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Luxury Villa, Private Pool, Panoramic Countryside Views, Sleeps 6, Tranquil,

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Villa near Ourique. Quiet Countryside Location, No Neighbours, Panoramic Views, Rolling Hills With Oaks

Monte Cerro Villa is 250m² 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 has been fully refurbished in late 2016 and 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).

Registration Number : 8224

Yvonne Dendy
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
7 April, 2018

About Yvonne Dendy

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.

Yvonne Dendy purchased this villa in 2008

Why Yvonne Dendy chose Ourique

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.

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.
Jul 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Ourique in Municipality of Ourique

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
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.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Wunderschönes Haus im Landesinneren

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Wir waren vom 29.07. - 09.08.2017 in diesem haus mit 4 Erwachsenen und 2 Kindern im Alter von 3 und 7 Jahren. Das Haus bietet wirklich alles was man sich nur wünschen kann. Es liegt etwa 10 Kilometer von Ourique entfernt im Inland von Portugal. Wer die absolute Ruhe sucht, ist hier genau richtig. Außer ein paar Ziegen und Kühen gibt es hier eigentlich nicht außer Ruhe, Ruhe und Ruhe.

Zum Haus:

Der Eingangsbereich ist schon gleich überaus beeindruckend. Ein circa 3m großer runder Tisch unter einer großen Kuppel in der Decke lässt bereits zu Anfang erahnen wie groß hier alles ist.

Die Schlafzimmer sind sehr großzügig geschnitten und auch sehr liebevoll eingerichtet. Alles ist sehr sauber und macht keinen verlebten Eindruck.

Alle Zimmer haben ein eigenes Bad mit begehbarer Dusche und Waschtisch.

Die Küche ist hervorragend ausgestattet. Der große 6 flammige Gasherd funktionier toll und bereitet Spaß beim Kochen. Die Kaffeemaschine hingegen war eine Zumutung. Sie hat Ihre besten Tage bereits seit einiger Zeit hinter sich. Diese sollte definitiv ersetzt werden. Ansonsten ist von allem was eine Küche braucht genügend vorhanden. Die Terrassen vor und hinter dem Haus laden zum abendlichen entspannen ein. Täglich kommt ein kleiner Hund vom entfernten Nachbarhaus zu besuch um zu schauen ob etwas vom Abendessen für ihn übrig geblieben ist. Wir haben ihn "Mooch the Pooch" getauft. Er kündigt sich übrigens rechtzeitig an, denn er trägt ein ziemlich lautes Glöckchen um den Hals.

Natürlich gibt es auch an diesem Haus ein paar Kleinigkeiten die man anmerken sollte. Die Schubladen der Nachtschränke sollten von den Reinigungskräften hin und wieder geleert werden. Dort fanden wir Zettel mit Datum 2015 drin. Die Kaffeemaschine wie bereits erwähnt darf getauscht werden.

Der Pool ist wirklich toll und größtenteils eingezäunt. Leider gibt es hier und da auch ein paar Schlupflöcher durch die unser Kleinster in den Poolbereich ungehindert eindringen konnte. Die Pool wird 1x pro Woche "gereinigt" wobei reinigen nicht ganz zutrifft. Ein älterer Herr löst mit einer Drahtbürste an einer Stange lediglich die Algen am Grund. Dadurch sieht der Boden vorerst sauber aus, nach 60 Minuten liegt das Grün aber wieder auf dem Grund wie vorher. Alles in allem ist die Poolanlage aber sehr gepflegt!

Diese Kritikpunkte sollen lediglich zur Verbesserung anregen und sind absolut nicht negativ zu werten. Wir hatten einen traumhaften Urlaub in Portugal und in dieser Villa! Danke dafür!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

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.

Further Details:

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Ourique, Alentejo

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Summer
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Winter
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
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.

Changeover Day:
Unless by prior arrangement, the house will be ready at 4pm and must be vacated by 10am. Changeover days are Saturday. 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 £ but payments must be deposited into a Euro bank account. Payments must not deduct any bank charges - any charges are for holidaymakers account.

Bookings require an immediate 30% non-refundable deposit. Balance to be paid 6 weeks before arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.