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Hilltop Self Contained Cottage For Two

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Heated Pool
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning


About the property

Cottage near Moncarapacho, Algarve - Panoramic Sea View, Stunning View To San Miguel

The sun is shining! Special offer availability Easter, contact us for details! Owners Direct first Portuguese property provides respite for couples in serious need of battery recharging, with a wonderful 6ft bed and ensuite. (If you want to bring friends/family, we have an extra double room and private bath, rented ONLY to you). You have a 60 sq.m. pool, air conditioning, WiFi, DVD and Bose CD. Relaxation is guaranteed in this self-contained haven. Nestling into the brow of a foothill of Sao Miguel, the eastern Algarve's highest peak, with breathtaking panoramic views of the sea (15 minutes distance), your cottage extends to private covered areas which include gas or charcoal barbecue, extra cooker and giant marble table. The views are stunning, both from the cottage and round the swimming pool, with panoramic views of the Atlantic and mountains.

You have wine, beer, chicken, Hummus, chicken liver pate, mayonnaise, or what ever else I decide to make. I am a Cordon Bleu cook and it is all home made, freshly squeezed orange juice, etc. Come and relax!

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Joan Murray
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
May 12, 2017

About Joan Murray

My main criteria is for guests to relax, very easy going atmosphere, but high standards as far as accommodation is concerned, friends welcome to come and visit. You are totally private in the cottage, but have the use of lawn and pool, at all times, which are both large! It has been likened by guests to renting a large villa. I always put in a large welcome pack, with wine and beer, so no shopping when you first arrive. There are wonderful simple fish/meat restaurants in Moncarapacho. And one superb restaurant. Antonio's.

Eastern Algarve is totally unspoiled, and long may it stay that way. Beaches unspoilt and even in August, walk about 10 minutes along the beach, and you are on your own. There are small island, along the coast. Small ferries take you there. I just want you to go home with your batteries charged.

Hope to see you


Why Joan Murray chose Olhao

We bought a complete hilltop and built the villa and cottage. It has a panoramic view of the Ocean from Spain to Faro. These sites are no longer available. Not boasting but it is completely unique.

What makes this cottage unique

Swimming pool, lots of areas to relax. Only one other villa, on the hill, which you cannot see, because of loads of trees. More and more people seem to be coming out, and liking 'no clothes' bathing.... No it is not a nudist camp! Relaxing is everything, however you want to do it. No music or loud music, it is entirely down to you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Comments for 2009

Another relaxed stay, we never want to go home, 2nd visit in two years. Jane and Joe Ellison.

Thanks you for another great stay, you always make us so welcome. Don't forget we are coming for our honeymoon next year. Gary and John. PLEASE LOOK ON GUESTS REMARKS FOR UPDATE COMMENTS.
Feb 2000
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Moncarapacho Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: 1 bedroom with emperor size bed. (6ft) with ensuite bathroom Additional renting (NEVER LET, TO ANYONE OTHER THAN YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS) 1 en-suite bedroom with 6ft bed or 6ft bed can be split into two singles.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Automatic heating, WI FI, Air-conditioning. Ceiling fans. Private car parking. COTTAGE COMPLETELY PRIVATE. (Bedroom and bathroom that can be rented for family or friends, is about 50 yards from the actual cottage.) It is a very relaxed atmosphere. Everything is geared to my guests. Outside: Large garden, (10m x 6m) heated (solar) swimming pool 2 covered areas. Barbecue and giant marble table. Lots of loungers, both by the pool, and down at the cottage. All areas are for the use of the guests. Utility Room: Washing machine. Dishwasher. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Everything supplied, including towels for around the pool. Sheets and towels are changed every week. You can have the villa cleaned, but this is €8 an hour. You will have all cleaning products supplied. Other: 2 covered areas - breakfast terrace and outdoor living room with huge marble table, large built-in barbecue (charcoal) + gas barbecue.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(42 traveler reviews)

Hilltop Self Contained Cottage For Two
average rating of 4.9534883 based on 44 reviews

A remarkable place for our first visit to Portugal

  • 5 of 5

We had a great 12-day winter break in March 2017 (11-23rd) on this hill property overlooking Moncarapacho.

Well equipped and very comfortable with a really good 6ft Bed, enormous covered and open areas for lounging and barbeques and use of the good sized pool.

Wonderful views, lovely rural area, with really interesting and historic little towns and fabulous beaches; And a great Hostess: Joan Graham.

Nearby Motorway provides rapid access to the area, or you can use the country roads. Secure parking was welcome as was the English TV and good supply of DvD's.

This is a Gem and we are going back.

Jim & Barbara Murray (York).

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing stay in the Algarve

  • 5 of 5

You can say that we were absolutely blown away by this stay @Joan. You did a good job Joan!! I think you know what we mean ... ;-) We felt very welcome from the moment we entered your beautiful and cosy little house. It started wit a refrigerator wich was full of nice goodies such as home made pate, avocado mousse, almonds, bread wine etc etc. The location is just outside Moncarapacho so its peaceful and its a short trip to several lovely places like Fuseta en Tavira. We had the pleasure of meeting you and some of your friends and had a lovely evening. We laughed a lot, had nice tapas en drank good wine and a very strong Pimms. We always felt enough privacy wich was very nice. We hope to come back again and visit you. Thanks a lot for a very nice stay. Marieke and Rob

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were wonderfully fun people to have staying, and you met some of my friends including a lovely Dutch/German couple. You certainly made the best of your time, beaches, restaurants I did not even know about. Come back anytime...... love to have you
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Return To Our Holiday Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We're beginning to lose count of the number of times we have returned to this holiday haven! Everything about the cottage is just perfect with everything you could wish for in this cosy cottage for two - there's even a TV with UK channels (though why anyone would want to watch TV when you have such a beautiful hillside setting to enjoy is beyond us) and Wi-Fi. The tasty Welcome Pack that Joan (the perfect host) provides means that you don't even have to leave the cottage for the first couple of days so you can immediately start to unwind and relax by the wonderful pool and enjoy the lovely peaceful gardens. When you are ready to explore it's just a few minutes drive to Moncarapacho which has a range of good restaurants or travel a couple of miles further to Fuseta with its great seafood eateries - the cottage is a great base for exploring the pretty villages and towns of the eastern Algarve.

The only problem with this place is having to leave at the end of your stay - it never gets any easier to drive away and we can't wait to return in July.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My lovely now very firm young friends, back, yet again. You always make the best of the time when you are here. There is little else I can say......but thanks for a glowing review, and never let me become complacent, I just love what I do, and I am so thrilled I have seven repeats this summer, I must be doing something right! But my lovely people you are the ones that come back consistently, 10th year this year. Look forward to July......beijinhos
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A cosy winter hideaway

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing view! A great place to relax when we wanted to (huge bed) and a brilliant stay for exploring, too. The coast has birdlife to die for and the motorway linked up easily to Spain and along the Portuguese coast. I even played golf (Andy liked the course not that far from the house). Great meals out (thanks for the tips, Joan!) And although it's self-catering accommodation, the food on arrival didn't make it feel like it. I'm still after the pate recipe! Thanks for a wonderful stay, Joan.

Jenni and Andy Phillips

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were very intrepid travelers and went on trips up into the hills, that I did not know existed. The bird life is amazing down on Ria Formosa. And as you said to me the beaches are empty....great for walking. Great that you say you are coming back for 2 weeks next year. You are very welcome
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A bit surprised by the distance from town and the small size of the unit

  • 3 of 5

View was stunning but wouldn't rely on TV or internet access. The internet access including TV is dated to say the least. Unit is quite small and very cluttered. On the positive side cooking facilities are exceptional Overall we enjoyed the place and Joan is very hospitable and a very nice lady

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Nicole ..... let's start with the distance from Moncarapacho 10 minutes in a car, and I am sorry you found the cottage too small, (I don't usually have any complaints, as you can see by all my 5* reviews, so it is good for me!) unfortunately I cannot change the shape of the cottage. I am glad you enjoyed the cooking facilities. It was very unfortunate I was ill while you were here, otherwise I would have entertained you far more. Hope you are enjoying the rest of your time in Europe, before you return to Canada. Safe Journey
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A great place to relax in a homely atmosphere

  • 5 of 5

Joan was brilliant at making us feel at home and the welcome pack was a feast! Perfect central position to explore the quieter side of the Algarve.

travel was easy as roads quiet and returning to the cottage after a day out really felt like going home. Great to get visits from Joans dogs ( only if you want them) great views, great weather. Good facilities, ( didn't use pool too cold for us but fine for the dedicated ) very good information to help you plan your time in the area. If you dont' mind a walk the town has a great restaurant Antonios, and get a taxi back to the door. Joan is happy to help with any problems and give advice so you don't waste time 'finding things' Will definately be going again.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You came in both stressed, and left really relaxed, this is my main criteria with all my guests, you were both great fun, and relaxed down on your sunlougers outside the cottage. Yes you walked down to Antonio's Restaurant, very sensible to get a taxi home!! You know you are MORE than welcome back. Just look up on Owners Direct, for the availability.
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary


15 minutes drive to Fuzeta,which has a beach on the Ria Formosa. Also the ferry to Fuzeta Island (15 mins). Or you hire one of the Water Taxis, they will take you to virtually deserted beaches even in August! There are other beaches within 25 mins of the cottage. If you are willing to walk 10-15 mins along these beaches, they are empty even in August. Good information in cottage on all beaches etc.,


Airport: 30 minutes (Faro)

Car hire essential.


7 minutes drive to Moncarapacho, where you have a local Market, and small supermarkets. 10 mins Estoi - Roman temple, C19th palace. Tavira 20mins, venetian atomsphere, Spanish border 30 mins. Olhao cubist town with fantastic fish and fruit market. Seville 1 hr 40 mins Lisbon 2-3hrs.

Further Details:

Moncarapacho has everything a market town fish vegetable market, very good restaurants, small supermarkets open 7 days a week. Or you go down to 125 road and you have ALDI, LIDL. Sea fishing trips, bird and dolphin spotting and diving expeditions can all be arranged.Visit to the Ria Formosa park centre (many rare birds). IN FUSETA, you have water sport such as Kite Surfing, Boat Tours, Stand up Paddle, kayaking, Water skiing. Also,there is another Water Taxi, he has so much local information, and will take you to all the different Islands, off the coast. Or there is also ferries and water taxi in OLHAO, ALSO TAKING YOU TO ALL THE ISLANDS.

TAVIRA is a beautiful town, and well worth exploring, reminds me of a faded Venice. The architecture is very unique. It is the unspoilt side of the Algarve, and is very Portuguese.


Rates & Availability

Moncarapacho Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
50% with booking form, balance 6 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Flexible, but must be one week minimum in high season.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for property per week in pounds (Sterling).

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