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Fully detached cottage in its own grounds with very private heated pool

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

One bedroom Cottage near Sao Bras de Alportel, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Private And Peaceful Location In Small Sleepy Hamlet With Wonderful Country Views Over The Hills

Situated in a small hamlet in the unspoilt Algarvian countryside with wonderful views of the Serra Caldeiro hills. but only 4 miles from the centre of Sao Bras .

Newly renovated cottage to traditional style with whitewashed walls and terracotta floors. The cottage stands in its own grounds with very private and not overlooked pool which is 8x4m ( with heating optional ) , terraces and stunning views over the countryside.Winners of the certificate of excellence 2014 from tripadvisor. Owners live nearby. Situated 25 minutes drive from Faro airport, 6 minutes drive from Sao Bras with a wealth of restaurants to suit most tastes from local cuisine to Indian and Chinese. Many large supermarkets, banks, cafes, chemists, museum, bars, sports centre and tourist centre. Many golf courses and beaches are within a 25 minute drive. Spain is only 30 minutes away. This area is fantastic for walkers and mountain biking or just relaxing by the lovely pool . Free WI-FI available in cottage. The cottage is perfect for a relaxing getaway for a couple with total privacy and wonderful private pool which is not overlooked by any other properties or indeed anything at all .The cottage has a heated hot tub on the pool deck for guests to enjoy and many love to watch the stars at night while sitting in the hot tub which can be heated to 40C

We supply a generous complimentary welcome pack with wine ,beer , water plus fridge essentials .

The pool heating is not solar so we can guarantee we can heat the pool up to 28 Degrees C in cooler months

The pool heating is at an additional cost of 160 euros per week booked ..

More Details

Ian and Mags
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 4, 2017

About Ian and Mags

Our main criteria is for guests to relax and enjoy the cottage , pool plus the hot tub all in total peace .

We have very high standards as far as accommodation is concerned .

We supply a generous large welcome pack with wine, beer , milk , bread etc for all guests on arrival .

We also supply wood for the wood burning fire in cooler months and most of our guests enjoy the hot tub on the pool deck which is heated all year round up to 38/ 40 C .

The cottage is in its own grounds so totally private and we want all guests to leave Lemon tree cottage feeling fully relaxed and refreshed .

Ian and Mags purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Ian and Mags chose Algarve

We love the wonderful views over the hills with some lovely sunsets .

The area is very peaceful and relaxing .

Guestbook comments from the owner

A wonderful lazy relaxing holiday in this quaint cottage, set in beautiful surroundings. The cottage itself is lovely and rustic, well equipped and very well maintained. Outside offers areas of total privacy around the pool which absolutely sparkles in the sunshine and what fun star gazing in the hot tub .

We really enjoyed the upper area for evening BBQ, alfresco dinning while enjoying the stunning views. Thank you so much in everything you have to offer with this property a great place to unwind . . Gordon and Julie

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lemon tree cottage.

it had everything we hoped for , good accommodation, well appointed, peace and tranquility, good views and good bird watching. It was a great base to explore the Eastern Algarve, but the best part of the day was to return the cottage for a swim then a relaxing soak in the hot tub Alex 2012.

We have just had a most wonderful time at the cottage and will be back many thanks, Liz.

Just a perfect place to be
Feb 2009
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São Brás de Alportel Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • En-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, wc, wash basin, and shaver/hairdryer point plus hairdryer and hair straighteners, electric heater. Bath Towels and hand towels are provided along with beach towels .
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with double bed, bedside tables and lamps, safe, chest of drawers and large double built in wardrobe with storage over. Electric heater and fan . The cottage has a safe not that it is needed in this area as it is very safe area to live in .
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The cottage is of a traditional build, stone walls, cane and pole ceilings however all windows are double glazed and shuttered to help regulate inside temperature. Also the windows and patio door are fitted with fly screens for your comfort, air-con is supplied to main area and more fans can be supplied. A generous welcome pack is always supplied with our compliments of fridge essentials plus beer and wine. Smoking is not permitted inside the cottage but guests are welcome to smoke outside the cottage . We provide cool bags with ice packs, beach mats along with sun umbrellas for the beach. Outside: Outside there are several terraces at varying levels (the higher you go the more stunning the view). Barbecue and garden furniture, parasols, sun loungers etc. Very Private heating optional 8x4m swimming pool to relax away those long summer days with roman steps. Jacuzzi spa heated to 40c all year round for guests to enjoy, it is wonderful to sit in watching the stars at night with a glass of wine. The cottage garden has it own lemon tree and the lemons are wonderful in a cold drink sitting in the swing seat watching the sun set over the hills. The cottage also has many herbs which the guests are more then welcome to pick. Outside the cottage on the terrace is a table and chairs with a BBQ for alfresco dining. The cottage also has private parking . The Pool can be heated in cooler months via heat pump which can heat the pool up to 28C . At the end of the pool deck we have a Cabana with a awning where guests can sit out of the sun in two comfortable arm chairs . Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaning and fresh linen and towels are provided once per week (more often if required), also included are pool and beach towels.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Fully detached cottage in its own grounds with very private heated pool
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 25 reviews

The beautiful Lemon Tree Cottage

  • 5 of 5

A liitle gem, hidden away from the beaten track of the Algarve but close enough if you want to go to Albufeira, Vilamoura, Portamao and other tourist areas but this place is far enough away from them to be peaceful it is beautiful and tucked away in some stunning countryside.

The owners, Ian and Mags could not be more than helpful, very friendly and knowledgeable of the area and genuinely nice people!

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely villa, in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely stay at Lemon Tree Cottage, so relaxing. Owners very helpful and lovely couple.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is amazing! From the location to everything in it! We didn't leave except to stock up on food! We spent 12 days just chilling... There is everything and I mean everything you could ever need here... Sun loungers and seats in different areas to ensure you never have to be out of the sun, umbrellas if you want shade, pool to cool down in, hot tub from where to star gaze at night - it was amazing for stars! So romantic sitting in tub with a glass of champagne in hand... Mags & Ian were incredibly lovely hosts... Extremely discreet... Offering lifts into town every time they went... Cannot fault a thing about LTC and sincerely hope we can return one day... The perfect place to chill & recharge your batteries...

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place if you want to have a private quite holiday. Mags and Ian are very nice friendly hosts. Jana & Oli

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A first class holiday in every respect

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Lemon Tree Cottage, 10 – 21 August 2016 could not be faulted. Ian and Mags are to be wholeheartedly complimented on what they have established.

The location was ideal for us, being away from hustle and bustle but within a short drive of a small town with a good range of amenities: supermarkets, petrol stations, bars, restaurants and newsagents stocking British newspapers of the day for those who don’t want to totally lose touch with home.

There are plenty of places of interest to visit within an hour’s drive allowing for blends of coast, culture, cuisine and cooling off time in the lovely pool all in the one day. If you feel lazy, then the cottage and pool area is a lovely spot to unwind and work on a tan or seek some shade.

Ian and Mags are first rate hosts. They are welcoming, keen that visitors enjoy their stay and are readily available to offer advice etc. They respect the privacy of guests and are happy to leave them to enjoy the delights of Lemon Tree Cottage.

We were grateful for the welcome pack that was waiting for us on arrival. It was much appreciated after a long drive. The thought and generosity that went into providing this reflects the impressive level of care and attention put into setting up the fixtures, furniture and fittings of the cottage. The property has everything you would need to cater for yourselves comfortably and enjoy a relaxing, refreshing holiday. We did not have a single “ I wish there was a…….” (or “I wish there wasn’t a…..) moment. We left feeling a little jealous of the guests who were coming to take our place!

Lemon Tree Cottage marked our first visit to the Algarve after three holidays visiting other parts of Portugal. We loved our stay and certainly intend to return. “Ate logo.” John and Alex.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning views

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Lemon Tree cottage for two weeks in July and we could not have been more pleased with this fantastic cottage. The moment we arrived we knew that we had booked one of the best self catering accommodations, and we have booked many over the years but this won by far. Ian and Mags were there to welcome us on our arrival and had provided us with a fantastic welcome pack, cheese, ham, butter, rolls, salad, beer, water, red and white wine, well the list goes on. The cottage had absolutely everything you could possibly need if you wanted to cook a meal, we used the BBQ most evenings after picking Ian's knowledge of charcoal and the view from here is incredible. We have been completely spoilt having our own private pool and hot tub and can never go back to shared pool after this.

Ian and Mags as others have said before are there if you need any help or information but leave you in complete privacy otherwise. We had the best holiday ever and can not praise Lemon Tree cottage high enough and that also goes for Ian and Mags themselves.

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
22 Kilometres
Faro airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
23 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Sao Bras
Nearest Beach
23 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

A very safe unspoilt area , ideal for rambling country walks along the many mountain tracks to suit all levels of fitness and abilities or just unwind and take in the peace and quiet. Bird watching and star gazing are also widely available in this area. These are just some of the birds you can see in the summer months. Golden oriel, Bee-eaters, Red rumped swallows, Azure winged magpies , Nuthatch, Great spotted woodpecker and Jays . The wildflowers in the spring cover the hills which is very colourful to see . Mountain bikes can be hired - please enquire when booking .

The local bird watching was excellent and i am sure that any UK birder would be excited with the range of species to be seen in the area . I am also sure that there are other species to be found in the area that i missed .Alex and Liz May 2012


There are many wonderful beaches along the Algarve. Some of our personal favourite beaches are Barril, 25 minutes by car also Praia de Faro 25 minutes by car. Quarteira, Vilamoura etc approx 35 minutes by car. We have lots of information in Lemon tree cottage about all the beaches along the Algarve .


Car hire is essential and can be pre-booked online for pickup and return to the airport. Nearest airport is Faro - 25 minute drive.


Our local town is 5 minute drive (Sao Bras) many shops, supermarkets , cafes banks, restaurants etc. Alportel village - 4 minute drive with 2 cafes. Loule - 20 minute drive large indoor market, many shops and restaurants etc. Faro - 25 minute drive. bars, night clubs and many historic places of interest also a large shopping mall and cinema. Tavira - 25 minute drive situated on a river with roman bridges, castle ruins, gardens, restaurants and bars. Estoi - 15 minute drive. Pink Palace.

Further Details:

step back in time and relax. The countryside around us has many kms of tracks to walk, to suit all abilities of walker or mountain biker, the tracks are scattered all around the hills adding to the pure peacefulness of the area, you could wander for miles without meeting another soul. There are also many lakes for you to visit, waterfalls and picnic areas. For bird enthusiasts there are many and varying species dependent on time of year. The wild boar and the lynx are said to be resident in these parts. For astronomers and stargazers alike the night sky is second to none due to the very low levels of light pollution. However far removed from the world this all sounds we really are no distance from all amenities, beaches , golf, water parks etc.

Guests can enjoy horse riding and Pony trekking along the tracks around the hills near the cottage .


Rates & Availability

São Brás de Alportel Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 4
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Rate 5
May 1 2017 - May 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Rate 6
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 7
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 2
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
May 1 2018 - May 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please check availability calendar and e-mail us with your enquiry. A 25% deposit will secure your booking, balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Minimum stay 7 nights during peak season .
Shorter breaks may be available please enquire .

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible. Checking in time is 2.00pm and check out 10.00am, we will accommodate where possible depending on arrival/departure of other guests.A courtesy room is always supplied for guests we can not accommodate with a late checkout.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Minimum stay is 7 nights during peak season, additional nights are available on a pro-rata basis . Pool heating is an additional cost of 160 euros per week booked , there are no hidden extras. The pool can be heated via heat pump, so we can guarantee 28 degrees C in cooler months .
We also supply logs for the wood burning fire in cooler months and a generous complimentary welcome pack with wine and beer , water etc for all guests to enjoy .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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