About Us

Quinta da Relva

We first discovered Quinta da Relva on a winter’s evening in 1981. We instantly fell in love with the tumbledown house on the abandoned farm in the Serra de Monchique. We were looking for the real Portugal and this was certainly the perfect place.

With the help of a very patient local builder, over several years, the house was brought back to life; renovated using traditional materials, granite from our  quarry, local chestnut and pine. We reclaimed the terraces from the ever encroaching brambles to create our garden.

We are committed to our community and use local tradespeople and shops. We have worked with our manager and our housekeeper for more than 25 years. Our food travels metres not miles in most cases and we enjoy being involved in the towns traditions and way of life.

This is a real family home which we all enjoy and come as often as time allows.
We are very enthusiastic about our private paradise.We think you will love it too.

If you are coming for a relaxing holiday there is so much to do and enjoy at the quinta and in the local surroundings.  We have lost count of the number of times our guests have described it as ‘absolute heaven’.

If you are coming for an activity holiday we love to show guests our lovely mountains,  introduce you to new friends and unforgettable experiences.

Your Host:

Your host Diana Hudson

Diana lives between Dorking in Surrey and Monchique. She is always available to help you to organise the perfect holiday, be it a relaxing family break, a special occasion or a more challenging adventure. The house and garden is her continuing labour of love where every season has its delights.

The team for our activity holidays:

Marie Anne Manager & Cookery InstructorMarie Anne
Manager & Cookery Instructor

Marie- Anne of Turifoia is the manager. She has lived in Monchique since she was 4 years old and knows everything and everybody in there! She is on hand to help every day from the Turifoia office in the town. She is also an experienced chef, passionate about the local produce and traditional menus, she can provide catering for guests and cooking lessons for our foodie holidays.

AlternativtourLúcio – Alternativtour
Activities Instructor

Alternativtour has operated since 2003 and has worked for the last 8 with Quinta da Relva guests. It is one of the best activity operators in the region.
Lucio loves his mountain and has lived in Monchique all his life. He is an expert on the flora and fauna and takes great delight in sharing the secrets of the area with our guests who always enjoy his company.

amalia the housekeeperAmalia

Amalia is our housekeeper and will be looking after the house and garden during your stay.
She has worked with the host for 25 years. She is a truly creative homemaker and an incredible gardener.

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