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Mountainside Villa In Landscaped Gardens & Lush Woodlands w/Great Views & Pool

Municipality of Monchique, Faro, Portugal
  • Villa3336 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay6 - 7 nights

Villa in Monchique, Western Algarve, Portugal - Fully Equipped (including wifi & Internet/Catchup Tv ) Secluded South Facing Luxury Villa

Relva de Cima is situated at an altitude of 600m on the south side of Fóia mountain, the highest peak of the Sierra de Monchique mountain range 15 miles inland from the Algarve coastline. An unspoiled picturesque part of the Algarve that enjoys breathtaking views, irresistible local charm and excellent regional food. A three week holiday in 1993 travelling the length and breath of the Spanish and Portuguese coastline was enough to realise Monchique must be one of the most idyllic places the world has to offer. I fell in love. A month later I 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.  The property is surrounded by wild trees & land with an abundance of flora & fauna.  A paradise for nature lovers, trekkers, conservationists & orienteers. Its remote roads and tracks offer a fantastic cycling and running environment. The garden started off as a front lawn but soon grew and grew as I couldn't resist developing it with my 25 year old digger !! Dry stone walls separate the different lawn tiers which replicate the traditional walls farmers used to section off their crops. The property itself was built around an existing old farm house constructed from granite and mud visible by the sheer thickness of the walls (up to 3 feet thick). Where possible, natural locally sourced materials were used hoping to create a timeless Algarvian environment. Being at an altitude of 600 meters, the sun can be very powerful during the day but offers cooler evenings and is that much fresher, and generally cooler than the coast, which can be very hot and muggy mid summer. Evenings can be spent sitting around the open outdoor fire and you have the advantage of cooler sleeping conditions. Many evenings have been spent simply star gazing, waiting for the shooting stars and spotting satellites moving across the crystal clear skies & listening to the crickets chirping happily in the background.


James Mylne

Member Since 2014
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 01, 2018
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.


    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, 1 baby crib
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double
      • Bedroom 4
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 5
        2 twin/ single, Bunk beds
      • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - Super king size double bed, en-suite with walk-in wardrobe, ceiling fan, fly screens & shutters. Bedroom 2 - King size bed with en-suite, ceiling fan, fly screens & shutters Bedroom 3 - Double bed with en-suite, fan, fly screens & shutters Bedroom 4 - Twin single beds TV/DVD, fan, fly screens & shutters Bedroom 5 - Bunk bed with Air conditioning Travel cot available


      • 4 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, bidet, Walk in double shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, shower
      • Master bedroom – En-suite includes twin shower, bidet, wash basin & wc Bedroom 2 – En-suite includes shower, wc & wash basin Bedroom 3 - En-suite includes shower, wash basin & wc. Main bathroom - Free standing antique bath, wash basin & wc

      Location Type

        • Mountain
        • Rural


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Oil fired thermostatically controlled central heating
                    • Internet
                      Free wifi
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Fireplace
                      4 wood burners indoors. 2 in the living area and 1 each in Bed 1 & 2
                    • Living Room
                      Large spacious open plan split level living and dinning area separated by two large arches. 2 sofas seating for up to 10. Satellite / Internet TV, DVD, Wifi box & overhead fan.
                    • Parking
                      Shaded carport large enough for 2 vehicles
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Tumble Dryer
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Dolce Gusto capsule machine
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          1 freezer with ice maker and cold water dispenser.
                        • Kitchen
                          Twin electric ovens, 5 ring gas hob with built-in electric BBQ grill, dishwasher, microwave, fridge and fully equipped working kitchen including utensils & crockery. Breakfast seating area.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          2 electric ovens fan assisted.
                        • Refrigerator
                          2 large fridges
                        • Stove
                          5 gas rings and built in electric indoor BBQ
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Separate split level dining area able to seat up to 10 persons with panoramic views to the South coast over the front lawn and pool.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                  2, one in the living room, the other in bedroom 4
                                • Music Library
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Stereo
                                  Music system with indoor and outdoor speakers
                                • Television
                                  Satellite & Internet TV in the living room offering the most channels. A further TV in bedroom 4 with DVD player.
                                • Toys
                                  Some board games


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large terrace with a wooden shaded structure with steps from the kitchen, including an open fire, built in BBQ and dining table seating up to 10. For relaxing, a 3 person sofa and 2 armchairs.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      The villa is surrounded by terraced lawns separated by dry stone granite walls and cobble stone paths. A mix of palm, pine, olive and fruit trees offer natural shade and to the ambiance.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Built in large BBQ situated to the side of the outdoor living area which also includes an outdoor open fire with guard.


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Heated Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              Large 12 x 5 meter pool with additional sun deck, water slide, solar pool cover and solar heated. Pool side there are 10 sun lounges along with 4 deck chairs, sun umbrella and small table


                                                • churches
                                                • forests
                                                • restaurants
                                                • water parks
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • hospital

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • cycling
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Utility Room: Highly functional large worktop area, washing machine, tumble dryer with outside a large utility patio with three clotheslines. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bathroom and pool towels & linen included and changed every week. Property will be cleaned during changeovers or weekly and clean linen supplied. Other: Carport with parking for two vehicles very useful if you want a cool start to your midday shopping trip! Wood store for outdoor fire

                                                                  14 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Unique and beautiful house in the mountains. An attentive host.

                                                                  Peter G.Mono, Ontario, Canada

                                                                  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!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  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

                                                                  Martin T.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Coming back for the fourth time and counting

                                                                  Daniel B.

                                                                  To be honest, the only reason why I am on this page is because we are going back to Relva de Cima next week and just looking at the pictures puts me in the right mood. Two weeks in Relva is Father Christmas' annual treat for the grown-ups.

                                                                  We have been there three times now - the villa is great, has high ceilings, loads of light and space, at the same time very cosy. It has been built with an incredible attention to detail. James handwriting is all over the place and you can tell how much effort has been put in to turn it into what it is. He once said on a cycle trip that he finds nothing as satisfying as a good day or hard work and that you can tell - everything just works and works beautifully.

                                                                  For those not so familiar with the area - the villa is on the slopes of the Foia mountain range with beautiful far stretching views 20km down to the South coast. The area is fantastic for walking and cycling but you will need all your gears. The beautiful beaches are at the West coast which is about 45 minutes by car. Monchique has a very decent sized supermarket (Intermarche).

                                                                  The only reason why I am writing this review is because James deserves every bit of it, otherwise only a fool or a communist would tell the rest of the world about this hidden gem. So please do come and visit but do not go anywhere near the Christmas period.

                                                                  Stunning property, perfect for a family holiday

                                                                  Suzy H.

                                                                  We had a wonderful time staying at this villa. Believe it or not, the photos don't do the place justice, it is incredibly spacious and beautifully furnished and we were really struck by this once we arrived. James was very welcoming and helpful but discreet and left us to our own devices unless we needed him. The well-maintained lawn was a great space for us to rough and tumble with my 21 month old, and of course we had great fun in the pool each day. We went on some beautiful walks and great day trips to the coast but having such a lovely place to come home to for our down time really made the trip. Highly recommended - we will definitely be coming back.

                                                                  Lovely house ,great pool ,fab views

                                                                  Alison P.

                                                                  Ok , you are thinking mmm that looks nice , well its nicer than that , this villa is really a joy to stay in. There is plenty of space for everyone , we are a group aged 12 to 87 , house is on one level and well kitted out. Even without the views it would be lovely but the vista from house and pool make it a fab place to be. You can see right to the coast at Portimao! which is where we went dolphin watching , recommended.

                                                                  Good restaurants 5- 10min drive from house , Lagos,Silves and beach at Aljezur (rock pools ) all nice days out . House very clean , grounds lovely. Table tennis got teenagers off their phones (not all the time)

                                                                  Very impressed! What a beautiful place!!!!

                                                                  Ancy Ligorin

                                                                  James was an excellent host, he is the owner as well, you can tell that the property has been well looked after. This is an ideallic place and unsual to find in the Algarve, we have been to Portugal before but this is by far the best place we stayed at. The pictures reflect the property as it is, the rooms are big and spacious, the heated pool was very well appreciated! Everything was working and the view was amazing ... we are thinking of going back next year!


                                                                  Municipality of Monchique, Faro, Portugal

                                                                  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. Coast/Beach: 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. Travel: 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. Distances: 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. Further Details: 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.


                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Booking Notes: Bookings - Flexible on a first come, first serve basis. I will require a £250 deposit to secure your booking. Funds to be transferred and cleared 60 days before your arrival. Changeover Day: I would prefer changeover days to be Sat/Sunday but I am flexible.

                                                                  14 Reviews
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                                                                  Property # 8154230