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Rural Cottage with Private Pool and 23 Acres of Natural Garden

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage near Ourique Southern Alentejo Tranquillity,stunning views, private cottage and pool.

Casa Sossagado is a charming private cottage with its own totally private pool and stunning views across the garden to the lake and countryside beyond. It is within our 23 acre garden which you are free to roam. Our house is not visible from the privacy of the cottage. For cooler winter nights snuggle up by the log burning stove. There are many books, games, CD's, English and Portugese TV and CD player. There is a pay as you go internet facility if you really can't get away from it aĺl!

The property complies with the requirements of the Alojamento Local licence.Registration number 6165.

The wider garden is a conservation area providing traditional natural habitat for the regions birds and animals. You have complete freedom there climbing the natural paths (you'll need proper shoes or trainers for your own comfort). Go to the trig point on the garden's boundary - the highest point for miles There are seats around so rest a while and take in the magnificent views or if you prefer try a gentle walk around the lake. Watch the swallows swòoping down to feed. Fish if you like! The fishing is good with excellent carp and wide mouthed bass.

Spring brings carpets of wild flowers and the nights bright starry skies unspoilt by light pollution. Look out for the stunning milky way and shooting stars. Not to mention the sunrise over our lake and often quite amazing sunsets. Turn left out of the gates and explore the many paths through the forest and beyond.

This is a rural paradise yet within approx 10 mins by car you access a good supermarket next to a pizza/pasta cafe, medical / dental facilities, pharmacy, petrol station and other shops. Five mins further on brings you into Ourique with cafe bars, banks, restaurants, optician, garage and shops. There is a good view point near to the local Camera i.e Town Hall, with excellent views of the whole area. Roads to the Algarve or the west coast if you fancy a change are good and generally quiet. It is about one hour by car to either without rushing.

The area is a bird watchers haven with over 25 different species in and around the garden dependant upon season including the booted eagle, crested lark, oriel, hoopoe, jay, montagues harrier, woodchat shrike and the regions very own azure winged magpie.

We can sort out your washing if you wish. The cottage is very well equipped but just ask if you need anything -- you'll find us if you want us but never intrusive. It is your private holiday - ENJOY YOURSELVES!!

More Details
Registration Number : 805711

Michael Ralph Almond
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
27 September, 2017

About Michael Ralph Almond

Michael who is now happily resident in this lovely part of Portugal had successfully run an hotel in Bridlington on the North East Coast, having previously spent 25 years in commercial banking (with no bonuses!), in London and the South East of England. He will always be on had to ensure that to the best of his abilities your holiday is a truly happy one.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The beautiful cottage is spacious, very well equipped and looked after with the clean pool privately situated. The owner is very friendly and spares no effort to make his guests feel comfortable. Although sparsely populated, you can reach everything by car. There are some idylic little towns to visit, the Algave coast is easy and fast to reach. The nearby supermarket is well-assorted and you can buy very good regional food, there are also some good restaurants offering Alentejo specialities." From Bettina and Thorsten Sielk, September 2010

The peace and tranquility were brilliant. We saw 29 species of birds from the house on one day. The cottage has a cosy kitchen, dining room, lounge and 2 pleasant bedrooms, one being on-suite. There is a good sized patio area which has a charcoal BBQ. We had use of an outdoor pool and over 20 acres to wander around, including a small lake. If you want peace and quiet then this Casa could be for you. Anne and Alan Miller September 2013
Apr 2010
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The beaches in the Algarve are approximately 50 minutes by car, as are the often less busy beaches and coves on the West coast, traditionally favoured by the locals.


Nearest airport is Faro being 95km away. A hire car is essential.


Closest town is Ourique about 10 minutes by car. The main closest towns are Beja which is 60km north of Ourique or Albufeira which is approx 65km south and is the closest Algarve town.

If you feel like driving further, Evora is situated approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes away, but is well the worth the travel, being one of the major historic towns of Portugal. From Ourique you can also catch a coach direct to Lisbon if you would like a day out.

Further Details:

Ourique has 3 banks, 2 main supermarkets, and a health centre, and several restaurants serving traditional food.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ourique in Municipality of Ourique

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please take care with BBQ and candles due to dry conditions and fire risk. Please smoke outside and extinguish cigarettes in the sand pots provided
  • The cottage is eco friendly and runs on solar power. The generator starts if no sun for two days or so Please turn off anything you are not using.
  • Enjoy yourselves and have fun !!
  • Away From It All
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite shower room to bedroom 1. Separate shower room with WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with twin beds. Bedroom 2 with twin bed plus put you up bed suitable for children. There is also a cot for babies. .
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Outside: Externally there is a covered furnished patio with views across the pool to the eucalyptus forest, with table and 4 chairs (additional chairs are available if required). On the side of the house is an open furnished patio area with commanding views across the lake and far beyond, and has a marble table with 4 marble benches. A barbacue is available to be used on either patio. The private swimming pool has a combined area 0f 36 metres, is surrounded by a patio area, with 4 sunloungers 2 parasols and 2 tables, each with 4 chairs plus a bench seat. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen, towels and pool side towels are provided, and there is a weekly maid service. Linen changed on request. An iron and ironing board is available. Available the use of washing machine. Other: Dining area adjacent to kitchen, with seating for 6 people.


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Rural Cottage with Private Pool and 23 Acres of Natural Garden
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

We want to live there!

  • 5 of 5

This is a very special place, which feels a a bit like Shangri La. You probably won't understand how truly special it is until you get home.

The cottage is lovely, with everything that we needed, and is set in what could be your own private nature reserve or park.

The sun rises over the lake in front of the cottage and sets on the hills behind the secluded swimming pool. ​You can watch both from different sitting areas, in the company of nesting swallows or the resident geckos and lizards.

If you want to get back to the simple life Casa Sossagado is just about perfect.

Although ​Mike and Vicky live on site their house is out of sight of the cottage. They are the best hosts you could ask for​, ably supported by their dogs and cats who sometimes stop by on their own to make sure that you're OK.

We love the area and enjoy exploring the local towns and seaside resorts, which haven't been spoilt by the excesses of the tourist trade.

We've been lucky enough to visit for three years running and will certainly be returning again.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Simon and Erica for your kind review It is so helpful to potential new guests to learn much about the area and features they hope really do exist from the website information We as the owners love sharing our guest cottage with like minded people who appreciate this unique location We hope that it will soon be time for your return when you will notice some more little changes Best wishes Mike and Vicky xx
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superb rural retreat with wonderful pool and super friendly and helpful owner

  • 5 of 5

We were met by Michael the owner at the supermarket in Ourique about 10 minutes or so from the cottage. After a short drive we arrived at the superbly equipped and spotlessly clean cottage which far exceeded all our expectations. Having devoured the very well stocked welcome pack of food and wine we explored the lovely cottage grounds complete with beautiful plants and amazing pool and we soon realised that this time we really had hit the jackpot for a place to stay. The weather was superb the week we were there and although it was tempting to stay at home by the pool all day taking our meals on each the three patios around the house (following the sun), we ventured out into the rural unspoiled Alentejo countryside to explore. We weren't disappointed with day trips to the Atlantic coast, Beja and Mertola being particularly enjoyable. The local supermarket was very well stocked, particularly with seafood and wine, which was very reasonably priced, and the local cafes served up excellent coffee (cappuccinos around a pound). Michael the owner was brilliant - friendly and helpful but never intrusive. All in all a fantastic unforgettable holiday. Thanks so much Michael. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tim thank you for writing a lovely review. It was my pleasure to welcome you to the wonderful location I happily call my home Seeing your Mum David and you relaxed throughout your stay and your mention that all here exceeded your expectations will help any potential new guests when considering their many different options about staying in the Alentajo Once again thank you for choosing to stay in Casa Sossegda and I look forward to welcoming here again Best regards Mike
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You won't want to leave

  • 5 of 5

Vicky and Mike have created an tranquil ecological paradise outside of Ourique. They are wonderful hosts: charming, generous and helpful, just who you wish you had as neighbors at home. The cottage is clean, very generously equipped, and more than big enough for two adults and two teenagers. It even comes supplied with plenty to eat and drink upon arrival! The location is great for excursions, but don't plan on too many. You will want to watch sunrises and sunsets, take long morning and evening walks through the area, and go for an afternoon swim in your own private pool. Be sure not to miss the spectacular night sky!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for all your very kind words We naturally love every moment we spend here It is however the great responses we regularly receive from our guests that reminds us just how lucky we are to be living here
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April Visit 2016

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful surprise when we stepped out of our car at the 'cottage' near Ourique, 360 degrees of stunning views and a great welcome from Mike & Vicky. We felt so relaxed in the very comfortable, well equipped cottage and extensive grounds with a lake and pool. Mike & Vicky were only too pleased (but never intrusive) to give us ideas for visits to interesting places locally, point us in the right direction for eating places or easy routes to the coast. There's much wildlife and birdwatching to be had here in the grounds and throughout the surrounding area.

Really looking forward to another visit.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Peter and Judith for your very kind words We very much enjoyed your time spent with us and are delighted that you share our love of this special place It is such a joy to see new guests smile as they try to absorb the surrounding views when leaving their car We look forward to being able to welcome both of you at some future time
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The perfect tranquil getaway.

  • 5 of 5

What a truly wonderful way to spend 10 days in Portugal. We wanted to mark my 60th in peace and a bit of warmth. The cottage, a fully equipped home from home, is set in wonderful country side. Even though our Sat Nav was able to get us ten metres from the door, Mike met us in Ourique to guide us there. The last 2 km, on unsurfaced road, reinforced the air of remoteness (once the dust settled). On entering the charming cottage we were welcomed by spacious, clean & comfortable accommodation, as well as complementary bread, butter, milk, tea, coffee, fruit & home grown vegetables. On! & some beer.

Then it happened. The sun rose over the lake. The breeze rustled through the Eucalyptus Forrest. While the rabbits & birds scurried through the early morning mist. The beautiful gardens & pool area are bordered by sympathetically managed wild grass & scrub land.

We could have spent the whole time in these beautiful surroundings but we had to pop into the local market to get essential supplies. Wine & beer.

Mike & Vicky, along with their pet cats & dogs (cast of Fawty Towers) were the perfect hosts, offering help & advise but never intrusive.

We came home with many happy memories & a determination to return.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect piece of peaceful, pretty Portugal

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of our stay at this property which boasts some of the best views around. The property has far reaching views being situated on a natural high point over eucalyptus trees and the Serra de Monchique mountain range. We had wonderful weather and spent our days doing exactly what you should do on holiday: relaxing by the pool with cold drinks in hand! There are several nearby restaurants (we particularly liked Villa Italia in Castro Verde and Castro da Cola) and an excellent supermarket within 10 minutes drive. The property is equipped with everything you need, is kept very clean and Mike and Vicky were the perfect hosts. The stars at night are simply outstanding as there is no light pollution; I so wish I knew my constellations better! I cannot recommend this property and this part of Portugal enough for a relaxing, away from it all holiday. Thanks to Mike and Vicky and of course Polly, Manuel, Basil and Sybil (their dogs and cats who our children simply adored).

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ourique, Alentejo

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2017-2018
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
30% non refundable deposit to secure reservation, with the balance to be paid 6 weeks before arrival. Reservations within 6 weeks of arrival must be paid in full.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover day. Arrival time is after 3pm and departure by 10am. These times may be negotiable with the owner.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.

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.
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