Villa in Monchique, Western Algarve, Portugal - Fully Equipped (including wifi & Internet/Catchup Tv ) Secluded South Facing Luxury Villa
About James Mylne
A three week holiday in 1993 travelling the length and breath of the Spanish and Portuguese coastline was my introduction to Portugal and enough to realise, Monchique was for me. I made an offer on the property and a month later was the proud owner of a broken down vacated farm house – My retirement project! We moved from the bustle of Hong Kong and started the decade build in 2000 whilst watching my son grow up and enjoying our beautiful surroundings. I feel very fortunate.
James Mylne purchased this Villa in 1993
Why James Mylne chose Municipality of Monchique
I was looking for a getaway. I had spent 20 years working very hard and was suffering from a mild form of ME. I knew I could not go on forever. Monchique, or the change in my lifestyle, gave me what I was looking for.
What makes this Villa unique
Peace and quite, slower pace of life and being able to enjoy the natural surroundings the area has to offer.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Incredible Mountain Villa
Absolutely stunning villa high in the mountains just outside Monchique , beautiful views down to the coast with facilities that would satisfy all requirements. The pool is large and lovely and warm and the kids loved the slide. Villa is spacious, three en-suite double bedrooms, master to die for. Outside BBQ, fire and seating are great especially in the evenings and there is a fully equipped kitchen and separate utility room. Met by the owner James - a pleasure to deal with. Can’t recommend this highly enough.
Lovely family who cared and really looked after Relva de Cima as if it was their own. The villa was left spotless with full attention given to the house rules - What more can you ask for? Would thoroughly recommend Richard and family to all hosts
The villa was amazing, the description doesn’t do it justice. Amazing views. Grandchildren loved the pool. Sat outside every evening around the outside fire. James left us to ourselves but was on hand when needed ( which wasn’t often as the villa was perfect)
A get away from it all rural idyll
Plenty of space in this beautifully designed Portuguese villa - not only to get away from the crowds but also your fellow guests!
Very quiet, great views.
Restaurants a 5 minute drive, a huge supermarket with plenty of fresh sea food and meat and veg an easy 10 minutes.
The wonderful Atlantic coast makes a wonderful day out- Bordeira beach out favourite.
Can highly recommend.
I am loathed to tell the rest of the world about this villa in fear of restricting the availability for our return next year........
However, I am pleased to say we had the pleasure of 10 days in this amazing Villa. The villa and pool are large. The villa is well equipped and easily accommodated 8 of us (2 families of 4) and the pool at a constant 26 degrees with a slid that kept all four boys (aged 9-16) very content all day. The grounds are immaculately kept and the views are incredible.
James, the owner, built this property and the pride and attention to detail are evident everywhere. James was very helpful when we asked about local restaurants and beaches and always happy and very willing to make our holiday stress free.
James, you have an amazing place. Great to meet you, thank you and we will be back, soon I hope.
Unique and beautiful house in the mountains. An attentive host.
Six of us, three couples, spent a week in James' villa during the last week of February. The weather, unfortunately, was unusually wet and at times foggy, so we didn't get the benefit of the magnificent grounds and vistas to the south except intermittently. We loved the house, especially the spaciousness and grandeur of the main room with its two fireplaces, where we burned more than our share of the wood that James provided. Day trips to different towns on the coast, from Tavira to Sagres were easy to organize. The Intermarche in Monchique was a convenient supermarket for stocking up daily on food and wine at very reasonable prices. All in all a memorable stay!
Peter, Cathy and friends were a delight.
Sadly though, they arrived along with the end of our severe drought so didn't get the best conditions weather wise! They left the house and grounds in perfect condition and clearly looked after the villa as if it was their home. Thank you for visiting Relva de Cima and it was a pleasure meeting you all.
A GREAT STAY
What a fantastic place! Nine of us stayed, 6 adults and our three grandsons. The villa was large enough for everyone to have a private space or to gather together on the terrace, in the garden, in the lounge, dining room or, more especially the fantastic pool that kept our grandsons very happy throughout the day. The views from the impressive terraced grounds are expansive over the plain to the distant southern coast. The location, high on Mount Foia, gives the views and means that you are in a most tranquil and relaxing setting. Monchique is 10 minutes or so drive away and there’s an Intermarche for croissants and essential BBQ supplies. The villa’s heavy stone walls help control the indoor temperature but there’s plenty of fireplaces if you’re visiting out of the summer season. Many thanks to James for a marvellous creation and a great stay.
Special interest holidays:
The surroundings of the property makes it ideal for those interested in mountain biking, running, rambling and nature watchers etc. The mountain offers many trails off the beaten track with stunning panoramic views to both the West and South coasts.
The Algarve is known for its pure white sandy beaches which aren't too far away! A half hour drive through spectacular scenery will get you to beaches both on the West coast (a must) and the South Coast. These make for a fantastic half or full day's excursion.
Google says 55 mins from Faro airport - I say more like an hour plus (but I drive slowly). Lisbon airport is given as 2 1/2 hours (same applies). We strongly recommended you have your own transport whilst visiting.
3 miles down the mountain is the beautiful unspoilt town Monchique which now boasts one comprehensive supermarket along with many smaller food, beverage and tourist outlets. It is well worth visiting the 17th century convent with views of Monchique.
15 miles south is the much larger town Portimao offering retail parks & comprehensive supermarkets. Of interest could be a visit to the elegant town Caldas de Monchique (approx 7 miles) famous for its bottled water & selection of restaurants.
Four minutes by car is 'The Rampa' restaurant very famous throughout the region for its chicken piri piri and panoramic views, visited last year by our very own Prime Minister David Cameron during the family's holiday in the region. All over the mountain are restaurants and cafes hidden away with many offering spectacular views. You can enjoy everything from locally produced spicy sausage to 'Bolo de Tacho' which uses honey, coffee, chocolate, cinnamon and sweet herbs amongst the ingredients! I can supply more information and links so you arrive well informed.