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Michaela Tulip-Mills

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Luxury Country House, stunning pool & grounds, 5 mins walk from town - Casa Oliveira - Monte da Quinta (2 bedrooms)

48 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Beja region Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Self catering rental Alentejo, Portugal. Stunning views and traditional cuisine.

We aim to provide a very high standard of country living and comfort with traditional architecture and modern facilities. Monte da Quinta sets a high standard and has been approved and officially licensed by the Ministry of Tourism of Portugal, Classification CASA de CAMPO No. 1/2006

This unique retreat comprises of two country houses which are beautifully furnished to a high standard, set in 5 hectares of private estate land. A large natural salt water swimming pool and children’s play pool (no chlorine or chemicals). Just on the edge of Castro Verde we have the advantage of the tranquillity and beauty of this fantastic landscape, plus all the facilities of the town.

Within 10 minutes walking, or 2 minutes in the car, we have several excellent RESTAURANTS, CAFES, SHOPS and SUPERMARKETS, Festivals and Markets throughout the year.

Eating out locally is extremely good value for money. Typically a two course lunch time “meal of the day” “Prato da Dia” including: bread, olives, a beverage and coffee costs 7.50 euros per person. A two course evening meal including: bread, olives, a good bottle of wine and coffee, costs between 40 – 50 euros for two persons. A coffee or tea and locally made pastry from one of our many coffee shops costs just 2 euros.

Located within 45 minutes easy reach of the West coast and the Algarve.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT:

Traditional restaurants with live music, bars & cafes within walking distance & a choice of 3 large supermarkets within a 2 minute drive. Local outdoor tennis courts & indoor public swimming pool within a 2 minute drive. Local quad biking, horse riding, ballooning, archery, paintball, vineyard tour with lunch, off roading, skippered river cruises. We can offer a range of Holistic Treatments.

Our GUEST HAMPER includes local produce, cheese & wine & initial sundries provided, liquid soap, toilet rolls & bin liners.

Pre-order a bottle of CHAMPAGNE on ice.

A comprehensive GUEST GUIDE to the region & local restaurants. Buckets, spades & sun shades for the beach.

A LOCAL WEATHER FORECAST for your stay.

We hire TENNIS rackets for the local courts and BEACH TOWELS and a COOL BOX for the beach.

FRESH FARM PRODUCE, eggs, oranges, local honey, homemade preserves, olive oil & small souvenirs, gifts & our postcards.

FARM ANIMALS include: Shetland ponies, pygmy goats, Alentejo pigs, various poultry. A boules pitch & two guest bicycles. A local cinema, theatre & night club.

We have RECYCLING facilities.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:

Working with a preferred partner we are able to offer the following outdoor activities at a very special rate. Monte da Quinta will handle the booking for you and make all the necessary arrangements.

VINEYARD TOURS (lunch optional), QUAD BIKING, HOT AIR BALLOONING, ARCHERY, HORSE RIDING.

Various activities are available from Monday to Friday throughout the year. Please consider the Alentejo climate, some may be more appropriate than others depending on the time of year.

BIRD WATCHING PARADISE the perfect location for twitchers, our guests have listed some of the birds spotted at Monte da Quinta on within 10 kilometres such as: Lesser Kestrel, Red and Black Kite, Great and Little Bustard, Black Bellied Sandgrove, Corn Bunting, Eagles, Bee Eater, Egret, Storks, Marsh Harrier, Montago Harrier, Cuckoo, Strikes. resident Little Owls and we have a Nightingale for several weeks of the year.

REST ASSURED: Our farmhouses are maintained to a very high standard of cleanliness and are inspected on a weekly basis. Our holiday houses were restored to strict guidelines set by the Ministry of Tourism Portugal. These include: mains drainage, mains electric, solar water heaters, no gas appliances and our pool water is regularly tested.

All rooms have smoke alarms these are connected to a central alarm system. Fire panic buttons and emergency exit signs. Kitchens are fitted with extinguishers and fire blankets. As a registered business we are licensed operators for Rural Tourism and insured for public liability. We provide a basic first aid kit in each house and we are regularly inspected for health and safety. We are on site to assist, manage and maintain our standards 'Our reputation along with your recommendation is our future'.

More Details

Details for Casa Oliveira - Monte da Quinta (2 bedrooms) 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 2 Bathrooms

The house is furnished to a high and comfortable standard. It has a large comfortable lounge and dining area complete with Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, satellite channels, DVD player, and a iPod speaker dock. A selection of DVD's, books and board games. A well equipped kitchen also provides granite worktops, a hob, oven, microwave, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, kettle, electric juicer, toaster, an iron and ironing board. Both bedrooms have en suite facilities, walk-in shower or bath, WC, hand basin and bidet. Both bedrooms have double doors onto their own private terrace.A door from the kitchen opens onto an alternate private breakfast terrace. Large doors open from the lounge onto a private covered dining terrace, with southerly views for miles over the un-spoilt plains. For extra comfort this house has under floor heating included during low season. It is single storey and has traditional terracotta floors throughout with wooden shuttered windows and high vaulted beamed ceilings.
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Michaela Tulip-Mills (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Michaela Tulip-Mills

Having bought Monte da Quinta in the summer of 2002 with the intention of it becoming our holiday retreat, we found it increasingly hard to return from visits to the hustle and bustle of the UK. With much planning and determination, finally in the summer of 2005, we moved to Portugal.

Michaela Tulip-Mills purchased this farmhouse in 2002

Why Michaela Tulip-Mills chose Beja region

Project managing the build and restoration of the farmhouses, we took inspiration from some of the fantastic accommodation we had stayed at within Europe. With our love for all things rustic, traditional and the ambience of the Casa de Campo “House of the Country” life style, Monte da Quinta started to evolve.

We wanted to maintain the traditions and farming practises that had taken place at Monte da Quinta for many generations. With little knowledge of our own, we enlisted the help of a former employee of the farm. Despite our initial lack of the Portuguese language, his patience with us and dedication to the land and the animals has helped us to keep farm blooming.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Monte da Quinta combines modern facilities and traditional architecture with an even balance between rural tourism, farming and a unique way of life. Centrally located within the lower Alentejo region with easier access to the Algarve and the western coast line.

With our continuing success, we have settled into the landscape and lives of the local people very nicely. Thanks to the fantastic support and recommendations from many of our returning guests, we now have a viable business with visitors from all over the world.

Reviews

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Casa Oliveira - Monte da Quinta (2 bedrooms)
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 48 reviews
5

Oasis in Alentejo

  • 5 of 5

Monte da Quinta is an oasis in Alentejo. Located within easy walking distance from Castro Verde, a nice small town with good restaurants, it overlooks the beautiful landscape. Everything is fully renovated and extremely well kept. We lived in Casa Oliveira - it is spacious and was perfect for a family of four. Michaela and Nigel are excellent hosts, dropping by from time to time with fresh vegetables from their own garden, fresh towels and knowledge about the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Birdwatching in Alentejan Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This was our 5th stay at Oliveira, and we enjoyed it so much we've just booked to return again. The cottages are kept in immaculate condition by Michaela and Nigel who are also excellent hosts. There's plenty of information provided about local restaurants, and because of the excellent location of Oliveira you can walk to the restaurants. Our favourites were Villa Italia and Market Verde. The edge of town location means the views from the veranda are over the beautiful countryside, and we saw hoopoes, storks, booted eagles and red kites while sitting there, and heard nightingales. Out in the cereal steppes the birds are amazing. Our favourite sightings were of great and little bustards and lesser kestrels.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Luxurious and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

From arrival to our reluctant departure we had a thoroughly enjoyable time at Monte da Quinta. As others have commented it doesn't take long to relax, switch off and de-stress in the beautiful Alentejo countryside and Monte da Quinta is the perfect location from which to do this.

Michaela and Nigel welcomed us on arrival and helped us settle into the house which was very comfortable, fully equipped and spotlessly clean. They were more than happy to help with suggestions for days out and what to do. The little treats from the vegetable garden each morning were very welcome and we couldn't have brought enough of the gorgeous honey back with us! We particularly enjoyed the evenings BBQing (after a refreshing swim) and eating every meal outside before watching the sunset, with drink in hand, from the terrace of the house!

Our children enjoyed the animals and we often found ourselves wandering around the farm watching them or admiring the variety of produce grown here!

This was our second visit to Portugal in as many years and we would thoroughly recommend the country, the Alentejo (and its great wines) and in particular Monte da Quinta. Its location is very central with easy access to empty main roads that get you to either the west or south coast in about an hour. Lisbon was a two hour drive but it is such a fantastic city that it is well worth it.

Thank you Michaela and Nigel for a lovely holiday and hope to see you soon.

Simon and Liza Reeves, Sussex, UK

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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A Little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Monte da Quinta late and in the dark, but as soon as we were greeted by Michaela, Nigel and Bradley we soon relaxed into our holiday, we were made to feel like friends arriving for a stay!

Waking up on our first morning we were not disappointed, both bedrooms in Casa Oliveira overlook the farm land, and we could watch the ponies and chickens in the field at the side.

We did not need to rush off to the supermarket as the luxury hamper contained everything needed for breakfast, freshly squeezed orange juice from the trees on the farm, beautiful home made honey, eggs from the chickens, tomatoes and cucumbers from the vegetable garden and fresh bread, to name but a few!

The farm house has everything in you could possible need, equipped to 5* standard.

All bed linen and towels provided.

Our patio was lovely, overlooking our own herb garden and BBQ.

We shared the pool with the family next door, there are plenty of sun lougers and room for everyone.

Our hosts could not have been nicer, lots of advice, helping us to book tickets for the train to Lisbon, booking dinner at the local vineyard and even driving us there!

Nigel would bring a constant supply of tomatoes and cucumbers freshly picked.

Everyday we would feed the pigs, goats and chickens, which was a constant form of amusement.

Michaela's savoury supper was wonderful, great value for money and tasted delicious, well worth ordering.

We visited Lisbon, very busy, but has made us want to go back for a weekend. The beautiful town of Evora, a local vineyard for dinner. We drove to the west coast to the beach at Vila Nova de Milfontes and to the south to Gale, both beaches great, with lovely fish restaurants.

Castro Verde, 5 minute walk away, has bars, great restaurants and 3 good supermarkets.

We could not fault our stay, everything was thought of, lots of lovely personal touches.

A real credit to Michaela and Nigels hard work!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Owner's Response: Many thanks for you amazing review. We are so glad you have taken home so many great memories. It was lovely meeting you and we hope to welcome you and your family back to Monte da Quinta very soon. x
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Perfect for relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful villa, pool, setting. Lots of home grown produce. Very pretty rural region.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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A wonderful place to unwind!

  • 5 of 5

Tucked away on the outskirts of sleepy Castro Verde, the cottages sit within the grounds of an old farm. Casa Oliveira is beautifully presented and spotlessly clean. We were welcomed by the owners Nigel and Michella and shown around the property. Delighted to find a welcome basket of cheese, milk and other essentials.

The views from the Casa are spectacular and the feeling of tranquity soon wraps itself around you. The accommodation standards are 5 star.

Using the Casa as a base for 3 days we drove to Milfontes on the coast (1.5 hour through gloriously quiet and stunning scenery). We also visited the town of Mertola to see the newly restored Castle. On the way we also saw the amazing waterfalls of “Pulo do Lobo”.

For a real taste of Portugal, Casa Oliveira is a “must stay” destination. I can’t recommend it enough.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Faro Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.02 Kilometres
Within walking distance (Castro Verde)
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Garvao
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
IP1 / A2
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
Within walking distance (Castro Verde)
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Milfontes
Car: necessary

With its stunning views over the open countryside and just minutes to walk into the centre of Castro Verde the small farm Monte da Quinta with its country houses and private pool is ideally situated.

Discovering the coastlines and the historic towns is easy from this central location within the lower Alentejo region.

Rugged un-spoilt beaches along the west coast are within an hour and offer much to explore, water sports and the walking the rota vicentina coastal paths. Enjoy the fabulous fresh seafood grilled to order and sample the wines of the region. The Algarve is just 45 minutes away offering more glorious beaches, golf and aqua parks for the children.

Local activities include: vineyard tours, wine tasting and dinner, jeep safaris, motor quading and spa days. Stepped in history it is possible to visit historic towns and sites such as Lisbon, Evora, Mertola and Marvao

Delicious traditional cuisine with fantastic regional wines at incredibly low prices. We will recommend local restaurants and all importantly those that you can walk to.

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Rates & Availability

Castro Verde Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 2 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,004
 
 
Mid Season
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
$114
$797
 
 
Mid Season
Mar 4 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$114
$797
 
 
High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,004
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 6.0%

RATE INCLUDES:

COTS, HIGH CHAIRS and BED GUARDS

GUEST WELCOME HAMPER

INITIAL SUNDRIES

100% COTTON LINEN and TOWELS

WEEKLY HOUSEKEEPING

FOR YOUR COMFORT - Under Floor Heating (Low season), Cooling Fans (High season), Mains Water & Electric.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Beja region Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , bidet
  • All bathrooms are tiled with underfloor heating for the winter months. Hot water provided by a solar system.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , suite facilities, walk-in shower
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , suite facilities, bath
  • Both bedrooms have en suite facilities, a walk-in shower or bath, WC, hand basin. Master Bedroom - Double doors onto side private terrace, hairdryer, eurpoean plug, alarm clock and night light provided. Twin Bedroom - Two sets of double doors open onto front and side private terrace, night light provided. We provide fresh 100% cotton linen, towels and pool towels are replaced mid week. Our bedrooms have shuttered windows, cooling fans for the summer months and underfloor heating for the winter months.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Massage
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Guest Hamper A guest welcome hamper awaits you, it includes: bottled water, local wine, cheese & bread. Our honey, homemade preserves and pastries, our fresh farm eggs, freshly squeezed orange juice from our grove. Milk, butter, pate, tea, coffee & sugar. Initial sundries: terrace candles, liquid soap, toilet rolls, bin liners, & washing up liquid. We offer a pre-ordered savoury supper. Special Occassions We can provide any of the following: champagne on ice, handmade chocolates, a bouquet of flowers. We will also recommend the best fine dining in the area, book a taxi, or help you arrange a special activity day. For the Children We provide a variety of DVD's as well as free-view sat TV channels. The houses have books, board games, pens, paper and puzzles. Night lights are provided. Buckets, spades, sun shades and boules sets for the beach. Local festivals throughout the year, local cuisine and historical sites. Within an hour of the beach and nearest international airport.

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