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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
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

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 Moncarapacho

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
  • Parties/events allowed
  • 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 4.9636364 based on 56 reviews

A rare gem 💖

  • 5 of 5

Our week here was a gift from our family, and it was fabulous. The owner Joan has equipped the cottage with everything you may need, including a fridge full of homemade goodies to last at least 2-3 days.

A car is essential but you're not far from the beautiful beaches or countryside of Eastern Algarve and the local town of Moncarapacho is walkable if you're reasonably fit.

The sea views are amazing, the huge bed super comfy, huge pool at a 'therapeutic ' temperature and a good shower with plenty hot water. People return here year after year, so you'll struggle to find availability but it's worth it

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you really enjoyed yourselves. Thanks for such a glowing review. You were such fun people, and very easy to entertain, we had several good nights together. I may add Jackie the cottage was left spotless.... cancel cleaner!! Please come and see me again, I would love that. Happy chasing the sun, it is 21 here today with beautiful sunshine!! And also enjoy retirement......till I see you again
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Victoria, Canada

Relaxation promise fulfilled.

  • 5 of 5

The promise and expectation of tranquility, relaxation and privacy at Joan’s cottage was fulfilled during nine sun-drenched days on the deck overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. As an un-expected bonus, we could watch the sunrise from our bed.

Other reviews praise Joan’s welcome package. In truth, it is hard to do it justice. We enjoyed the generous and delicious contents of the fridge for several days.

The cottage is a perfect base for relaxation and exploration of the eastern Algarve. The markets in Moncarapacho met all our needs. The kitchen meets all basic requirements and we prepared full breakfasts and suppers the entire stay. What a pleasure to arrive to find the outdoor gas grill on the deck is actually functional and clean.

Joan’s hospitality is a respectful balance of welcoming invitations to socialize but never impose. Although she is living in the big house above the cottage, she never intrudes and all communications are via text or telephone.

Thank you, Joan. You are a wonderful host and we enjoyed being your guest for nine glorious sunny days.

Ken and Judith

Victoria, BC., Canada

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your glowing review, I hope I deserved it! You both made the best of your time here, and the barbecue was well used! I am very lucky loving what I do, and really do love doing the welcome packs which are all homemade, Would like to thank you both for being such fun guests. You know you are welcome back at anytime. Joan
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Little gem in the Algarve.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is very well located on top of a hill. Stunning views, you can even see the coast line. Beautiful garden to stroll around and a nice pool with a lot of sunbathing area around it. The owner is very welcoming and charming. Although it is a self-catering cottage, there was a nice welcoming package provided. We loved our stay and will definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My wonderful fun Belgian Guests. I think this is your 4/5 year of coming to see me. And I love your company, and Benoit sorts out my computer. I cannot wait to have you back in 2019, you are very special people.
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A very special place!

  • 5 of 5

Had a very relaxed and enjoyable week in Casa Alegria, and we thoroughly endorse all the previous glowing reviews, online as well as in her guest book.

It is a very special place, not least because Joan makes it so. You have complete privacy in the cottage, it's very comfortable, peaceful, well equipped; sun loungers, chairs, pool towels, books, Dvds, TV, Wi fi, pots pans, 3 BBQs on the cottage patio, (gas & charcoal) , local information, maps etc etc. I think she has thought of everything, but is on hand if you have any queries.

And yes, that welcome pack!!! Astounding, scrumptious, lip smacking! And when you eaten all that, check out the menu in the information folder....... :))

As others have said, Joan does not intrude at all during your stay, but in the evening, if you fancy a G+T,or wine, and a chat you can join her and the four legged ones, upstairs. We had good fun, good laughs, and good stories! Joan, heres's to you!! Slainte!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 'What a special Place' what special people you are, how can my 'late life' career be so enjoyable. We had so many laughs, and you Caroline were a match for Jay! Ann and I were more subdued (well sometimes). You will definitely be back next year...what a tonic you both are. You actually saw some of the ALGARVE, by 'shank's pony', and using the the local taxi service. Next year you will see more maybe! Until then take great care of yourselves Joan
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Oasis of Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

This property is in the most idyllic area of Eastern Algarve. Situated in the hills but only 10minutes drive from the local town, which is completely unspoilt by commercialism. The property itself is very well equipped with everything you need for a very enjoyable stay. The owner is most welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. The welcome pack is the best that my husband and I have had. It provides all the basics so that you don't have to go shopping for provisions on your first day (including loo paper). Obviously as this is self catering at some point you will have to replenish these and other items but there is a local supermarket in the town and other small shops where you can go. This is the place to stay if you need or want complete relaxation. My husband and I work hard all year and this beautiful place gives us the time to recharge our batteries for the year ahead. The Cottage is set within a beautiful landscape with plenty of space to relax, either on the lawn under an umbrella with a book or by the pool with a gin and tonic! Fully air conditioned with a very large bed and peace and quiet. In comparison to other similar properties for the same price this one goes above and beyond and we couldn't believe how inexpensive it was for what we actually got.

I would not hesitate to recommend this beautiful idyll to anyone and can guarantee that once you have stayed there you will want to return. We are - roll on 2018

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review.....and I look forward to your visits every year, you have been coming for many years, and in 2018 you are coming for 3 weeks. My main achievement is to make sure you all go home relaxed, as the majority of you come out amazingly stressed. And to be able to do this without being intrusive. Your welcome pack is pretty good (so I am told) from basics bread/butter/eggs/REAL coffee/tea plus home made goodies such as smoked salmon mousse, chicken liver pate, plus roast chicken etc., I am so looking forward to you coming out in May to celebrate your 60th Birthday, and then again in August.
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Our return to paradise - can’t wait to go back.....again and again and again

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth visit to paradise and we have already booked for next year, we just can’t get enough. For us it’s our ideal destination, it’s got everything you could want for a relaxing escape. The views from the villa are very impressive and the gardens are lovely and very well maintained. It’s so peaceful and chilling on an inflatable while floating in the pool is the best way to relax. There are sun beds all around the villa so you can enjoy the sun from any position.

For us, the main reason we return, apart from it being a little piece of paradise, is Joan.

Joan is one of the best people you could wish to meet, she’s charming, funny , charismatic , great story teller, generous and she will do whatever she can to make your stay enjoyable. We are proud to now call her a friend. We will have to mention Jay, who is one of Joan’s friends, hes a very knowledgeable man and we have plenty of interesting discussions and at the end we decide that I’m right ........again.

We really missed Brumus and Effy this year , they were both characters in their own right. However there is now a new edition to the gang and his name is Bear. He is one of the nicest, most pleaseant dogs you could wish to meet, I had to take him out of Jill’s case at least twice because she wanted to take him home. Leapold is still his narky looking self 😀?

If you are planning to visit other places the villa is in an ideal situation and as easy access to all motorways. Driving in Portugal is easy as there is never a lot of traffic, the motorways are virtually empty.

For us this is our perfect holiday destination and I can’t put into words just how beautiful and relaxing this place is but I can guarantee that you will have a lovely time and make life long memories.

Right Joan if that review doesnt get us in the will then nothing will 😀?

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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.




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