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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,776 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



Casa Laranjeira - Monte da Quinta (2 bedrooms)

This country house is furnished to a high standard. A large comfortable lounge & dining area, complete with Wi-Fi internet access, flat screen TV, satellite, DVD player & a iPod dock. A selection of DVD's, books & board games. A large well equipped kitchen with granite worktops, a hob, oven, microwave, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, coffee machine, electric juicer, iron & a ironing board.

Both bedrooms have en suite facilities, walk-in showers, WC, hand basin. Large doors open from the lounge onto a large private covered dining terrace, with cane furniture & lounger's & southerly views for miles over the unspoilt plains.

For extra comfort this house has under floor heating for low season. Oringinal dry stone walls keep the house cool & we provide cooling fans for high season. The house is finished with traditional white washed walls & beautiful brick arches. Single storey with terracotta floors throughout, shuttered windows, vaulted beamed ceilings & a fireplace.

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About the property

Monte da Quinta

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.

Interaction with guests

We are here to meet and greet our guests, to introduce them to the property and answer any questions they may have. We are always available should they need us during their stay.

We provide our guests with lots of useful information upon arrival. Tips on things not to be missed, advise on places to discover, and the all important practical stuff.

We believe It is that kind of personal touch and interaction that has helped us achieved such a high percentage of happy, returning guests.


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.


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.


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.


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'.

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Michaela Tulip-Mills
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

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 chateau / country house 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 chateau / country house 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

These converted farmhouses are an ideal place to stay if you are looking for somewhere to properly get away and relax! Located in a peaceful town in the Alentejo region you are faced with a view for miles of farmland. We were there for a week and managed to fit in a couple of games of golf on the Algarve (only an hours drive away), Quad biking on a nearby vineyard, a trip to an amazing beach on the West Coast (also only an hour away) and lunch in the great little fortified town of Mertola! What little time there was left was spent relaxing around the pool and feeding the animals on the farm! It's the kind of place you don't want to leave.
May 2012
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FOR YOUR COMFORT - Under Floor Heating (Low season), Cooling Fans (High season), Mains Water & Electric.


Castro Verde Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1776 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • All bathrooms are tiled with large tiled walk-in showers, and underfloor heating for the winter months. Hot water provided by a solar system.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , en suite with large walk-in shower
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , en suite with large walk-in shower
  • Both bedrooms have en suite facilities, walk-in showers, WC, hand basin. Master bedroom - has an alarm clock, hairdryer, european plug and a night light provided. Twin bedroom - has an alarm clock and 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.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Groups
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • 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
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 Occasions 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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Casa Laranjeira - Monte da Quinta (2 bedrooms)
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Excellent séjour dans l'Alentejo

  • 5 of 5

Maison très bien entretenue par Michaela & Nigel.

Super cuisine équipée.

très belle vues.

belle piscine.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Simply perfect

  • 5 of 5

Myself, wife and two children (10 & 4) had the best time in Portugal. The weather was excellent, the beaches and views incredible, the food, especially Michaela and Nigel's supper and the fresh fish in the Milfontes restaurants was fantastic. Casa Laranjeira was perfect and we wanted for nothing. The pool was superb, our first salt water pool and although dubious when we read this prior to booking we needn't have been as it's only slightly salty and I'm converted from the usual chlorine pools. The kids loved the pool and we certainly made the most of it! Feeding the Pigs and Chickens was great fun and they have a serious appetite so all your leftovers will not go to waste! In summary this was the best holiday we've had in Europe and at the end of our two week stay when I'm usually ready to come home, I wasn't, and could easily stayed another week. Thanks Michaela and Nigel for being so welcoming, friendly, giving great advice and supplying us with your chickens fresh eggs and home grown vegetables. We would love to return and already have our eyes on next years flights :)

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Excellent location for a relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

I have stayed at Monte da Quinta on several occasions and always had a fantastic time. This year there have been some minor improvements to the properties which made our stay even more relaxing, namely a larger fridge/freezer making it easier to keep the delicious wines from the local vineyards cool and a dishwasher to avoid the tedium of washing up the glasses!

The property is beautifully clean, with fantastic views a lovely pool, loungers to sunbathe on and a shady terrace to retreat to when it is just too hot. Castro Verde is a short walk away and has a good selection of quality restaurants and bars but without the hustle and 'brits abroad' of the Algarve. There is plenty to do in the local area, whether it is vineyard tours, eating some of the best food in Portugal, hot air ballooning, quad biking, horse riding, spa's etc.

Monte da Quinta makes a wonderful base for a fantastic relaxing holiday. I am sure we will continue to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Myself and five friends spent an amazing week on the outskirts of Castro Verde in the wonderful Monte da Quinta. We used both houses and we weren't disappointed. We are group of birdwatchers and have travelled across Europe for many years now and I can happily say that this place is well up there with the very best we have stayed in (and there have been some good ones). It is the perfect location to visit the Alentejo region of Portugal and with the coast (Algarve) only and hour's drive away and similarly the west coast, variety is easily found. The welcome, hospitality, help and guidance from Michaela and Nigel make this an absolutely fantastic place to stay. A huge thank you to you both.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Myself and five friends spent an amazing week on the outskirts of Castro Verde in the wonderful Monte da Quinta. We used both houses and we weren't disappointed. We are group of birdwatchers and have travelled across Europe for many years now and I can happily say that this place is well up there with the very best we have stayed in (and there have been some good ones). It is the perfect location to visit the Alentejo region of Portugal and with the coast (Algarve) only and hour's drive away and similarly the west coast, variety is easily found. The welcome, hospitality, help and guidance from Michaela and Nigel make this an absolutely fantastic place to stay. A huge thank you to you both.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Fantastic property & great location

  • 5 of 5

Michaela & Nigel have created an amazing place, the accommodation and pool area is so well kept and the attention to detail everywhere is super. All the little extras (amazing welcome pack, the fresh eggs, flower petals, candles, real coffee machines, snuggly blankets) really make such a difference. Monte da Quinta is also pefectley located, it's in a wonderful setting in this really well maintained small holding with all the animals - chicken, pigs, goats, sheep and it's lovely orchard of orange trees yet it is just walking distance (5 mins) into the lovely town of Castro Verde with an array of super authentic restaurants (very reasonable) - go with Michaela & Nigel's recommendations - you won't be disappointed.

There are some great sites / towns & villages to visit nearby and the local vineyards also very tempting! Michaela & Nigel have a great guide book and they are on hand to help with things and overall made our stay very relaxing. All in all we (myself, husband and two boys aged 6 & 8) had a super time and look forward to visiting again soon.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Faro Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.02 Kilometres
Within walking distance (Castro Verde)
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
IP1 / A2
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
Within walking distance (Castro Verde)
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
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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