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Hilltop Self Contained Cottage For Two with Pool and Amazing Sea Views

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage near Moncarapacho, Algarve - Stunning Panoramic Sea View, Pool + relaxation!

Respite for couples in serious need of battery recharging. With a wonderful 6ft bed, ensuite, and amazing sea view. You have a 60 sq.m. pool, serious swimming, air conditioning, 4G 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 of the Atlantic and the mountains behind us are stunning, both from the cottage and around the swimming pool. The large mature gardens, with fig, lemon and orange trees and a lawn are yours to enjoy privately.

My welcome pack is legendary amongst my guests, I am a Cordon Bleu cook and it is all home made. On your arrival you will have wine, beer, chicken, hummus, chicken liver pate, mayonnaise, freshly squeezed orange juice, or what ever else I decide to make.

***FROM THIS YEAR onwards there is the option if you want to bring friends or family to rent an extra king sized room with private bath and own entrance and terrace, this would be rented ONLY to you. Pls enquire directly to me for pricing.

Come and relax!

More Details

Joan Murray
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

About Joan Murray

My main criteria is for guests to relax, I create a very easy going atmosphere, but have high standards as far as accommodation is concerned. You are totally private in the cottage and have the enjoyment of the large mature gardens, lawn and pool at all times. It has been likened by guests to renting a complete large villa. I always put in my famous welcome pack, with wine and beer, so little or no shopping is needed when you first arrive. There are wonderful restaurants and cafes in Moncarapacho, and one superb restaurant, Antonio's.

The Eastern Algarve is totally unspoiled, and long may it stay that way. Beaches are unspoilt and even in August, and a 10 minute walk can leave you with the beach to yourself. There are small islands all along our coast (look up the Ria Formosa). These islands are fully equipped for beach fun, but also we have amazing birdlife (including flamingoes). Small and quick ferries take you out to Fuseta, Pedras Del Rei, Tavira and Armona beach.

I just want you to go home with your batteries charged.

Hope to see you,

Joan X

Joan Murray purchased this cottage in 1989

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. It is completely private, not surrounded by other houses. I have automatic gates and a security fence

What makes this cottage unique

Because it is so private, it feels like you are renting a large villa. The swimming pool and terraces have amazing panoramic views of the sea and mountains. Relaxing is everything, however you want to do it. Quiet or loud, 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
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Pets considered ...
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
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • 1 gorgeous emperor size bed. (6ft) with TV and drapes, also ensuite bathroom. Additional renting - If you also want to rent an extra huge double (zip lock so can be made into 2 singles) plus ensuite and own private entrance, for family or friends then please enquire. This will only ever be rented to you.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private 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
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Automatic heating, 4G WI FI, air-conditioning. Ceiling fans. Private car parking. COTTAGE COMPLETELY PRIVATE. It is a very relaxed atmosphere. Everything is geared to my guests. Outside: Large garden, (10m x 6m) 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 for two week stays. You will have all cleaning products supplied. 2 covered areas - breakfast terrace and outdoor living room with huge marble table, large built-in barbecue (charcoal) + gas barbecue


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Hilltop Self Contained Cottage For Two with Pool and Amazing Sea Views
average rating of 4.9574466 based on 48 reviews

A truly cultured & friendly experience

  • 5 of 5

Joan is the most wonderful host , including invitations to drinks & tapas round the pool

on the expansive patio. The ' cottage ' & house are very cultured in terns of style & layout.

We would recommend ' Hilltop ' to those who want an experience above & beyond the

normal venue.

Lynne & Roger.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is easy to be a good host when you have such delightful and fun loving guests. We had a lot of fun together, and you met many of my friends. Looking forward to your visit next year.....
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Not Enough Superlatives!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in this fabulous cottage 11 times now and we have already booked for two return visits (and perhaps a crafty weekend) next year.

The location is perfect with beautiful views down to the sea and a panorama that stretches from Tavira in the East to Faro in the West - when you throw open the doors in the morning you can tell if it's going to be a beach day (from the stillness of the sea) or another indulgent day by the pool. Having the pool and gardens to yourself makes you feel that you have a whole villa to enjoy and the peace and quiet is a treat in itself - if you don't want to explore the beautiful Algarve then you don't have to - that's one of the best thing about staying here; you have choice and freedom!

The comfortable cosy cottage has everything you need including a sumptuous Welcome pack from your wonderful host, Joan and, although there are far more interesting things to do, you can enjoy UK TV and great Wifi connection.

Every time we visit we find great new bars and restaurants all within a short drive and Joan will happily make recommendations - she has great taste!

We really cannot recommend this wonderful place enough and, as usual, it was almost heartbreaking to leave!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You have been coming here for so long now, 11years, for 3 weeks every year. You are both just part of the family. And when you have gone down the drive on leaving, there is always more than one tear that wells up! We had so much fun, even to you both cooking for 16 people to celebrate Gary's 60th birthday, it was fantastic. You found new restaurants, and then I went there with you, on your last night. Wonderful......please come back v'soon....
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  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have visited this property

From start to finish the holiday was excellent. Joan is a fantastic host. The property is ideal for a couple and the surrounding area is typical Portuguese. I would definitely recommend this idyllic property

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What lovely guests you were, very easy going and fun, and always making the best of your holiday. You really loved Moncarapacho, which is very unspoiled, and very basic, a square which has two churches in it. Where you can sit either eating or with a drink Lots of restaurants but one fantastic one ANTONIO'S read it up on Trip Adviser. Then going to the local beach Fuseta, which you loved. In your words 'this is the real Algarve for the Portuguese, the Eastern Algarve. Really look forward to your visit next year, and we will keep in contact. J x
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A wonderful break with extra wonderfulness

  • 5 of 5

We arrived after a short and easy drive from Faro to charming, spotless, well equipped accommodation, more spacious than I had imagined and a magnificent pool of a very swimmable size. Joan was the perfect host with exactly the right amount of chat and discretion, delicious fresh orange juice, avocado mousse and real mayonnaise always available, and the option to enjoy 'Joans Bar'.As the week went on, a well timed Campari or two by the pool with Joan and her family of cats and dogs,meant I felt totally at home by the end of my stay, and would still be there now if not for other pesky guests wanting to stay there too. It was my first visit to Portugal and hopefully won't be the last.

Thank you Joan. You are a legend.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jill what a wonderful I really deserve that! You rented the cottage and the en-suite bedroom/bathroom. Which really worked well for you. You were such a fun person to have staying, and we did have lots of fun. I know you will come back in the future. Hopefully in 2018. Have a wonderful summer, and enjoy the good weather you have been having. COME BACK ASAP 🍾🍾🍾😎😎
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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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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 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

Taxes and fees are additional

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).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund