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Country Cottage near Ourique

Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Originally a wooden house with lovely country views and a peaceful location

Quince Cottage was originally built as a wooden house for the owners to live in, and has now been refurbished to retain all of it's original charm but with a typically Portuguese exterior and made available for the comfort of guests.

The generous living and dining area have a high wooden ceiling and french doors out on to the terrace both at the front of the house and side main entrance door. The open plan galley kitchen joins on to this room with a dividing bar and is fully equipped with cooker, microwave, coffee machine and dishwasher.

Quince Cottage has 2 ensuite bedrooms (one superking or twin) (one twin or triple). Like the living area, the bedrooms are spacious with high wooden ceilings and have plenty of hanging and shelving space. The mattresses are of top quality and have mattress toppers for even more luxury with ample pillows (extra always available) duvets or flat sheets, throws for extra warmth and cushions for added comfort when sitting in bed reading! The towels provided are luxurious bath sheets, hand towels and face cloths. We also provide shower gel and shampoo in the bathrooms.

Outside and under the cover of the terrace is a dining table and chairs with

a portable BBQ. Sun loungers with cushions are there too so that you can move them around the garden or on the terrace, wherever you prefer to rest and sun or shade bathe.

The large pool is a short walk from the cottage also with sun loungers and shaded seating areas. During the summer season we can offer private use of the pool for self catering holiday makers. This will often apply during other seasons too, but otherwise may just be shared with a couple of riding holiday guests that we could have staying in the main house. We do provide beach towels.

The cottage is easy to get too and we are only 2 kms from the old main road running north to south in Portugal so the access is good and it is easy to pop down to the Algarve for the day or go accross to the West coast or indeed inland to Beja and Evora. There is plenty to do for everyone here.

If you are not into riding horses, then there are miles of tracks for walking (or even running) and we can hire bicycles to you for your stay. The Rio Mira leading to Santa Clara lake is just 3 kms down the road. It is possible to arrange a fishing trip in a small boat there and also there are pedaloes on another nearby lake at Barragem do Rocha.

Surrounded by spring flowers in season and twinkling starlit nights above with no light pollution, this is an ideal place to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. Within walking distance of Castro da Cola with it's historic architectural sites and the small village of Fernao Vaz where the bar is open for a refreshing beer or wine, you will find truly rural sites on your way round. Shepherds tend their flocks, the famous Alentejo black pigs run around in the neighbours fields and the bird life is diverse and plentiful. As this cottage forms part of a larger estate, the horses graze in the nearby fields and are available for riding if you book.

Quince cottage is set in it's own fenced grounds of 2 acres and dogs are permitted by prior arrangement and for a small weekly fee.

More Details

Pru Clayton-Mead
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Portuguese, French understood
Calendar last updated:
26 September, 2017

About Pru Clayton-Mead

Julian Mead & Pru Clayton-Mead with the help of some extremely good staff, run the guest house along with an Equestrian centre, Equus Ourique. Julian is also a yachtmaster instructor and owns Portugal Sail & Power, an RYA school in the Algarve. This obviously keeps them both quite busy! But having run a B&B and wedding venue in the UK before coming to Portugal - then this is just a different life in a warmer country! Pru has always been involved in tourism and ridden horses for pleasure and professionally in the UK. Julian worked in logistics with a sailing boat as his hobby. Now in Portugal they have pooled there resources and are very happy working together and entertaining guests and visitors. They are both British and from East Anglia. They moved to the Algarve from the UK in 2005 and then sold there and bought a beautiful piece of land here in the Alentejo in 2007 whereupon they have built and designed all the infrastructure and buildings.

Languages spoken, English and Portuguese. French understood and written.

We hope you will enjoy your stay at Quince Cottage and look forward to welcoming you here. Pru

Pru Clayton-Mead purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Pru Clayton-Mead chose Beja region

In 2001, while still living in the UK, Julian changed his work life and began a Sailing school out here in Portugal. By 2002 we had bought a Quinta in the Algarve, which needed completely renovating and partly re-building and moved in at the end of 2004. A few years later Pru was back riding having taken an 8 year break and so we started looking for some rural land where we could build an Equestrian Centre.

In the spring of 2007 we found this wonderful spot with its rolling countryside, stunning wildflowers and space to breath fresh air. We bought 3 fields in the Alentejo with just fencing round them and began building!

Now we have a lovely guest cottage on one plot, an extremely well set-up equestrian centre on the largest central plot, and our own house on the third plot - all adjoining

What makes this cottage unique

Although this property is in a rural part of the Alentejo, it is conveniently positioned for the main road to Lisbon and the Algarve (but without traffic noise) and for the local shops, bars, restaurants and local attractions.

If you or any of your family are horse riders then this is an obvious choice, but if not you can come and relax by the pool and enjoy the peace and quiet of the location.

There is plenty to do and see in the local area with the archaeological site of Castro da Cola and its excellent restaurant just down the road. You can visit the bird sanctuary in Castro Verde, or the mining and agriculture museum in Entradas. There are also plenty of adegas in the area for you to sample some of the excellent Alentejo wine.

Whatever you choose to do we hope you will enjoy the Alentejo

Guestbook comments from the owner

Owner's comment: We have some excellent feedback from guests staying in the cottage and keep our own website up to date with this... or please ask for comments from our book and we will happily send them to you.
Apr 2013
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Castro da Cola Restaurante
Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Fernao Vaz
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Funcheira, Garvao
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
O Novo Coimbra
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
West Coast
Car: necessary

Horse riding is available on site.


Algarve coasts (Albufeira) about 45 mins drive. The beaches are generally sandy, with plenty of restaurants and activities. We also have a motor boat in Albufeira for those that want to take a day or half day out on the sea. West coast (Milfontes) about 1 hour drive with a more serene atmosphere, coves and sometimes big Atlantic rollers.


Faro airport 1 hour drive. Lisbon airport 2 hours drive. Good roads with little traffic, the Cottage is only 2kms from the old main road Algarve/Lisbon with a well maintained gravel drive from this road to the cottage. Trains from Lisbon or the Algarve arrive at Funcheira 4-6 times daily. Hire car recommended.


The small village/hamlet of Fernao Vaz is just at the bottom of the drive within 1 km and has a bar. Ourique is the nearest town with shops, chemist, supermarkets and lots of pretty, viewing points (10km). There are some super restaurants only 2kms away. Despite the Alentejo being a rural area the roads are good and distances not long to Beja, Mertola, Castro Verde, Almodovar all with unique interests.

Further Details:

Castro da Cola is on the Rio Mira and has its own excellent restaurant, archaeological site and church.

Local adegas for wine tasting within 1/2 hour drive.


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

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Basin
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Basin
  • Both bedrooms have their own deluxe ensuite power shower, wc and basin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Superking zip & link or 2 singles
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , Child bed or small adult set up on request
  • Modern furnishings with all linen and towels provided including beach towels. Both bedrooms are ensuite.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
Hot water is solar heated with backup immersion heater. Borehole water (not mains) Fenced and gated garden of 6000m2 Private driveway. Part of a 17 ha property with private lake. 11m x 6m swimming pool heated in early and late season. Utility room facilities are available on the yard, with washing machine and dryer. There is a washing line at the cottage and ironing board and iron can be provided The property is cleaned at changeover or weekly. Washing of towels and linen during your stay can be done on request for a fee of €10.00. Maid/cleaning service is also available on request at €15.00 per hour. Covered terrace with dining table and chairs. Front raised terrace with sun loungers. There are plenty of sunny and shady spots in the enclosed garden to sit in also.


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Country Cottage near Ourique
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

The tranquility and scenery were like paradise on earth!

  • 5 of 5

To say we relaxed was an understatement - the setting of Quince Cottage was beyond our dreams. Looking out at the horses and wilderness every morning set us up for the day. Family happiness personified. Thank you for letting us live the experience!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ourique Experience

  • 5 of 5

Our two week stay at this cottage was very good. The cottage itself was clean and well equipped for our needs. A little off the beaten track, the peace and quite was just what we wanted and the friendliness of the owner excellent. The swimming pool is a short walk from the cottage and is very enjoyable, clean and bigger than most pools when renting villas.

We are not horsey people but whilst here it seemed a shame to miss the opportunity to have a ride. The team looking after the horses and us on our ride were very friendly and professional.

We would definitely use this property again and recommend it to anyone who like peace and quite. The location allows easy travel to the Algarve and the popular resorts as well as the west coast. The best of both worlds.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review!
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Perfect Piece & Quiet

  • 5 of 5

Having now stayed in about 15 such properties across Europe this one is amongst the very best. Great cottage, well laid out, good kitchen and all you need for a relaxing time. The owners pool which we had use of is beautiful (pictures don't do it justice). The location is certainly off the beaten track but easy access to town and everything you need and still quick access to the Algrave. Lastly Pru, Julian & and the rest of the team are very helpful hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for this lovely review and you are very welcome to come back any time. We are now just getting ready for the 2015 season and wish you a Happy New Year.
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casa prefeita.

  • 5 of 5

para descansar em prefeito sossego e privacidade

com uma excelente paisagem!!!!!!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage 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
Autumn 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2017/18
5 Nov 2017 - 17 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2018
18 Mar 2018 - 26 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2018
27 May 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2018/19
4 Nov 2018 - 23 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £16.82
Damage Deposit £88.53

No set changeover days.
Departure by 11 am, arrivals between 4 pm and 8 pm unless by prior arrangement.
Prices are for the property in Euros
5% discount on weekly rate for a 2 week stay
15% discount on weekly rate for a 3 week stay
Monthly rate is already discounted by 25% as it is based on 4 weeks for the price of 3

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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