|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
The house is furnished to a high and comfortable standard. It has a large comfortable lounge and dining area complete with Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, satellite channels, DVD player, and a iPod speaker dock. A selection of DVD's, books and board games. A well equipped kitchen also provides granite worktops, a hob, oven, microwave, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, kettle, electric juicer, toaster, an iron and ironing board.
Both bedrooms have en suite facilities, walk-in shower or bath, WC, hand basin and bidet. Both bedrooms have double doors onto their own private terrace.A door from the kitchen opens onto an alternate private breakfast terrace. Large doors open from the lounge onto a private covered dining terrace, with southerly views for miles over the un-spoilt plains. For extra comfort this house has under floor heating included during low season. It is single storey and has traditional terracotta floors throughout with wooden shuttered windows and high vaulted beamed ceilings.
We aim to provide a very high standard of country living and comfort with traditional architecture and modern facilities. Monte da Quinta sets a high standard and has been approved and officially licensed by the Ministry of Tourism of Portugal, Classification CASA de CAMPO No. 1/2006
This unique retreat comprises of two country houses which are beautifully furnished to a high standard, set in 5 hectares of private estate land. A large natural salt water swimming pool and children’s play pool (no chlorine or chemicals). Just on the edge of Castro Verde we have the advantage of the tranquillity and beauty of this fantastic landscape, plus all the facilities of the town.
Within 10 minutes walking, or 2 minutes in the car, we have several excellent RESTAURANTS, CAFES, SHOPS and SUPERMARKETS, Festivals and Markets throughout the year.
Eating out locally is extremely good value for money. Typically a two course lunch time “meal of the day” “Prato da Dia” including: bread, olives, a beverage and coffee costs 7.50 euros per person. A two course evening meal including: bread, olives, a good bottle of wine and coffee, costs between 40 – 50 euros for two persons. A coffee or tea and locally made pastry from one of our many coffee shops costs just 2 euros.
Located within 45 minutes easy reach of the West coast and the Algarve.
Interaction with guests
We are here to meet and greet our guests, to introduce them to the property and answer any questions they may have. We are always available should they need us during their stay.
We provide our guests with lots of useful information upon arrival. Tips on things not to be missed, advise on places to discover, and the all important practical stuff.
We believe It is that kind of personal touch and interaction that has helped us achieved such a high percentage of happy, returning guests.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT:
Traditional restaurants with live music, bars & cafes within walking distance & a choice of 3 large supermarkets within a 2 minute drive. Local outdoor tennis courts & indoor public swimming pool within a 2 minute drive. Local quad biking, horse riding, ballooning, archery, paintball, vineyard tour with lunch, off roading, skippered river cruises. We can offer a range of Holistic Treatments.
Our GUEST HAMPER includes local produce, cheese & wine & initial sundries provided, liquid soap, toilet rolls & bin liners.
Pre-order a bottle of CHAMPAGNE on ice.
A comprehensive GUEST GUIDE to the region & local restaurants. Buckets, spades & sun shades for the beach.
A LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST for your stay.
We hire TENNIS rackets for the local courts and BEACH TOWELS and a COOL BOX for the beach.
FRESH FARM PRODUCE, eggs, oranges, local honey, homemade preserves, olive oil & small souvenirs, gifts & our postcards.
FARM ANIMALS include: Shetland ponies, pygmy goats, Alentejo pigs, various poultry. A boules pitch & two guest bicycles. A local cinema, theatre & night club.
We have RECYCLING facilities.
Working with a preferred partner we are able to offer the following outdoor activities at a very special rate. Monte da Quinta will handle the booking for you and make all the necessary arrangements.
VINEYARD TOURS (lunch optional), QUAD BIKING, HOT AIR BALLOONING, ARCHERY, HORSE RIDING.
Various activities are available from Monday to Friday throughout the year. Please consider the Alentejo climate, some may be more appropriate than others depending on the time of year.
BIRD WATCHING PARADISE the perfect location for twitchers, our guests have listed some of the birds spotted at Monte da Quinta on within 10 kilometres such as: Lesser Kestrel, Red and Black Kite, Great and Little Bustard, Black Bellied Sandgrove, Corn Bunting, Eagles, Bee Eater, Egret, Storks, Marsh Harrier, Montago Harrier, Cuckoo, Strikes. resident Little Owls and we have a Nightingale for several weeks of the year.
REST ASSURED: Our farmhouses are maintained to a very high standard of cleanliness and are inspected on a weekly basis. Our holiday houses were restored to strict guidelines set by the Ministry of Tourism Portugal. These include: mains drainage, mains electric, solar water heaters, no gas appliances and our pool water is regularly tested.
All rooms have smoke alarms these are connected to a central alarm system. Fire panic buttons and emergency exit signs. Kitchens are fitted with extinguishers and fire blankets. As a registered business we are licensed operators for Rural Tourism and insured for public liability. We provide a basic first aid kit in each house and we are regularly inspected for health and safety. We are on site to assist, manage and maintain our standards 'Our reputation along with your recommendation is our future'.
Having bought Monte da Quinta in the summer of 2002 with the intention of it becoming our holiday retreat, we found it increasingly hard to return from visits to the hustle and bustle of the UK. With much planning and determination, finally in the summer of 2005, we moved to Portugal.
Michaela Tulip-Mills purchased this farmhouse in 2002
Project managing the build and restoration of the farmhouses, we took inspiration from some of the fantastic accommodation we had stayed at within Europe. With our love for all things rustic, traditional and the ambience of the Casa de Campo “House of the Country” life style, Monte da Quinta started to evolve.
We wanted to maintain the traditions and farming practises that had taken place at Monte da Quinta for many generations. With little knowledge of our own, we enlisted the help of a former employee of the farm. Despite our initial lack of the Portuguese language, his patience with us and dedication to the land and the animals has helped us to keep farm blooming.
Monte da Quinta combines modern facilities and traditional architecture with an even balance between rural tourism, farming and a unique way of life. Centrally located within the lower Alentejo region with easier access to the Algarve and the western coast line.
With our continuing success, we have settled into the landscape and lives of the local people very nicely. Thanks to the fantastic support and recommendations from many of our returning guests, we now have a viable business with visitors from all over the world.
COTS, HIGH CHAIRS and BED GUARDS
GUEST WELCOME HAMPER
100% COTTON LINEN and TOWELS
FOR YOUR COMFORT - Under Floor Heating (Low season), Cooling Fans (High season), Mains Water & Electric.
For us, the location was perfect - quiet and tranquil with a restful, relaxing and peaceful view yet near enough to walk into Castro Verde. The villa was spacious, cool and of a very high standard, well deserving of its descriptions of luxury accommodation. We loved the fact that the kitchen was generously equipped with plenty of everything and that there was a dishwasher - home from home! The views from every window in the villa were a joy. The bed was comfortable, the seating was comfortable - this is a rare occasion when my husband hasn't come home from holiday with a bad back because of the bed or seating in the holiday accommodation!
It's the first time that we've stayed anywhere abroad where the owners live on-site and this worked perfectly for us. Michaela and Nigel were helpful when needed yet unobtrusive - it was great to have their input for a special meal out for my husband's birthday and the best places to go for a couple of day trips out. Having said that, it was several days until we could tear ourselves away from the terrace of our villa and the immediate grounds and local town! The days when we did venture further afield were a great success due to Michaela and Nigel's input. We are not dog people but we enjoyed having Tiza around - she is a character in the nicest possible way! We also loved the pigs, goats, chickens and ponies; the orange trees - everything! As we've told family and friends at home, we couldn't fault it at all - and we do have high standards! Following on from the title of this review - we've asked for a week next year to be pencilled in for a return visit.
This is the most beautiful and immaculately kept property we stay at in Portugal. We stayed twice this year, and try to visit every year. Michaela and Nigel are excellent hosts, and the cottage has everything you need. We walked to local restaurants and cafes, and recommend the new café next to the Turismo, where the owner is very welcoming, and speaks excellent English. Our favourite restaurants are Villa Italia and Market Verde. Although the birdwatching was better in April, we still managed to spot a good variety. Hope to return soon.
This 5 Star Villa was all we expected and wanted. It was spotlessly clean, very spacious and had everything we could want in self-catering accommodation. Michaela goes to great length with the detail to make people feel welcome, including a welcome pack. We asked for her to provide a Portuguese meal for us on the first night which was well presented and very tasteful. There was far more than we could eat so leftovers were eaten for lunch the following day! The kitchen was well equipped, as was the pool area, including a hammock for each villa! The views were stunning so sitting on the terrace of our villa drinking coffee enjoying the view was a must. We also particularly liked feeding the animals which included hens, pigs, a duck, goats and ponies. I'm sure they gained weight whilst we were there! We visited two of the many restaurants and cafes in town, both of which provided excellent meals. This is a villa we would love to stay at again. If you are not looking for a beach close by but just wish to enjoy a relaxing, comfortable villa with pools appropriate for adults and children this is the place to stay.
Having stayed at another Alentejo holiday property the previous week that did not live up to the expectations set in the marketing material, it was a relief to arrive and find everything is the same high quality at Monte da Quinta.
My family has been holidaying at Monte da Quinta for 10 years. We like the fact the property is clean, smells wonderful, is well maintained and immaculate, well stocked and offers lots of little extras. Highly recommend this property to our friends and family.
A very beautiful place to stay - the house was spotlessly clean, very comfortable ,spacious and everything you could possibly want was there.
The views from the terrace over the gardens, pool and unspoilt countryside were amazing and the endless blue skies were just perfect.
Nigel and Michaela were very warm, welcoming, helpful, generous and not intrusive all at the same time. The welcome pack, fresh vegetables from the garden and savoury supper (delicious) were all very generous.
It was a very unspoilt relaxed area with everything you need in nearby Castro Verde - great cafes and restaurants and a good supermarket.
We had an excellent holiday, the right mix of relaxing in and around the pool and getting out and about to explore Portugal. We hope to go back to Monte da Quinta very soon.
Monte da Quinta is an oasis in Alentejo. Located within easy walking distance from Castro Verde, a nice small town with good restaurants, it overlooks the beautiful landscape. Everything is fully renovated and extremely well kept. We lived in Casa Oliveira - it is spacious and was perfect for a family of four. Michaela and Nigel are excellent hosts, dropping by from time to time with fresh vegetables from their own garden, fresh towels and knowledge about the area.