Villa near Ourique, Alentejo - Quiet Countryside Location, No Near Neighbours, Panoramic Views, Set In Rolling Hills With Oaks
Currently undergoing maintenance. When villa is ready for letting again the website will be updated accordingly. Monte Cerro Villa is 300m² on 5 hectares. Idyllic, panoramic countryside views, large covered patios perfect for al fresco dining, rooftop stargazing terrace and private saltwater swimming pool. UK TV Channels (BBC, ITV etc). Totally tranquil environment to relax in. No near neighbours. Close-by Ourique has everything you need in the way of supermarkets, shops, restaurants, banks, post office, health clinic, library and internet access. Monte Cerro is just under 10km from Pingo Doce supermarket which opens late and 7 days pw - the drive takes just 10 minutes. The last 0.7km to the villa is a well-maintained, all-weather gravel road suitable for all cars. Take a left turn off the tar road at the end of a row of eucalyptus (gum) trees on your left. View of Barragem do Monte da Rocha - a large local lake. Ourique Câmara Municipal Alojamento local registo 8224 (Ourique Town Council Local Lodging licence registration number : 8224).
About the Owner
My wife and I live in Swaziland in Southern Africa. Portugal provides us with a marvellous safe haven for regular holidays and eventual retirement. We can visit the opera, drink the local wine and enjoy the local olive oils and fresh produce. A real home away from home.
Guestbook comments from the owner
KW : Monte Cerro is so lovely. The villa was superb and the pool and views were perfect. My husband (who loves wildlife, etc. so it was perfect) has his own business and is always so stressed. He just loved watching the birds. We have travelled and stayed in some lovely places, but this is the first time that he has really been able to relax and is very keen for us to book again for (2 weeks this time), next summer.
C&CP : We really enjoyed your lovely property- its setting is stunning and wonderfully quiet apart from sheep and cow bells!
J&GP : Thank you very much. We enjoyed your property so much we have already rebooked for next year.
From the Owner
“Quite a number of our friends in Swaziland are Portuguese so it was not really unexpected that we decided to look for a European home in Portugal. We love the quiet, rural atmosphere in Ourique and yet it is so well located next to the major road and rail networks that the Algarve, the West coast and Lisbon are all in easy reach. The gently undulating landscape, filled with cork oaks and wild flowers, provides a wonderful peaceful backdrop for a get-away-from-it-all holiday. The Alentejo region of Portugal is one of the sunniest places in all Europe and a perfect antidote for anyone wanting to escape the overcast skies of Northern Europe.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Choose between the beaches of the quieter west coast and the more populous Algarve. There is plenty opportunity for golf, fishing at the close by Barragem do Monte da Rocha, swimming, boating, horse riding, local fairs, bird watching, hiking, historic and archaeological sites, local craft centres, vineyards and many local gastronomic treats to sample.
For birders the steppes of Alentejo are the favoured habitat of many rare, sought-after species including Great and Little Bustards, Lesser Kestrel, Blackbellied Sandgrouse, Red Kite, Montagu’s Harrier, Stone Curlew, Short-toed and Calandra Larks among others. The LPN (nature protection league) has a reserve near Castro Verde which offers bird tours and photographic hides. For booking enquiries please check out LPN's website. Garden birds at Monte Cerro include White Stork, Corn Bunting, Azurewinged Magpies and Short-toed Eagles.
The West coast beaches are 50 kilometres away, about a 45 minute to an hour's drive. There are many beaches to choose from and they are much less crowded than those found in the Algarve. Particularly in the off-season you can have a beach to yourself. The nearest Algarve beaches are 75 kilometres away, about an hour's drive. There are plenty of beaches to choose from as well as a host of restaurants, shops and other amusements.
International Airports: Faro (FAO) is a one and a half hours drive away. Lisbon (LIS) is around two hours by car. There are a good range of car hire companies at both these airports. Beja Airport, 40 mins away, is now open and flights are available from Sunvil Discovery.
Train: Funcheiro railway station is 2km from Garvão (5km) where trains to Lisbon, Faro, Beja and Evora can be found.
Sea Ferries: No ferries to Portugal from England. Nearest ferry route is Santander or Bilbao, Spain.
Ourique 10km - supermarkets, restaurants, archaeological sites.
Castro Verde 25km - bird reserve, 16th Century Hermitage.
Beja 65km - Airport, Moorish castle, cathedral, museums, Roman Villa.
Vila Nova de Milfontes (on the coast) 50km - quiet beaches.
Algarve Coast 75km - beaches, tourist entertainment.
Monchique 65km - hot springs, spas.
Evora 145km - Roman ruins, museums.
Faro 115km - international airport, shopping malls.
Lisbon 200km - international airport.
Close-by Ourique has everything you need in the way of supermarkets, shops, restaurants, banks, post office, health clinic, library and internet access. Monte Cerro is just under 10km from Pingo Doce supermarket which opens late and 7 days pw - the drive takes just 10 minutes. Alentejo wines are highly rated as are its olive oils. A local food specialty is Proco Preto (black pig). Local food and drink is cheap and of good quality as it features local, fresh produce. Local bread, fruit, honey and cheeses make a wonderful light meal. Aguardente de Medronho is a local brandy made the fruit of the strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo). The villa is set in Alentejo’s rolling hills and open plains dotted with cork and holm oaks and olive groves. In spring the region is vivid with wild flowers and always a haven for bird lovers. The beautiful villages and towns in this area include Ourique, Beja, Mertola, Castro Verde, Almodovar, Grandola, Monchique, Vilamoura, Evora and others. They offer all you need in shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as fascinating historical, archaeological and cultural sites to visit. Or you can head south to the Algarve shopping malls and amusement parks. The Alentejo climate is wonderfully mild. During the summer months, temperatures are routinely around 35 degrees C during the middle of the day, and from May until September, the long evenings are easily warm enough to enjoy your meals al fresco on one of the villa’s several terraces.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
A 30% non-refundable deposit on booking. Balance of payment must be received no later than 6 weeks before arrival date. A returnable charge of £100 is included with the payment of the balance. This will be refunded at the end of your stay when keys are returned subject to any deductions for breakages, damage or excessive cleaning requirements. It is a requirement that the villa should be left in a clean state on departure. No smoking allowed inside the villa.
Unless by prior arrangement, the house will be ready at 4pm and must be vacated by 10am. Changeover days are Sunday. Times and days maybe negotiable. Keyholder will arrive at 4pm to hand over keys and give a short briefing on the property.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds Sterling £.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The villa is recently built so it is in excellent condition and has quality finishes throughout. The large terraces provide protection from the blistering summer sun as does the saltwater pool. In the evenings a glass of Alentejan wine enjoyed on the roof terrace listening to the birds and the occasional cow-bell makes a relaxing way to end the day.”
- Air Conditioning
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- winery tours
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath, Grohe shower, wc and bidet. En-suite bathroom to bedroom 2 with Grohe shower and wc. En-suite bathroom to bedroom 3 with Grohe shower and wc.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, en-suite bathroom and dressing room. Bedroom 2 with double bed and en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 3 with double bed and en-suite bathroom.
- Golf ...
- Notes on accommodation: Jotul wood burning stoves. Rate includes: welcome guest hamper, housekeeping before letting period and at the end of the let, bedlinen, bath and pool towels, water, electricity and gas. The villa has a folder collection of brochures for many tourist attractions and other areas of interest in Alentejo and Algarve. Plus some games (Cluedo, Boggle etc) and a small library of paperbacks. Please note smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the villa. Outside: Large covered patios. Barbecue. Large rectangular granite table. Private, salt water swimming pool 12.5 x 5m, not overlooked. 5 sun beds. Roof-top stargazing terrace. Attractive garden with fruit trees (oranges, lemons, olives, plums, figs etc). Parking space for several cars. Elevated hilltop view over old-style rural countryside with low-intensity farming. Utility Room: Neff washing machine. Hot water gas boilers for hot water. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The villa is cleaned and towels a linen changed before and after each holiday let. If any cleaning services are required during a holiday let period this can be arranged at an extra cost. Other: Snug with Jotul wood burning stove. Two 2 seater settees. TV and video recorder. Additional wc. English TV is not likely to be available due to Portugal's satellite footprint being reduced so that Sky will no longer be receivable.