previous glowing reviews, online as well as in her guest book.

It is a very special place, not least because Joan makes it so. You have complete privacy in the cottage, it's very comfortable, peaceful, well equipped; sun loungers, chairs, pool towels, books, Dvds, TV, Wi fi, pots pans, 3 BBQs on the cottage patio, (gas & charcoal) , local information, maps etc etc. I think she has thought of everything, but is on hand if you have any queries.

And yes, that welcome pack!!! Astounding, scrumptious, lip smacking! And when you eaten all that, check out the menu in the information folder....... :))

As others have said, Joan does not intrude at all during your stay, but in the evening, if you fancy a G+T,or wine, and a chat you can join her and the four legged ones, upstairs. We had good fun, good laughs, and good stories! Joan, heres's to you!! Slainte!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 'What a special Place' what special people you are, how can my 'late life' career be so enjoyable. We had so many laughs, and you Caroline were a match for Jay! Ann and I were more subdued (well sometimes). You will definitely be back next year...what a tonic you both are. You actually saw some of the ALGARVE, by 'shank's pony', and using the the local taxi service. Next year you will see more maybe! Until then take great care of yourselves Joan
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary


15 minutes drive to Fuzeta,which has a beach on the Ria Formosa. Also the ferry to Fuzeta Island (15 mins). Or you hire one of the Water Taxis, they will take you to virtually deserted beaches even in August! There are other beaches within 25 mins of the cottage. If you are willing to walk 10-15 mins along these beaches, they are empty even in August. Good information in cottage on all beaches etc.,


Airport: 30 minutes (Faro)

Car hire essential.


7 minutes drive to Moncarapacho, where you have a local Market, and small supermarkets. 10 mins Estoi - Roman temple, C19th palace. Tavira 20mins, venetian atomsphere, Spanish border 30 mins. Olhao cubist town with fantastic fish and fruit market. Seville 1 hr 40 mins Lisbon 2-3hrs.

Further Details:

Moncarapacho has everything a market town fish vegetable market, very good restaurants, small supermarkets open 7 days a week. Or you go down to 125 road and you have ALDI, LIDL. Sea fishing trips, bird and dolphin spotting and diving expeditions can all be arranged.Visit to the Ria Formosa park centre (many rare birds). IN FUSETA, you have water sport such as Kite Surfing, Boat Tours, Stand up Paddle, kayaking, Water skiing. Also,there is another Water Taxi, he has so much local information, and will take you to all the different Islands, off the coast. Or there is also ferries and water taxi in OLHAO, ALSO TAKING YOU TO ALL THE ISLANDS.

TAVIRA is a beautiful town, and well worth exploring, reminds me of a faded Venice. The architecture is very unique. It is the unspoilt side of the Algarve, and is very Portuguese.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Moncarapacho, Algarve

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018/9
1 May 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter rates
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
april 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2019
1 May 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
50% with booking form, balance 6 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Flexible, but must be one week minimum in high season.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for property per week in pounds (Sterling).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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