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Majestic estate within the golden triangle, large pool and a lake with Sea views

Bedrooms 9
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Estate in Almancil, Central Algarve. Semi-rural Location 15 Minutes To Beach, Array Of Golf Courses & stunning restaurants nearby

Set in a truly stunning hillside location, Lago da Serra is nestled in a unique Algarvian oasis surrounded by magnificent countryside. The estate boasts a private lake, beach volleyball court, beautiful gardens with its own vineyard and orchards all set in a secure gated complex of over 20,000M2. The complex has undergone an award winning makeover and revamp to bring it into the 21st century with a bang. The villas are secluded within their own 7 acres of gardens, amidst an unspoilt landscape, yet is conveniently just 20 minutes from Faro airport, 5 minutes from both the bustling streets of Loule and Almancil with its abundance of restaurants and cafes. Whether you favour the cosmopolitan Marina at Vilamoura, the beaches of Vale Do Lobo or a round of golf at Portugal’s best championship golf courses all just 15 minutes away by car, this villa ticks all the boxes and is ideally placed. The villa is furnished with a stylish mix of designer and antique furniture and is adorned with several original works of art. The bedrooms have the design and flare of a boutique hotel. The living room accommodates large groups and leads into the dining room area and outdoor living spaces, which are perfect for entertaining and alfresco dining.

Perfect for large families wanting a unique portuguese experience, or small groups wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of usual life.

Tranquil setting is ideal for Yoga and boot camps.

The lake and volleyball court are perfect hazards for golfers wanting to practice their short game before they hit the nearby 5* courses leaving their partners to enjoy the sun by the pool in peace and quiet

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Sean Doyle
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

About Sean Doyle

Having visited the Algarve for several years with my wife and family i felt it was time to take the plunge and make an investment in property here as i have always considered this to be my second home.

Having found this majestic site and now near completion i want to share with others what i have been fortunate to enjoy over the past years.

The Algarve has everything for all tastes and will be sure to make you want to return year after year.

Sean Doyle purchased this chateau / country house in 2013

Why Sean Doyle chose Cerro do Mocho

Almancil is a great area that caters for everyone. You are a stone throw from the town centre with its array of exceptional cafes and restaurants and a short drive to the stunning beaches of Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago.

It is perfectly situated for families and golfers who want to enjoy everything the Algarve has to offer but a nice distance away that you are not in the heart of the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas.

Local restaurants serve freshly sourced food at great value.

The locals are extremely friendly and always welcoming which is one of the main attractions for buying in this gem of an area situated in the hills behind Almancil.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The uniqueness of this property is that it is the only one in the Algarve that has its own lake within its boundary that is solely for you and you only to enjoy.

The property has absolutely everything you and your family need for a great vacation.

You can enjoy your days lazing by the outdoor pool or have a paddle in the 3,000M2 lake. Alternatively, if you're feeling energetic you can walk around the 20,000M2 plot enjoying the sea views whilst sipping a cocktail in the sun or go fruit picking among the orchards.

The property is gated and fenced so is 100% safe for families with children and pets.


Cerro do Mocho Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Max. adults: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Holiday Resort
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • 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
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - shower
    Shower room 2 - shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
  • Main Villa; 2 ensuite bathrooms 1 family bathroom Annexe 1 & 2; 2 family bathrooms
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 18 (Villa 1; 5 beds, Villa 2 & 3; 2 beds) Notes on bedrooms: Main Villa; Master bedroom with sea views, walk in wardrobe and en-suite Bedroom 2 twin bedroom with ensuite Bedroom 3 twin bedroom Bedroom 4 & 5 double bedrooms Annexe 1&2; Bedroom 1- master bedroom with sea views Bedroom 2- Twin or double bedroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Outside: Large outdoor pool with separate kitchen, shower room and WC and BBQ area perfect for summer evenings. Large outdoor BBQ area to main house. Large 3,000M2 lake accessible to all with Carp fish. Gated and walled garden safe and secure for children and families 2,000M2 vineyard and mature gardens throughout. Utility Room: Separate large laundry room with wash machine and drier Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Villa is cleaned weekly by maid. Towels changed once during stay though can be twice if requested at additional cost. Additional cleaning can be requested at an extra cost. All linen included. Other: Estate can be rented as one unit or villas can be rented separately.


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Majestic estate within the golden triangle, large pool and a lake with Sea views
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent time at Lago da Serra. The accommodation was high-spec, clean and comfortable with space for working and entertaining. The gardens, pool area and outdoor living areas are immaculate. Check-in and out and communication with the estate manager was simple. The location and surrounding views are incredible. Very highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great views, and perfect chilling spot.

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful place and great sunsets--that's what I'll remember this place for.

To be honest the location can be a bit hard to find if you don't use Google maps, so I would suggest having a look at Google maps and pin pointing the main gate entrance exactly on the map (or your GPS), so you can get there quickly.

Aside from missing towels and some amenities when we arrived (which was quickly solved), we had a great time and enjoyed the place thoroughly (you almost don't need to go anywhere else to enjoy yourself). :)

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing property, some improvements required

  • 4 of 5

This is an amazing property - the main house with two annex villas works really well. Nice, big, swimming pool, set in fantastic grounds. Spacious and comfortable. Good location in easy reach of Algarve beaches, supermarkets, local towns and attractions.

Villa needs some 'soft touches' to make it a bit more homely. For example, although well equipped, the decoration is very basic. We struggled at the swimming pool with lack of shade. Owner also needs to make more comprehensive maintenance arrangements - such a large property needs almost daily visits and onsite management. Reinaldo was sometimes helpful, but also slow to respond to requests and questions (for example, we did not have the child cot on the first night, although we requested it in advance). The freezer is still broken (apparently after many months of problems), and beeped continually. For the money we spent on the property, it would be nice to have basics provided on arrival (e.g. hand soap considering there are 6 bathrooms on the property).

Overall great stay, but a property of this size and price needs more onsite support and communication.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Perfect location and very pretty. Has the WOW factor.

  • 5 of 5

Lago de Serra is without a doubt a fabulous place to stay especially for a large group of family and friends. It's location is superb, so accessible to all the places you might wish to see and visit. Great choice of supermarkets within easy reach, which is especially important when self catering. The view from the terraces of all three villas is quite breath taking. We loved the huge wooden table where all 14 of us gathered together to eat most evenings, after drinks sitting out on the big outside sofas watching the sun set. We had great fun down at the pool which is a good size, and one game of volley ball, despite the heat! These very comfy, lovely modern villas built on a pretty hillside make for a very relaxing holiday destination. Sean the owner is very responsive on email during the booking process and Reinaldo was also helpful in dealing with the few very small issues we had during our stay. Has to be 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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fantastic property and location 10/10

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 16 stayed at this amazing property in June 2017.

All three properties were presented to a high quality and every detail well thought out, the cleanliness of each property was excellent.

The facilities, including the swimming pool, private beach, fish lake and the grounds were kept to the highest of standards.

The caretakers Reinaldo & his wife were so helpful and friendly.

The owners Sean & Sarah were extremely accommodating and very flexible with our requests.

All our family will remember this truly lovely villa and the memories of our wonderful and very special gathering and have all asked if we can go again.

We have no hesitation in recommending this villa to anyone who is looking for a large and spectacular venue for a family or friends get together.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5 star Villa in Almancil

  • 5 of 5

A group of us stayed at this incredible villa in Almancil by the Algarve.

We were completely spoilt with the views, activities and how immaculate everything was kept.

It really is a place for everyone, for children, wanting to relax or to having a few drinks and dinner party.

Our group did it all and it was hard to go out and enjoy the rest of the Algarve as we had everything we wanted in the villa.

We will be wanting to come back thats for sure, especially for a volley ball rematch.



  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Vale do lobo

Special interest holidays:

Fine dining.

We offer special in-house fine dining where experts chefs will cook for you and your family. Price on request.


5* beaches of Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura are only 10-15 minutes away by car.

These beaches are stunning to say the least and host a variety of great cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes. Sun loungers and umbrellas can be hired by the hour.

If you require something a bit more secluded we have details of many other beaches not found by the mass tourist population just yet.


Faro airport is located 20km from the villa with a transfer time of approximately 15-20 minutes. A car is recommended for this property unless you enjoy hill walking with a great view. We can organise bicycle hire if requested as this is a great way to explore the local area.


Almancil and Loule are equidistant to the villa- both 5 minutes away by car. Both towns are packed with culture and sites to explore with an abundance of cafes, bars and great restaurants.

The ancient town of Loule hosts weekend markets which mustn't be missed.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $131.73
Pool heating (per day) $0
Refundable damage deposit $2,634.7
Cleaning $197.6

Booking Notes:
To book and secure the villa a 50% security deposit must be paid, with the final balance paid 60 days before your stay.
The booking currency is in sterling but other currencies will be accepted at the current exchange rate at the time of booking. Please ask for further details.
Additional cleaning can be requested at a cost of £150 for the 3 villas.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is Saturday.

Notes on prices:
Estate can be rented as a whole or per villa depending on time of year.

Bookings cancelled within 60 days of arrival will lose 100% of the booking fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.