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Milfontes: Cottage overlooking the Mira river estuary and the Atlantic Ocean

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,453 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a terrace with magnificent view

This is a lovely cottage in the old part of the village (Milfontes was founded in 1485), facing the pier at the mouth of the river where the river Mira meets the Ocean. We have used it for years for family beach retreats, reading/writing holidays, and cozy Christmases, and everything in the house will help you towards these endeavours!

It has three floors. On the ground floor, there is a living room with a dining area and small kitchen. The living room has hundreds of books of a wide range of genres in English, French and Portuguese. I keep most of my fiction at Mira Mira, ranging from P.D. James to Granta Magazines to the Greek classics. It has two small sofas and a dining room table seating 6, as well as a fireplace.

The kitchen has an elevator (a dumb-waiter) to take food to the roofterrace on the top floor. The terrace is perfect for meals - we usually have all our meals there in summer. We also have a sun-lounger there for tanning, and a sink and small fridge for making cocktails.

Just inside the terrace is a studio with a double futon (great for breezy naps), and a table for writing and amusements. In winter we light the cast iron stove.

Take the spiral staircase down to the middle floor, and you will find the master bedroom, and a bedroom with one or two beds. Both bedrooms with river view.

Each floor has a bathroom. One of the bathrooms has a full bath, and the top floor has a wetroom (like showering in a sailboat!).

The house is cool in summer because of the very thick stone walls, and every room has a built-in heater for winter (plus the fireplace). There is a iron stove in the Studio. You'll also find a TV and DVD player, dishwasher and washing machine, and all the kitchen basics (microwave, toaster, etc...).

The location is excellent - within easy reach of all the wild beaches of the Alentejo protected coast, with magnificent hiking trails. Within Milfontes, you can hire bikes, taking surfing/kayaking lessons, go fishing and horse riding, or just sip caipirinhas on the beach. There are excellent restaurants and bars in town, and the house is very close, but nicely tucked away from the noise.

There is a direct coach from Milfontes to Lisbon. Milfontes is served by Lisbon and Faro airports. About 2 hours15 minutes, each way by car.

Our neighbour looks after us when we stay, and it is also an option for you to hire her- fresh bread delivered in the morning, daily cleaning, or a home-cooked meal for your arrival, for example.

Priority will be given to members of Mira Mira Book Club. To join just give a book you thoroughly enjoyed to the library.

More Details

Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 12, 2017

About The Owner

I am an academic in the field of International Relations, Human Rights.

I hold a D. Phil. from Oxford University, and served as Cultural Counsellor to the Portuguese Embassies in Washington and in London.

I love literature, fiction, autobiographies, crime novels. I also love travelling and India is my favourite get away.

Lately, I've joined a Jungian Institute. Jung's work combines my main interests in thought and practice.

The Owner purchased this house in 2002

Why The Owner chose Odemira

As a child, my mother used to spend her holidays in Milfontes and I bought this house upon my return to Portugal because in my opinion it is the prettiest village on the wild coast of Alentejo. I have enjoyed great times here with friends or alone surrounded by my books.

What makes this house unique

Unspoilt beaches of the Vicentina Coast. The house and the village have evrything you may need (v. detailed description)


Vila Nova de Milfontes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1453 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Elevator ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • - 1 double
    - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • disco club
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


4.5/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

Milfontes: Cottage overlooking the Mira river estuary and the Atlantic Ocean
average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews

Eine wunderbare Woche

  • 5 of 5

Wir waren eine Woche im April im großen Haus von Graca und haben uns dort sehr wohl gefühlt. Das Haus ist perfekt eingerichtet. Bei gutem Wetter konnten wir die tolle Aussicht von der Dachterrasse vom Frühstück bis zum Abendessen genießen. Sehr bequem war es, einen Speiseaufzug von der Küche bis nach oben zu haben. In unmittelbarer Nähe konnten wir Störche beim abwechselnden Brüten beobachten. Wir können das Haus uneingeschränkt empfehlen.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Schöne Lage

  • 3 of 5

Das Haus liegt im alten Ortskern. Wir waren im April dort, konnten auf der Terasse im 2. Stock immer frühstücken und die Sonne und die Aussicht genießen. Im Garten nebenan haben uns die Hühner "geweckt". Ein Fasan war auch oft zu hören. Nebendran haben Störche in ihrem Nest sich für die Brut vorbereitet. Das ist Entspannung. Das Wetter war prima, morgens und abends kühl, mittags um die 25 Grad Celsius.

Da wir abends meistens Essen gegangen sind, hat mich die Küchenausstattung nicht weiter gestört. Hätte ich jeden Abend kochen wollen, hätte ich damit meine Probleme gehabt.

Wir waren zu Dritt im Haus. Toiletten gab es genug. Etwas mehr Platz für Handtücher zum Aufhängen und auch Trocknen im Bad wäre toll gewesen. Wer keinen Wert auf eine blitzblanke Umgebung legt und dafür lieber die frische Luft auf dem Balkon oder am Meer genießt ist in dem Haus gut aufgehoben.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Anette Dirschnabel, for your evaluation. I would appreciate if you could take the time to let us know how, in your opinion, we could improve. The house has been consistently evaluated with 5 stars. Could you be kind enough to give us details as why you think it only deserves 3 stars. Detailed information would be a great help. Thank you. Graça
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wunderschönes Haus in toller Lage

  • 5 of 5

Drei Wochen hatten wir Gelegenheit in diesem wunderschönen Haus, ausgestattet mit allen (und noch viel mehr) was man zu einem erholsamen Urlaub braucht. Die Dachterrasse und das Studio bestechen mit ihrer Helligkeit und Blick. Die Schlafzimmer sind geräumig und die Betten super. Alles ist mit viel Geschmack und Liebe zum Detail eingerichtiet. Die vielen Bücher sorgen sofort für eine Atmosphäre, in der man sich wohlfühlt. Dass das Haus viele schöne Plätze zum Lesen hat, versteht sich dann von selbst...Die Lage ist sehr schön am Rand des alten Ortskerns. Alles ist zu Fuß erreichbar: Geschäfte, Restaurnts und Strände. Das Auto kann man getrost stehen lassen. Die Strände sind gepflegt und schön. Besser geht es nicht!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so happy, dear Andreas and Gabriele, that you enjoyed your stay in my house. Yes! the house is exactly as I use it, with everything that I need for a comfortable stay. I thank you for having been such exceptional guest and leaving the house in such good order. I can't praise you enough. I hope your intention to come back, as you told me you would, comes true. I'll be delighted to welcome you again. Warm greetings, Graça Sorry I can't answer you in German!
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Superbe maison avec vue sur le Mira

  • 5 of 5

Mira mira est une maison, un endroit idyllique, merveilleusement placé, décoré avec beaucoup de gout mais ausi tres bien équipé pour passer des vacances tres agreables et tranquilles.

La vue, le Mira, la lumierere et la terasse nous ont enchanté.

Nous reviendrons sûrement.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup! Je suis ravie q vous ayez passé des jours aussi agréables q nous en famille. Vous serez toujours les bienvenus. G
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Nearest Airport
230 Kilometres
Lisbon or Faro
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Beach
Vila Nova de Milfontes
Car: not necessary

When you arrive in Milfontes go straight through the main street until you reach a sign CAIS (pier). You can leave the car in the pier and go up the stairs that lead to the house. The house is just at the top of the stairs, at number 10, Rua do Sol.

The housekeeper, Ana Maria, lives opposite in number 7, Rua do Sol.

Perfect location for walking and hiking along the coast. Miles of unspoilt, wild beaches.


Rates & Availability

Vila Nova de Milfontes House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
fin Mars-Mai
Apr 24 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
début Juin
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Fin Juin
Jun 16 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Début Juillet
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Fin Juillet
Jul 16 2017 - Jul 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Début Septembre
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Fin Septembre
Sep 16 2017 - Sep 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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