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Garden Cottage of a Country Villa with Pool, Mountain and stunning Seaview's

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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Peaceful Cottage with safe rambling country walks - Tourism Registered AL 1612

The Love Nest is located on the foothills of the Monte Sao Miguel range, an elevated setting with lovely mountain and stunning coastal sea views overlooking the distant offshore islands and towns from Fuseta to Olhao and Faro.

A rural country area in natural wild shrub land setting, very safe ideal for rambling country walks along the many lanes or mountain tracks to suit all levels of fitness or just unwind and take in the peace and quiet.

Shopping and village markets, festivals and affordable restaurants from 1.5 Km away.

The offshore islands beckon with endless, uncrowded and sun-drenched beaches, easily accessed by either water taxis or small ferries docking below in Olhao or Fuseta, under 10 minutes away.

The easy access to the A22 motorway allows all Algarve’s appealing entertainments, sport activities and even Spain to be very accessible, all within a 30minute drive.


The cottage is detached back to back across a shared rear courtyard from our main home Casa Lami.

Has own separated garden, boule court plus barbeque area and gazebo for alfresco dining and safe undercover shared carport.

The pool has no overlooking villas and is located at the front of our main bungalow house, and guests have own separate easy access at all times.

PLEASE NOTE that although the pool is located in front of the main house it is NOT A SHARED POOL at all as the owners are a long retired couple with a lifetime under an African sun and never ever use the pool.


The LOVE NEST was converted from our detached extra-large double garage into a cosy very comfortable open plan studio cottage for two.

An ample lounge area with comfortable IKEA seating plus rocking chair, an open plan archway links the bedroom with Emperor size double bed and posturepedic mattresses, ironed all cotton bedlinen with all seasons duvets, an ample dressing area leads to an ensuite bathroom with shower, basin, toilet and crisp sundried cotton towels.

Another archway links the lounge to a breakfast bar and a self-catering on granite tops kitchenette with fridge freezer, microwave grill, toaster, washing sink, kettle, juicer, coffee machines, hob and heavy duty extractor fan. All fully equipped for self-catering plus all usual expendables down to table serviettes are all inclusive.

The cottage is on ceramic floor tiles with scatter rugs, climate control air conditioning, extra cooling fans and electric heaters.

There is free Wi Fi Internet, Satellite TV with free view BBC/SKY, CNN etc., DVD, CD, Hi Fi & Bose, a classic guitar is available on request. Small wine bar with compliments of the house.

A free for local calls Mobile phone to remain in contact with owner management, also ideal take along mobile for handy standby advice to make sure guests have a care free holiday


A weekly combined cottage and pool cleaning service, a full change of linen, fresh cotton bath towels and also pool/beach towels are provided. The cottage is maintained with most usual household expendables all-inclusive at no extra cost.

A welcome pack of wine, beer and some fridge essentials is provided to set your holiday off to a good start


The preferred changeover is Saturday but we are flexible wherever dates fit in reasonably with other bookings. To allow for cleaning please vacate by 10am on the day of departure. Occupation on arrival is 2pm, however whenever possible we gladly adjust for earlier or later flights times.


The property is on 3800sq meters of elevated private rural land overlooking some scattered villas below, it is securely fenced in with an automated entrance gate, driveway and mature gardens, grass lawns and cooling tall palm trees.

As the property is on variable sloping land care has been taken to avoid riser steps making it ideal for elderly or infirm to negotiate the cottage, parking, garden, pool and main house all on one level with aid of a few gentle ramps.

The Cottage has an own separate front and rear entrance, own boule court, gazebo, table and chairs and barbecue for alfresco dining.

The villa pool is 'L' shaped 24mts square area, ranges from 1.2 to 1.9m deep and has deep "champagne" seating steps, with sun loungers plus umbrellas, no overlooking houses.

For hot evenings the floodlit court awaits you for fun filled games of boule, and for colder nights the boule den easily converts to an “African Safari Campfire” style with fire wood logs available on request.


The cottage is owner managed, they have over 13 years’ experience in renting out their holiday properties. Their guest´s PRIVACY, SAFETY, SECURITY and wellbeing is most important to them and knowing holidays are the most precious times of all, special care is taken to ensure a care free holiday.


Being an approved and licensed holiday property the cottage is inspected and conforms to the comfort and safety standards such as:

Power failure warnings plus emergency lighting facility / Gas and Smoke detector alarms in the kitchen area / Strategically placed 2 category Fire Extinguishers plus Fire blanket and luminous Exit signs / First Aid Kit cupboard visibly wall mounted, to which we add extra anti-histamine tablets and creams to instantly reduce discomfort from stings and bites.


Some 3 years ago we installed into all 4 our properties top of the range yet easy to use Security Direct Alarms Systems to prevent unpleasant break-in intrusions spoiling our guest’s holidays,

However, as our permanent home Casa Lami alarm system is linked with the nearby Love Nest cottage we only ever use it when we are away for lengthy annual family visits to S. Africa and Australia; as the many alarm warning signs fixed all around our property is an adequate deterrent.

This alarm system also offers EXTRA PEACE OF MIND for emergency instant reaction, as it is directly linked via GPS to Police Villa Vigilance Service / The Fire Brigade / Emergency Ambulance with Paramedic Service / Plus a mere touch of a button away from National Emergency Service 112 attention, all of whom readily speak English.


Although the Love Nest is detached but situated in close proximity with the owners’ main house, our guest’s privacy remains paramount.


The LOVE NEST is managed as a holiday cottage by the owners, a retired couple from South Africa who have lived in the Algarve for many years. They have another 2 holiday properties completely private with own pool; please refer to Villa Monte Fava P310 and also to Villa Monte Mar P6170

All 3 properties are approved and licensed for holiday letting. The owners love the Algarve and, knowing holidays are precious to us all, they are keen to furnish more information or advice so that you may make a happy choice and maybe return year after year.

They speak English, German and Zulu, some Portuguese and follow Flemish/Dutch

More Details
Karl Engelbrecht
Karl Engelbrecht
Casa Lami, Alcaria Cova
8005 - 405 ESTOI Faro Algarve Portugal
Karl Engelbrecht, 9996001187172
Tourism Local Lodging Registered numbers: Cottage Casa Lami AL 1612 Villa Monte Mar AL 460 Villa Monte Fava AL 148
VAT Reg NoPT214079333

Karl and Daphne
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, German
Calendar last updated:
18 February, 2017

About Karl and Daphne

As a young family we had a very happy 20 years of trading in the remote Zulu Kingdom of South Africa.

On being politically displaced in 1980 we retired early to the North Coast of Durban and 15 years of “part time farming” our beef ranch in remote northern Natal.

Having more leisure time we toured extensively and whilst in Europe we fell in love with the Algarve and promptly acquired a holiday villa, which inevitably in 1995 became our permanent home.

Having acquired more holiday villas to rent out we now enjoy meeting guests from around the world, many of whom are now our dearest friends.

Annually we visit our families in the southern summers of South Africa and Australia and returning home to enjoy and love the Algarve even more.

Karl and Daphne purchased this cottage in 1992

Why Karl and Daphne chose Estoi

The Ria Formosa wetlands and offshore Islands being a protected world heritage, our part of the Eastern Algarve is fortunately spared from mega tourist developments and consequently remains more traditionally Portuguese; the most friendly and polite people you could ever wish to meet.

An idyllic easy going lifestyle, festivals, village markets, offshore islands endless golden beaches and all year sunny blue skies

What makes this cottage unique

A very peaceful country locality, elevated location set in natural shrub land all around, for unwinding in ultimate relaxation.

With stunning coastline sea views and the offshore islands beckon with uncrowded sundrenched beaches

Easy access to village shops and affordable restaurants, also several beaches, sport activities and entertainments just a short drive away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

1. We just want to say a big thank you for your kindness and hospitality during our stay at Ninho do Amor. We had a wonderful week, total relaxation and the peace and beauty of the Algarve (as well as great company of course) was just what we needed.

2. We've arrived home safe and sound with many happy memories of a wonderful holiday and sadness that we had to leave so soon. Your kindness and attention to detail meant that we arrived as guests but quickly felt more like friends.

3. I dont know where to begin thanking you for such a wonderful holiday. We have never experienced before such hospitality, generosity, friendship and concern from what was total strangers but whom we now like to know as friends. 'The Nest' and gardens are absolutely perfect, the peace and tranquility everything we hoped it would be, and on top of that we were escorted around the local countryside and restaurants by two of the nicest people we have met in a very long time. God bless you both.
Jul 2005
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)


A small piece of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

First things first. YOUR holiday is important, very important.

For a brief period of the year you want to forget the bustle and hustle of of your home environment and enjoy a place that's been created to make you happy.

Karl and Daph have been our hosts on many occasions for the past 10 years and could quite justifiably, based on their clients reviews have rested on their laurels. Each time we return they've taken the facilities to another level.

Better Wifi...✓

Better satellite TV...✓

New kitchen gadgets...✓

New area for clients to relax with wonderful views...✓

You don't need to have any concerns about cleanliness, maintenance, or customer service. The owners have the perfect relationship with their clients, they're there when you need them, but you're never aware of them during your stay, they're perfect hosts.

Unfortunately, Owners Direct only allow reviewers to give a maximum of 5 stars. Quite rightly that is perfectly adequate for most properties, but believe me you won't be disappointed by any aspect of your stay and will want to add another star on your return from a "little piece of Heaven." 11/10...

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow . . !! Fantastic review to keep us going, thank you
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Beautiful - ideal for 2

  • 5 of 5

A truly lovely holiday in the Love Nest. A great balance of visiting places in the Eastern Algarve experiencing the culture, along with time on beaches/swimming pool. A brilliant location being 20 mins from a wonderful daily market at Olhao (not Sunday) and a spectacular array of what felt like safe sandy beaches. Cottage was great - as mentioned before a super 'Welcome' pack - the best we have experienced in our travels. Everything was provided that we needed - parasols for the beach, cool box, beach towels, washing line, juice maker to make the most of the delicious oranges etc. A lot of everyday items were there too, so we didn't have to buy washing up bits, tea, coffee etc. We also enjoyed the boules pitch most nights alongside the bbq area. Karl and Daph were really kind and helpful - but not intrusive. A very clean, nicely maintained property and pool - a real treat for two people to have a really relaxing and enjoyable visit to Portugal. PS - no plane noise despite being in touch with the airport as planes seem to land and take off over the sea! Thank you Karl and Daph for one of our best holidays - can pretty much guarantee we will return one day.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, your appreciative and detailed review certainly encourages us to keep going and we look forward to welcome you back sometime as loyal returning guests at any of our 3 holiday properties.
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  • 5 of 5

If you want to explore the Eastern Algave, far less commercialized than the the west, I can think of nowhere better to stay than "The Love Nest". It is situated about 20 minutes by car inland from Faro Airport. Perched on a hillside with far reaching views of the sea and neighboring towns. The sun is on the swimming pool all day long.

The comfortable villa is ideal for 2 people and contains everything one needs. If you're English and want to keep up to date with your favorite programs in the evening the TV has most of the free view channels.

I have never met better hosts than Karl & Daph, ever helpful but unobtrusive. They treat one more like family than paying guests. Their local knowledge for restaurants and places to visit is invaluable.

On arrival, we made the mistake of calling at the supermarket without first checking the welcome pack....excellent .....red wine.....white wine.....beer.....there was even food......

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your encouraging review, your comments from two regular Algarve visitors of many years standing are most inspiring. We are pleased you liked our Eastern Algarve and we are looking forward to your return stay sometime.
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One word ... perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We booked 'The Love Nest' just over 12 months ago, we knew the area after having several holidays to Portugal before but this is most definitely our favourite. The Nest is the perfect place to relax and unwind, you can do as much or as little by being based there.We followed Karl's directions he sent us and found it no problem after picking our car up at the airport.We were greeted with a very warm welcome form Karl and Daph and the much appreciated welcome pack which was very sufficient. The Nest is very well equipped every detail has been thought about.The swimming pool is a stones throw away and is perfect to cool off during the hot summer days. Your privacy is very paramount to Karl and Daph and it is very clear that it is very important to them.They do not use the pool at all so it is solely available to you with fantastic views across the coastline.There are plenty of places around The Nest to sit and relax and a covered area to eat if you so wish.There is a boules area to enjoy a game and an area to barbecue if you so wish. If you require any help or information about the area Karl and Daph are very happy to help in anyway they can.We would not hesitate to recommend this lovely little haven it is beautiful with such friendly, kind,helpful owners.We have enjoyed our stay so much we have booked The Nest again for next year cannot wait!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your appreciation is our inspiration to strive ever better. Many thanks for promptly securing your dates for next year, we look forward to your return
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Un bonito lugar para relajarse y desconectar.

  • 5 of 5

Casita con encanto en el Algarve, cerca de la costa pero en una zona muy tranquila donde poder desconectar. Imprescindible vehículo para moverse por la zona. Buena localización, buen tiempo, piscina perfecta.

Para repetir.

Estupendo recibimiento por parte de Karl y Daph, que hicieron que nuestra estancia fuese perfecta.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Muchos gracias, esperamos mantener nuestros 5 estrellas brillantes que va en aumento.
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A perfect 10

  • 5 of 5

Before our visit Karl e-mailed us with car rental details, local supermarket details and an accurate guide to finding 'the nest'. On arrival we found a spotless and quaint home in a splendid hillside location with excellent views of Faro and the neighbouring villages and towns. Inside, the fridge contained a sensible and tasty starter pack of food. There was also a supply of some splendid local wines and we noticed how well kitted out 'the nest' was. Karl and Daph later introduced themselves to us and proved excellent hosts. Their house is next door and they readily offered advice on things to do, places to see and local restaurants. They were attentive to our needs at the same time as being tactful, respecting our privacy. The immediate environs is excellent for walking and jogging although be prepared to be barked at... At the top of the rise there are brilliant views to be had of the Algarve. Hence we were extremely pleased with our choice of 'the nest' as a home from home for the week and would recommend it to others. Obrigado Karl and Daph for now. We will of course be back!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your very kind review, it was our pleasure having you two in our cottage the Love Nest and we are looking forward to your return.
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1 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
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Late Autumn
1 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
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1 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
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Early Spring
1 Mar 2018 - 31 Mar 2018
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 6.0%

After 13 years’ experience of personally managing our holiday properties, we have never had the need to impose breakage deposits or additional cleaning charges, as mutual trust and respect is all we need.

Kindly note our rental prices are all told no hidden extras and includes all usual household expendables down to table serviettes and a generous welcome pack with some fridge essentials to welcome you on your arrival. Also note that all our properties are approved and licensed holiday villas registered for Tourism Lodging and the local 6% VAT is all inclusive in our quotations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Barranco de São Miguel in Faro region

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Ensuite from bedroom with shower, washbasin and toilet with all usual expendables included, Fresh sundried cotton towels, shower caps, hairdryer and unlimited hot water. And regulatory First Aid Cupboard
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Open plan bedroom with very comfortable made up super-king size bed and posturepedic mattresses, a dressing table and dressing area with built-in cupboard leading to ensuite bathroom. Ironed cotton bedlinen with both summer and winter duvets, comfortable Euro-sleep pillows, special pillow requirements are available by advance request.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The cottage is detached back to back from the main house across a shared rear courtyard. Has own separated garden, boule court plus barbeque area and gazebo for alfresco dining and safe undercover shared carport.

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