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Restored Cottage With Panoramic Views, Rural And Quiet



Updated: 13-Nov-2016
Cottage in Ourique, Alentejo, Central Portugal - Central For Visiting East/West Coasts, Mountains & Lakes 8713/AL

Welcome to our Monte. It is the ideal place to have some 'me' time. Get away from the pressures of modern life and step back 30 years. The self catering apartment forms part of the Monte which had been sympathetically restored with beams and feather board ceilings; thick walls that insulate, having a cooling effect in the summer whilst retaining the heat when the log burner is stoked up in the colder months. Open the triple paned french doors in the lounge and let in the sun. The other rooms have stable doors where you can watch the storks' nest. There is a private garden area at the back but you are welcome to wander.

.The Monte's garden area has been landscaped with the Mediterranean plants that flourish here. There are views over the rolling plains with the cork trees; the sound of the farm animals and wildlife; the beautiful sunsets; and blue skies.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Thank you from both of us for our lovely holiday in your sweet cottage. We enjoyed ourselves very much'

'Thank you for making us feel welcome. We really enjoyed our stay and will probably be asking to stay again'

'The house was impeccable, lovely wood burning stove to keep us warm... Thank you for your hospitality and your adorable little guest house' Christopher & Jacqueline

All other comments are on the owner's website.
Jun 2006
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderful property, charming hosts

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted by Richard and Jan on arrival, and shown around their property, which was beautifully appointed, immaculate and very comfortable.

They had stocked up the cupboards with the basic needs for settling in, including washing up liquid and loo rolls....far above any other place we have stayed!

Richard advised us on the local amenities, markets etc., which was invaluable.

You definitely need a car both to get there from the airport, and to travel around. It is beautifully quiet and peaceful with all the countryside around you.

This was a great base to discover Portugal. It was our first visit to the country, and we took advantage of travelling to the coast, and finding little towns and villages dotted around.

We also took advantage of sampling the local cuisine! You have to sample the local black pork! Especially with clams which Rick Stein recently sampled in Lisbon. Ask Richard for direction to the little place he sent us to!!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Penelope. It makes it all worthwhile when we have good comments. Hope we see you both again in the future.
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It was clean, well presented and much cared for. Richard and Jan take pride in their homes

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely holiday and Richard and Jan were very supportive but never intrusive and in actual fact you rarely knew or remember that they were living next door. It was peaceful and so relaxing. We were very pleased with it all and would highly recommend this property to anybody if they want to be in the true Portugal but you will need a car but the cottage is not that far from most resorts if you have wheels and it was really nice to go to these 'hot spots' but then be able to get away and find some peace and quiet. Absolutely lovely.!!!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind comments. We are pleased you enjoyed your holiday at O Ninho. Hope you arrived home feeling refreshed,
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The most clean and well equipped little place we have ever stayed

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent experience at O Ninho. Our family runs holiday cottages in the UK and so we usually find something that is missing or not up to standard when we stay away self catered but Richard and Jan's place was faultless; it had everything we needed, and more, was spotlessly clean and really well thought through. Richard and Jan were very accommodating, kindly loaning us BBQ supplies, forgiving us a broken piece of crockery and generally providing us with a great self catering, rural Portugese holiday experience. Thanks very much!! Chris & Claire

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review. Hope your move goes well and everything is ready in time for the new addition your family at Christmas. Jan & Richard
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A beautiful and peaceful vacation cottage

  • 5 of 5

Richard and Jan are wonderful people and wonderful hosts. We had one of the most restful vacations we have ever had at their cottage. The cottage is clean, new and has everything you need. It's location in the countryside is perfect...great views, no traffic or noise...only the birds singing. We were interested in exploring property and homes in the region and Richard and Jan were extremely helpful in providing information and showing us around. The village of Orique is not a big tourist town so it still has that quiet laid back charm you seldom find, but there are nice grocery stores and restaurants just 5-10 minutes away. We would re-book in a minute and recommend it to anyone looking for a place in south central Portugal.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. You're welcome anytime. It's lovely to know that you had a relaxing break. Good luck in whatever you choose to do. Jan & Richard
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posto incantevole in mezzo alla natura ed al silenzio

  • 5 of 5

bella casa, e bello l'appartamento che ci hanno assegnato: comodo, pulito, dotato di ogni confort: barbecue, lavatrice, wifi gratis, tv e stereo...

bella l'ambientazione in mezzo alla campagna assolata dell'Antelejo, in mezzo alla natura più vera e sana che potevamo trovare....la sera dopo tramonti magnifici, un cielo stellato come mai ci era capitato di vedere essendoci pochissima illuminazione...zona tranquilla, con vicini ( a 300 metri) assolutamente discreti, siamo stati benissimo ed abbiamo riposato benissimo, dopo le nostre escursioni a visitare paesi antichi e pieni di storia, nel silenzio e in piena sicurezza......simpatici i nostri ospiti, che si interessavano con discrezione sulle nostre necessità....

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grazie per i vostri commenti. Abbiamo apprezzato il vostro soggiorno. E 'molto soddisfacente per essere in grado di condividere lo stile di vita lento del Alentejo. Grazie mille.
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Conforto e sossego

  • 5 of 5

Adoramos "O ninho", uma casinha confortável, excelente para descansar e relaxar, longe da vida agitada da cidade. O calor da lareira e o bom isolamento da construção, elementos essenciais para um "ninho" acolhedor nas noites frias de Inverno. A kitchenette muito bem equipada, ideal para fazermos deliciosas refeições. Tudo 5 estrelas. Graça e Paulo

  • Review Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: De nada. We are pleased you found your stay relaxng and peaceful.
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From the Owner

We loved that it is rural with great views but only 7 kms to Ourique with all the amenities and festas. Also it is very central for travel. It is even better now they have resurfaced the road to Ourique.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro at 99 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Ourique at 7 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Algarve at 60 Kilometres Nearest Train : Funcheiro, Near Garvao at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Lisbon to Faro, Ourique Junction at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Several at 7 Kilometres Nearest Beach : South - Albufeira, West - Milfontes at 60 Kilometres Car: necessary


The scenic West coast is more relaxed and generally less commercialised than the South. The beaches mingle with the rugged cliffs. There are the safe sandy beaches, the ports for fishermen, the rolling waves for the surfers plus many restaurants/cafes for you to enjoy the local cuisine. The Algarve to the South is a more populated area with much history and beautiful beaches plus many themed restaurants and pubs. Enjoy coastal walks and swimming for some gentle exercise.


Air: many budget flights on offer by different operators dependent on which route you prefer. Car: there are an abundance of car hire companies that enable you to pick up and return your car to the airport. Sea: there are ferries to Santander in North Spain and also the French ferry ports if you are touring Europe.


Nearest vila: Ourique 7kms.

North: Castro Verde 14kms - mkt 1st Wed of mth. Beja 58kms - largest district town.

East: Almodovar 17kms - unusual metal artwork roundabouts. Mertola 56kms - castle on top and river runs through.

South West: Monchique 66kms - glorious views - go up to Foia.

South: Faro 103kms. Albufeira 82kms.

North West: Lisbon 191kms - train from Funcheiro (15kms).

East: Vila Nova de Milfontes 61kms - beautiful. Monte da Rocha (lake) 14kms.

Further Details:

Ourique the local town is 5 mins drive away and has orange tree lined streets and an observation point (miradouro) situated in the castle at the highest point showing outstanding 360 degree views. Vineyards: there are local vineyards if you wish to taste the local Alentejo wines which are becoming more popular worldwide. The brown road signs with ‘Adega’ will direct you. Gastronomy: there are many tasty cheeses to enjoy, some served with honey for starters with the homemade breads. The black pig ‘preto porco’ is an Alentejo speciality and the alfresco barbecued Chicken 'frango' also has it's own delicious flavour. If you like olives there are many varieties to try. Unlike the more expensive coastal areas food is very good value for money. You can buy wines in the supermarket for around 1.50 euros and less. A bottle of beer in a café is about 80 cents. A meal will cost about 9 euros. Local activities include fishing, swimming, horse riding, local festas and feiras, bird watching, hiking, historic monuments, walking.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
18 Jun 2016 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
25% non refundable deposit on booking. Balance to be paid 4 weeks before arrival. Total amount to be paid in full if booking within 4 weeks of arrival.


10% discount if your booking is made before 31st December 2013 for a booking in 2014

10% discount for any booking of two weeks or more

NB/ 10% is the maximum discount per booking

** We cannot guarantee the availability of Sky after February 2014 as there is a new satellite due with only a UK foot print.

Changeover Day:
'Changeover Days' - If guests are departing and new guests are arrriving on the same day then it is necessary for the outgoing guests to vacate by 10 am to allow for cleaning. Incoming guests are welcome from 4 pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 13-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

Peace - only the sounds of nature ideal for relaxation and recharging your batteries.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television


  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • lake
  • rural


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • The accommodation has a bathroom with full size bath with overhead shower, wc, bidet and wash basin. A wall mounted fan heater. The ceiling is rustic with beams and feather board.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 Notes on bedrooms: The bedroom has a double bed, bedside tables & wardrobe. Heater plus electric blanket in the winter. It has a stable door with a retractable fly/mosquito door.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: There are fans available in the summer. The log burner for heating in the winter, but there are a variety of heaters if you do not want to light the fire. There is a fire extinguisher, fire blanket and smoke alarm. Outside: The Monte is surrounded by a gravel patio area with planted garden. There is a BBQ, outside garden furniture, and sun loungers. Every year we have a family of storks in our large olive tree. This year they had 3 offspring who were learning to fly in July. There is no pool because it is in an ecological area, but it is in a area ideal for bird watchers with hoopoes, great bustard, storks and many more. There are some binoculars in the cupboard. See our 'Bird' page on our website for species. There is a Sports Center eight miles away which has 3 pools and cost at 1.60€ per person per day. There is a grassed area and loungers around the pool and a lifeguard. There is also a cafe on site if you aren't taking a picnic. The sun going down in the evening in a spectacular array of reds and pinks is beautiful with the sound of the owls and rural animals. Utility Room: There is a washing machine, extra freezer space, ironing board, clothes airer, available for use in the 'balloon house' (contains a container that pumps water up from the bore hole) which is an outside building close to the monte. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels (excluding beach towels) and linen are provided. The property is cleaned at changeover of guests. Other: The dining room has pine furniture and a stable door with a retractable fly/mosquito door

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