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Fully detached cottage in its own grounds with very private heated pool

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

One bedroom Cottage near Sao Bras de Alportel, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Private And Peaceful Location In Small Sleepy Hamlet With Wonderful Country Views Over The Hills

Situated in a small hamlet in the unspoilt Algarvian countryside with wonderful views of the Serra Caldeiro hills. but only 4 miles from the centre of Sao Bras .

Newly renovated cottage to traditional style with whitewashed walls and terracotta floors. The cottage stands in its own grounds with very private and not overlooked pool which is 8x4m ( with heating optional ) , terraces and stunning views over the countryside.Winners of the certificate of excellence 2014 from tripadvisor. Owners live nearby. Situated 25 minutes drive from Faro airport, 6 minutes drive from Sao Bras with a wealth of restaurants to suit most tastes from local cuisine to Indian and Chinese. Many large supermarkets, banks, cafes, chemists, museum, bars, sports centre and tourist centre. Many golf courses and beaches are within a 25 minute drive. Spain is only 30 minutes away. This area is fantastic for walkers and mountain biking or just relaxing by the lovely pool . Free WI-FI available in cottage. The cottage is perfect for a relaxing getaway for a couple with total privacy and wonderful private pool which is not overlooked by any other properties or indeed anything at all .The cottage has a heated hot tub on the pool deck for guests to enjoy and many love to watch the stars at night while sitting in the hot tub which can be heated to 40C

We supply a generous complimentary welcome pack with wine ,beer , water plus fridge essentials .

The pool heating is not solar so we can guarantee we can heat the pool up to 28 Degrees C in cooler months

The pool heating is at an additional cost of 160 euros per week booked ..

More Details

Ian and Mags
Member since: 2009
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Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
14 January, 2018

About Ian and Mags

Our main criteria is for guests to relax and enjoy the cottage , pool plus the hot tub all in total peace .

We have very high standards as far as accommodation is concerned .

We supply a generous large welcome pack with wine, beer , milk , bread etc for all guests on arrival .

We also supply wood for the wood burning fire in cooler months and most of our guests enjoy the hot tub on the pool deck which is heated all year round up to 38/ 40 C .

The cottage is in its own grounds so totally private and we want all guests to leave Lemon tree cottage feeling fully relaxed and refreshed .

Ian and Mags purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Ian and Mags chose São Brás de Alportel

We love the wonderful views over the hills with some lovely sunsets .

The area is very peaceful and relaxing .

Guestbook comments from the owner

A wonderful lazy relaxing holiday in this quaint cottage, set in beautiful surroundings. The cottage itself is lovely and rustic, well equipped and very well maintained. Outside offers areas of total privacy around the pool which absolutely sparkles in the sunshine and what fun star gazing in the hot tub .

We really enjoyed the upper area for evening BBQ, alfresco dinning while enjoying the stunning views. Thank you so much in everything you have to offer with this property a great place to unwind . . Gordon and Julie

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lemon tree cottage.

it had everything we hoped for , good accommodation, well appointed, peace and tranquility, good views and good bird watching. It was a great base to explore the Eastern Algarve, but the best part of the day was to return the cottage for a swim then a relaxing soak in the hot tub Alex 2012.

We have just had a most wonderful time at the cottage and will be back many thanks, Liz.

Just a perfect place to be
Feb 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the São Brás de Alportel in the Faro District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, wc, wash basin, and shaver/hairdryer point plus hairdryer and hair straighteners, electric heater. Bath Towels and hand towels are provided along with beach towels .
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with double bed, bedside tables and lamps, safe, chest of drawers and large double built in wardrobe with storage over. Electric heater and fan . The cottage has a safe not that it is needed in this area as it is very safe area to live in .
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The cottage is of a traditional build, stone walls, cane and pole ceilings however all windows are double glazed and shuttered to help regulate inside temperature. Also the windows and patio door are fitted with fly screens for your comfort, air-con is supplied to main area and more fans can be supplied. A generous welcome pack is always supplied with our compliments of fridge essentials plus beer and wine. Smoking is not permitted inside the cottage but guests are welcome to smoke outside the cottage . We provide cool bags with ice packs, beach mats along with sun umbrellas for the beach. Outside: Outside there are several terraces at varying levels (the higher you go the more stunning the view). Barbecue and garden furniture, parasols, sun loungers etc. Very Private heating optional 8x4m swimming pool to relax away those long summer days with roman steps. Jacuzzi spa heated to 40c all year round for guests to enjoy, it is wonderful to sit in watching the stars at night with a glass of wine. The cottage garden has it own lemon tree and the lemons are wonderful in a cold drink sitting in the swing seat watching the sun set over the hills. The cottage also has many herbs which the guests are more then welcome to pick. Outside the cottage on the terrace is a table and chairs with a BBQ for alfresco dining. The cottage also has private parking . The Pool can be heated in cooler months via heat pump which can heat the pool up to 28C . At the end of the pool deck we have a Cabana with a awning where guests can sit out of the sun in two comfortable arm chairs . Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaning and fresh linen and towels are provided once per week (more often if required), also included are pool and beach towels.


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Fully detached cottage in its own grounds with very private heated pool
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 31 reviews

ideal situation

  • 5 of 5

Short ride from airport, good directions. Quiet secluded position with wonderful views, next door to owners,who we never saw after arrival. Traditional cottage with great pool and hot tub. Shops 20 minutes away.

Our ideal holiday destination, we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Cottage to Unwind.

  • 5 of 5

What can we say that's not already been said,everything was very enjoyable would'nt hesitate to recomend this cottage.

It was great to see Mags&Ian again, we enjoyed our chats along with several beers of course.

Till next time regards Leah&Ron

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
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Fantastic Chill for Couples

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week staying with Mags and Ian at Lemon Tree Cottage.

It was everything we had hoped for - great accommodation / excellent facilities and glorious location.

Mags and Ian were the perfect hosts - always on hand to help but never intrusive!

I certainly wouldn't hesitate to book again with them should my wife and I holiday again in the Algarve!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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great little cottage welcome pack very good

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a very relaxing week at lemon tree .

Mags&Ian very good hosts nothing to much trouble.

Will be back.

Thanks very much to both of you.Dave Bennett

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Secluded cottage

  • 5 of 5

We booked on the the strength of the reviews and were not disappointed! Good accommodation in rural location. Pool and hot tub were excellent. Fifteen minute drive to shops, restaurants, bars but not a problem for us. Hosts were lovely. Great location for walks and peaceful break. Bit cool when we were there but log fire helped. Local restaurants very good and reasonably priced.

  • Review Submitted: 16-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
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The beautiful Lemon Tree Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A liitle gem, hidden away from the beaten track of the Algarve but close enough if you want to go to Albufeira, Vilamoura, Portamao and other tourist areas but this place is far enough away from them to be peaceful it is beautiful and tucked away in some stunning countryside.

The owners, Ian and Mags could not be more than helpful, very friendly and knowledgeable of the area and genuinely nice people!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
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Nearest Airport
22 Kilometres
Faro airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
23 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Sao Bras
Nearest Beach
23 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

A very safe unspoilt area , ideal for rambling country walks along the many mountain tracks to suit all levels of fitness and abilities or just unwind and take in the peace and quiet. Bird watching and star gazing are also widely available in this area. These are just some of the birds you can see in the summer months. Golden oriel, Bee-eaters, Red rumped swallows, Azure winged magpies , Nuthatch, Great spotted woodpecker and Jays . The wildflowers in the spring cover the hills which is very colourful to see . Mountain bikes can be hired - please enquire when booking .

The local bird watching was excellent and i am sure that any UK birder would be excited with the range of species to be seen in the area . I am also sure that there are other species to be found in the area that i missed .Alex and Liz May 2017


There are many wonderful beaches along the Algarve. Some of our personal favourite beaches are Barril, 25 minutes by car also Praia de Faro 25 minutes by car. Quarteira, Vilamoura etc approx 35 minutes by car. We have lots of information in Lemon tree cottage about all the beaches along the Algarve .


Car hire is essential and can be pre-booked online for pickup and return to the airport. Nearest airport is Faro - 25 minute drive.


Our local town is 5 minute drive (Sao Bras) many shops, supermarkets , cafes banks, restaurants etc. Alportel village - 4 minute drive with 2 cafes. Loule - 20 minute drive large indoor market, many shops and restaurants etc. Faro - 25 minute drive. bars, night clubs and many historic places of interest also a large shopping mall and cinema. Tavira - 25 minute drive situated on a river with roman bridges, castle ruins, gardens, restaurants and bars. Estoi - 15 minute drive. Pink Palace.

Further Details:

step back in time and relax. The countryside around us has many kms of tracks to walk, to suit all abilities of walker or mountain biker, the tracks are scattered all around the hills adding to the pure peacefulness of the area, you could wander for miles without meeting another soul. There are also many lakes for you to visit, waterfalls and picnic areas. For bird enthusiasts there are many and varying species dependent on time of year. The wild boar and the lynx are said to be resident in these parts. For astronomers and stargazers alike the night sky is second to none due to the very low levels of light pollution. However far removed from the world this all sounds we really are no distance from all amenities, beaches , golf, water parks etc.

Guests can enjoy horse riding and Pony trekking along the tracks around the hills near the cottage .


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in the São Brás de Alportel, Portugal

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Dec 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please check availability calendar and e-mail us with your enquiry. A 25% deposit will secure your booking, balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Minimum stay 7 nights during peak season .
Shorter breaks may be available please enquire .

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible. Checking in time is 2.00pm and check out 10.00am, we will accommodate where possible depending on arrival/departure of other guests.A courtesy room is always supplied for guests we can not accommodate with a late checkout.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Minimum stay is 7 nights during peak season, additional nights are available on a pro-rata basis . Pool heating is an additional cost of 160 euros per week booked , there are no hidden extras. The pool can be heated via heat pump, so we can guarantee 28 degrees C in cooler months .
We also supply logs for the wood burning fire in cooler months and a generous complimentary welcome pack with wine and beer , water etc for all guests to enjoy .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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