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Villa With Secluded Pool - Superb Views of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


About the property

Secluded, Peacefull location with Panoramic Sea & Country Views, South Facing Hillside.

Villa Monte Rosa is delightfully situated and offers beautiful views with complete privacy and bright, spacious accommodation, set within grounds of about 3 acres, midway between the villages of Barranco do Sao Miguel, also Azinheiro, which has a small Cafe/Bar where Sandra and Paul speak fluent English, this is a lovely place to sit and watch life go by with the Locals, or enjoy a Sunset Tipple. Next to this, there is a small Mini Market, which supplies all your daily needs. Both villages are only about 3 minutes walk, in either direction. The nearby towns of Estoi (8 minutes), Moncarapacho (10 minutes) Olhao (15 minutes) and Sao Bras de Alportel (8 minutes), all driving distances, have banks, shops, supermarkets, local outdoor markets and a wide range of excellent local restaurants. The Eastern Algarve is still unspoilt and relatively underdeveloped and offers a more relaxed atmosphere for those wishing to escape the bustle of the main tourist areas while still having access to glorious beaches frequented more by the locals, (20mins). Ideally situated between the East and West Algarve Golf Courses. Please see the 'More Photos' page for a location map of the villa.

Member since: 2002
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
26 June, 2017

About The Owner

We are a retired couple from Scotland, who love Portugal. We use the Villa to escape the Spring and Autum cold weather.

Especially travelling back and forth by Car through England, France Spain and Portugal, exploring the Countries as we go.

The Owner purchased this villa in 1995

Why The Owner chose Estoi

We have had the Villa for many years and love the area, because of it's rural, local area, far away from the Maddening Crowds. Much prefer our lovely Portuguese neighbors, rather than the noisy tourist areas.

It is well situated in the middle of 4 Local towns and 20 minutes from Faro. Up in the hills, overlooking the Coast and the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve.

There is a Roman Villa, well preserved in Estoi and also the Estoi Palace, which has recently been renovated and become a Pousada.

Also the town of Sao Bras de Alportel, which has many restaurants, at local prices, especially Luis dos Frangos, which serves the best Chicken Piri Pire in the Algarve. Our favourite, the family can go there everynight for a meal, when they are here.

What makes this villa unique

The Property is snuggled into the terraced side of the hillside of Sao Miguel. Well sheltered, although is still gets the sea breezes, to cool you from the heat. It is quiet and relaxing by the pool, an orchard with a variety of fruit, which you can help yourself,to whatever is in season, also lots of land to explore, taking a nature trail on the terraces below for a different view.

It is a quiet Village and the Locals are friendly, especially at Café O'Rissol, where you can sit and watch the world go by, enjoying a toastie at lunch time, or a sunset tipple. The Owners speak very good English if you need any help.

Also our neighbors, Costa and Fernanda look after the Villa for us and can help in any way, if there is a problem. They can speak fluent French and a little English

Guestbook comments from the owner

Numerous very satisfied guests. Several returning each year.
Feb 2002
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Barranco de São Miguel in Faro region

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • 2 bathrooms - both 4 piece and shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 twin). All have ceiling room fans.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Notes on accommodation: On arrival a welcome pack of essentials is provided in your fridge. All Gas, electricity, water and TV are inclusive. Hairdrier supplied. Non Smokers only. No pets allowed. Outside: There are covered sun patios situated outside the Villa, facing east and the south, the south facing dining veranda offers beautiful views of the sea and surrounding hills. There is also a large swimming pool which is situated below the south facing veranda. The pool has underwater floodlighting for night swimming! Surrounding the pool is a wide sun terrace, with ample tables, chairs, sun umbrellas and sunbeds, also an outdoor shower. The poolside traditional barbecue is ideally situated next to another shaded dining area, by the pool. There is Boule/Petanque area below the Pool. From the entrance gates and along the driveway are, lawns, gardens and orchard all laid out around the villa, including fruit trees of Olive, Almond, Carob, Fig, Orange, Lemon, Apple, Lime, etc., which are all serviced by an automatic irrigation system. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer in Laundry Room off Garage. Large whirligig in garden area. Cleaning / Towels / Linen All linen is supplied. The maid will change bed linen and towels at the end of each week. Also towels changed mid week. Beach towels also supplied for use by the Pool. Other: Large roof terrace. Pool, storage area for patio furniture in room by the pool. Exterior Boiler Room, supplied by Calor Gas, to heat water and cooking. Store area for logs for winter use.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)


beautiful villa with everything provided. lovely pool and balcony areas. Quiet and peaceful .

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about this place! Local village pub a short walk provided fresh pastries, great food and was a wealth of knowledge about the area of where to go and how to get there. We would highly recommend this home. Everything spotlessly clean and well cared for.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely to heat that you enjoyed yourselves and that Nelson managed to show you the hidden parts of Portugal that Tourists don't manage to see. Enjoying the quiet peaceful surroundings and our friendly locals. It's good to know that our efforts and that of Costa and Fernanda, to keep the Villa attractive for guest, are appreciated. Hope to see you again in the future.
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Oh my wot a place!. Totally away from it all.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely. It was my husband's 50th so wanted to get away from it all. This is the place to do that. Ken and Chris were very helpful on booking car hire and taxi to and from airport. I would advise this as gets busy at faro airport. Excellent stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and Celebrated your Husbands Birthday in style. The personal taxi pickup is a great way to escape the maddening crowds, and arrive in your peace and solitude all of he quicker. Thank you for coming. Look forward to seeing you next year.
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Beautiful villa in a rural location

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Portugal and found Christine and Ken really helpful in arranging taxi pick ups to/from the airport and recommendations of car hire. The villa itself is spotlessly clean, well equipped and our boys aged 12 and 10 enjoyed their time in the pool. The welcome pack on arrival was a bonus and had a few essentials until we could make it to the supermarket. The villa is a short walk away from a small shop and cafe and the owners, Sandra and Paul were really welcoming and accommodating, the food and drink unbelievably inexpensive. Costa and Fernanda (villa's caretakers) were on hand when needed but not intrusive. Although the villa is in a rural location it was only half an hours drive away from the main tourist resorts Villamoura and Albufeira where we did some watersports, tennis and golf. Overall, a fantastic holiday with a helpful owner. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a quiet family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. It is so pleasing to know that people find it so Welcoming and love the area and views, as much as we do. I know the Locals love to be able to help everyone enjoy their beautiful Country. Hope to see you next year.
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Absolutely fabulous stay at the Villa Monte Rosa this August 2016.

  • 5 of 5

Booked this property after speaking with the ever helpful Christine.Received all info. regarding property via e-mail and everything was just as advertised .Great directions to property from airport and took only 15 min.Was met with caretaker Costa and treated to bottles of wine,water .tea ,coffee, bread and even cheese and all sorts of local produce left in fridge.

Villa itself was fantastic ,spotless ,stunning views and brilliant pool.So quiet and peaceful our stay was looking down on the Algarve .

Fresh bread every morning from local bakery and lovely local bar within walking distance.

Christine left folder full of local knowledge regarding interesting day trips and local fish and veg markets.In fairness the only time we left was to re-stock our food supplies as the bbq was brilliant .

Can not praise this rental property enough and will be back.(Home from home really except with fab. pool and sunshine)

Thank you Christine and Ken.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You must have been driving fast if it only took 15mins. We do it in 20mins and we know where we're going. So glad you enjoyed yourselves and liked our Home in the Algarve. You are welcome back anytime, would love to see you there again.
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Totally Amazing

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful Villa - we arrived to find a welcome pack that included a bottle of wine!

Villa was spotlessly clean.

So well equiped - dishwasher - wifi even some inflatables and goggles etc for use in the pool.

Views were breath taking. Pool was amazing - a great size and lovely to have such a deep end.

Cannot highly recommend this villa enough to anyone.

Planning our next visit as soon as we can.

Christine is so helpful - information folders in the villa so useful.

If you are booking a hire car - please take advice from Christine and arrange car to be delivered to the villa. We booked ours direct with Europcar at the airport and had to wait over an hour!

Thank you Christine for allowing us to stay in your home.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review, I am so glad you enjoyed it so much. It was such a shame you had such a holdup with your arrival to Faro and then the long wait for your car, I know it can be so annoying and such an anxious time when things go wrong with your plans. All was well for the rest of your stay, time to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Look forward to hopefully hearing from you again, you are most Welcome to return.
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Beautiful Villa in Peaceful Location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful 2 weeks at Villa Monte Rosa at the end of June/1st week of July.

The Villa is very well equipped and maintained and has everything you need. We used the BBQ several nights and the pool is a good size for swimming.

The caretakers were very helpful and on hand if you needed help with anything. The Villa was very clean and a substantial welcome pack was provided.

We visited Café O'Rissol for snacks, drinks and ice creams and used the little mini market next door.

A car is essential as the villa is in a quiet location but is only 20 minutes drive from the airport. There are many places to visit in the area.

The villa is located off the tourist track and the Eastern Algarve is a beautiful area.

We would recommend and would definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. So glad you enjoyed your stay and had a lovely holiday. You seemed to get about and visited the Aqua Park, the beaches and our lovely local restaurants. You make me wish I was there now! Look forward to hearing from you for next year, maybe you will manage to go to Luis dos Frangos then. Regards Christine.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 4
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 6
29 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 7
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 8
16 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 9
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 10
28 Oct 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 11
18 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 12
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 13
6 Jan 2018 - 30 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 14
31 Mar 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 15
28 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Rate 16
2 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 17
30 Jun 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Saturday to Saturday, although flexible out of season.
A car is necessary.
Treat our home as you would your own, we ask you kindly, if you break it you replace it.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
Discounts available for less than 6 persons.
Discounts available for early bookings.
Discounts available for long winter lets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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