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Michaela Tulip-Mills

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

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

9 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Castro Verde Chateau / Country House 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'.

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

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.

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
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 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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Casa Laranjeira - Monte da Quinta (2 bedrooms)
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
5

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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PERFECT!

  • 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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PERFECT!

  • 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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Week of real summer holiday

  • 5 of 5

As soon as we arrived Monte da Quinta, we knew we made a great choice. Casa Laranjeira was spotlessly clean, and wonderful welcome pack was waiting for us. Michaela and Nigel were wonderful host and they were there for us if we need any advise and help.

They booked a horse carriage ride at Santa Vitoria vineyard for us and it was fantastic! We had treated ourselves 4 bottles of local Alentejo wines after the ride.

Variety of choice for eating out. We have visited a few restaurants which was recommended by the owner and all were very good indeed.

Our son's favourite was feeding our left overs to pigs, chickens, goats, ducks, geese etc.. And jumping in the beautiful pool!

Don't miss to visit the local church!! I won' tell you why but you will find it out yourselves once you're inside.

We also went to Vila Nova De Milfontes which was a beautiful, calm beach. If you're travelling with children, this is the must go place. Plenty of simply fresh, delicious fish restaurants are there to choose from.

We had spent two nights in Lisbon before heading to Castro Verde so we could enjoyed both city and rural country side Portugal.

Surely one week wasn't enough so we are already talking about going back to Michaela and Nigel's place next summer!!!

We can't wait to explore more next time but just relaxing by the pool and watching beautiful sunset was the actually highlight of our holiday.

We would like to thank you Michaela and Nigel for letting us stay at their beautiful place.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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A little piece of Portuguese Paradise

  • 5 of 5

When we came here last year, we had never returned to the same holiday destination twice. It didn't take long for us to be charmed by this beautiful location; this as well as the great facilities at Monte da Quinta is what drew us back again this year. And it won't be our last visit, for sure. Judging by the number of returning guests we can see we are not alone!

There is something very special about this place. If you want "Irish pubs", McDonalds, and loud nightclubs this is not the place for you. If, however, you want something a little bit different from the usual "touristy" places and a chance to see the real Portugal, some amazing scenery, beautiful wildlife and enjoy very reasonably priced local food (and drink!) this is what you will get. Hubby and I have been fortunate enough to have been on a number self catering/villa holidays before but have never met such warm, friendly and helpful owners as Michaela and Nigel. Their experience tells them how much to leave you to your own devices as well as being there with expert information when you want or need it. We also were treated to a never ending supply of wonderful, fresh, home grown produce from the farm (we have never had such tasty eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes and courgettes!) and a wonderful welcome pack - they think of every little detail!

We stayed in Casa Larenjeira on both occasions and found it spotlessly clean, well maintained and providing everything you could want. We enjoyed feeding the pigs, poultry and geese who are very entertaining (but are far enough away from the holiday homes to not be noticable if you don't want to do so).

There is so much to see and explore within about one hour's driving distance or less. It's easy to get to the wild, amazing beaches on the west coast as well as the Algarve, and this time we also fitted in a day in Lisbon which well worth the 90 minute journey on a good motorway. The tram ride is a hair raising but exhilarating experience! We can't wait for our next visit!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Owner's Response: Thank you for posting your review, a delight to read and very satisfying as owners of the property. It was our pleasure to welcome you back to Monte da Quinta and as you say you have become part of the "return club". There is so much to discover here in the Alentejo and we look forward to sharing more of those hidden gems with you in the future. Until next time.
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Villa Italia - Restaurante & Wine Bar
Verde Market
O Celeiro
A Cavalarica
HERDADE DOS GROUS LDA.
Herdade da Malhadinha Nova - Country House & Spa
Novo Coimbra
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 Chateau / Country House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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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
$1,028
 
 
Mid Season
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
$117
$816
 
 
Mid Season
Mar 4 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$117
$816
 
 
High Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$1,028
 

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 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Castro Verde Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 165 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 ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • 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 ...
Outside:
  • 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
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:
  • Housekeeper
  • 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 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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